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ISW Celebrates First Ever Pongal Celebrations

Ravi Raja and Shiamin Melville

ISW Cultural and Language School’s Tamil class celebrated its "first
ever Pongal Celebrations" at the India Center on Sunday, Jan 11 2015.
It's part of our theme of educating the language and culture, to the
kids who learn in a fun-filled environment.

The entire ISW Tamil class students participated in this colorful
event by showcasing their talents through a skit called "4 day Pongal
Celebrations" explaining the 1st day being "Bhogi Pongal", 2nd day
being "Thai Pongal", 3rd day being "Maatu Pongal" and the 4th day
being "Kanum Pongal". Also they displayed their dancing talents
through 3 different folk dances with their traditional costumes.
Especially the boys were able to dance with their own style in the
last dance sequence. We had participants joining this celebration from
Kalaimagal Tamil School and Boston Tamil Church group with a prayer
song and a fusion of dance items.

Our ISW Tamil student's parents provided homemade traditional Pongal
dishes like "Sweet Pongal" and "Venn Pongal." Besides these main
courses, wide varieties of other south Indian dishes were served to
the audience and guests. It was wonderful to have a warm/colorful
event followed by hot south Indian feast.  It was great that the
students and the parents for supported this event in spite of frigid
weather condition on that day.

More info on Tamil Language class at ISW:

Registrations for Tamil classes on Sundays mornings are open in May
for September 2015 and children six years and older can enroll in the
ISW Cultural and Language School.  The curriculum is based on
"American Tamil Academy - http://amtaac.org/" which is a well known
organization with in the USA which also provides accreditation. ISW
Cultural and Language Tamil classes are proud to have an affiliation
with this American Tamil Academy by providing world class curriculum
to the Boston / Metro west area communities.  A typical class at ISW -
India Center at this Shrewsbury facility includes yoga, a cultural
assembly & one hour language class. For more info please visit the
iswonline.org website.

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