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Massachusetts Tamil Sangam – Mother’s Day Celebration

Tharegha Manoharan

Massachusetts Tamil Sangam Mother’s Day Celebration


Massachusetts Tamil Sangam had a grand commencement with a successful first event with a colorful display of cultural pieces through a virtual event on April 23, 2022. Following the prosperous event of Chithirai Vizha, Massachusetts Tamil Sangam held a Mother’s Day Celebration, an in-person gathering held at Dean Park in Shrewsbury with over 170 attendees celebrating together as a community. 

ஈ6mற ெபா@தி6m ெபljl�வffi@U) த6mமகைனB சா6mேறா6m எனffiேகLடதாLL.

The mother who hears her son called a “wise man” will rejoice more than she did at his birth (Dr. G.U.Pope). 

To bring out the truth in this Thirukural, the dedicated volunteers of Massachusetts Tamil Sangam, made us all proud and worked tirelessly in making this event come to life. Beginning wide awake at 7AM on Sunday morning, an energetic effort was made by volunteers Ramesh, Sankar, Veerendiran, Jothi Prasad, Prabhu Ram, Manoharan, Navin, Suresh, Navaneethan, Premkumar, and Chithra Manoharan to prepare delicacies for that evening. In fact, the reason I woke up that morning was because there seemed to be a whole party going on downstairs, not to mention the fact that the savory aromas were absolutely pulling me out of bed. They cooked for the next 6 hours, working even through the crazy weather outside. 

Soon enough, this extraordinary team of volunteers, along with Tanya Desigan, Shiva, Krishnaswamy, Thilak, and Arul, were all set up for Massachusetts Tamil Sangam’s Mother Day Celebration. The event had a special kickoff with the introductions of all the mothers in the crowd, a lively and important way of getting a glimpse of all the extraordinary people Massachusetts Tamil Sangam has brought together.

The beautiful mothers then enjoyed playing Antakshari, channeling out their inner Shreya Goshals that only their children were blessed to hear before falling asleep. They played a few rounds, singing classics like “Kannathil Muthamittal”, “Kanne Kalaimane”, and “Thenpandi Cheemayile”, songs all angelically depicting the closeness of mothers, children, family.

The evening was further made uniquely special as all the children were given an opportunity to talk a bit about their mom, and to wish them a very Happy Mother’s Day! These very cute children thanked their mothers for all they do for them every day of the week, going on to expressing their gratitude for helping them out, supporting them, and praising their unique culinary skills. Tanya and Varnikaa went on to sing “Azhagu” followed by a performance by Smrithi Krishnaswamy, a junior at Shrewsbury High School, playing “Isn’t She Lovely” on her saxophone. Not only this, but 2-year old prodigy, Thara Karunakaran, recited Thirukural, Athichudi, and the Tamil months for everyone in her own adorable way as well.

Of course, the delicious snacks were served yummy and warm by our eager volunteers of Massachusetts Tamil Sangam including Navin, Prabhu Ram, Veerendiran, Navaneethan, Suresh, Premkumar, and Jothi Prasad. Families and friends also had the opportunity to take stunning pictures at the photo booth set up by our vibrant volunteer, Veerendiran Nachimuthu. The emcee for the entirety of Massachusetts Tamil Sangam’s Mother’s Day Celebration was none other than New England’s very own Saritha Venkatesh, a proud and dedicated member of Massachusetts Tamil Sangam. Photography at the event was beautifully covered by Krish Velmurugan from KrispFotos Photography and Film.

Massachusetts Tamil Sangam distributed trophies for participants of the virtual Chithirai Thiruvizhaa with the honors of special guest, Meera Subramaniam. Mrs. Subramaniam, a passionate cricketer and activist from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, is one of India’s famous first-ranked star cricketers. Currently, she is the coach and administrator of the women’s cricket team, the Chickadees, with players over 13 years of age. Her daughters, inspired by their passionate mother, also joined the team, now as wicket keeper and left hand bat.

Massachusetts Tamil Sangam thanks Mrs. Meera Subramaniam for taking time to join us at our Mother’s Day Celebration, as well as her family.

The trophies for the participants of Massachusetts Tamil Sangam’s Chithirai Vizhaa were sponsored by Frontline Nursing, coordinated by Sujatha Varadarajan. Massachusetts Tamil Sangam is deeply grateful for this gesture.

Followed by the trophy distribution, was a special cake cutting by all the mothers along with special guest Mrs. Meera Subramaniam. Massachusetts Tamil Sangam once again thanks Mrs. Subramaniam for joining us at the first ever in-person event of MTS.

The first opportunity to meet a vibrant community of passionate Thamizhargal was an absolute blessing. Massachusetts Tamil Sangam thanks all the attendees who were there and encouraged Massachusetts Tamil Sangam despite the cold, windy, weather– we really appreciate your support! We hope to see you next time!!

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