Children Showcased Talents At NETS Pongal Vizha 2008
Pongal, the ancient festival of the Tamils was celebrated with pomp and
splendor, with about 100 kids displaying their vivid talents in fine
arts at the New England Tamil Sangam's Pongal vizha 2008 held at the
Littleton High School Auditorium, Littleton on Saturday, February 2nd.
It was a 5 hour program in which around 600 people showed up and were
thoroughly entertained by 40 different performances by the kids of the
"We have grown tremendously in the past two
years and with the dedicated committee members who have contributed
their valuable time and efforts for the growth of this organization,
we'll keep the momentum going", said Mr.Balaji Sathanandam, president
of the organization. He also introduced the committee members who
helped make this event a grand success, to the audience.
The program included classical style Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi
dances, dance medleys, tap dance performance, dance dramas, folk song
and folk dance, movie songs, Cine quiz, riddles, keyboard and violin
performances, with the performers exhibiting the style, skills,
enthusiasm and techniques. The evening began and ended with the songs
in praise of the Tamil language.
There was a good
response from the audience when the students of Shishu Bharathi
challenged them with riddles and quiz from the Tamil movies. "I became
a part of Shishu Bharathi in the year 1994-95 and started teaching
Tamil to the students since then," said Dr.Uma Nellaiappan, Tamil
language coordinator of the Lexington Shishu Bharathi center,MA.
Talking about the play,"Vaikundathil Oru Naal", which she herself wrote
and directed, she mentioned, "It's very difficult to make the students
understand certain expressions in Tamil. But they cooperated very well
and put in a lot of efforts to pronounce the words to the best they
The play highlighted the influence of technology
on the younger generation with the students from Shishu Bharathi
playing different characters from the Indian mythology. Dr.Uma
Nellaiappan is also a part of the NETS who served as the emcee for the
event along with Mrs.Poongothai Govindaraj.
were proud to see their children take the stage, commented that
"participating in such cultural programs enable the kids to learn Tamil
culture, especially the importance of celebrating festivals
and they have fun since it gives them an opportunity to take off from
their usual routine."
Mr.Pradeep Swaminathan, released
his first music CD of "Vinayagar Agaval", a hymn in praise of Lord
Vinayaga, written by the ancient poet Avvaiyar. An IT professional at
the Kana Software, the singer and creator of this piece Mr.Pradeep has
developed a software himself to get the "Bhava"(expression) in his
composition. He said," I am thankful to Matt Boardman who introduced
music recording to me and to G.Sathyaprasad who arranged and
orchestrated this music piece for me." Mr.Pradeep contributed the
proceeds from his CDs to NETS.
The association also
provided a platform for Mr.Sreeni Chippada and Mrs.Radhika Chippada,
followers of Dr.Manthena Raju's ways of "Natural Living," to share
their experiences with people. The Chippadas said that they were
impressed and benefited by Dr.Raju's ways and thus wanted to spread the
message to the community. They offer free sessions at their residence
at Lexington,MA to talk about Manthena's method of making right choice
of food, importance of exercise, rest and water to the body and healthy
recipes. They can be reached at email@example.com
Mrs.Vidhya Kalyanaraman, treasurer of the New England Tamil Sangam
offered the closing address and she thanked all those who were involved
in making the event a grand success. She thanked the NETS committee
members, youth members,emcees, volunteers, sponsors, participants and
their families for all their help and support.
program was well coordinated by Mr.Ramesh Venkatramani who worked
diligently in organizing the music files from the participants and also
helped arranging food for the event.
Restaurant, of Ashland, MA, Kolava Market, of Westford, MA and Mysore
Veggie Restaurant of Lowell, MA sponsored the event. Mysore Veggie
Restaurant also catered food for the event. "Thendral", a
magazine for Tamils in North America, helped designing the program
guide front page for the event.
The evening ended with
Mr.Balaji Sathanandam, NETS president presenting trophies to all the
participants who enthralled the audience by their dazzling
performances. There were about 100 young shining stars on the stage
with glowing faces.
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