Making Tamil fun for everyone

Making Tamil fun for everyone
Lively start... Mr Iswaran (fourth from left with Mr Rajaram on his left) at the live launch of the festival on TV.

SINGAPORE - A host of exciting programmes has been lined up for this year's Tamil Language Festival, to call on all in the community to "Love Tamil, Speak Tamil".

Till April 27, the community can participate in a series of literary, oratorical and cultural events that will encourage them to embrace their mother tongue and use it in their daily lives.

"There are many exciting activities taking place this year. The programmes are targeted at various segments of the community - school children, youths and the general public and we want many people to take part and benefit from these programmes," said Mr R. Rajaram, chairman of the Tamil Language Council.

"These activities are also excellent opportunities for the community to immerse themselves in an environment where Tamil is spoken and heard."

The Tamil Language Council has been organising the festival since 2007 with partner organisations. This year the organisations include the Singapore Indian Association and the Association of Singapore Tamil Writers.

Mr S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry, officially launched the month-long festival live on the Vasantham TV channel on March 29.

Catch Vizhi?! + Naan Yaar?, a doublebill workshop for youths, at 9am to 4.30pm on April 5, at Screening Room, The Arts House. For more information, call Mr Magesh at 9151-8505 or e-mail

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