'Don’t forget mother tongue and Tamil culture'
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 August 2003, 00:00 GMT]
Mr.R.Thiagalingam, Secretary of the North East Provincial Education
Ministry, addressing the gathering at the Miruthangam Arangetram of two
brothers, Cholan and Sipi, held Monday evening at the Kalyana Mandapam of
Trincomalee Muttukumaraswamy temple, made an appeal to several thousand Sri
Lankan Tamils living abroad that they should not forget their mother tongue and Tamil
The younger generation of Tamils in the country and Tamils living abroad
should come forward to contribute to the development of arts and culture
in their homeland in Sri Lanka, he said.
The chief guest of the occasion was the veteran Carnatic musician in Jaffna
" Maha Vidwan" (Maestro) Bramasiri N.Veeramani Ayer.
Mr. Veeramani Ayer said in his speech that Trincomalee was a divine land.
Several centuries ago, Hindu saints had sung hymns praising Trincomalee and
its historic Hindu temples. “Trincomalee preserves the pristine glory of Tamil cultural values through its Hindu temples and arts. All Tamils should be proud of Trincomalee,” he said.
The Ramakrishna Mission head in Sri Lanka, Swami Athmaganantha, in his message to the souvenir released at the event, praised those Tamils living abroad who have not forgotten their roots and their Tamil culture.
The brothers, Cholan and Sipi, sons of Dr.Anandarajah from Trincomalee, now settled in London, played their maiden Miruthangam to the Carnatic music of ‘Vidwan’ Ms.
Vijakumary Thavasilingam and Ms. Gayathiri Rajarammohan. Violin was played by Isaikalamani S.Thipakar, Gadam by Kalaimani L.Jambunathan, Muharsingh by Visaratha Ratnam Ratnathurai and Thambura by Ms. Sivasanagary Rajarammohan, sources said.
Cholan and Sipi are disciples of Mirthanga Vidwan Sri
SomasundaraThesigar, who began his tutelage under Sri A.S.Ramanathan at the Ramanathan Academy ( now Jaffna university Fines Arts Faculty) in Sri Lanka.
" Sangeetha kachcheri" being held.Cholan and Sipi playing miruthangam to vocal music by Vidwan Ms. Vjeyakumary Thavasilingam with Ms. Gayathiri Rajarammohan
Chief guest Maha Vidwan N.Veeramani Iyer speaking.