FeTNA Holds Silver Jubilee Convention in Baltimore Fourth of July Weekend

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The Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America held its 25th annual convention to celebrate Tamil culture, literature and history in Baltimore, Maryland’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with 2,500 people enjoying a multitude of events from July 5-8, 2012.

The Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA)(http://www.fetna.org) held its grand and festive 25th annual Tamil convention, its Silver Jubilee, from July 5-8 in Baltimore, MD with 2,500 people in attendance. Tamil Scholar Dr. Mu.Va. was the guest of honor at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in the center of this beautiful city. “Our quarter century celebration came packed with activities of glamour, grandeur and colour, with Tamil tradition running as a common thread through all the activities and events,” said Dr. Dhandapani Kupuswamy, President of FeTNA.

Federation of Tamil Sangams (Associations) of North America (FeTNA), an umbrella organization for nearly 40 local organizations, presents a grand event each year in a different state and city. Happening for the last 24 years, the annual Tamil Convention is a splendidly momentous occasion where Tamils of North America get together and celebrate their culture, showcase their talents, delight over meeting South Indian movie celebrities, eminent speakers, famous singers and literary figures from India and elsewhere in the Tamil world. FeTNA’s ‘Velli Vizha’ featured some of the prominent personalities who have significantly contributed to the growth of Tamil language, tradition and music.

The prominent Indian political leader and well-known writer Thozhar Nallakannu, the Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia, Prof. Dr. Ramasamy Palanisamy and Jaffna Member of Parliament S. Sritharan all kindly consented to grace the occasion.

The guest-list included award-winning Tamil writer S Ramakrishnan, Tamil Kavignar Thamizhachi Thangapandian, Kavanar Dr. KalaiChezhian, Tamil scholar Maraimalai Ilakkuvanar, Kalaimamani TKS Kalaivanan, Udukkaiyadi Padal and Tamil folk song researcher Dr. Brenda Beck and Salem-News.com editor Tim King. The speech by Thiru. Sagayam, IAS received a standing ovation.

FeTNA draws attention to Tamilian folk arts and this year staged the dance ballet featuring brave mother Veerathai Velu Naachiyaar by writer-director Sriram Sharma with his wife Manimekalai as the lead.

Kollywood’s leading film actors “Chinna Thalapathy” Bharath and Amala Paul, ‘Chinna Kuyil’ Padmashree K S Chitra, singer Anitha Krishnan, the Vidya-Vandana sisters and TV artist Priyadarshini were other star attractions of the event.

This is not all. Other event highlights included the Ainkaran Orchestra, Tamil competitions/literary quizzes, an interview with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humour shows by actor Siva Karthikeyan and Madurai Muthu, and a well-received youth program, Thamilan Thamilachi.

Parallel Sessions included meetings by the WTO, TGTE and USTPAC, the Top 10 Tamil Entrepreneur Forum, CME, alumni meetings, Tamil Matrimony, a Valzhum Kalai by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and more. In addition, numerous vendors showed up this year and a record number of booths for a wide variety of organizations, clubs, charities and others to showcase their activities were installed at the convention.

Mr. Balagan Arumugaswamy, FeTNA 2012 Convention Coordinator,said, “I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all those who graced the occasion, including the wonderful volunteers without number who made this event possible.”

FeTNA’s next convention will be held at the Sony Centre in Toronto, Canada from July 5-6, 2013 and will be hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress (http://canadiantamilcongress.net/article.php?lan=eng&id=64).

Please visit http://www.fetna.org for further details, including video streaming of programs.

Media Contact:
Dr. Dhandapani Kuppuswamy, FeTNA President (Ph: 843-814-7581), email: president(at)fetna(dot)org

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