July 5, 2012
FeTNA’s Annual Tamil Convention
Grand Silver Jubilee Celebrations 2012
Tamil Scholar Dr. Mu.Va. Centenary Celebration
July 6-8, 2012, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland
The much awaited FeTNA’s 25th Annual Tamil Convention will kick-start in another two days. The Tamils of North America are gearing up for a grand and festive Silver Jubilee Convention 2012 and the Tamil Scholar Dr. Mu.Va. Centenary celebration that come packed with activities of glamour, grandeur and colour, with Tamil tradition running a common thread in all the activities and events. It is scheduled to be conducted at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland from July 6-8, 2012. 2000 members from all over the world are expected to be present at the remarkable occasion.
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, show case their talents, delight over meeting South Indian movie celebrities, eminent speakers and soap stars from India. FeTNA Velli Vizha will feature some of the prominent personalities who have significantly contributed to growth of Tamil language, tradition and music.
The prominent Indian political leader and well-known writer Thozhar Nallakannu and the Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia, Prof. Dr.Ramasamy Palanisamy, have kindly consented to grace the occasion.
The guest-list includes 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 Salemnews.com editor Tim King.
FeTNA in its attempt to highlight Tamilian folk arts, stages dance ballet featuring brave mother Veerathai Velu Naachiyaar by writer-director Sriram Sharma with his wife Manimekalai as the lead. This is the debut Art production by the prominent Tamil leader and politician in Tamil Nadu, Mr Vaiko. He states that this dance-drama, presented by a dedicated team of artists depicts Tamil culture,valour, music and dance in an exemplary manner. He had expressed his heart-felt thanks to FeTNA for having fulfilled his desire to take this to the Tamils of the world. The eloquent orator wished FeTNA’s Silver Jubilee Convention a grand success.
Kollywood leading actors “Chinna Thalapathy” Bharath and Amala Paul, ‘Chinna Kuyil’ Padmashree K S Chitra, singer Anitha Krishnan, Vidya-Vandana sisters and TV artist Priyadarshini are other star attractions of the event.
This is not all. Sample other event highlights: Top 10 Tamil Entrepreneur Forum, Ainkaran orchestra, Tamil competitions/literary quiz, interview with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, programme by singer Mukesh Mohamed and humour shows by actor Siva Karthikeyan and Madurai Muthu.
The Silver Jubilee Convention is organized under the competent leadership of Mr. Balagan Arumugasamy and the Federation’s President, Dr. Dhandapani Kuppuswamy.
Please visit www.fetna.org for further details and for registration. You may get in touch with Dr. Dhandapani Kuppuswamy, President-FeTNA (Ph: 843-814-7581, email: [email protected]) and Mr. Balagan Arumugasamy, Convention Coordinator, FETNA 2012 (Ph: 240-351-6197/301-237-1747, email:[email protected]) for more information.