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Tamil Heritage Month

Tamil Heritage Month" UK Launch Event on the 18th of January 2020

The British Tamil Chamber of Commerce has organised a festival on 18th January 2020 to mark the first Tamil Heritage Month in the United Kingdom. We urge all Tamils and Tamil organisations in the United Kingdom to promote and strengthen this initiative.

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Parai is considered as one of the symbols of Tamil culture. It was used as an auspicious instrument in weddings. It was also used to alert the people in flood time. A type of parai called Ari parai was used in harvest time to make the birds fly off from the fields

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Koothu or Therukoothu is an ancient art, where artists play songs with dance and music in storytelling the epics, performed in Tamil; it is a folk art originated from the early Tamil country.

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Tamil is one of the longest-surviving classical languages in the world. A recorded Tamil literature has been documented for over 2000 years. The earliest period of Tamil literature, Sangam literature, is dated from ca. 300 BC-AD 300. It has the oldest extant literature among Dravidian languages. The earliest epigraphic records found on rock edicts and 'hero stones' date from around the 3rd century BC.

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Keeladi excavation site is a Sangam period settlement that is being excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India and the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department. This is a large-scale excavation carried out in Tamil Nadu after the Adichanallur archaeological site. The settlement lies on the bank of the Vaigai River and it reflects the ancient culture of Tamil people. Epigraphist V. Vedachalam, who served as a domain expert for the excavation, dated the excavated remains between 5th century BCE and 3rd century CE.

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Thai Pongal is a multi-day harvest festival of farmers particularly in the Tamil community. It is observed at the start of the month Tai according to Tamil solar calendar and this is typically about January 14. It is dedicated to the Sun, the harvest festival under many regional names celebrated throughout India and Sri Lanka.

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Bharathiyar was a Tamil writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist, a social reformer and a polyglot. Popularly known as "Mahakavi Bharathi", he was a pioneer of modern Tamil poetry and is considered one of the greatest Tamil literary figures of all time. His numerous works included fiery songs kindling patriotism during the Indian Independence movement.

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Thiruvalluvar was a celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher. He is best known as the author of Thirukkuṛaḷ, a collection of couplets on ethics, political and economic matters, and love. The text is considered an exceptional and widely cherished work of the Tamil literature.

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The Kumari Kandam continent was submerged when the last ice age ended and the sea levels rose.

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