TORONTO: The biggest Tamil event comes to town on Friday when Tamils from all over North America and elsewhere converge on the city to join in the 26th annual convention of the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA).
“This is definitely one of the biggest events of this scale held by Tamils in North America and we are excited to be hosting FeTNA in Toronto in 2013,’’ according to Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) national spokesman David Poopalapillai.
“We congratulate FeTNA on their Silver Jubilee convention.’’
Poopalapillai hopes the Toronto convention, at the Sony Centre of the Performing Arts, will be a grand success.
The main highlight of the opening day of the three-day event will be stage performance of at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 5.
The performance is a dance adaptation of the 1944 Tamil historical novel that sparked widespread interest in Tamil history when it was published. It is the first North American production based on the novel.
Considered to be one of the greatest Tamil novels ever written, Sivagamiyin Sabatham is the story of love and revenge, set in the seventh-century south India, and revolves around the historical events of the Indian royal dynasty that ruled parts of southern and central India.
Thousands of Tamils from the United States and other countries are coming to Toronto to celebrate Tamil language, culture and heritage.
A non-profit umbrella organization of Tamil Sangams in the US and Canada, FeTNA aims to preserve and promote Tamil culture, language, history, literature in the Tamil diaspora.
FeTNA also brings on one platform Tamil entertainment to the diaspora in North America.
It is the first time that FeTNa is holding its annual convention outside the US.
Toronto city is home to the biggest Tamil diaspora anywhere outside the Indian sub-continent.