Posts Categorized: Arts & Culture

Recent Pieces by N. Malathy

December 14, 2017 1. This website, TamilTigerwomen.com is the byproduct of the project to record women’s history in the LTTE.  A translation of some of their writing. The project itself is not complete yet. 2. Peopling an Island – the case of Sri Lanka (appeared in the telesur site, April 2017)   3. Rape: Sri Lanka’s Weapon of Genocide  (appeared in… Read more »

What You Should Have Been Taught About Sri Lanka

by Natalie Samarasinghe, ‘Explore Parts Unknown.com,’ CNN, October 25, 2017 Sri Lanka bills itself as a tropical paradise, and this is not an idle boast. I have yet to find a country that matches its combination of sleepy beaches, ancient cities, lush vistas, and tourist-friendly package of relatively short travel distances and locals who speak… Read more »

Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ in Sri Lanka

by CNN, October 29, 2017 https://explorepartsunknown.com/destination/sri-lanka/                         partsunknowncnn Your guide to Sri Lankan cuisine   Spicy Fish Stew by Douglas Bullis and Wendy Hutton, October 25, 2017 Seer, or Spanish mackerel, is arguably Sri Lanka’s tastiest fish. Certainly, it is one of the most popular… Read more »

For the Rohingyas and Us

by Cheran Rudhramoorthy, on Facebook, August 31, 2017 (Also in Tamil) I abandoned my child, My God I cannot ask you anymore For forgiveness. Just three minutes Before killing the child you chopped off my hands. Amid pain, grief and wailing you will not have grace. When the spear was inserted softly into my child’s stomach, thinking… Read more »

‘Demons in Paradise’

SYNOPSIS Sri Lanka 1983, Jude Ratman is five years old. On a red train, he flees the massacre of the Tamils instigated by the Pro-Sinhalese majoritarian government. Now a filmmaker, he takes the same train from South to North. As he advances, the traces of the violence of the 26-year-old war and the one which… Read more »

Tamil: A Biography

HARDCOVER $35.00 • £25.00 • €31.50 ISBN 9780674059924 Publication: September 2016 The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press Spoken by eighty million people in South Asia and a diaspora that stretches across the globe, Tamil is one of the great world languages, and one of the few ancient languages that survives as a mother… Read more »

Noolaham Book Collection

 நூலகம்  Impressive list of books [5579 and growing] and other publications originating from Eelam Tamils. Provides knowledge and information services to ensure free and open access thereby support educational, research and development endeavors related to Sri Lankan Tamil speaking communities. Books [5,579] Magazines [7,421] Newspapers [3,941] Pamphlet [1,880] http://www.noolaham.org Project Madurai Electronic versions of ancient… Read more »

Cookbook Tells The Story Of Sri Lanka’s Civil War Through Food

by Vidya Balachandar, ‘NPR,’ Washington, DC. October 9, 2016 Even if you knew nothing about Vijaya, her haunting portrait would likely give you pause. She peers out of the page, unsmiling, her silver hair pulled back and her eyes conveying an unspoken anguish. From the accompanying narrative, we learn that a few years ago, almost… Read more »

Tribute to Ainkaran – A Unique Artist from Tamil Eelam

  by ILankai Tamil Sangam, October 2016 Sivaaingaran Chelvadurai, a tech-supervisor turned impressive stage singer, who performed on equal footing with renowned playback singers over three decades and who was born and raised in Tamil Eelam, emerging from a family of social activists and intellectuals, passed away at age 55 in Columbia, Tennessee, USA. Ultimate… Read more »

India’s Disturbing Oscar Entry Takes on Police Torture

by BBC, London, September 28, 2016 A thriller in Tamil language has been chosen as India’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars. Sudha G Tilak writes on an unusually gritty crime drama on police brutality and corruption. A homeless young man is walking down a street after watching a… Read more »

M.I.A.’S Provocative Pop

In recent years, her controversies have been more vital than her music. by Carrie Battan, ‘The New Yorker,’ September 12, 2016 Later this month, the inaugural London offshoot of Afropunk Fest—the forward-thinking musical event, held annually in Brooklyn, that explores race, identity, and visual art in black counterculture—will take place. Initially, the headliner was to… Read more »

Sangam Kalai Vila

  Ilankai Tamil Sangam (ITS), USA successfully hosted its bi-annual cultural show “Kalai Vila” on Sunday June 5th in West Windsor New Jersey.  This year the Kalai Vila 2016 was combined with a super singer show.   Over 100 students from different parts of New Jersey show cased their talent in Tamil language, music and arts… Read more »

About Sri Lankan Refugees, Looks Like a Prophecy

by A.O.Scott, ‘The New York Times,’ May 5, 2016  Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes a year ago, arrives in North American theaters having lost none of the timeliness that was widely noted last May. Screening in the South of France a few months after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, as the… Read more »

2nd Tamil Studies Symposium May 6-7

Full program http://ycar.apps01.yorku.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Tamil-Studies-Symposium-Program.pdf The 2nd Tamil Studies Symposium Bearing Witness: Unspeakable Crimes, Invisible Atrocities 6-7 May 2016 at York University The most challenging paradox of the 21st Century may well be the saturation of our media with news of atrocities, even as many conflicts around the world are described as ‘wars without witnesses’. While news reports… Read more »

New Tamil Writing

by Words without Borders, New York, April 2015 This month we present Tamil writing. The Tamil literary tradition of associating images with landscapes informs the fiction and poetry here, as writers locate their considerations of alienation, exile, and diaspora, and address how identities and customs change with both figurative and literal terrain. In tales from… Read more »

Poetry after Libricide and Genocide

by Cheran Rudramoorthy, ‘Indialogs,’ Barcelona, Spain, January 2016 http://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v3-rudhramoorthy/pdf_26 Cheran Poetry after Libricide & Genocide Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings – Heinrich Heine Healing the Forest To heal a still smoldering land, we went; no bird in sight. An empty sky above the sparrow-flying earth. An ash-covered landless… Read more »

From Tamil Tiger to Star of a Palme d’Or Winner

The lead in Jacques Audiard’s latest film left Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war and arrived in France to work a series of low-paid jobs. His extraordinary story is mirrored in the new work from the director of A Prophet

“The Other Side”

By Indrani Balaratnam, March 30, 2016 A glimpse of the streets we would have called home, I’m laughing in the park, climbing the coconut trees, Cycling through the dusty lanes, playing at the local spots. It’s a strange relationship: Caught in opposition of the surveillance state, And, gratitude, for finally seeing the corners we’ve never… Read more »