|Wisconsin Tamil Sangam celebrates Muthamiz Vizha
By Heidi M. Pascual
| The Wisconsin Tamil Sangam (WITS) led by its current president, Dr. Sakthivel Prabakaran (left photo with wife Jansirani), offered its annual community gathering at Middleton High School called "Muthamizh Vizha." It is a tradition that highlights the three major arts that the Tamils hold highly in their lives wherever they are in the world: Iyal (prose/literature); Isai (music); and Nadagam (drama). The event also welcomed the Hindu festive season of Navaratri and Deepavali (Diwali).
Children and youth's art works and essays about observations during family visits to India were posted on the wall near the reception table. These art and literary compositions vied for WITS awards which were later handed by Melba Jesudason (right, bottom photo from top) near the end of the program.
There's no question that a lot of preparation and rehearsals went into this special day. From the traditional songs and dances to the modern rhythms, the performers altogether did a splendid job. The dance medley by kids choreographed by Thiru. Arul Sundaramoorthy deserves a special mention because the audience raved for an encore with Arul performing with the kids (right). It was a blast!
The intergenerational musical numbers truly reflected the sense of pride of Wisconsin's Tamil community for their wealth of talents and love of culture.
Congratulations to the WITS!