TMM Thai Pongal Vizha 2016
Anywhere and everywhere festivals are the symbols of culture and tradition of a community. One such kind of traditional festival “Thai Pongal Vizha” marked the inaugural event of TMM, on January 30th, 2016. Around 500+ audience was welcomed by the authentic symbols of tamil tradition – Mullai Poo, Panneer, Kalkkandu and Chandanam (sandal) at the reception. The photo booth with bullock cart, Pongal Paanai , Karumbu (sugar cane) and Rangoli created the back home festive mood in New England. Prior to the celebration, a warm welcome was hosted by TMM at the auditorium with the troop of Naadhaswaram and Thavil on stage followed by lighting of lamp by Board and Executive committee members of TMM.
The celebration commenced with Tamizh Thaai Vazhththu. During the kids fancy dress parade, it was a sheer pleasure to watch the tiny tots dressed up in dazzling colors with cute performances. The other performances include Bharatanatiyam from various dance academies, folk dances by kids and adults, group dances by adults from various parts of New England, light music by kids and adults and a veena light music instrumental. The kids and adults rocked the stage with ultimate melodies and awesome choreographies!
To crown it all was a crew of twenty two , “The Maanudam Parai” team who left the audience speechless with their Parai performance and Kummi dance. The audience held a standing ovation for the Maanudam Parai team as they re-created the intricacies of Parai instrument thus bringing the ambience of a Tamil festival to the land of New England.
A themed performance “The Spirit of TMM” was showcased to demonstrate the Chennai flood scenes along with the rescue operations. The kids brought various life styles of Chennai like villages, city girls and local street boys live on stage with their ordeals to escape the biggest catastrophe that struck Chennai.
The flawless compering, appropriate lighting and perfect acoustics at the auditorium made the Pongal Vizha a treat to watch, listen and cherish our back home childhood Pongal day memories. The event was graced by the guest of honors – Smt. Ranjani Saigal of Ekal Vidyalaya, Smt.Aparna Balaji of Abbyaas School of Music and Mr.Lakshmi Munugoor of Tamilnadu Foundation. The guests were honored by a Placard from TMM for their dedicated community service in Greater Boston area. TMM presented a charitable donation to Tamilnadu Foundation towards Chennai Flood Relief.
Last but not the least to mention, the exquisite tamil cuisine with Sweet Pongal along with an array of south indian delicacies was a real feast. The dinner buffet with Karoke music was a treat to the ears and mouth. The kids flocked around the Cotton Candy station and enjoyed the freshly made cotton candies. The stalls by different vendors along the pathway to the buffet hall brought back the memories of country fair in our own villages back home.
As the curtains were down at the event, the friends and families applauded TMM for hosting such an exotic event with loads of fun and nostalgic memories. They also wished TMM to host many more such remarkable events in the years to come and so is TMM Organization.
Author: KarthigaiPriya Govindarajan
Picture Credit: Manikandamoorthi Balakrishnan, Sarvavanan Meyyappan