Press Release 02-Feb-2017
Tamil Makkal Mandram celebrated their signature event of the year – “Thai Pongal Thiruvizha and Tamizhar Marabu Dhina Vizha” on January 28th 2017. This mega event was well attended by around 700 guests, in their grand traditional attire! More than 200 Cultural participants entertained the audience with their marvelous performances.
The entrance was decorated with Thoranam, Vazhai Kannu (Banana Trees) and traditional kolam. Friendly and ever smiling faces welcomed all the guests with traditional Paneer (rose water), Chandhanam (Sandal wood powder), Kumkumam (Kum Kum), Mallihai poo (Jasmine strands) and with the warm greetings “Vanakkam! Pongalo Pongal”.
A grand Photo Booth captured all pretty guests with bright and colorful outfits. The Photo booth setup was meticulously thought and created with the background of Indian village home including farmer’s hut, decorated bullock cart, Jallikattu Bull, Cow and calf, greenery around the hut with the traditional Pongal pots, real sugarcanes and colorful Pongal Kolam in the front of the hut.
Reception with ticket handling and participant registrations were seamless even for the huge crowd of 700+ . Before the event and during the break, people enjoyed Pongal shopping. TMM team with their great efforts brought the best booths and a bunch of generous sponsors to make this a gala event a super success. There was also free lucky draw from 2 of the platinum sponsors; the lucky winner took electronic gadgets to their home.
Food in TMM events is always a highlight with special, yummy, authentic and satisfying menu items. This Pongal Vizha was not an exception. Great job by the TMM volunteers who managed to provide snacks and dinner on time for the entire crowd.
Another highlight of this year’s event was Arts Competitions! Yes, Both kids and adults were given a great opportunity to participate in Coloring, Drawing, Tamil Essay (Katturai), Tamil Poem (Kavidhai) and Sweet Pongal cooking competitions. The top 3 winners in each of the category were honored with TMM trophies and the first prize included a $99/- gift card from one of the sponsors. Cultural participants also were proud to receive the “TMM celebrity” trophies for their outstanding performances.
Kudos to the Youth volunteers who were everywhere helping the organizers and guests. Some of them showed their Tamil skills on stage by joining the compeering team. Stage emcees and audio /video management team did a remarkable job of delivering the 30+ cultural programs and special programs in a non-stop fashion. The sound quality and colorful illumination inside the auditorium and on stage conquered everyone’s hearts. Special programs were TMM Koothupattarai’s “Naanga Vera Level” Tamil skit, Mellisai Maalai, the musical medley by renowned singers of New England and super singer Rohini Rajaraman’s movie hits medley.
Even the break time was entertained with videos of Sponsors, previous events, etc. All the participants, choreographers and program coordinators have showcased the best of their talents by putting all their extraordinary efforts. The quality of the Cultural programs was amazing, testimonial to the creativity and hard work of all the participants.
TMM Media team captured every moment of this event for everyone to cherish forever. It was surprising to see the photos and videos getting uploaded on Facebook in no time.
The entire team of Tamil Makkal Mandram, with the Board Members and Executive Committee members had put in a lot of efforts to give the community a quality event. All their hard work truly showed in every detail of the event.
TMM should continue to grow with their grand success!! Wishing the entire team, a Very Happy Pongal and looking forward to have more such mega events!
To watch glimpses from the program visit: https://www.facebook.com/Tamilmakkalmandramusa/