Tamil in Toronto -Tamil Heritage Celebration

Tamil was the first language to be declared as a classical language by the Government of India in 2004. Tamil is one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world. It has been described as “the only language of contemporary India, which is recognizably a continuation of a classical past and having “one of the richest literatures in the world”. The earliest epigraphic records found on rocks date from around the 3rd century BC. From lyrical ballads to amazing literature, this beautiful language has it all. Tamil is also the mother of the other Dravidian languages. Several words used in the other south Indian languages like Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada etc. are originally derived from Tamil.

Now Tamil has one more golden feather to its crown. The rich heritage and culture has made the language unique not only in India but also in Toronto. City Council of Toronto, Canada’s largest city issued a proclamation on January 2012 “Tamil Heritage Month,” providing the opportunity “to showcase and share the community’s vibrant culture and traditions and longstanding history with Toronto residents and visitors.” Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford signed the proclamation on behalf of the City Council. This is a merit not just for Tamil as a language but also for our nation. Tamil migration to Canada started in the late 1960s and today the population has touched 300,000. This highly influential group consists of entrepreneurs, medical professionals, senior management professionals and students pursuing higher education.

All major Canadian associations are a part of this event. The major aim of the event is to celebrate the richness of Tamil language and Literature, celebrate the tradition and arts , highlight the achievements of global Tamils and strive towards enhancing the progress of the community. Several competitions have also been organized to uphold the fivefold objectives. Is it not thrilling to know a language that we speak , read, and understand has received global recognition? It definitely does. So, the next time you speak this language do justice to it because you have got the chance to be a part of a classic. Learn more about it and do all that you can to promote it as well.

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