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New Year Celebrations

Back left to right: Wydeeshwaran Jeyapaalen, President of the Sutton Tamil School and Child Aid Lanka Trustees Naomi Aruliah and Trevor Perera, with three of the dancers from the Sutton Tamil School.

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New Year Celebrations

Thirty four performers from the Sutton Tamil School entertained guests at the Tamil New Year celebrations, held at Greenshaw High School on Saturday 21st April.

The colourful display of traditional drumming and dancing included the dance ‘Paambu Nadanam’, in which the children enacted the story of a child that is bitten by a snake, a priest then pleads for the child’s life and the snake take back the poison to that the child is saved.   A number of dances were performed in traditional dress and demonstrated highly technical movements, including ‘Margazhi Thingal Allava’, a love dance in honour of Lord Krishna.

The event was staged in partnership with Sutton for Peace and Justice, Sutton Elders Circle and the Sutton Tamil School.

The Tamil New Year, or Puthandu, falls on April 13 or 14 of the Gregorian Calendar and is also celebrated as the Sinhala and Sri Lankan New Year.

The event raised funds towards Child Aid Lanka’s work in helping underprivileged children in Sri Lanka.  Specifically support the two key projects of building wells and supporting computer education.