Kamban Tamil Literary Festival 2016

Jeiram Jegathesan

Jeiram Jegathesan

Wentworthville will transform into a sea of colour when the non-profit Tamil volunteer organisation Kamban Kazhagam Australia host the Kamban Tamil Literary Festival 2016.

“The Kamban Tamil Literary Festival is a celebration of Tamil literature, theatricals and oration, all centered around the epic Kamba Ramayanam,” Kamban Kazhagam Australia founder Jeiram Jegathesan said.

“In Australia there are so many wonderful cultures, all of which are rich in history and consist of unique and invaluable literature, music and other forms of art. Together, they have aided many generations with understanding where they have come from and why certain traditions are followed.

“While these contributions are cherished, the profound question is – how many of them have stood the test of time with their relevance and teachings? The Kamba Ramayanam is one such example.”

According to the 2011 census, Sydney is home to approximately 20,000 Tamil Australians, with a staggering 28 per cent living in the suburbs of western Sydney.

“With this growth in the area, there has been a keen interest to share Tamil culture with the broader community,” he said.

The festival, which began in 2012, will comprise of two key events; ‘Kamban Vizha 2016’ and ‘Gnana Velvi’. From Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, each day and night program will display a variety of events, from Tamil oratory sessions, performances by the dedicated children form the Kamban Kids Class, and a two hour non-stop musical opera featuring talented, local Tamil youth.

“In addition to the performances, speeches and theatricals, Kamban Vizha is an opportunity for the community to recognise and award deserving Tamil Australians who have significantly contributed to uplift the Australian community,” Mr Jegathesan added.

“Helping us celebrate this joyous occasion will be Federal Parramatta MP Julie Owens, Parramatta MP Dr Geoff Lee and Strathfield MP Jodi McKay.”

Mr Jegathesan said Kamban Kazhagam Australia’s “vision is to inspire and encourage all to consider the valuable teachings” within the text of Kamba Ramayanam, and by extension share Tamil culture, values and beliefs with the broader community.

Details: Free entry. Friday, October 21 from 6.30pm – 10pm until Sunday, October 23 from 9am – 1pm and 4.30pm – 10pm at The Redgum Centre, 2 Lane St, Wentworthville.

CELEBRATION: "Since its inception we've strived to heighten awareness of the Kamba Ramayanam among both learned and new audiences," Mr Jegathesan said.

CELEBRATION: "Since its inception we've strived to heighten awareness of the Kamba Ramayanam among both learned and new audiences," Mr Jegathesan said.

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