TAMIL SOCIETY CELEBRATES HERITAGE DAY
By: Dhivana Rajgopaul
Merebank Tamil School Society (MTSS) celebrated Heritage Day by hosting its annual Tamil function at the MTSS hall.
The programme directors of the day were Mala Lutchman of Lotus FM and Dr Ganas Murugan, a lecturer of the Tamil language.
The event was hosted by the Tamil Advancement Society, partnering with the KwaZulu-Natal Tamil Federation and the Merebank Tamil School Society.
Different dances were showcased at the function, performed by the youth of the community. Bharathanatyam was performed by lots of different dance schools in tribute to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.
Ladies of the Mere-bank Tamil School Society presented a Kollatam piece, which is demonstrated by ladies using two sticks in each hand which they beat together to make a sound.
In keeping with the Heritage Day theme, many dance academies chose to fuse their Indian dance with African songs.
The Shiksha Dance Academy danced to a Zulu song that paid tribute to former President Nelson Mandela. The dance group then did an Afro-Indian fusion performance to the famous Miriam Makeba’s Click Song.
Richard Govender, President of the KwaZulu-Natal Tamil Federation, said, “Heriatge Day is a day on which we are encouraged to celebrate our culture.”
Govender added that Heritage Day is a day to remember those who formed the Tamil Federation and honor them.
Leona Dean Dance Academy which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, performed the last piece of the event.
The group enacted a sweet love story that had elements of childhood love, dance and good acting. Their performance got the crowd on its feet and dancing.
Kalden Govender, who attended the show, sounded pleased by how everything went.
“The Heritage Day hosted by MTSS was a great success and the event celebrated our culture,” Kalden said.