‘Tamil Kutil’ set to make tangible impact on Tamil Diaspora

By Suchitra Srinivas 

‘Tamil Kutil’, our own building for the first time is set to make some tangible impact said Ranga Purushotaman, FeTNA coordinator and the Chair for the Maalikai Thittam or Building project. 

Tamil, one of the oldest languages, has its own richness that keeps it moving ahead of time but building a generation and equipping them to fulfill the mission of making a meaningful journey is what is important. FeTNa works towards building this, said, Ranga adding that Tamil Kutil is set for making this happen, 

Tamil Kutil will be housed in Huntington Township in Suffolk County. The two-storied building with a basement and 2 and a half acres of wooded land is being given by the township free on a lease for 20 years extendable up to 100 years in spans of 20 years each. 

Having a separate space could bring in more opportunities for meeting and conducting events as opposed to just four major events currently organized by all Tamil Sangams in their respective states. 

Besides being a meeting place for the Tamil diaspora, the building will also house a museum for Tamil heritage and language. There are plans to display the Keezhadi excavation extracts that are all about the Sangam age settlements. A chronological display of Tamil language and cultural developments from 300 BC will be made available in this museum, said Ranga.  

The Tamil Nadu government has promised to fund and establish a digital museum display of Tamil language and literature. Plans are also on to establish a full-fledged in-person library of Tamil books here he said. 

A space for a permanent office for FeTNA and New York Tamil Sangam (NYTS) is also being planned here. There are plans to make pathways and dedicated facilities for teaching the traditional Tamil art forms like Parai, Silambam, and more.  

“We expect that we may require about $2 M to renovate this facility. The net proceeds from the current FeTNA convention will be fully used to fund the renovation process. New York Tamil Sangam has contributed $200000 from its funds for the building renovation,” said Ranga adding there are plans to raise the remaining funds in a phased manner. 

FeTNA and NYTS will jointly maintain the facility and all the Tamil Sangams will use the facility for conducting programs. Ranga added that there are plans to extend this model to other states as well by working in tandem with the state’s Tamil Sangam. Having one such facility in each state in the US is our dream, he concluded. 

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