Ponnivala at the Thai Pongal Celebration Dinner

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]Pictured: (right to left) Art Director Ravichandran Arumugam, Dr. Brenda Beck, Technical Director Eric Harris, and CTC Board Member Kumar Ratnam.

On Saturday, January 19, members of the Ponnivala team were honoured to accept Mr. Danton Thurairajah’s invitation to be guests at the Candadian Tamil Congress’ Thai Pongal Dinner in Markham, Ontario. 

Attended by some nine hundred people, the event was a wonderful evening of entertainment and food. The emcee for the evening was Crossroads host Manjula Selvarajah, with whom Dr. Beck had a televised interview just a week ago on TVI.

In addition to being a celebration and awards ceremony, the Thai Pongal Celebration Dinner also served as the backdrop for an important book launch: Mr. Appadurai Mutulingam’s translation into Tamil of Frances Harrison’s Still Counting the Dead, an account of the horrific climax of the bloody conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government. Mr. Mutulingam is a found of the Tamil Literary Garden, and has assisted The Legend of Ponnivala project by translating the story synopses for the back covers of our two-volume complete editions in Tamil (to be released soon).

The two-volume set is already available in English from Amazon and CreateSpace.

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Brenda Beck Talks Ponnivala with TVI

This past Sunday, Dr. Brenda Beck made an appearance on TVI’s “Crossroads” with host Manjula Selvaraja. The topic was teaching and learning the Tamil language abroad, especially in Canada. Joining them were two students from the University of Toronto.

In other news, Series One of The Legend of Ponnivala is now available in Tamil from the Ponnivala Marketplace! This is the long-awaited print edition of the Tamil comics from Amazon and CreateSpace.