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March 5, 2013 > Tamil Mandram holds successful event

Tamil Mandram holds successful event

Submitted By Gunasekaran Pathakkam

On February 16, San Francisco Bay Area Tamil Mandram conducted a Pattimandram (Tamil debate) and Kavi Arangam (presentation of poems). Kavi Mamani Dr. Abdul Khadar preceded both events. Prior to start of the events, Bay Area Tamil community observed two minutes of silence in memory of Dr.M.S. UdayaMurthy, an influential thinker and social reformer in Tamil Nadu, India.

Kavi Arangam was the first event of the evening. Five Bay area Tamil poets namely, Mr.Kandasamy Palanisamy, Mr.Kannan, Mrs.Malarvizhi Palaniappan, Mr.Rosary Arogyasamy, and Mr.Ilango Meyyappan presented their poems in eloquent and poetic manner. The theme of the poems was "Perennial Water Flow" ("vaTRaatha neerOttam") with five sub-topics, "Tear Drops of Women", "Blood Drops of Patriot", "Rain Drops of Sky", "Sweat Drops of Labor" and "Ink Drops of Writer". Dr.Abdul Khadar introduced each of the poets, prefaced with his critical remarks about their poems and provided thoughtful insight on each of the above topics with his unique poetic abilities which garnered lots of applause from the audience.

KaviArangam was followed by an entertaining Pattimandram (Debate). The topic of the debate was "Does happiness and fulfillment in life occur before marriage or after marriage?" Two teams of five members each debated the topic with the winners being judged by Dr.Abdul Khadar. Mr. Abu Khan as the leader, Mr. Vedha Narayanan, Mr.Gopal Kumarappan, Mr.Padmanaban, and Mr.Thirmudi argued in favor of "Before Marriage" with funny stories, anecdotes, their life experience with wishful arguments that took all of us to the past, provided an opportunity to recollect, remember our past pleasant memories.

The other team with Mrs. Nithya Sundarash as the leader, Mrs.Shanthi Pugal, Mrs.Nachiammai, Mrs.Chitra, and Mr.Shankar argued in favor of "After Marriage" by categorically denying that a person can get happiness before marriage but he will get fulfillment, self-content in life only after marriage with so many emotional stories, their personal experience, and references from Thirukkural that got attention, appreciation from the entire audience.

After weighing the merits of the arguments, Dr.Abdul Khadar presented his judgment as "A Person gets happiness and fulfillment after Marriage" by quoting references from many Tamil literatures, poems and specifically emphasizes on Motherhood, which brings in at most fulfillment, happiness in human life. The crowd was so pleased with his decision, eloquent delivery, timely injection of appropriate quotes and relevant references supporting the Pattimandram theme from literature, like, Chilapathikaram, Manimekalai, and Thirukkural.

The events concluded after Mr.Daya, convener of Bay Area Tamil Mandram presented the vote of thanks to the audience, participants, volunteers, advertisers, and the event sponsors.

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