Coventry Tamil Welfare Association

கொவன்றி தமிழர் நலன் புரி சங்கம்
Coventry Tamil Welfare Association

Hon Lady Godiva

Coventry, situated in the Midlands, is one of the ancient cities in England. World famous playwright William Shakespeare was born in Stratford, which is approximately thirty miles Southwest of Coventry. It is an industrial city and home for several inventions and productions. The very popular Jaguar car company is based here. Frank Whittle, who invented the Jet Engine, was born here too.

This city is world famous for our Lady Godiva's life story, which happened back in the thirteenth century and bringing meaning to the history and great heritage of the City, we still celebrate it every year in the streets of Coventry. The Godiva sprit, a timeless message of caring, unity and empowerment, stimulation and a smile for those in need of friendship - symbolises the humanity of mankind.


It was a magical world that I stepped into. One that was filled with musicality, serenity and divinity. As I threaded down the path of my Arangetram, little did I realise that at the end of it, the world of dance would have become part of me.
Since I could remember, I had always imagined myself performing my Arangetram whenever I attended one. Finally, with God�s grace I had the privilege to do so with Apsara teacher. She is one who personifies love and dedication to dance. When I try to make a list of things that I learnt from her, that list becomes endless. All I can tell you is that today I not only look at dance, but music, art, and culture with new eyes. It was she who opened that door into this magical world.-> -> -> M O R E

Tribute to Honourable Dr Anton Balasingam.

Tamils are saddened by the passing away of Dr. Anton Balasingam the "Voice of the Nation". It is a great loss to the Tamils living in this world. We have lost a great soul who sacrificed his life in the struggle of the Tamils for justice, dignity and peace. Dr. Balasingam was the theoretician, the political advisor and the chief negotiator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the National Liberation Movement of the Tamils and the de facto government of the NorthEast of the Island of Sri Lanka. He was the most prominent international voice articulating the oppression of the Tamils and their response of asserting their right to determine their own political future.

Many who had the privilege of meeting him were struck by his simplicity, his intellect and humanity. He was totally dedicated to the realisation of the Tamils' right to self determination and had a deep concern for the welfare of the Tamil people. His profound knowledge and understanding of the international affairs and politics was combined with his diplomatic skills for the benefit of advancing the struggle of the Tamil people for justice and dignity. He had a very close relationship with the Tamil National Leader, Mr. Vellupillai Pirapaharan, and was his trusted advisor.

Dr Balasingam gave voice to the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil nation and defined the political and theoretical framework for it. He argued that the Tamil nation, which has a distinct language, culture, and is united in its determination to live with dignity and equality and inhabits a traditional homeland has the right to self-determination. He was the international face of the Tamil political campaign to win their right to self determination. He lived and breathed the Tamils struggle for self determination.

Dr Balasingam personified the Tamil diplomatic campaign. He won the respect of International diplomats with his knowledge, flexibility and honesty. He believed that international involvement will contribute positively to the peace process, that the international community will take a position based on idealism and realism. However, he was disappointed at the international community's response towards the Tamil nation.

Dr Balasingham grieved for his people dismissing his terrible illness as "merely a pebble compared to the vast ocean of tragedy faced by his people," he captivated Tamils worldwide for his dedicated service to his people, developed, nurtured friendship with Norway and other international communities, and kept the flame of self-respect of Tamils burning bright until his last breath. We extend our heartfelt condolences and our deep sympathies to Mrs. Adel Balasingam and family.


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