This chronology of major events in the existence of the Tamil League is important as a reminder that  miracles do not happen in a twinkling but are the result of forceful determination, selfless dedication and sustained efforts. The more so, when we take account of the fact that, though it had to change its premises five times since its creation in Desforges Street before leaving definitely Port-Louis for Reduit, it has in no way deviated from its main mission – to the pride and benefit of the Tamil Community and the country at large.

 

1937

On 27 February, the Tamil League saw the light of day in an exiguous room in Desforges Street, Port-Louis.

Later on, it moved to corner of Felicien Mallefille and Poudriere Streets ( Hindu Maha Sabha Building ) where its library and literary activities started under the chairmanship of Mr K.Armoogum and its musical band under the leadership of Mr P.Rengasamy.

1940

New premises in Labourdonnais Square and the beginning of Scouting activities.

1941

It shifted to Louis Pasteur Street, where the Tamil League Scout Troop was formed under the leadership of Mr Kistapen Descann with the assistance of Mr Edward de Burg.

 

1944

On 6th May, the Tamil League, as a voluntary socio-cultural association, was registered with the Registrar of Associations.

1949

At its new seat in Eugene Laurent Street, the decision was taken to organise an Easter Training Camp and an Annual Scout Camp in August.

1950

The 10th Anniversary of the Tamil League Scout Troop was celebrated at the Municipality of Port-Louis. Municipal Councillor Renganaden Seeneevassen was present among others. For some consecutive years, the Scout Troop won the shields for Island Best Patrol, Island Best Troop and Bob-a-Job Week.

The Troop had the singular glory of having in its midst five Queen’s Scouts ( three Queen’s Scouts at one time). The League has also produced the first Wood Badge in Scouting.

1951

Outings, including mountaineering, started.

1952 

A year after the Youth Drama Festival began, the play “ Smuggler’s Cove “ was staged, by the League.

1953

A scheme to give free tuition to Secondary School Students was set up.

1954

The League won the Second Prize at the Youth Drama Festival with Greek Aristophanes play “ The Frogs”

1955

To commemorate the 95th Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the League stages his play “ Sacrifice”.

1956

The League purchased a piece of Land at “ La Rue L’Eglise ” for the construction of a building, at the cost of Rs17,000.00

1957

1960

1961

1963   

17, Church Street became the location of its new seat.

“Sacrifice” staged once more ( with collaboration of the Amateur Dramatic Club ) in connection with the Tagore Centenary Celebrations.The League won the 2nd Best Play Award at the Youth Drama Festival for the play “Boy”.A  week in November was reserved for the celebration of its Club Week.

1965

An exhibition on the theme “Tamil Culture Throughout the Ages” was organised, a fashion parade held and Kalidas “Shakuntala”staged.

1966

“Yosif Yoske” was staged.

1967

A storey was added to the League’s building and named afterTiruvalluvar.

 

1968

“The Wall” by Michael Walker was staged. Also “ Les Boulingrins” of Georges Courteline. The “ Gardener” won the 2ndBest Play Award at the Youth Drama Festival. The “ Sentry Lantern” was also staged.

1969

With Seam O’Casey’s “A Pound on Demand”, the Tamil League won four trophies in the Youth Drama Festival, namely, “ Best Director”, “ Best Play”, “ Best Actor”, “ Best Supporting Actor”.

 

1970

With the English version of the Italian play “ The Poet”, the League was awarded the “ Best Supporting Actor” trophy.

1971

Tamil League organised an exhibition on the “1st Four Year Government Plans”( picture on the right )

 

1972

The Tamil League once again won four prizes, namely,”Best Producer”, “Best Play”, “Best Actor” and “Best Supporting Actor” for Moliere’s “ Sganarelle”.

 

1973

The League won the “ Best Actor” shield for “ The Sheriff”.

1977

“The Wall” won the “ Best Producer” and “ Most Promising Young Actor” Awards.

1984

The Managing Committee decided to move the Tamil League outside Port-Louis to a more congenial and spacious environment to satisfy its increasing needs.

1986

The Club House in Port-Louis was sold and a plot of land of 2.42 arpents purchased in Martindale, Réduit.

1987  

In the context of the League’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, “ The Anklet”, an English play based on Ilango Adikal’s Silappadikaram, was staged.In the same context, the Tamil League in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Indian High Commission presented Dr Sirgazhi S.Govindarajan at a Gala Show  at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka.

1989

On 3rd December, the foundation stone of the new building in Reduit, which coincided with the “ Seventh International Conference on Tamil Studies”, was laid by H.E.Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo, Governor General, in presence of Hon Armoogum Parsuraman, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture.

 

On 10th December, in the context of abovementioned conference, the Tamil League organised the finals of the “ Song and Folk Dance Competition” at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka. Hon A.Parsooraman graced the function by his presence.

 

1991

On 06th April, the Tamil League gave a reception in honour of the best Tamil candidates of the 1990 CPE and HSCexaminations as well as members of the Community who had been recently promoted to higher responsibilities in the Civil Service, namely, Mrs A.Veerapen and Mr K.Ponnusamy, at the Queen Elizabeth College, Rose-Hill.

1992 

On 13th April, the Tamil League launched an audio-cassette of Tamil Devotional songs, composed and sung by Dr T.Krishna, karnatic music tutor of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture.

1993

Religious ceremony on start of construction work and symbolical pouring of concrete for the first pillar of new building.

1995

  • On 22nd April, the new Tamil League Buildingwas inaugurated by the Right Hon.Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Prime Minister, in presence of H.E.Cassam Uteem, President of the Republic and Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo, Patron of the League. A Souvenir Magazine was launched on the occasion.
  • On 29th April, an Inaugural Dinner was organised.
  • In mid 1995, Maitre and Mrs Rene Kichenin of Reunion Island paid a visit to the League.
  • On 1st July,  the famous singer Pittukuli Murugadas who was on an international tour gave a concert at the League. He was accompanied by his wife Devi and a musician Vadivel.
  • On 2nd July, the cultural delegation from the Government of Tamil Nadu led by Mr C.Gandhi, Secretary, Tamil Development and Cultural Dept, which was visiting Mauritius, gave a cultural show at the Tamil League. On that occasion, a beautiful wooden sculpture of a divine musician, donated by the Government of Tamil Nadu, was presented to the League by Mr C.Gandhi.
  • On 15th July, a Ladies’ Sub-committee was set up, though ladies participated in the activities of the League since 1947.
  • On 12th August, courses on Conversational Tamil started.
  • In November, a Youth Sub-committee was created.
  • On 30th December, the Tamil League received the visit of two distinguished sons of Tamil Nadu, namely:-
  • Thiru Lena Tamilvanan, Asst Editor of Kumudam, Tamil Nadu’s most popular weekly ( with over 6 million readers ) and Editor of Kalkandu, globe-trotter and travelogue writer, author of 51 books and editor of 1460 books at the age of 42 ( a world record ); winner of several awards and lecturer in journalism;
  • Dr S.Meyappan, former professor of Annamalai University, famous social worker, author, publicist and philanthropist.
  • During the year, classes in vocal Tamil music and aerobic courses for ladies were set up.

1996

  • On 8th February, the Tamil League received the visit of Thiru Alagappa Rammohun (USA), Director of the International Tamil Language Foundation, who was on a global tour in service of Tamil.
  • On 22nd February, the Managing Committee of the League hosted a reception in honour of the five new Tamil Members of the National Assembly, who had been elected at the General Elections held on 20th December, 1995.
  • On 25th February, a Health Day was organised by the League to mark its 59th Annniversary. Free medical consultations were given by a pool of Tamil doctors to the members of the League.
  • On 13th April, the Tamil New Year 5098 was duly celebrated with a musical performance followed by atraditional vegetarian and arusuvai dinner complete with payasam, appalam and vada.
  • On 14th April, the National Organising Committee hosted a reception at the League to mark the celebrations of theTamil New Year ( Dhaathu 5098 ).
  • On 11th May, the Tamil League organised its Annual Dinner in the new building for the first time.
  • On 1st June, the ladies’ Section celebrated the “ Mothers Day” at the League.
  • A reception was also given in honour of Mrs Kistnamah C.Tirvengadum who had been awarded the President’s Meritorious Service Medal on her retirement from the service as Principal Supervisor in the Ministry of Health.
  • On 18th August, a Treasure Hunt was organised for the first time. It became an annual event.
  • On 23rd August, the Ladies’ Section organised a special “ Lutchmee Pusai” with the assistance of the Tamil Ladies from Malaysia who had come to Mauritius in connection with the GOPIO Conference.
  • On 24th August, the Tamil League hosted a buffet dinner in honour of the Tamil delegates attending the 4thInternational Convention of the Global Organisation of the People of Indian Origin ( GOPIO).
  • On 20th October, “ Saraspadee Pusai” which was organised for the first time at the League had such a tremendous success that it became an annual event ever since.
  • On 1st November, the League commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the sad and premature demise ofHarrykrishna Saminaden in presence of Lady Sarojini Jugnauth, an old friend of the Saminaden family and his elder brother Jugdish.
  • On that occasion the play “ Why did you attend the forum, my son ?” written by Harry Saminaden and produced by Vel Veeramootoo was staged at the League.
  • On the same occasion, Harry’s sister who sponsored the ceremony presented an imposingbookcase to the League.
  • On 16th November, Tibavali was celebrated at the League.
  • From 21st November to 3rd December, in the context of the Foster Family Cultural Project ( Malaysia – Mauritius – Durban ) placed under the distinguished patronage of Dato Samy Velu, Minister of Works of Malaysia, a group of 32 Malaysian Agricultural University students visited Mauritius.
  • Each student was entrusted to a foster family for 4 days, mostly members of the League, in presence of Mrs Zorah Uteem, spouse of the President of the Republic.
  • On 30th November, the Malaysian Delegation hosted aMalaysian Cultural and Food Festival at the League.
  • On 13th December, the Tamil League hosted a dinner in honour of the delegates to the 3rd International Tamil Teachers’ Conference.
  • On 21st December, a Family Party was held at the League.
  • On 28th December, a Children’s Party was organised at the League when Father Christmas, attired in his traditional costume, distributed toys to children. On the same day, and End-of-Year Party was held.

1997

  • On 17th January, the League attended the Ubayam in connection with the Cavadee Festival.
  • On 22nd February, a special General Assembly approved a  New Constitution in keeping with the new age.
  • 27th of February is a memorable day in the history of the Tamil League because on that very day the League became a “ sexagenarian”, respectful and respected. The “ sexagenarian”, unlike its peers, could not afford to enjoy the luxury of a peaceful retirement. In its wisdom and with renewed vigour, it is poised to face the challenges of the next century boldly.
  • A religious ceremony was performed at the Kaylasson Kovil, Port-Louis. In the context of its “ Diamond Jubilee Celebrations”, the League organised a series of cultural and social activities in line with its objectives, as follows:-
  • 8th March – (a) Twinning ceremony with:
  • 1.  Silambam Association of Malaysia, and2.  Tamij Sangam of Reunion Island.(b) Launching of a Souvenir Magazine.(c) Launching of Scholarship Schemes:An academic scholarship to secondary student ( a boy and a girl ) to pursue their education for a minimum period of 7 years as well as a vocational training programme to develop the entrepreneurial acumen of the youngsters were established. The scholarship and the training program were meant exclusively for young boys and girls of Tamil origin.To implement the schemes, a Special Scholarship Fund was created as follows:-(1)  The League would devote 10% of its annual income, and(2)  Donations from members, friends and sympathisers.
  • 9th March – Sports Fun Day.
  • 15th March – Exhibition on “ Tamil Presence in Mauritius “ was opened by H.E. The President of the Republic.
  • 20th March – Gala show of “ The Anklet”, based on the two millennia old Silappadi – Karam epic was staged at the Plaza Theatre under the Patronage of his Worship the Mayor of Beau-Bassin Rose-Hill Municipality, Mr Deven Nagalingum.
  • 22nd March – Community Service: Visit to orphanages.
  • 23rd March – Open Air Concert : Modern Tamil Songs ( Mellisai ) and Folk Dances.
  • 29th March – A Banquet Dinner was organised.
  • 10th April – A cultural show by the Malaysian Artist was performed.
  • 6th May – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ( Enlightened Spiritual Master ) spoke on how his breathing technique was helping people overcome their health problems.
  • 18th July – A “ Recital de Danse Barata Natyam et Danse Folklorique “ par L’Association Lumiere de Paris dirige par S.Deven Rengasamy et Rajen Moonoosamy was performed at the League.
  • 13th September – A Memorial Meeting to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the death of Thiru Rajarethinum Sungeelee, eminent Tamil Poet, educationist, social worker, writer, reformer and champion of Tamil Language and culture in Mauritius was organised.
  • 7th December, The Tamil Sangam, under the auspices of and collaboration with the Tamil League, held a free medical check-up for members of the League, their relatives and friends, and other people in the vicinity of Reduit.

1998

29th September – Saraspadee Pusai was celebrated.

22nd October – The Tamil League hosted the Aaradhana Troup from the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu led by Smt Ambika Buch, dance teacher and choreographer. The Gala Show was staged at the Plaza Theatre.

1999

30th October – The Tamil League in collaboration with the Rasika Academy of Performing Arts ( Mauritius ) has hosted a spectacle entitled Prakuti Varnan which described the Force of Nature in the form of a Dance Drama ( the South Indian Bharatha Natyam classical dance coupled with the North Indian Classical Music.( picture on the right )

From 9th to 22nd December – Foster Family and Cultural Exchange Programme ( Malaysia – Mauritius – Durban ) was organised by Rover’s Group G, Petaling, Selangor, Malaysia and Malaysia Mauritius Friendship Association.

The Tamil League participated by sending a delegation of 9 persons to Malaysia.

2000

April 2000

Following an agreement between the Indian Academy of South Africa and the Tamil League, a cultural Troupe from Tamil Nadu, gave four performances on its return trip from South Africa in Mauritius. The Troupe was headed by Srekala Bharat, one of the foremost Bharata Natyam Dancers in India. The Troupe composed of 7 artists was accompanied by Dr T.P.Naidoo, Director of the Indian Academy of South Africa.

2001

From 31st March to 1st April – In the context of its 64th Anniversary and the celebration of the Tamizh Puttandu, the League welcomed the Veeramani Brothers from Chennai, artists of international repute, led by the famous duo-the singing brothers Raju and Kannan with the assistance of the Indian Academy of South Africa. The group was accompanied by Mrs Vasantha Naidoo, Deputy Director of the Academy. Two shows were staged, one at Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture, Phoenix and the other at the Municipal Theatre, Port-Louis.

8th December – Nightshade Cadenza

 

The Tamil League ventured to organise a grandioseNightshade Cadenza under a fantastically decorated “ Marquise” in its yard, The programme which included an interesting “ Expo-vente” started with a delicious Thai dinner followed by a fascinating fashion show that was coupled with a spell-bound spectacle.

The whole event ended in an unprecedented success.

 

2002

22nd January – During the week preceding the Thaipoosum Cavadee in January, the Tamil League programmed the stay of the internationally renowned Tamil singer hailed from Chennai, Kannan Veeramani , who visited more than a dozen Kovils and encaptured the devotees of Muruga with his melodious voice.

2011

  • 30th July – Launch of  the Angidi Veeriah Chettiar Fund for Community Development
  • The Tamil League has been established in 1937 with the main objective of participating in the social, cultural and educational development of the youth in Mauritius. As part of its recurrent activities, the Association organises regularly lunches for inmates of all the homes of the Island, at times in partnership with well wishers.
  • Objectives of the fund

– To provide foodstuff on a monthly basis to a certain number of vulnerable families around the island.
– To assist on an adhoc basic victims of calamities such as fire, cyclone, etc.20 -21 August – National Residential Seminar at the Dr. James Burty David Recreational Centre in Pte. aux Sables, Mauritius.

  • Organising committee:
  • Mauritius Tamil Cultural Centre Trust, Mauritius Tamil Temples Federation, Murugan Foundation, Tamil Chamber of Commerce & Professionals, Tamil League, Tamil Speaking Union, Union Tamoule de Maurice3rd September – Solar production renewable energy electricity generation system at the Tamil League
  • The Tamil league is now fully powered by solar energy.
  • The photovoltaic project was sponsored by Outre-Mer Energies Renouvelables ltd.
  • 4th October – Saraspadee Poosai
  • The programme included prayers, songs, dances, poem recitation and distribution of school materials to children.

 

 

17th December – End of Year dinner

 

 

2012 

  • 75th anniversary of the Tamil League
  • 10th March – A south indian fashion show
  • To mark the 75th Anniversary of the Tamil League and in the context of the international Women’s day, a South Indian fashion show was organised at the seat of the Tamil League, Reduit

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