The Tamil Society brings together those who are captivated with the ideas and traditions of Tamil culture. It aims to organise social, cultural and sports events in order to raise money for charities and other worthy causes, as well as providing opportunities for individuals to participate in inter-university competitions.
We hope that in the future, Tamil Society will become a gravitation point for people of all kinds to learn about the unique nature of Tamil culture, and South-Asian culture in general.
About Tamil Society
Tamil isn’t just a language. It defines a community. One defined by its centuries (if not millennia!) old language and culture. One not constricted by the borders of countries, spanning India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius and much more. One which is a proud ethnic group – rich in unique traditions and practices.
At Southampton Tamil Society (STS) we aim to be a forward-thinking, social and supportive group of Tamils. Showcasing our heritage and talents, whilst having fun, is only part of what we do. Fundraising and raising awareness, for and about our community and its struggles, ensure that we fully meet our purpose as a society. But ultimately, it is that “home away from home” environment, that we really strive to achieve. A support network that is there for all of Southampton’s Tamil university community.
Last year alone, our activities ranged from our STS Student Mentor Scheme; to our well-known, annual ‘Vaariya’ boat party; to our end of year ‘Thodarum …’ night-out, which fundraised for Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research, a not-for-profit research think-tank; to our very relaxed ‘Carrom and Chill’ evenings; to the screening of 47 Roots’ ‘Sri Lanka’s Disappeared’ documentary, which was followed by a short discussion; to a ‘Healthy Relationships Workshop’ run by the charity, ANBU-UK.
We are an open society, that is ready to work with the wider community. For example, locally, we have collaborated with India and Asian Societies to hold a ‘Bhai or Bae?’ Valentine’s Day event. An example of our national collaborations includes the ‘Challenging Tamil Identity in the 21st Century’ panel discussion, hosted in conjunction with KCL Tamil Society. We also have a close relationship with the Southampton Gaana Dance Society, which has hosted dance workshops run by choreographers, Jeya Raveendran and Jeenu.
STS understands that sports are important to providing strength and pride to our community. Moreover, it is also a great way to have fun and make friends. We have football and netball teams that have regular fixtures – with dedicated Football and Netball Representatives to help organise the teams. Last year we participated in ‘The Asian Cricket Tournament’ of Asian Society, where the Tamil Society competed against teams from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka Societies.
2018/19 marks our 5th active year at Southampton University, and our expansion to Solent University. Over the past 5 years, our society has grown, both in terms of size and what we do. But of course, we want to continue to expand upon our activities, and how we serve the Tamil communities at both universities. Our members make our society. Get involved and shape it for the better!
“It is compassion, the most gracious of virtues,
Which moves the world.”
- Thiruvalluvar, a celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher (Thirukkural, Kural 571).
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Membership Fee Information
These are the current membership fees offered by Tamil Society, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.
|Tamilsoc Free Year Membership||FREE||23/09/2018 - 26/07/2019||Enjoy being part of The University of Southampton Tamil Society this year!|
|2018 -2019 Paid Year Membership||£3||26/09/2018 - 01/09/2019||With our tamilsoc paid membership you get the following perks for the ENTIRE academic year:
- free oceana card with £1 entries on Wednesdays
- Discounts on our events
- Discounts on our merchandise
It would be waste of money NOT to buy one!||Buy Now|
All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Tamil Society this year are:
- Wishne Skanthakumar
Charities / Campaign Rep
- Irshan Sasikaran
- Gurupharan Nadarajan
- Brian Yokaratna
- Sankeerth Murugathas
- Mervin Nicholas
- Shathana Vaseeharan
- Vignesh Nallathambipillai
- Haeshiya Sivakumaran
- Danielle Dominic
- Saimaa Sivakumaran
- Abina Pasupathy
- Harikesan Baskaran