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அட்லாண்டா மாநகரத் தமிழ்ச் சங்கம்
Greater Atlanta Tamil Sangam

A Non-Profit 501 (C)(3) Organization

 

GATS Newsletter 2016.12.31 www.gatamilsangam.org


Happy New Year 2017

From all of us at GATS, We wish you and your family, a Very Happy New Year 2017.

May this new year, bring you Joy, Peace, and Happiness to you and your loved ones.

Thank you from all of us at GATS EC 2016

#Year_In_Review_2016

Dear Members,
All of us at the GATS Executive Committee 2016 are so grateful to all of you for your support and encouragement throughout the year.

What a Fantastic Year it has been...
We could not have achieved it without your support.
Thank you.

Charity Dec 2015 Chennai Flood Relief

As the new EC team has just formed, we all had to jump in and start working. The sudden floods in Chennai on December 2015, has caused a lot of grievances to our Tamil people in Chennai and Cuddalore. Our team has volunteered on several different activities such as "fundraising", "collecting and sending clothes", "running medical camps in India".

We raised more than 54,000 dollars and donated to "Udavum Karangal" and "Vibha". We collected a lot of clothes (mostly new) and sent a shipment to Chennai. Our Atlanta doctors flew from here to Chennai at their own expense and ran the Medical Camps in India for the poor people.

Culture Jan 2016 Pongal Thiruvizha

Our first program of the year was the grand "Pongal Thiruvizha 2016" that we arranged on January 30th, 2016 at Gujarati Samaj.

Famous Tamil movie director, Mr. K Bhagyaraj along with his wife Poornima came from India to celebrate this Pongal with us.

We had more than 1700 people attending this festival where we had "Idhu Ungal Medai" by K.Bhagyaraj and local Tamil speakers. We had "Pongal Cooking on the site", "Kolam Rangoli contest", "American Parai Team's Parai Music and Dance", and a lot of cultural programs by local kids and adults.

Tamil Education Mar 2016 Tamil School Annual Day

Tamil School's Annual Day - is the annual graduation program, for all the Tamil Schools under our GATS organization. We arranged it at "Central Gwinnett High School" on March 26, 2016.

Mr.Nagesh Singh, Consul General of India was the chief guest for the event and he gave an inspiring speech for our kids.

We also had cultural performances by kids, followed by Volunteer Appreciation to facilitate all the selfless volunteers that work for our Tamil Schools.

Culture Apr 2016 Puththaandin Puthu Vasantham

We celebrated 'Tamil New Year' with this program on April 2, 2016, at Lassiter Auditorium. Excellent speeches by Dr.G.Gnanasambantham, Mr.Pandiarajan, Mr.Mohanasundaram, Ms.Ezhilarasi, Ms.Bhuvana, Mr.Anbarasan Vincent and Ms.Jeya Maran, has been a feast for the ears of the listeners. The speeches brought the best of Tamil culture, heritage, and our own core values.

Then came the Awesome music program by "Atlanta Synphonia" group. Singers Roshini, Krishna Sridharan, and others rocked the stage with a lot of melody and peppy songs.

Social May 2016 Women's Day

Womens Day Womens Day

We conducted the Women's Day program for Atlanta's women on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the banquet hall of "Taste of India" restaurant. The event was presided over by prominent women from Atlanta such as Dr.Paddy Sharma, Dr.Nazeera Dawood, and Ms.Kavitha Arul. They gave an inspiring speech on women empowerment. Lots of fun games and a grand lunch buffet were organized.

Overall, it was a day for a woman to be herself, to find herself and to spend time for herself.

 

Sports Jul 2016 GATS Cricket Tournament 2016

The winning team members along with volunteers and sponsors.

Click to zoom!

We had a very successful GATS Cricket Tournament 2016 this time. 34 Men's Teams and 2 Women's Team competed for the Grand Trophy in a series of "Knock Out" matches. The Finals of the tournament happened on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at Terrell Mill Park.

A Journey of 70+ hours of fabulous Cricket, Total Runs-3477, Wickets-562, Sixes-144, Fours-179, 100+ Awards and Recognitions...

Culture Aug 2016 GATS Mupperum Vizha / GBM

Iyal Isai Naadagam - are the three pillars of Tamil culture and we celebrated it on Saturday, August 20th, 2016 at Mountainview High School.

We brought the American Parai Team from St.Louis. Parai is our ancient Tamil art, and this group of people is working really hard to keep it alive and bringing it to more people.

We arranged for the Bharathanatyam performance by Ms.Sweta Ravisankar. It was a memorable performance.

We also had other dramas, like 'Velu Nachiyar' that is done by local talents, directed by Selva. It brought the rich Tamil heritage into light. We all should be proud of the culture.

 

Sports Sep 2016 GATS Volleyball Tournament 2016

some pictures from the Tournament

We had a very successful "GATS Volleyball Tournament 2016" this year.
We had preliminary matches on Saturday, September 10th and Finals on September 17th at Ocee Park.

We had a total of 24 teams (Men's Teams and Women's Teams) participated in this tournament. 

Entertainment September 2016 Maestro Ilaiyaraaja Live In Concert

This is the first time, Maestro Ilaiyaraaja is brought in for doing a concert in Atlanta. We supported "8K Miles Media" to the best possible, so we could bring this event to our Atlanta Tamil Community.

Stage
A lighter moment with Karthik, Ilaiyaraaja, and the conductor Prabhakar...

Audience
A portion of the Audience at Verizon Amphitheater...

Tamil Education Oct 2016 Tamil Competition 2016

Tamil Competition Photos 2016

Tamil Competition for Kids 2016 was very successfully conducted on Saturday, October 15th at Marietta Tamil School campus.

Kids from age 3 to 14, participated in the contests such as Spelling Bee / Dictation (தமிழ்த் தேனி/ எழுத்துக் கூட்டல் போட்டி), Public Speaking Competition (பேச்சுப் போட்டி), Writing Competition (கட்டுரைப் போட்டி), Drawing Competition (ஓவியப்போட்டி) ,Dress competition (மாறுவேடப்போட்டி) and the prize distribution was done on the same day.

Culture Nov 2016 GATS Deepavali 2016

What a Grand Deepavali Event, we had last Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at the Lassiter Concert Hall in Marietta!
This has been one of the excellent programs from the GATS team in the recent times...

  • Highly Entertaining performances by Kids and Adults.
  • Hilarious Drama by Crazy Mohan and Troupe.
  • Delicious Dinner for more than 1000 people served in Banana Leaf, in 3 Pandhi's.
  • Special Sweets, Snacks, and GATS Aandu Malar delivered free for members...
  • Flash Mob Dance, well received by the audience.
  • The largest crowd in GATS history, very well managed.

Our contribution to the GATS Endowment fund

Our 2016 EC team was able to contribute Forty Eight Thousand Dollars ($48,000) to the GATS Endowment fund.

We thank everyone who has supported us in achieving this in 2016.

Thank you from all of us at GATS 2016

We could not have achieved any of the above successful events, without the support of YOU, the Tamil Community that supported us.

We sincerely thank you all for your support.

We had received support from many BOD members, subcommittee members, youth volunteers, adult volunteers, Tamil school volunteers, parents and a whole lot of selfless volunteers who has helped us on our way.

We sincerely thank them all...

We would like to extend this thanks to our title sponsors, event sponsors and other advertisers for their support as well.

GATS BOD Team 2016

GATS EC TEAM 2016

Team 2016

Bala, Palani, Ganesh, Jeevan, Sadish, Arunkumar, Prakash, Suganya, Jothi, Ramya, Geetha, Kumaresh, Mohan, Selva, Venkat.

All the very best to the 2017 TEAM

Our Heartiest Congratulations and Best Wishes to the new GATS EC 2017 Team under the leadership of Palanisamy Veerappan.

Happy New Year wishes again

Our best wishes to you and your family, for a Happy and Prosperous 2017!!!

Signing off,
Sadish Balasubramanian, Communication Director, GATS 2016.

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