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Pongal Celebrations 2019

24 January 2019
Pongal celebration 2019

Last week, the SOAS South Asia Institute welcomed members of Tamil Chair UK, the SOAS Tamil Society and A.S Rajan, Minister of Coordination from the High Commission of India to SOAS to mark the Harvest Festival of Pongal and Thiruvalluvar Day. They were joined by Professor Edward Simpson, Dr Navtej Purewal, Pro-Director Professor Steve Hopgood and Dr Meera Sabaratnam.

The statue at the Russell Square entrance to our campus was presented to SOAS in 1996 and has since become a focus for both Tamil communities across the United Kingdom and passing tourists. His secular poetry is brought together in the Tirukkural, a collection of 1330 couplets detailing the everyday virtues and vices of an individual. This year’s event was particular special as the fund-raising campaign for Tamil Studies at SOAS has gathered significant momentum.

You can give to the project here: Support Tamil Studies at SOAS