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Ceremonies for Appa and Amma

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Ceremonies for Appa and Amma

Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28 2013


Tamil Nadu, India


Thayumanaswamy Rajalakshmi passed away on Tamil New Year’s day on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM in Chengal Pattu, Tamil Nadu, India on the lap of her son, Thiyagarajan. The cremation with full Hindu religious rites was held on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 12:00 Noon in Vedaraniam as per her wishes and her ashes were disbursed in Bay of Bengal. The tenth and eleventh day Hindu religious rites were held together with her beloved husband’s on Saturday and Sunday April 27 and 28, 2013 in the ancestral home and at Vedamirtha Lake in Vedaraniam.

Appakutty Somasundaram Thayumanaswamy Pillai passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM in Chengal Pattu, Tamil Nadu, India surrounded by all his children, just four days after his second wife passed away. The cremation with full Hindu religious rites was held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM in Vedaraniam, his ancestral town, as per his wishes and his ashes were disbursed in Bay of Bengal. The tenth and eleventh day Hindu religious rites were held together with his beloved wife’s on Saturday and Sunday April 27 and 28, 2013 in the ancestral home and at Vedamirtha Lake in Vedaraniam.


He is survived by two sons Somasundaram (Gnanabhanu) of Tallahassee, FL, USAand Thiyagarajan (Anita) of Chengal Pattu;three daughters Swarnambal (Rathnakumar) of Tambaram, Thillaikkarasi (Shanmugavelu) of Trichy, and Ambika (Vijaay) of Thanjavur all in Tamil Nadu, India; eight grandchildren Gayathri (Sri Ram) of Tambaram, Niveditha and Muthu Kumaran of Trichy, Vivek Thayumanam of Tallahassee, FL, USA, Vidhushini and Arjun Thaimanam of Chengal Pattu, and Sibi Kiran and RishiHrithik of Thanjavur; and one great grandson Abhay Krishna of Tambaram.


Appa passes away

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Appa passes away

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India; 6:00 PM

விஜய வருடம், சித்திரை மாதம் 5- ஆம் தேதி, வியாழக் கிழமை மாலை 6 மணி


Appakutty Somasundaram Thayumanaswamy Pillai

Appakutty Somasundaram Thayumanaswamy Pillai (aka AST and Thayumanam) was born in Vedaraniam, Madras Presidency, India on Wednesday, December 8, 1926 as the third child of Appakutty SomasundaramPillai and Thillai Kannu Aachi belonging to the Saiva Vellalarsect. He grew up with three sisters and was well liked both by hisparents, sisters, and cousin. He completed eighth grade in the local middle school and went to Nannilam to complete his high school. After completing his high school, he returned to Vedaraniam to take care of the family businesses of salt production and tobacco farming.

In 1952, Thayumanammarried Kuppuswamy Pattammal of Velukudi. They both had two beautiful children, Swarnambal in 1954 and Somasundaram in 1959. Following his father’s death in 1956, he became the sole owner of the family business of salt production and ran it successfully until early 1990s. Despite his tireless efforts to find a cure and medicine for a heart ailment that afflicted his beloved first wifePattammal, in April 1965 he lost her.

ஓn September 8, 1965, he married Vedanayagam Rajalakshmi from Thirupayathan Gudi. They both had three wonderful children, Thiyagarajan in 1966, Thillaikkarasi in 1968,and Ambika in 1976. Even though he was only a high-school graduate from rural India, AST foresaw the importance of education and spent his life time and money in educating all his children. All of them went to on complete college and became educators and business owners.

AST was a courageous person never letting difficulties in his life impede with the goals he has set for himself and his children. He was a problemsolver, a pacifist, and a great organizer. He was the General Secretary for Salt Merchants Association for over a decade and foresaw expansion of salt production and distribution through Indian Railways. He was a patron of Hindu religion, donating money, time, and land to several religious activities and ceremonies. He gave free books to children from low-income households and took personal care of all his employees.

Appakutty Somasundaram Thayumanaswamy Pillai passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM in Chengal Pattu, Tamil Nadu, India surrounded by all his children, just four days after his second wife passed away.

Thirtieth Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Thirtieth Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Trinity United Methodist Church

120 West Park Avenue

Tallahassee, FL 32301

7:00 to 8:30 PM, Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012


Today I attended the Thirtieth Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the Trinity United Methodist Church. During the service people from several faith spoke about today’s theme “Walking in the Light”.


I read some verses from Thiru Manthiram that spoke about God (Shiva’s) form as Light. There were speakers from Christian, Islamic, Baha’i, and Judaic faiths in the service.


Tallahassee Tamil Sangam Picnic

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Tallahassee Tamil Sangam Picnic

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Wakulla Spring State Park

Wakulla Springs, FL 32327


Tallahassee Tamil Sangam organized 2012 Summer picnic & 2012 Father’s Day at the Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs, FL 32327. About dozen families gathered at the Park’s picnic area near the entrance to the Springs and Boating Facilities. The kids and father’s started to play American Football and Indian cricket game. The cricket game quickly became a fun activity and had to be moved to an open area with more than 12 kids and dads participating at one time or other.

We took pictures of all the fathers and then pictures of fathers and their kids. Soon every one headed for the springs for swimming and diving. People spent about an hour at the springs and around 2 PM gathered back at the picnic area for lunch, snacks, drinks, and ice cream.

The play resumed after the lunch and went on until about 3:30 PM. Despite the small turn-out but due to the beautiful weather and enthusiasm the 2012 Father’s Day was a grand success.

Tamil Lessons (Vowels and Consonants)

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Tamil Lessons   தமிழ் பாட ங்கள்

Tamil Vowels and Consonants Lessons

Tallahassee, FL 32317

May 24, 2012

I have spent few hours and made some simple Tamil Lessons on vowels and consonants and added them to my Tamil website: and  to

The lessons cover Tamil vowels and consonants and are meant to be simple tools for parents of Tamil loving people whose children are born in places where Tamil is not routinely taught. The lessons are both in English and Tamil. The parents or those interested in learning Tamil language can use them to teach others or learn Tamil themselves. I will continue to add more lessons whenever I find time to do. Please contact me if you find it useful.

In  Tamil Lessons 01 and o2 we will learn the vowels.   In  Tamil Lessons 03 and o4 we will learn the consonants.  I will introduced all thirteen (13) of the vowels and eighteen (18) consonants in the lessons with columns for the Tamil vowel letter, its English pronunciation, the Tamil word, the same word transliterated in English, word equivalent in English, and a picture of the word. My intention is to make it easier for parents of Tamil loving people to give a resource to teach Tamil to their children. If you find this useful, please contact me at: I will continue to add more lessons when I have time. Please let me know its usefulness and give your suggestions. Please feel free to use it, but contact and let me know that you are using it. I want to know whether my efforts have an impact. Thanks.

இந்த முதல் பாடத்தில் தமிழ் உயிரெழுத்துக்களை படிக்கலாம். தமிழ் உயிரெழுத்துக்கள் பதிமுன்று (13). அவையனைத்தையும் இந்த பக்கம் தொடங்கி இன்னும் இரண்டு பக்கங்களில் பார்க்கலாம். உயிரெழுத்து, அதன் ஆங்கில உச்சரிப்பு, தமிழ் வார்த்தை, வார்த்தையின் ஆங்கில உச்சரிப்பு, ஆங்கில மொழிபெயர்ப்பு, வார்த்தையின் படம். இந்த பாடங்கள் உதவியாக இருந்தால் தயவு செய்து என்னை தொடர்பு கொள்ளவும்.

Tamil Sangam Diwali Party

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Tamil Sangam Diwali Party

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tallahassee, FL

The Tallahassee Tamil Sangam celebrated the Diwali with a evening party on Saturday, November 12, 2011. About 50 families brought in pot-luck dinner items, snacks, party supplies, and fireworks to the party.

The program started at 6:00 PM at the Rec Hall in FSU Alumni Village. The snacks were served first and around 7 PM all the kids were invited to a short fireworks fun. Many parents brought their own fireworks (only those approved in the State of Florida). The adults watched over the fun in a basketball court (concrete floor).

Then at 7:45 the dinner was served and then the kids put on two dance items. Then the dessert was served. By 9:30 we completed the party and everyone pitched in to clean

எந்திரன் தமிழ் படம்; Enthiran, The Robot Movie

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010


எந்திரன் தமிழ் படம்; Enthiran, The Robot Movie

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010; 7:30 to 10:30 PM

Tallahassee Movies 8, 2812 Sharer Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312

The Tamil movie Enthiran, The Robot  (எந்திரன் தமிழ் படம்) was screened today at the Tallahassee Movies 8 cine complex. Couple of people from local Tallahassee Desi Movies brought this movie to town.

There were about 70-80 people (including kids) at the auditorium during the screening. The movie features Tamil movie star Super Star Rajini Kanth ரஜினிகாந்த் (name at birth, Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, to a Marathi family) and Aishwarya Rai ஐஸ்வர்யா ராய் in a futuristic movie about the interactions of humans and humanoids.

The movie included lots of animaiton and computer generated graphics. The movie scenes were shot at Peru and Brazil in addition to India. It was the first Tamil movie we saw this year.

We all enjoyed the movie.

Tamil New Year Celebrations

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Tamil New Year Celebrations

தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு விழா

சனிக்கிழமை, ஏப்ரல் 17, 2010

அலுமினி வில்லாஜ்


11 வருட தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு விழா இன்று கொண்டாடினோம்.

Tamil New Year Wishes

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

இனிய புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்

விக்ருதி வருடம்

புதன் கிழமை, சித்திரை 1, 2010

தலகாசி, அ.ஐ.நா.

தமிழன்பர்கள் அனைவருக்கும் எங்கள் இனிய புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள். வருகிற சனிக்கிழமை நாங்கள் தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு விழா கொண்டாட இருக்கிறோம். வருக! வருகவே!

-சோமசுந்தரம் குடும்பம்

Happy Tamil New Year

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tallahassee, FL 32317

We wish all Tamil well-wishers a Happy Tamil New Year. We will be celebrating the New Year this Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Recreation Hall, Alumni Village, Tallahassee, FL 32310. We welcome you to the festivities where we plan to stage children’s Tamil Drama, stand-up Tamil comedy routines, poetry recitation in Tamil and other activities. Please check the following links for more details:

Start Manickkam Drama Practice

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Manickkam Drama PracticeSunday, March 07, 2010; 5:00 to 6:00 PMTallahassee, FL 32317We began practicing for Manickkam Mattinaan (மாணிக்கம் மாட்டினான் )  comedy Tamil drama at home. We had about six kids.