South Indian Film Artistes' Association

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South Indian Film Artistes' Association (SIFAA)
Founded 1952
Country India
Affiliation Tamil Film Directors' Council, Film Employees Federation of South India
Key people R. Sarathkumar
Radha Ravi

The South Indian Film Artistes' Association (SIFAA), also known as the Nadigar Sangam, is an Indian organization consisting of film actors and actresses from the Tamil film industry in Tamil Nadu, India. Formed in 1952, the group has organized several events due industry-related issues and, more recently, social issues. The current president of the association is actor R. Sarathkumar.



Actors' Day
On October 1, 2001, SIFAA president actor Vijayakanth declared that October 1, which is actor Sivaji Ganesan's birthday, be observed as Actors' Day in Tamil Nadu.


Hogenakkal water dispute hunger strike
During May 2008, president R. Sarathkumar organized a one-day hunger strike opposing the Karnataka government's controversial plan of the Hogenakkal Integrated Drinking Water Project and the abuse of Tamils in the state of Karnataka.
Sri Lankan civil-war hunger strike
In September 2008, Sarathkumar organized a one-day hunger strike, protesting the deaths of several Tamils in Sri Lanka and the ongoing Sri Lankan Civil War.


Dinamalar false article condemnation
On October 7, 2009, Sarathkumar immediately launched a rally against the Tamil language newspaper Dina Malar for publishing a news article claiming Indian pornographic actress Bhuvaneshwari had exposed to police several Tamil actresses were involved in illegal sex-work. The actresses listed on the newspaper, with their photos, were Namitha, Seetha, Nalini, Anju, Shakeela, Manjula Vijayakumar and Sripriya. This was later found to be false news and the SIFAA had petitioned to Chennai Police to arrest the newspaper's editor Lenin. Lenin was later arrested in response to the SIFAA's petition and demonstration.[1]


Film piracy awareness
President R. Sarathkumar and his wife Raadhika Sarathkumar, who is also the co-producer of the film Jaggubhai, held a press conference on January 4, condemning the acts of pirated films being uploaded on the Internet and sales of pirated DVDs. It was discovered that an unedited full-length version of Jaggubhai, starring Sarathkumar and directed by K. S. Ravikumar had been uploaded online.[2]

Prominent members[edit]