The Tamil Literary Garden
|Motto||To promote studies and literary activities in Tamil internationally|
|N.K. Mahalingam (Treasurer),|
Selvam Arulanandam (Director),
Usha Mathivanan (Director)
The Tamil Literary Garden, is a Canadian literary organization and charity founded in 2001. The focus of this organization is on supporting translations of Tamil literature, sponsoring lecture series, commissioning publications, launching books and recognizing annually significant achievements in Tamil in a number of genres and fields.
Over a span of a few years, the activities grew to include a number of awards, such as the best work of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for the year. Translation award and Information technology in Tamil award were added on subsequently. A scholarship for a student essay submitted in English by an undergraduate or graduate student in Ontario was also introduced. In order to make the process both rigorous and transparent, a number of advisors and an international panel of judges were included.
On 3 March 2010, the Tamil Literary Garden was accepted as a charitable organization. Currently 22 volunteers take part in its activities on a regular basis assisted by the board members and none receives any financial compensations. The financial statements are being audited by a firm of Chartered Accountants.
Iyal award is a Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually to a writer, scholar, critic or editor, who, over a period of time, has made a very significant contribution to the growth or study of Tamil literature. Every year, the Tamil Literary Garden sends out a call for nominations internationally.
The nominations are reviewed by an international panel of judges who determine the winner for the year. The recipient is invited to the annual awards ceremony in Toronto where he or she is given the award that includes a cash prize of C$2,500. The Lifetime Achievement Award in Tamil is the only one of its kind anywhere in the world and is similar to other prestigious awards given in Canada, USA and U.K. It is open to all, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, or gender.
|2003||Venkat Swaminathan||Writer/ Critic||India|
|2004||Pathmanaba Iyer||Writer/ Publisher||U.K|
|2005||George L. Hart||Professor of Tamil, University of California, Berkeley||U.S.A|
|2007||Lakshmi Holmstrom||Writer/ Translator||U.K|
|2009||Iravatham Mahadevan||Research Scholar||India|
|2013||Dominic Jeeva||Writer||Sri Lanka|
|2017||Kalyana Sundaram Sivasankaran (Vannadasan)||Writer/Poet||India|
|2006||Joe D Cruz||Aazhi Soozh Ulagu|
|2008||Thamizhavan||Vaaravil Oru Kadavul|
|2011||Yuvan Chandrasekar||Payanak Kathai|
|2013||Keeranur Jakir Raja||Jinnavin Diary|
|2013||Subramania Sritharan||Sritharan Kathaikal|
|2015||Shoba Sakthi||Kandy Veeran|
|2017||Tamilmagan||Vengai Nangoorathin Jeen Kurippukal|
|2005||Crea Ramakrishnan||Tharkaalath Thamizakaraathi|
|2006||A. Revathy||Unarvum Uruvamum|
|2007||Nanjil Nadan||Nathiyin Pizhaiyandru Narumpunal Inmai|
|2008||Dr.Murugar Gunasingam||Ilangayil Thamizhar|
|2009||Dr.N.Subramanian||Eelathu Tamizh Novel Ilakkiyam|
|2009||Aa.Sivasubramanian||Ash Kolaiyum Inthiya Puradchi Iyakkamum|
|2010||S.Theodore Baskaran||Innum Pirakkaatha Thalaimuraikkaaka|
|2011||Perumal Murugan||Ketta Varththai Pesuvom|
|2012||Prapanchan||Thazhap Parakkum Paraththayar Kodi|
|2017||Professor E.Balasundaram||Canadavil Ilangai Thamizarin Vaazvum Valamum|
|2006||Dr. U. Cheran||Meendum Kadalukku|
|2008||Leena Manimekalai||Ulagin Azhagiya Muthal Pen|
|2009||Sukumaaran||Poomiyai Vaasikkum Sirumi|
|2010||Manushya Puthiran||Adheethathin Rusi|
|2011||Anar||Enakkuk Kavithai Mukam|
|2012||Theva Abira||Irul Thinra Eelam|
|2013||Isai||Sivaji Ganesanin Muththangal|
|2014||Kathirbharathi||Mesiyavukku Moonru Machangal|
|2015||Kumaragurubaran||Marupadiyum muthalil irunthu arampikka mudiyaathu|
|2016||P.Sankara Rama Subramanian||Ayiram Santhosha Ilaikal|
|Year||Translator||Translation Title||Original Title||Author|
|2011||G.Kuppuswamy||En Peyar Sivappu||My Name is Red||Orhan Pamuk|
|2012||M.A.Susila||Asadan||The Idiot||Fyodor Dostoyevsky|
|2012||Vaidehi Herbert ||'Mullaippaattu' and 'Nedunalvaadai'||'Mullaippāṭṭu' and 'Neṭunalvāṭai'|
|2013||C.Mohan and Aniruddhan Vasudevan||Onaai Kulachchinnam||One Part Woman||Perumal Murugan|
|2014||Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai||Madras Studios – Narrative Genre and Ideology in Tamil Cinema|
|2014||K.V.Shylaja||Yaarukkum Vendaatha Kan|
|2015||N. Kalyan Raman (Tamil to English)||Farewell, Mahatma|
|2015||Puviyarasu (English to Tamil)||Mirthathin Puththakam|
|2016||Rishan Shareef (Sinhalese to Tamil)||Iruthi Maniththiyalam|
|2016||Eveline Masilamani Meyer (Tamil to German)||Bananenblatter und StraBenstaub|
|2017||D.I.Aravindanr (English to Tamil)||Balasaraswathi: Her Life and Art|
Information Technology in Tamil Award
|2009||Tamil Linux KDE Group|
|2015||S.Raja Raman (Neechalkaran)|
Foreign Language Award
Special Recognition Awards
Apart from the yearly awards, Special Recognition Awards are given on ad-hoc basis for outstanding contributions to Tamil Literature. So far three such awards were given.
Dec 2006: A.J.Canagaratne, born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka is a great intellect and his most important contribution to Tamil literature is literary criticism. He gave new direction to the growth of literature in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.
July 2010: Sascha Ebeling, Asst Professor, University of Chicago, U.S.A is a researcher in Tamil language and literature of all periods, in particular 19th century culture and Tamil epigraphy. His work on 19th century Tamil literature has won two awards.
July 2013: Mr.& Mrs.Aseervatham, This award is given for the commitment to Tamil and the sponsorship of Tamil Literary Garden.
July 2015: So.Pathmanathan and Brenda Beck
July 2016: Dr.David Shulman in honour of All Teachers of the World
July 2016: Ira Ilangkumaran
June 2017: Sivakumaran Subramaniam (Chezhian)
June 2017: T.Gnanasekaran in honour of All Teachers of the World
June 2017: Dr.Nicholapillai Marier Xavier
The scholarship award was established in 2008 in order to encourage and promote Tamil Studies in the diaspora, particularly among the second generation.
|2008||Angela Britto||Naan Poitu Varan: The Importance of Tamil Studies in a Diasporic Context|
|2009||Kirubhalani Giruparajah||Canadian Multiculturalism - A Tamil Perspective|
|2010||Serothy Ramachandran||Media and Politics in Tamil Studies|
|2011||Ram Adrian||The Private and the Public: A Canadian Tamil Perspective|
|2012||Mira Ragunathan||Building Bridges: Constructing a Tamil Community in Canada|
|2013||Elina Toporos and Arundathy Nedra Rodrigo||New Technologies: Refashioning a Tamil Identity|
|2014||Vasugi Kailasam and Yugendra Ragunathan||Renegotiating New Meanings of Self in Tamil Canadian Diasporaa|
|2015||Renuka Murthi||Innovative Forms of Tamil Expression Today|
|2016||Sopika Sathiyaseelan||You Have Already Set Yourself on Fire|
|2017||Shangari Vijenthira||Social Media and the Making of Tamil Identities.|
Nomination forms are available in the website. It can be applied for self or others before 31 October of every year.
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