Tamils living in the city of Toronto to boycott Ilaiyaraaja’s
October 26, 2012
The Toronto Tamil Sangam in the Canadian city of
Toronto has called upon Tamils living in the city to boycott
Maestro Ilaiyaraaja’s music concert slated to be held on 3rd of
Director Ameer also share the same feeling. In a statement, the
Sangam has said thus: “Our beloved artistes; we request you not
to rub salt on the wounds. We have lost more than 40,000
warriors and many innocent lives. We have lost our near and dear
ones and have been arriving in various countries as refugees. We
haven’t yet been given our due justice and political rights for
which we are still fighting.
“Our beloved leader Prabhakaran had earmarked the month of
November as the ‘month of mourning’ and it is ironical that we
haven’t been allowed even to mourn in peace. The Sinhalese-led
Lankan Government had demolished Tamil habitats without a trace.
The only bright spots in the lives of Lankan Tamils are the
Tamils who are already settled in many foreign countries.
“We have nothing against Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja
and our only request is not to hold any festive events in
November. The Canadian Tamils deserve to be lauded for standing
united and not securing tickets for the concert, which has
forced the organizers to sell tickets either at cheap rates or
distribute them free-of-cost to enable the presence of a
sizeable crowd on that day.
“This only goes to show the ‘backing’ of the Lankan Government
which pumps in lots of money. We once again renew our plea to
the great music director from Tamil Nadu to reconsider his
decision to host the music concert. In the event of the concert
going ahead as planned, we appeal to all Tamils to kindly
boycott the programme in order to express their solidarity with
other Tamils,” the statement concluded.