London Nagarathar Sangam

Past Events

18th April 2015


The traditional “Chithrai Tamizh Puthandu (Manmadha Varudam) vizha” was celebrated with great grandeur on the 18th of April 2015 at the Bromley Hall.
The new 2015-16 LNS committee took over as office bearers on this occasion.
Thanks to the members for their overwhelming attendance at this year's Tamil new year function. With all their help and presence the function went on very well.

10th April 2015

Mr Muthalagappan
Sad Demise of our Benevolent Member

It is with deep sorrow and agony I inform you the sad demise of Mr.Muthalagappan Uncle today morning. God rest his soul. We pray God to give his family the strength and fortitude to bear this tragic loss.

27th December 2014

Pilliyar Nombu
(27th December 2014), our LNS Pillayar Nombu celebrations took place with the unique nagarathar traditional touch as always. More than 100 members gathered to get the blessings of Pillayar. It felt more like a big family get together.

20th November 2014

We are happy and delighted to share the news of a new addition to our LNS family.
We would like to Congratulate Rama Sellappan annan and Thenu on the birth of their little princess on the 20th of November 2014. Both mother and baby are fine.
We wish the family and the little one health and happiness.

Diwali Gala 2014:

The festival of lights Diwali was celebrated on 1st Nov at Longuville Hall,Whadden Road, Newton Longville,Bucks. MK17 0AT. It was embraced by all memebers with both arms, in large numbers. The budding artists and amzing talents, brought to life, the festive occasion with beautiful words, enchanting dance and sweet music. The real life representaion of funny side of marriage was brought forward by the Galata Drama. Mesmerising fire crackers and mouth watering food just put everyone on a spell.
Our heartfelt huge thanks to all the sponsors, without whom this Gala wouldn't have been possible:
    ** Radha Annan and Sumathy Aachi.
    ** Thiagarajan Annan and Annapoorni Aachi.
    ** Raju Meyyappan Annan and Menaka Aachi.
    ** Karuppiah Annan and Geetha Achi.
    ** Sethuraman and Sujatha.
    ** Ramanathan and Kalyani.
    ** Ram Sellappan Annan and Thenu.
    ** Ganesh Kumar Annan and Sivakami Aachi.
    ** Lakshmanan Annan and Valli Aachi.
    ** Lakshmanan Annan and Malar Aachi.
    ** Narayanan and Uma.
    ** Bussiness Sponsors : Lyca Mobile, UAE, Union Bank and Anjappar.

19th July 2014

It is with a deep sense of grief, that we inform the demise of Mrs Lakshmi Achi, Jaya Sendhil's mother this morning at Chennai, India. She was 82 years and leaves behind four daughters and a son. May God bless her soul and give strength to the family.

28th June 2014

Summer Trip :"Cassiobury Park, Watford"

This year, summer trip at Cassiobury Park was showered with natures beautiful testing weather.
Like the words of "Highway Man" by ALFRED NOYES, "I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.”
LNS fun seekers bared the weather to enjoy the nature at its best. It brought forward happy memories for the old generation and shaped memories for the young.
Light showers were predicted for the 28th and it was answered with fun picnic gazebos by the committee.

21st June 2014

I am delighted to share this news from Karuppiah annan and Geetha aachi.
a. Vijay has passed his BSc with Honours in Information Management for Technology from Oxford Brookes University.
b. Arun has passed his MRCP, he now a Member of the Royal College of Physicians. It is one of the toughest Medical exams in the UK and is therefore a tremendous achievement for someone of his age. He is now known as Dr Arun T. Karuppiah, OA, BSc, MBBS, MRCP.
Hearty congratulations on behalf of all the LNS members to Arun and Vijay for attaining heights that we all look to aspire in our education. We would also like to wish both success in all their future endeavours. Good luck Arun,Vijay.
Congratulations Karuppiah annan and Geetha aachi on kids achievements.

20th April 2014 10:00 AM

We regret to inform with deep sorrow, the sudden demise of Dr. Letchumanan, Banstead, Surrey. May God bless his soul and God give strength to his wife and both children. Our deepest condolences are with his family, Mrs. Unnamalai Letchumanan and his sons Valliappan and Ganesh. .

19th April 2014

The traditional “Chithrai Tamizh Puthandu vizha” was celebrated along with the 10th year anniversary, of our London Nagarathar Sangam, with great grandeur on the 19th of April 2014 at the Ilford Hall. Thank you to all the members who could make it to the Tamil new year function and with all their help and presence the function went on very well. The new executive committee launched a new Blogging space called 'LNS VaLavu' , 'For LNS by LNS', to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sangam. .

16th April 2014

We regret to inform the sad demise of Mrs.Vijayal Krishnakumar, mother of Bhavani Subbiah. Our deepest condolences are with Bhavani and pray to God to give her strength at this difficult time. .

7th February 2014

We are happy to inform the birth of a baby boy to Meena and Annamalai on 7th February 2014.

21st January 2014

We are pleased to inform that Lakshmi and Lakshmanan have been blessed with a baby boy on 21st January 2014.

8th December 2013: Pillayar Nombu


LNS celebrated Pillayar Nombu on the 8th of December this year at the Bromley Parish Church. The function was attended by over 50 families and we had about 155 Elai's distributed. There was a very good response to the "Yelam" this year and LNS is thankful to all our member who made it happen as the proceeds would help LNS to support it's charitable causes in a bigger way. We thank all members who came to the function and look forward to seeing a bigger gathering in April for the Tamil New Year, which would be the tenth anniversary of our Sangam.

Photo's by Manikandan Chidambaram

Photo's by Sendhil Thiagarajan - Part 1

Photo's by Sendhil Thiagarajan - Part 2

2nd November 2013: Annual Deepavali Dinner


Deepavali was celebrated by LNS on 2-Nov at Hemel Hempstead. The function was attended by over 200 members and enjoyed by all. The function started with a speech on Deepavali and Nagarathars by Dr. SK Subramanian followed by programmes by children. We had a fireworks break and resumed with some more performances by children and then followed by dance performance by LNS Ladies group before the dinner break. Dinner from Priya Restaurant was followed by some more children performances, Saree Galata - a comedy dance event followed by a talk show on the topic "அடுத்த தலைமுறையை இங்கே வளர்ப்பது சாதகமா / இல்லையா". It was well contested by both sides and enjoyed by all.

Deepavali 2013 Photographs by Sendhil Thiagarajan.

Deepavali 2013 Video Edited by Karuna Moorthy.

29th June 2013: Picnic T20 Cricket Match

This summer, the Sangam members met at Valentines Park to play cricket. In the three matches played, we could see the enthusiasm of every player on the field, with some of our Aachis joining us for one of them. With games for kids and ladies, the day was well spent by everyone who made it. Thanks to all our Aachis for making those wonderful dishes for lunch. We ended the evening with tug-of-war games and with the English weather behaving perfectly for the setting, all our members enjoyed the outing.

Link to Summer Picnic photo collection by Aarti Sendhil and Niketha Venkatesh on Picasa

20th April 2013: Tamil New Year - VIJAYA Varsham & AGM

Vijaya Varsham was celebrated with our Nagarathar families at Bromley Hall. The event started with the Tamil prayer followed by the AGM where a new committee for 2013-14 was elected. The day also happened to be the birthday of Manimekalai, daughter of our outgoing secretary, Mr. Rama Sellapan and a cake was cut by her. This was followed by Bingo and Pattukku Pattu event where we could listen to old melodies along with new songs from our members. The families had nice time interacting with each other and the dinner was a mix of South and North Indian dishes from Priya Restaurant. Thanks to all the members who came with the families to participate in the celebrations.

4th Annual Nagarathar Virunthu 2013

Date: 25-26th August 2013
Venue: Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham

Hosted by Mr. Muthalagappan and Family, the events began with welcoming of all Nagarathars at 6pm on Sunday, 25th August 2013 at Colwick Hall. With starters and drinks coming in, the next couple of hours were spent with the Nagarathars catching up with each other. This was followed by dinner and the Nagarathar ball dance which went beyond midnight and was enjoyed by everyone. The next day began with traditional Chettinadu breakfast that included panniyaram, idli, kavanuarsi and pongal with different chutneys. The participants then assembled at the Racecourse grounds to play cricket. It was fun to watch all of us trying to play the game competitively. By the time the last match got over at about 1:00 pm, everyone was tired and were looking forward to the sumptuous Banana Leaf lunch. Traditional food served on the big leaf reminded us of the time we have had similar fun back home in India. LNS thanks Muthalagappan Annan and his family for hosting the Virunthu and providing us with a platform to interact with other Nagarathars across UK.

Link to Virunthu 2013 Photo's on Facebook

22nd December 2012: Pillayar Nombu

More than 140 members attended this year's Pillayar Nombu function - another record. The function was held at our regular meeting place, Bromley Parish Church hall from 5 to 10.30 pm. Besides the main event of illai distribution, we had our second Yelam which was enthusiastically participated by members. Isha foundation organised a meditation session and we also had group photo taking sessions. Our aachis served delicious Chettinad fare like mouth watering vellai paniyarams for dinner. There was also a meeting to discuss financial matters about subscription and donations to the charity fund. All our members, together with many newcomers contributed to the discussion to make this another successful event.

Link to 2012 Pillayar Nonbu photo collection by Manikandan Chidambaram on FLICKR

Link to 2012 Pillayar Nombu photo collection by Sendhil Thiagarajan on SKYDRIVE

November 2012: Sponsors for LNS 2013 Calendar

Mrs. and Mr. Muthalagappan and Mrs. and Dr. Manickam have responded to our request for sponsorship of the LNS Calendar for 2013. Mrs. and Mr. Muthalagappan donated £250 to this cause while Mrs. and Dr. Manickam donated £50. The Sangam's long term sponsor, UAE Exchange, continues to sponsor the calendar to the tune of £100 every year. On behalf of the Sangam, we would like to thank all the sponsors for their kind sponsorship of the calendar which we are sure most of our members use for information on Tamil dates, festivals and "Nalla Neram".

17th November 2012: Deepavali Celebrations

This year's Deepavali celebrations broke all records with more than 160 members attending. The function was held at Wavendon Community Centre in Milton Keynes from 2pm to 8pm. A huge selection of programmes were organised ranging in variety from songs, dances, instrumental numbers, dramas and our very first Patti Mandram. The ladies special event and LNS bad boys drama were the highlight. Dinner was catered for the first time from Priya Restaurant and many gave rave reviews about the food quality. We had the traditional fireworks display as well. All in all, it was a night to remember. Thanks to all for making it a grand success.

Link to Deepavali 2012 1st photo collection by e-artist Sendhil Thiagarajan on youtube

Link to Deepavali 2012 2nd photo collection by Manikandan Chidambaram on flickr

Link to Deepavali 2012 Video (on youtube) Directed by Subbu Ramanathan & Edited by Karunamoorthy Karunanithi

October 2012: Sponsors for Deepavali 2012 function

Mrs. Meena Manickam & Dr. Manickam Thiagarajan are sponsoring the Deepavali 2012 function to the tune of £250 to share their joy with all LNS members over their little daughter Janaki becoming a young lady. Mrs. Sivagami Nachiappan & Dr. C Nachiappan are also sponsoring £500 for this event to celebrate their daughter's marriage. We thank both the families for their contributions which helped us to make the event grander.

October 2012: Sumathy's sister sponsors the LNS website

Sumathy Thiagarajan's sister designs blouses, sarees and other apparel and is sponsoring our LNS website. Please visit her website at www.styleq.in or click the blouse logo on the Sponsors sidebar. For those in UK, you can email Sumathy at rs404@hotmail.com or call her at 07405 115 609 to find out more information.

6-7th May 2012 : Nagarathar Virunthu 2012 Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham (hosted by Mr Muthalagappan and Family)

An excellent event hosted by the ever youthful Muthalagappan annan and his lovely family. All Nagarathars had a great time coming in veshtis and sarees partaking in delicious Chettinad food and the numerous events planned. There was something for everyone of all ages and the highlights must surely have been the 1960s themed evening and the Jaadiku Etha Moodi competition among couples. Please see the videos below and it will surely bring back pleasant memories.

Nagarathar Virunthu 2012 Part 1
Nagarathar Virunthu 2012 Part 2


14th April 2012 : Tamil New Year Celebrations (Nandana Varudam) & AGM

Nandana Varudam got off to a great start for all Nagarathar families at our regular Bromley Hall. Everyone partook in the prayers and then a fabulous South Indian lunch catered from Saravana Bhavan. After that, it was time for the AGM where 2 new trustees and a new committee for 2012 to 2013 was elected. This was followed by play time for both kids and adults. The end came too soon. Many thanks to all for making it a grand success.
Link to Nanadana Varudam Photos

31st Dec 2011 : Pillyar Nombu & New Year 2012 Celebrations

The traditional Pillyar Nombu was brought to life in Bromley Hall on 31st December 2011 and ended on 1st Jan 2012. The function was the right place to strengthen our spiritual side. Many a faith was rewarded. Thanks to all to make it a grand success.
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29th Oct 2011 : Donation to Sangam

Mr Muthalagappan added more joy to diwali celebrations this year by delivering an interesting and inspirational speech and to end it on a positive note he topped it with a handful donation to the Sangam. He also offered to host and provide all facilities for stage and fun activities for community to enjoy as a single family.


29th Oct 2011 : Diwali Gala

The festival of lights indeed was bright this year. It was a perfect autumn day to start with. The stage was all set. Diwali gala program started off smooth with people enjoying the meet and greet along with food . This was an apt opportunity for hugs and punches. Hope all made use of it. People shared the joy amid the interesting stage programs. The stage programs got better and better as the support from audience grew over time. All the participants had indeed put in a lot of effort to make it a memorable day. The dance performances were amazing. The songs sung were soothing. The speeches delivered were capturing. Last but not least the Drama made every one cry with laughter. This would be one memorable day in the days to come.
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Drama Link


28th,29th Aug 2011 : Nagarathar Virunthu 2011 Colwick, hosted by Mr Muthalagappan and Family

Originally from Chettinad, known for their travel far and wide, thirst for business, hospitality and philanthropy are the Nagarathars. One man from Virayachilai near Pudukottai, Chettinad, to get the Queen’s seal for those words today is Mr Muthalagappan.
Do I call it a traditional banquet, a fun gathering, karaoke night or Peacock palace, I am not sure, for it were all of them. It was the Nagarathar Virunthu 2011 at Colwick. Chettiars who attended the function lost track of time. Day turned to night and the energy of the host and the guests remained high.
Food was excellent. Did the cooks get trained at chettinad..... No!.. they must be from that place to just remind us of our grandparents. The fact is they are the team of experienced chefs trained in preparing Nagarathar food and all types of meals for hotels under vigilance of their master Mr Muthalagappan. The big banana leaves just added aroma and aroused the feeling of life in India. Food from different parts were served, which was just the finest. Variety of cold and hot drinks was flowing from bottomless pots all through the day.
The host family kept the entertainment on top of their list. Old and young enjoyed the games and dance. Probably everyone must have burnt down all the calories consumed. Lots of different activities kept everyone on their toes. Gifts were distributed to all winners by Mr Muthalagappan.
Members of London Nagarathar Sangam would like to thank Mr Muthalagappan, his family and everyone who rendered a hand for hosting a successful and memorable gathering. This is the best till the next. Three cheers to the family.


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28th May 2011 : Summer Trip to Waddesdon Palace and Garden

LNS family met for some fun with frolic at Waddesdon manor for this years summer trip. It was a beautiful place and we had loads of fun. One to remember in the years to come.
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16th Apr 2011 : Tamil New Year (KARA) Meet and Annual General Meeting 2011

Tamil's New Year Day " Puthandu" was celebrated,with people greeting each other "Puthandu Vazthukal". It was a gala time for all. The main focus of the day was meeting people, general discussions, jokes, games and food with a tint of annual general body meeting.
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11th Dec 2010 Pilliyar Nombu Celebrations

Traditional special day Pilliyar Nombu function took place at Bromley church hall. The function started with due respects to Lord Ganesha,songs and then followed by Elai and delicious food.
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Diwali Celebrations 2010

Diwali was celebrated on the 06/Nov/2010 at Bromley Parish Church. It was just great with mouth watering food, dazzling fireworks and entertaining games.
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Nagarathars gathering in Colwick Hall, Nottingham.30th August 2010

Mr Muthalagappan and family very kindly hosted a fun filled day in Nottingham. Colwick Hall is a beautifully renovated hotel. We were treated to a tour of the hotel, lunch and tiffin. The venue was astounding and the food similar to a kalyana sappadu! Never has one been so generous and hospitable in the UK to date. 'Hats off' to Mr Muthalagappan and family for a wonderful day.
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11th DEC 2010
Traditional special day Pilliyar Nombu function took place at Bromley church hall. The function started with due respects to Lord Ganesha,songs and then followed by Elai and delicious food.
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17th APRIL 2010
Diwali was celebrated on the 06/Nov/2010 at Bromley Parish Church. It was just great with mouth watering food, dazzling fireworks and entertaining games.
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30th August 2010,Nagarathars gathering in Colwick Hall, Nottingham.
Mr Muthalagappan and family very kindly hosted a fun filled day in Nottingham. Colwick Hall is a beautifully renovated hotel. We were treated to a tour of the hotel, lunch and tiffin. The venue was astounding and the food similar to a kalyana sappadu! Never has one been so generous and hospitable in the UK to date. 'Hats off' to Mr Muthalagappan and family for a wonderful day.
Feedback from Sendhil(Wimbledon)
Link to audio speech :voice recording
Video 1 , Video 2 , Video 3
30th MAY 2010
Summer Trip 2010 - Harbour Park.
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17th APRIL 2010
Tamil New Year VIKRUTHI and Annual General Body Meeting took place at Bromley Parish Church hall.
26th DEC 2009
Nagarathar Special pooja of Pillayar Nonbu was celebrated where all members got blessings of Lord Pillayar.
17th OCT 2009
Deepawalli, the day of lights was celebrated with usual enthusiasm and enjoyment. Members both kids and adults enjoyed the fire crackers and sweets.
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22nd AUG 2009
Valli Aachi organized "Thiruvalluvar Day" event in Bromley Hall, Kent which was well attended by many of our members with their families. The event was fun filled with lots of varieties and games. Prizes were distributed to all the winners, followed by lovely dinner.
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13th June 2009
Sangam members had a fantastic summer outing to Beale park where they had a fun time of lots of games and fun as well visiting a small zoo in the park.