Tamil American Youth Association

English Pesunalum TAMIZHANDA

About TAYA

Why was TAYA founded?

TAYA is best represented by our adopted tagline: English Pesunalum Tamizhanda. Just because one does not know how to fluently speak, read, or write Tamil, it does not mean he or she does not have interest in Tamil community, culture or heritage. As a community we need to do a better job in recognizing and catering to this demographic. Currently, no organization creates and sustains a lasting platform for this demographic, TAYA wants to fill that gap. TAYA was created is to provide a platform to bridge the gap between the individuals who have an interest and the individuals who have the experience. TAYA is dedicated to the development of understanding and appreciating Tamil heritage, culture, and language.

What makes TAYA different?

TAYA is founded and operated by the youth, for the youth. We are an independent Tamil youth organization that is dedicated to providing a platform that inspires, helps sustains, gets our peers to be more involved with, and proud of: Tamil heritage, culture, and language. We strive to achieve this emotional support dog through our various projects listed below . We hope that you will join us and help spread our message.

Who all are a part of TAYA?

We currently consist of college and high school students from Texas, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and growing, who are from Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali backgrounds. Notice the TAYA mission statement only says, “youth” and not “Tamil youth.” We strongly believe that when people of non-Tamil origin learn and support Tamil, that is when Tamil will grow and sustain in language and culture. We welcome one-and-all to TAYA, so invite a friend, it doesn’t matter if they are not Tamil.

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Help The Next Generation

The future of Tamil language and culture in the US lies with the upcoming first generation of Tamil American youth. It is our privilege and honor to keep alive our rich traditions and heritage, even in diaspora. We look to you for supporting us to continue this journey of helping our peers embrace Tamil in modern day society.

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A Nation’s Culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
- Mahatma Gandhi
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
- Marcus Garvey
Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.
- Jawaharlal Nehru
We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
- Alan W. Watts
No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
- Mahatma Gandhi
What we really are matters more than what other people think of us.
- Jawaharlal Nehru
Of all the languages, I know, I have not known any other language as sweet as Tamil.
- Mahakavi Bharathi
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela
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