Bharathi Kalai Manram Tamil School Celebrates Academic Year’s End

BKM Tamil School children during Tamil Thai Vaazthu.

BKM Tamil School children during Tamil Thai Vaazthu.

PEARLAND: Bharathi Kalai Manram (BKM, Houston’s own Tamil organization (established in 1974) celebrated the completion of the fall semester of Tamil language classes with a grand year end program,  conducted by the children of BKM Tamil School at Sri Meenakshi Temple, Pearland on Sunday May 19.  The children whose age ranged from 4 years through teenage and young adults, enthralled the audience with the three art forms of Iyal (Poetry), Isai (Music) and Nadagam (Drama) with an array of Rhymes, recitation from Thirukural (one of the most important Tamil aphorisms with rhyming couplets),  and skits, all in Tamil.

The chief guest for the occasion was Hon. Anil Mataa (Consul and Head of Chancery, Indian Consulate) who had graced the occasion with his presence.  In his speech, he praised the efforts of the students, teachers and parents in fostering our culture through the learning and expressing through the Tamil language which he noted as the essential basis to fully experiences the ancient culture. All the children received a trophy as recognition of their achievement.   He even joined to display his working knowledge in Tamil with a few words which the audience fully appreciated.

The current teachers of BKM, Ezhil Asaithambi, Mala Gopal, Malar Narayanan, Sujatha Vijayakumar, Vasanthi Janarthanan, Vennila Sarawanakumar were all felicitated by Hon. Anil Mataa. Mala Gopal and Malar Narayanan as coordinators of the BKM Tamil School have organized and run the Tamil School, with great support from all teachers, at two centers: Sri Meenakshi temple at Pearland and Durgabari Temple at Sugarland.

For registration and enrollment for classes in spring semester, please email at It was launched at the program with an expected broader curriculum offering that includes reading and writing classes, besides the popular spoken Tamil language classes. The event finished off with a lovely dinner catered by Annam Restaurant.