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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With an aim to kindle interest among young children, Singapore has launched a mobile app to foster understanding of the Tamil language, one of the four official languages in the city state.

The app named “Arumbu” was launched at the opening of the 14th Tamil Internet Conference yesterday. The event is being attended by 150 Tamil speaking delegates from Singapore and 200 from 10 countries.

Speaking at the start of the conference, S Iswaran, Singapore Minister in the Prime Minister Office said, “Pre-school children can soon benefit from the Arumbu app. It harnesses audio and visual technologies to inspire an interest in the Tamil language among young children,”

“We have successfully developed mobile apps and academic software such as Singai Agaram, an English to Tamil and Tamil to Tamil digital dictionary to facilitate and encourage the use of the Tamil language,” Iswaran added.

Earlier this year, MediaCorp launched an online Tamil news and current affairs portal to allow consumers to follow major developments within and outside Singapore.

Also, the local Tamil news bulletins, broadcast daily on MediaCorp’s Vasantham (Tamil) channel began Tamil subtitling following requests from the general public and the deaf community.

The renewed interest towards the promoting Tamil comes in the backdrop of many languages facing the risk of being lost by becoming irrelevant among the youth.

To address the deteriorating interest, Iswaran said that the connection between technology and the Tamil language must be forged with greater effort so as to cultivate a life-long interest in the language and to encourage future generations to celebrate its rich heritage.

One of the four official languages in Singapore, along with Malayalam, Chinese and English, the development of Tamil is supported by the government by holding annual language speaking campaigns, cultural activities and national level debates among Tamil speaking students.

UniSIM, or the Singapore Institute of Management University, offers the Bachelor of Arts in Tamil Language and Literature (BATL) programme, which is the first and only undergraduate Tamil language and literature programme in Singapore.

The three-day conference that ends tomorrow is attended by foreign delegates from India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the Middle East, Australia, France, Switzerland, Canada, the US and the UK.

 

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Top 10 must watch Tamil movies of 2017

Kollywood produced some of the best movies in 2017. The Tamil movies produced this year varied in genres from beautiful love stories to suspense thrillers. 

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Baahubali 2 was one Tamil movie which achieved success all over the world. Wikimedia Commons
Baahubali 2 was one Tamil movie which achieved success all over the world. Wikimedia Commons
  • Kollywood is growing each year and is giving us more and more movies to ponder over.
  •  In 2017, some Tamil movies left us awe-struck with their amazing stories and performances.
  • Movies like Vikram Vedha, Aruvi, Maanagaram, etc. definitely proved to be some of the best films of 2017.

Kollywood produced some of the best movies in 2017. The Tamil movies produced this year varied in genres from beautiful love stories to suspense thrillers.

In 2017, many new fresh faces were introduced on the and behind the screen. There were several movies which pushed the conventional limits of cinema, and became memorable. Here is the list of 10 must watch Tamil Movies of 2017 :

Vikram Vedha

This movie is not exactly a ‘masala’ entertainment film. With a tight script, great technicalities and amazing cast performances, this Tamil movie became a huge box office hit. Movie may seem cliche at first, however, once Vedha enters the screen the whole dynamics of the movie changes and it takes audience on a roller-coaster ride. This one is a must watch. Have a look at the trailer here :

Pa Paandi

Pa Paandi is a Tamil comedy-drama film written and directed by Dhanush. This movie also marked Dhanush’s directorial debut. It has Rajkiran in the lead role. This movie shows, that as we run towards different things in life, we tend to forget about our elders who wander behind with agendas of their own. This film makes one feel fuzzy and it’s impossible to dislike anyone in the film. Check the trailer out here :

Maanagaram

This one is a simple yet entertaining film, which will keep you glued to your seat. One of the year’s biggest hits, this film has made all its viewers, critics and producers happy. With a brilliant and pacy screenplay, and brilliant performances, this Tamil movie is a must watch. Check the trailer out here :

Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion

This one is quite obvious. Great visual effects, amazing performances and the foreshadow of the success of its predecessor, and SS Rajamouli’s direction, all have made this movie an international blockbuster. Not only this one solved the famous ‘Why Kattapa killed Baahubali’ question, but also, it is a great entertainer. This one is a must watch and it won’t disappoint you. Check the trailer here :

Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu

Suresh Sangaiah’s drama movie, deserves a medal just for its name, which translates to ‘mercy petition of a scapegoat’ in English. It is a beautiful ‘slice of life’ movie which is really heart-warming. The film shows a village which encounters a strange situation as they travel to a distant temple to slaughter a goat for the lord. this movie delivers its story brilliantly. Check the trailer here :

Kurangu Bommai

This tamil movie came as pleasant surprise this year with a new face behind it. Kurangu Bommai is another film that familiarised us with hyperlink cinema. The film is well crafted and its beauty lies in how the story is told more than it is told. Check the trailer here :

8 Thottakal

8 Thottakal is a long film but its good qualities make up for it. There was much to like in this crime-thriller flick, but MS Bhaskar’s role and his performance were excellent. The conflict and layers in the characters will make you think and glued to your seat. Check the trailer here :

Aval

This one is for a fan of horror movies. Debutante director Milind Rau’s Aval is definitely a memorable film. This technically sound horror film, has some clever writing and a mature relationship to be seen on the screen. Milind made an impressive debut with fresh content. The movie might not be very scary but it can definitely keep you hooked.

Aruvi

Aruvi is one film that threw all stereotypes out of the box.  Arun Prabhu Purushothaman’s writing’s authenticity will make you forget everything else and will make you wanna indulge in this film more and more. Aruvi is also a great example of the fact that good content can be commercially successful if marketed properly. This Tamil film brings in a new perspective which you will definitely enjoy.

Theeran: Adhigaram Ondru

This one might not have a perfect scrip but the research done to bring the real incidents on the screen is really worth applauding. The second part of movie will keep you on the edge of your seat. The natural portrayal of hardships faced by police while resolving a cases is another USP for this Tamil movie. This thriller definitely deserves to be on your must-watch list.