Dedicated for our Children & our Community

New York Tamil Sangam is a registered non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, started on November 16, 1970, by Dr. P. Kumaresan at the residence of Mr. Chellappa Shanmugam, in Queens, New York. Dr. P. Kumaresan served as its first president, Mr. Chellappa Shanmugam served as first Secretary, and Mr. S.G. ShanmugaSundaram served as its first treasurer.

New York Tamil Sangam is the first ever Tamil Association started in the whole of North America.

New York Tamil Sangam today exists for promoting Culture, Art and Literature of Tamil ethnic community and for charitable causes impacting lives of people in need around the world.


Leaders: New York Tamil Sangam is the first and foremost Tamil Sangam started in North America formally on November 16, 1970 by Dr. Periannan Kumaresan and continuously operating gloriously since then. The leaders who came after Dr Kumaresan have developed the passion for Tamil Language, Literature,  Charity for our Community, Art and Culture, Music and Drama.

Early Glory: It was our honor that Dr. Navalar Nedunchezhiyan, then Education Minister of Tamil Nadu, floated the very idea of Tamil Sangam among the Tamils in New York. Then, Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi has re-inaugurated the New York Tamil Sangam formally in 1971 during his visit to New York. Later in 1974, Puratchithalaivar Dr. MGR visited New York Tamil Sangam and screened his movie Nadodi Mannan for New York audience.

Theme Song: Our beloved poet, Kaviarasar Kannadasan, the king of lyricists in Tamil cinema wrote a beautiful song “Nilai Perum Uyar Angame” showcasing the best of New York Tamil Sangam during his visit to New York, and later Isaimani Dr. Sirgazhi Govindarajan had sung the song in his melodious unique voice. We have adopted the song as our theme song for our Sangam.

Graceful Journey: We had graceful opportunity to honor such great artists as Thiru Gemini Ganesan, Natya Peroli Padmini, Thirumathi P. Leela, Thirumathi M.S. Subbulakshmi, Thirumathi M.L. Vasanthakumari, Thiru Kirubananda Variyar, Thiru S.P. Balasubramaniam, Thirumathi P. Suseela, Thiru K J Yesudoss, Thriumathi Chithra, and scores of celebrities and artists from movies, drama, music – singers and musicians, dancers, folk artists, comedians, ethnic arts experts, poets, writers, scholars, orators and experts in various other art forms since the beginning of the Sangam. In addition, we have had opportunity to honor various elected officials visiting from India and other nations throughout our journey.

Every year New York Tamil Sangam organizes 4 to 5 major events to celebrate the significance of major Tamil festivals. We provide platform to showcase the talents of younger generation of our Tamil community. On a routine basis, we undertake charity work in USA , India and other parts of the world. Tamil Sangam responds quickly to crisis situations and emergency needs and has mobilized funds and goods from magnanimous donors, reached them timely and directly to the beneficiaries.



  • Serve Tamil ethnic community in New York.
  • Promote Tamil Language, Art and Culture.
  • Promote Charitable causes.
  • Increase awareness of rich Tamil culture and heritage among the younger generation.
  • Celebrate Tamil Festivals.
  • Promote and honor Tamil scholars and artists.
  • Actively participate in Federation of Tamil Sangam of North America (FeTNA) activities.


  • Provide forum to maintain and share Tamil culture, heritage and literature.
  • Interact with other communities with a view to promote unity.
  • Cultivate and promote Tamil culture and friendship by organizing various cultural events and social activities.