Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
Dr. Beck was invited by the English Department at London's University of Western Ontario to deliver four separate presentations. Three of these were given to classes, and a fourth was a general lecture open to faculty and students.
A number of people in attendance expressed considerable interest in the Ponnivala project. Several even picked up the complete series right on the spot!
Since returning from London, Dr. Beck has received a number of emails from her hosts detailing some of the positive feedback and response to the lectures, and several students have since written with additional questions and requests for supplemental materials.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Dr. Beck and the Sophia Hilton Foundation experienced an excellent kick-off reception this morning for our new, semester-long program for grade six students at the Sathya Sai School in Scarborough, Ontario.
The Sathya Sai School is a private, non-denominational, co-educational day school of 160 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 that balances both academic excellence and character development. The teacher of the sixth grade class there, Mr. Parthi Kandavel, has taken up The Legend of Ponnivala as a full term class project. His 19 students will be watching one video episode a day for roughly seven weeks, with each Friday allocated to discussions, assignments related to the story including various supplemental research/exploration/creative-arts activities.
The kids were really responsive this morning as Dr. Beck ntroduced the project personally. They are to be our first "test group." The reception from the whole school was very warm and welcoming. The kids were mature, and they asked good, perceptive questions. We am really excited about this initiative and it will help us think about how to expand our effort to share various aspects of Indian culture and at the same time educate kids in a multi-disciplinary fashion by drawing them into this exceptionally deep, broad and engaging story.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Pictured: (left to right) Art Director Ravichandran Arumugam, Dr. Brenda Beck, Technical Director Eric Harris, and CTC Board Member Kumar Ratnam.
On Saturday, January 19, members of the Ponnivala team were honoured to accept Mr. Danton Thurairajah's invitation to be guests at the Candadian Tamil Congress' Thai Pongal Dinner in Markham, Ontario.
Attended by some nine hundred people, the event was a wonderful evening of entertainment and food. The emcee for the evening was Crossroads host Manjula Selvarajah, with whom Dr. Beck had a televised interview just a week ago on TVI.
In addition to being a celebration and awards ceremony, the Thai Pongal Celebration Dinner also served as the backdrop for an important book launch: Mr. Appadurai Mutulingam's translation into Tamil of Frances Harrison's Still Counting the Dead, an account of the horrific climax of the bloody conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government. Mr. Mutulingam is a found of the Tamil Literary Garden, and has assisted The Legend of Ponnivala project by translating the story synopses for the back covers of our two-volume complete editions in Tamil (to be released soon).
The two-volume set is already available in English from Amazon and CreateSpace.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
TVI's "Crossroads" with host Manjula Selvaraja. The topic was teaching and learning the Tamil language abroad, especially in Canada. Joining them were two students from the University of Toronto.
In other news, Series One of The Legend of Ponnivala is now available in Tamil from the Ponnivala Marketplace! This is the long-awaited print edition of the Tamil comics from Amazon and CreateSpace.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Tamil Literary Garden, Mr. Appadurai Muttulingam.
1. The complete transcripts from Dr. Beck's 1965 audio recording of the Annanmar Kathai.
2. The second version of the legend, which was dictated by the narrator and used for comparison with the original sung version.
3. Volumes One and Two of the complete Legend of Ponnivala graphic novel series.
4. Teaching materials and classroom guides for presenting The Legend of Ponnivala as an educational resource.
In the photo: Mr. Appadurai Muttulingam enjoys an interactive episode of The Legend of Ponnivala on the iPad.