I had the great pleasure of capturing photos of the huge Tamil music event at Toronto's Rogers Centre on February 16th, 2013.

The night featured Maestro Ilaiyaraaja and a host of incredibly talented Tamil artists. Maestro Ilaiyaraaja is a musical legend in Tamil music circles, and this was his first time peforming in North America. The crowd (estimated at 25,000-40,000 people) was moved to tears when he came on stage as this one account attests.

While I did not know any of the artists before the night began*, I was drawn into their beautiful music and left with several songs still in my head.

The passionate artists and the orchestra's rhythms reminded me of how glad I am for a world that is not yet flat culturally, but vibrant with art and ways of living to discover and enjoy.

More on the artists performing can be found here.

(*My apologies for not having all the artists names - or the correct names - for this album. If you know the correct names of any of these artists please message me at culturesnap.ca@gmail.com and I will update this album. Thanks!)
Hosts for the eveningShow host engages the audience.Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Member of ParliamentToronto City Councillor Michael ThompsonMaestro begins the eveningThrilled to be performing with Maestro IlaiyaraajaPercussionistMaestro charms the audienceHosts engage the audienceChitra singsWelcome ApplauseKarthik is playful with MaestroMadhu Balakrishnan