Bay Area Tamil Manram

Bay Area Tamil Manram

Owner: Raju Ayyaswamy

Non-Profit members: 12

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Bay Area Tamil Manram is a secular, non-profit, non-political, and non-partisan organization. It has been serving the San Francisco bay area since 1980. It was started as a group for like-minded Tamils to socialize and has grown into a strong organization of what it is now.


The Bay Area Tamil Cultural Center project is the result of our recognition that Tamils are here to stay and we need to initiate a long term project to serve the evolving needs of the community. Principally, we have the following goals:

  • To provide the Tamil community of the greater San Francisco Bay Area with a physical base for cultural activities, where a sense of belonging and unity are strengthened.
  • To teach the younger generation of Tamil Americans about their culture expressed through the Tamil language, history and traditions in order to nurture pride in their heritage and identity.
  • To provide other Tamil organizations with the support they need to carry out their programs in serving the community.
  • To provide community members with the support they need to address their emotional and educational needs to become productive citizens. This will include citizenship and ESL classes, senior citizen support, help for abused spouses, etc.
  • To disseminate information and assist all who are seeking to learn about Tamil language, culture, and history.
  • To provide a library of Tamil and Tamil related books.
  • To provide a Tamil Computing Center where people can get training on using Tamil on the Internet and Tamil software, and access Tamil Virtual University materials.
  • To provide physical space for Tamil cultural and educational institutions to conduct their classes and events

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