The Bay Area Tamil Cultural Center was formally announced during Pongal Vizha of 2004. On that day Tamil Cultural Center got its seed funding from the Tamil Internet 2002 conference committee. TI-2002 organizing committee’s Vice Chairman Mr. Kumar Kumarappan formally gave a check for $12,000 to Tamil Manram President Mr. Mani M. Manivannan to be set aside for a Tamil Computing Center.
In addition to the seeding fund of $12,000, Tamil Manram has conducted several fund raisers for the Cultural Center. Each Tamil Manram committee has been contributing into the fund set aside for Tamil Cultural Center. We will soon publish the full list of contributions and donations.
Mr. Manivannan appointed Mr. Siva Seshappan as the founding Executive Director of Tamil Cultural Center to take it from the concept stage to reality. To give Mr. Seshappan adequate time to accomplish this formidable task Tamil Manram gave him a 3 year appointment, to be ratified later by the Board of Directors once the organization was formed.
To bootstrap Tamil Cultural Center and to establish the legal relationship between Tamil Cultural Center and Tamil Manram, a new body called Senate was formed. It consisted of Tamil Manram’s former executive committee members and life members. The goal of the Senate was to review the constitution and bylaws of Tamil Cultural Center as well as the required constitutional changes to Tamil Manram.
The first Tamil Manram Senate meeting was conducted on November 20, 2004 at the Milpitas Community Center. The following were nominated for the inaugural board of the Tamil Cultural Center - Dr. M. N. Tamilan, Mr. Kumar Kumarappan, Mr. Prabakar Sundarrajan, Mr. Andy Nallappan, Mr. Kamal Kannan, Mr. Mani M. Manivannan, and Mr. Thillai Kumaran.
The goal for 2013 is to register Tamil Cultural Center as a separate non-profit organization and accelerate the fundraising.