The center has identified some of the last living exponents, elders and resource people of the communities in performing and martial arts, festival customs and crafts. The idea is to document their skills and techniques and expose selected youth to workshops and classes of the ancient practices of five chosen genres: Kummi, Kollattam, Tapattam, Silambam and Koothu.
This raises communal awareness and revitalizes the endangered, intangible heritage through offering the young generation opportunities to learn and get established in these hardly practiced performing skills, which are still in high demand at traditional festivals and with international visitors.
The Tamil Heritage Festival will draw necessary government and international attention and provide a large-scale dissemination of the project work.
Mohanam’s activities reflect the richness, diversity and legend of Tamil culture along with other contemporary cultures constantly evolving and offering new possibilities.