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More to Tamil culture than Bollywood, says Kitchener teen

Celebrate the culture of Waterloo region's Tamil community during an event Saturday evening in Waterloo. Kitchener teen Ramya Ramachandran will be performing and says the event will include much more than Bollywood.

Classic and contemporary music, dance part of special event Saturday

Ramya Ramachandran will be performing at Tamil Cultural Nite Saturday in Waterloo. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

When people think of Tamil culture, Bollywood might be the first thing that comes to mind.

But Kitchener teen Ramya Ramachandran says it's much more than that.

"Everyone loves Bollywood," the 16-year-old Eastwood Collegiate student said. "People know Bollywood, Hindi, they don't really know the other 18 different languages of India or the other small industries."

Ramachandran was on The Morning Edition on Friday to promote Tamil Cultural Nite Saturday evening at the University of Waterloo. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m.

Hear the whole interview, and listen to her perform the song Adiye from the film Kadal: 

Ramya Ramachandran, 16, attends Eastwood Collegiate in Kitchener and will be performing at Tamil Cultural Nite Saturday at the University of Waterloo. Part of her interview included a Tamil love song. 6:39

There are more than a hundred Tamil families in Waterloo Region and you will likely find many of them at the cultural night event at the University of Waterloo on Saturday night.