மீரா திருச்செல்வம்│Mira Thiruchelvam

சுருக்கம்│Summary

Mira Thiruchelvam is a Tamil woman born and grown up in Norway. She along with her sister and two Norwegian friends started a music band, called 9 grader nord. The flute is her main instrument, but also guitar and Cajon. She writes songs in Tamil and wears saree at the stage events. She talks about their musical journey. Tamil culture and Tamil society. Memories, experiences and challenges of being a Tamil woman and doing a music band.
Bergen, Norway. 31.12.2020

வாய்மொழி வரலாறு பதிவு│Oral History log (PDF)

1:1 (31.12.2020)

00:00:00Start 
00:00:09Introduction
00:00:23Personalia. Mira Thiruchelvam. 26 years old. Bergen. Parents. Migration. War. Father. Flute. Mentor. Tamil culture. Speak in Tamil. Sister. Music band. Tour. Music album.
00:02:10Education. Molecular biology. Bachelors. Pedagogy.
00:03:19Music band. Many factors. Situations. Parents. Upbringing. Free space. Independency. Integration. Ambitious. 13 years old. 
00:04:50Music journey. Father as instructor. 8 years old. Starting flute. Songs. India. Canada. Family visits. Private classes. No interest. No dividend. Not ready. 12 years old. YouTube. CDs. Own approach. “arrangetram”. Carnatic stage events. Oslo. Bergen. Side Instrumental. 15 years. Real interest.
00:07:12Creating music band. Sister. Rejection. Upper secondary. Videregående skole. Class mate. Norwegians. Drum. Class mate´s mother. Class mate´s friend. Bass guitar. 
00:08:33Music band members. Self taught. Experience. Musicians.
00:08:50Edit.
00:08:53First idea. Presentation. Music band members. Own composed. Computer. Bass guitar. Drums. Different. Didn’t understand. Response.
00:10:28Vocal. Optional. Flute. Main instrument. Guitar. Cajon. 
00:11:09Idea taking shape. Difficult process. Already in other music band. Economy. Earn profit. Booking management. Patience. 
00:12:31Purpose. No purpose. Focused on music. Importance. Realized. Integration. Rights of women. Tamil culture. Stage event. Responsibility. Effect. 
00:13:51Responsibility. Exotic. Diaspora. Tamil culture. Moral. Marketing strategy. Identity. Minorities. Saree. Signal. Symbolic. Competence. Fearless.  
00:15:53Music tour. No foreign countries. Inland. Norwegian audience. Norway. Variety of audience. Clubs. Den Kulturelle Skolesekken – DKS. The Cultural Schoolbag. Schools. Small children. Teenagers. Elderly. Festivals. Positive. Respect. Weird. Create contacts and bonds. No compromise. Villages. Norwegian. North-Norway. Trondheim. Victoria song. Norwegians sing Victoria song in Tamil. Proud. 
00:18:31Challenges. Audience. Satisfy audience. Late night. Club. Alcohol. Adjust. Happy. Dance. Tamil songs. Convey message. 
00:20:14Music communication within music band. Two Norwegian friends. Carnatic music. New tools. Computer programs. Democratizing. Home studio. Tracks. Play by listening. Positive. Advantages. 
00:21:37Tamil society. Response to music band. Lack of reach. Lack of attendance. Absorption. Difficult. Doubtful. Many Ilankai (Sri Lankan) Tamil music composers. Sad. Indian Tamil Music. No interest. No support. Diaspora Tamil composers. 
00:23:48Norwegian main stream. Bergen Broack?. Music interest organisation. Management. Manager. Contacts. Booking agent. Act booking company. Creating contacts. NRK. Trygde Kontor. Dialogue. Symphony orchestra. Norwegian Music market. 
00:25:46Broack?. Interest organisation for musicians. Help and guidance. Application. Export and distribute music. 
00:26:48Music industry system in Tamil society. Individuals. Support. Flute. “arrangetram”. Tamil music organisation. 
00:27:47Woman or minority. Norwegian music industry. Liberal. Cultural equality. Acceptance. No cultural obstacle.
00:28:18Woman challenges. Norwegian music industry. Debate. Woman rights. Space. Women composer. Lack of trust. Boys. Technical. Monitor sounding. Under estimate. Woman professional. Lack of understanding. 
00:29:37Tamil programs. Ilankai (Sri Lankan) Tamils respect youngsters. Artists from India under estimate youngsters. Young Tamil woman. Under their shadow. Expectation. Norwegian culture. Inclusion. Opinions. Indian music culture.
00:30:42Many questions. Restrictions. Tamil culture. Tamil women. Touring with boys. Coming and staying alone. Companion. Staying with boys.  
00:31:47Indian music artists. “Arrangetrams”. Oslo. Bergen. Cultural differences. Pay respect. Obey. 
00:32:50Handling challenges. Parents support. Solution. Lack of experience. 
00:33:45Handle a challenging situation. Man explaining. Showing knowledge. Talking around. Accept. Men culture. Collective discussion of idea. Share ideas and experiences. Talks about technical stuff. Women lack of technical talks. Self-taught. YouTube. Gain knowledge. 
00:35:30Interest in Tamil culture. Use of Tamil culture. Parents. Communicate in Tamil at home. Rule. Upbringing. Lack of friends at school. Shy type. Alone. Confidence in Tamil culture. Natural choice. 
00:37:08Contribution of Tamil Schools. Important. Bergen Tamils barneskole. First Tamil school in Norway. Tamil teachers. Free teaching methods. Learning through music, drama and play. Tamil culture. Flexibility. Healthy community. Tamil society. Nowadays teaching method. Syllabus and exams. 
00:39:28Use of Tamil in main stream. Direct use challenging . Symbolic value. Diversity. Healthy for Norwegian society. Individual benefit. Society benefit. Direct value of the language. 
00:41:00Choice of topics in music. First focus on music. Writing lyrics for music. Tamil lyrics. First Tamil lyrics – “Victoria” song. Poet Barathiyar text. No fear for women. Inspiration. Taboo topics in Tamil culture. “Seeni” song. Tamil diaspora lifestyle. “Noor” song. Human greed. Change of attitude. Diaspora Tamil and back home. “Aiyoo” song. Luxurious celebrations. Observations. No deep meaning. No poet.  
00:44:03Taboo topics in Tamil society. Girlfriend and boyfriend. Homophily. Religion. Hinduism. Menstruation. Debates. Address topics. 
00:45:50Integration. Life. Halfway through in all languages. No talkative person. Oslo Tamil society. Optional Tamil society in Oslo. Tamil facilities. Availability. Bergen Tamil society. Free Tamil society. Both way opportunity. Tamil and Norwegian. Free space. Flexibility. Balance. 
00:48:23Planned pause.
00:48:35Balance music and education. Music tour. Study at evening and night. Home exam. 
00:49:30Politics. Pedagogy. Culture studies. Youngsters and leisure time. Children and youngsters. Leisure time as resourceful. Tamil society. Instrument classes. Tamil school. Beneficial for future. Beneficial for society. Part-time job. Workshops. Relevant education. 
00:51:01Migration and war. Unawareness at start. Tamil migration history. Last 2-3 years. Ignorance. Sad. Minority rights. Ilangai (Sri Lankan) Tamil Music. Contribution. Resources about Ilangai Tamil music. Lack of knowledge. Lack of contact point. Ilangai (Sri Lankan) Tamil music history. Indian Tamil music. Baila music. Folk music. “Pann” music. Interest to know. 
00:53:17Political awareness. Thought to forgive. Give new opportunity to Sri Lanka. Historical facts. Sri Lankan state oppression. Treating minorities. Anger. Frustration. Minority politics. Complexity. Tamils and Muslims. Importance of raise of voice. 
00:55:01Additional. Many opinions and ideas. Tamil society related. Development of Tamil culture in diaspora. Owr tenet and opinion. Owr tactics. Re-examination. Now Tamil children learning Tamil. Future. Enjoyment and love for Tamil and Tamil culture. Tamil schools. Created expectations. Advantages and disadvantages. Distanced from Tamils. Why Tamil youngsters do not talk in Tamil. 
00:56:58Double standards. Young Tamil society. Double life. Alcohol. Girlfriend and boyfriend. Lack of openness. Sadness. 
00:58:03Playing flute. 
00:59:40Jaffna album. Edward award. “Årets utfordrer”. Guitar. 
00:59:59Edit.
01:00:01Playing flute. Jaffna album.
01:01:06Edvard award. Norwegian composers award. Challenger category. Norsk componistforening. Norwegian Society of Composers. Jaffna album. Jaffna. 9 degrees north from equator. Favourite city. Parents´ birth place. City for Tamil culture. Named the album. 
01:02:23End.

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