Nagarathar Sangam UK (NASA UK) is an organisation representing a group of people who originally come from the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India and settled in UK.
This group, henceforth called ‘Nagarathars’, were predominantly merchants. However in the last 50 years they have diversified with the changing economic scene in India. Although many Nagarathars continue to be in the financial sectors there are also many doctors, engineers, lawyers and literary scholars among them.
As a group they have contributed significantly to the development of religion (Hinduism), Tamil language and education. There are two large Universities in India which were founded by the Nagarathars (Annamalai University in Chidambaram and Alagappa University in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India). In addition there are many schools run by the Nagarathars throughout Tamil Nadu in India. The Nagarathars migrated to other countries to do business, with many migrating to eastern countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Burma and Vietnam. Once they settled in these countries they continued their charitable works. In the latter half of the 20th century many also migrated to the USA, UK and Australia.
The people settling in the western countries are predominantly of a professional background.
Aims and objectives
We work towards the following six aims and objectives
Create a platform for the Nagarathars in UK to meet at least twice year
Inculcate the values of Hinduism, the knowledge of Tamil language and the cultural heritage of Nagarathars to the younger generation who grow up in the UK
தமிழும் சைவமும் இரு கண்களாக போற்றியவர்கள் நகரத்தார்கள், UK நகரத்தார்களும் தமிழ்ப்பணியை தங்கள் தலையாய பணியாக ஏற்று சீரிய முயற்சி மேற்கொள்ளுதல்
Help the economically poor Nagarathar families in India towards the education of their children
Help economically poor Nagarathar girls in India by providing financial assistance towards their marriage
Interact and collaborate with similar organisations across the world to achieve the above mentioned aims