GPTM

Greater Portland Tamil Mandram

போர்ட்லண்ட் மாநகர தமிழ் மன்றம்

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Our Mission

GPTM is a non-profit organization for the Tamil speaking populace of the Portland metropolitan area, including the Portland suburbs and Vancouver, Washington. Our mission is to pass on and promote the rich cultural and linguistic heritage of Tamils among the local Tamil population. We strive to provide an opportunity for the people to come together, share and celebrate tamil arts, culture and traditions, and get entertained with the Tamil cultural programs. As part of this effort, we organize atleast 4 events annually: Pongal festival (representing the harvest season) in January/February, Tamil New Year festival in April/May, Health focused event in July/August and Deepavali (festival of Lights) in October/November. The programs have included inviting artists from India and all over the US in addition to encouraging our local talent.

The Team

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Ajoy

Ajoy Navin Chakrapani is serving as the President of the 2017-18 GPTM committee. He has been serving the committee since 2009 & is grateful & excited to serve as the President in the current term along with the talented team. A CAD engineer by profession working at Intel, Ajoy has been involved in various community and volunteering activities on his own. Ajoy has a great passion for robotics and music. He along with his wife Suganya enjoy travelling and exploring new places.

Lakshmanan

Lakshmanan Choodamani is serving as the Vice President of the 2017-18 GPTM committee and has been a member of GPTM since inception (from year 2003). He, along with his wife, Hema and their kids Ashmita and Arjun are active participants in GPTM events and love to be a part of the growing tamil diaspora of Portland.

Raj

Rajkumar Govindarajan (Raj) is the Secretary for this current committee. He has been part of the GPTM committee consecutively since 2012, serving as one of the event co-ordination leads. He has been a key player in event management, food and facilities support. Raj works for Intel as a Process Engineer. He lives in Hillsboro along with his wife Dharani and precious little daughter Navira. Raj and Dharani have also been involved in various community and volunteering activities on their own. Raj enjoys running, cooking, playing tennis and cricket..

Ananthan

Ananthan Ayyasamy is the Treasurer of GPTM 2017-2018 committee. He has served in the cultural and facility committees last year. A silicon architect and project manager by profession, Ananthan has special interests in Tamil history, culture, agriculture, socio economic development and politics. Ananthan, his wife Regina and kids Adhithya and Asmitha live in the Bethany area. They love to explore everything life presents and connect with friends when time permits.

Murali

Murali Balan has been part of the GPTM committee since 2012. His focus has been mainly around facilities/food and is excited to be part of an purposeful organization which sets new levels every year. He works as a structural engineer with Mcmillen Jacobs Associates. Murali manages a soccer team in the Hillsboro soccer league & activily trains in combat sports (Muay Thai). He lives in North Bethany with his wife Avantika & son Agastya.

Augustin

Augustin Jeyakumar has been living in Portland for 11 years, is married to Padma, with two daughters Anusha (7) and Reshma (5). He and his wife both hail originally from Madurai. He works at Intel and enjoys running, soccer, and loves to learn about history.

mani

Manivanan Janardhanan (Mani) currently serves as a technology co-ordinator for GPTM committee. Continuing on the work of previous committee, Mani has been instrumental in setting up payment system that makes GPTM ticket and membership purchases a breeze. Mani works for Intel as an engineering manager and lives in Hillsboro with his wife Deepa, and sons Nandu and Adithya. His hobbies include writing poetry, classical music, reading and volunteering.

subha

Shubha Rakesh is the cultural secretary of 2017-2018 committee. She lives in the North Bethany area with her husband Rakesh & daughters Harshitha & Navya. Both Rakesh and Shubha actively participate in all GPTM activities.

pavithra

Pavithra Vijay is a member of GPTM cultural and decorations committee. She loves to be a part of GPTM and contribute to the organizations growth. She works at Intel. Pavithra and her husband Vijay Gopalswamy are from coimbatore. They have two daughters yalini and Neha.

Priya

Priya Murali has been living in Tigard since 2009 with her husband Murali and son Kannan. She is an active volunteer in many non-profit organizations including GPTM. Priya has great interest in Tamil literature and culture. She loves celebrating Tamil festivals with family and friends.

Divya

Divya is excited to be part of the committee. She works for Intel and lives with her husband Anjan in Bethany. Divya has keen interest in Tamil literature and history. She is an exponent of Indian classical music, is an avid reader who dabbles in glass painting.

Hemamalini

Hemamalini has been living in Portland Oregon since 2006 with a beautiful family and two kids Anirudh & Ananyaa. She is very much active in voluntering for nonprofit organizations and very much involved in schools volunteering for teaching. She is a program coordinator in JHTCC. Interested in all forms of Dance, Acting and Comparing for events and shows. Her favorite hobbies are writing Tamizh articles and Tamizh kavithaigal.

Sathish

Sathish Kumar Sanjeevi is a member of GPTM committee and serves as one of the technology leads and event co-ordinator. He works at Nike Inc. as a Lead Android Engineer. He likes to hike and range mountains. He lives in North Bethany with his wife Raji and kids Nivedha and Pranav.

Jeyasekar

Jeyasekar Marimuthu hails from southern part of Tamilnadu Pattiveeranpatti. He works at McAfee. He is quite passionate about composing music and contributing to technology. His other interests include marathon runs, mentoring musical talents and photography. He is happy to assist GPTM in the areas of his strengths.He lives in Bethany with his wife Sathya and daughters Mahathi and Smrithi.

Mohan

Mohan Rajendran currently serves as a executive member. He is passionate about movies and interested in politics,tamil culture and travel. Mohan works at Nike and lives in Bethany with his wife Meena and kids Mohit & Mahathi.

Venkatesan

Venkatesan Muthu is one of the executive member in the 2017-2018 committee. He works as Intel.He is living in Portland since 2008 along with his wife Sangeetha and his two sons Nithin(7) & Nivesh(2).

Srinivasaraghavan

Shrinivasan Shanmugam is one of the executive member in the 2017-2018 committee. He works at Nike.

Anandg

Anand Govindaswamy is one of the executive member in the 2017-2018 committee. He has been living in Portland since 2003 and works for Moda Healthcare. He’s married to Praveena and has a son, Arav (7 years old). He is always passionate about volunteering and would like to support GPTM in various activities. My hobbies are playing cricket, golf, hiking and tennis.

Snekha

Sneka Saravanan is a youth representative of the 2017-2018 committee.

Adithya

Adithya Ananthan is a youth representative of the 2017-2018 committee.

 
Board Of Directors
Ajoy

Ashok Aravamudhan served as the President of the 2016-17 GPTM committee. He served as the Treasurer in the 2015-16 committee. He currently works at NVIDIA as a chip designer. Ashok and his wife Aishwarya have been active participants in many of the Tamil Mandram cultural programs. Ashok is an avid music lover. He also enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with his wife & their precious little 7 year old daughter Akshara.

Ajoy

Ravi Velayutham served as the President of 2015-16 GPTM committee. Ravi enjoys doing volunteer work and believes in giving back to the community. Ravi works for WebMD as an IT Infrastruture Architect. Ravi lives in Camas (WA) with his wife Lalitha Veerappan and kids Neha & Pranay.

Ajoy

Vijay Ilavarasan is a very active patron of GPTM who served multiple years on the committee since 2010 and played a key role in developing GPTM's reach and digital infrastructure. He was the President of the 2014-2015 committee and currently serves as one of the Directors on the Board. Vijay is very passionate about creating great cultural experiences that brings the community together.

 
Honorary Board Of Directors
Ajoy

Swa Gandhinathan (Gandhi) , is a Director, co-founder and life time member of GPTM. Gandhi with his wife Seetha and children Suganya & Siddharth have been an integral part of GPTM since its inception. Gandhi’s family has volunteered, mentored and nurtured the GPTM’s growth to its present status. When vacationing Gandhi and Seetha love going on cruises. Gandhi works for Wells Fargo Bank - Wells Fargo has been the major sponsor of GPTM for several years since 2003.

Ajoy

Gidu Sriram is a director of the GPTM organization and together with Gandhi has been a guiding force for every GPTM committee that has donned office. Sriram is passionate about all forms of fine arts and has been an avid supporter of many cultural forums that exist in Portland today.

Previous GPTM Committees
Past Presidents

  • 2016-2017: Ashok Aravamudhan
  • 2015-2016: Ravi Velayutham
  • 2014-2015: Vijay Ilavarasan
  • 2013-2014: Jagan Srinivasaraghavan
  • 2012-2013: Anand Durairajan
  • 2011-2012: Vino Mohanam
  • 2010-2011: Prabhavathy Jagadeesan
  • 2009-2010: Ashok Raj
  • 2008-2009: Balaji Iyer
  • 2007-2008: Gidu Sriram
  • 2006-2007: Vasu Vasudevan
  • 2005-2006: Swa Gandhinathan
  • 2003-2005: Ramganesh Kanagasabai