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Tamil literature, poems, news and interviews - Melisai brings you current affairs, local and international events relevant to Tamils, with wit and humour. Each Sunday morning there’s the chance to hear local Tamil perspectives presented by Tamil speakers with a passion for the language and culture.  The music is varied, the topics entertaining.


  • Producer: Vai Ravindran

    Vai has been producing radio programmes since 1997 and given service to temple and spiritual organisations over his years in Auckland. Born in Madras, Vai is the father of one son. He studies Vedanta, works in the IT industry and is well known among Tamils for his community activities. He is President of the Auckland Tamil Association, is a NZ qualified Education agent and operates a Subway franchise.

  • Presenter: Malini Yugendran

    An experienced broadcaster having RJ’d in Singapore and run a radio station in Sri Lanka, Malini moved to Auckland in 2017 with husband Yuge and their three sons. She is currently completing a PhD in Communications and while she loves spending time with the family, Monday mornings tend to be more relaxing than the excitement of a busy weekend of movies, handball and a house full of boys!

  • Presenter: Yugendran Vasudevan

    Yuge is a singer and actor, whose work includes singing for the Oscar-winning producer A. R. Rahman, of Slumdog Millionaire fame. It was in this capacity he met wife Malini, when he appeared as a guest at the radio station she was running in Sri Lanka. He spends some time in Singapore running a TV production company and getting as much spicy food in as he can before heading back to NZ to enjoy some family time.

  • Presenter: Gokulraj Niyayam Kothandaraman

    If you don't know his face, you may yet recognise his voice. Gokulraj is a talented mimic, known for his spot-on imitations of Thamil film stars. Between that and a bit of singing, he is never short of invitations to perform at community events! A keen traveller, Gokulraj moved from Chennai to Auckland for study, but enjoys exploring other parts of NZ when he can.

  • Presenter: Hariharan Mani Saravanan

    Well-known in his hometown, Madurai, for his involvement in socially conscious work, Hariharan is focused on community engagement. His love for people keeps him out and about, but when he has some downtime he takes the opportunity to write poetry in his mother tongue. Hariharan is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Auckland.

  • Presenter: Chandra Sankaran

    With a passion for current affairs, Chandra reports for international Tamil news site Dinamalar. When she’s not writing or catching up on the latest local and international news, she is a keen cook who is as happy at home in the garden as she is travelling and adventuring.  Her other interests include music, astrology, and devotion.


Sunday, 12 July, 2020


Melisai brings you current affairs, local and international events relevant to Tamils, with wit and humour.

Previous podcasts

  • SUNDAY 5/07/2020

  • SUNDAY 28/06/2020

  • SUNDAY 21/06/2020

  • SUNDAY 14/06/2020

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