Thulirkal: TV Entertainer, Babitha Shanmuganadapala!

Photo Credits: Seliya Photography

CTYA’s Blog has started a new Feature on Fridays, Thulirkal. Thulirkal meaning bud reflects the young Tamil youth we will be featuring. These youth are the buds of our community, and are growing into strong, achieving young men and women! Each week we will feature a Tamil youth of the week. For more information or to suggest a youth to feature, please feel free to email us at!

This week, we’ve brought you entertainer Babitha Shanmuganadapala! Babitha is a hostess on TVI and engages in various performing, acting, and public speaking parts in the Tamil community. She is currently a third year student, majoring in Nursing (BScN) at York University and has an avid interest in sports and poetry. Babitha has also served at CTYA’s Athletics Board of Director in the past.

CTYA Blog Team: Thank you Babitha for sitting down with us today. So, let’s get warmed up. Ok, now don’t think, just say what first comes to mind. 1, 2, 3…

Favourite Superhero? Captain Underpants? No wait…Batman, because he is human, without any powers, but he’s still a hero who can outsmart any villain.

Cookies or Candy? Cookies!

Short Hair or Long Hair? Short in summer, long in winter

Favourite Movie? Rajinikanth’s Muthu!

Favorite Song Line?
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime

Photo Credits: King Pictures

CTYA Blog Team: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Babitha: I’m a third year student, majoring in Nursing (BScN) at York University. I love playing sports (especially basketball, softball, and soccer), writing, watching thrillers and eating chocolate. I wish I could have a pet elephant because I think elephants are amazing animals. My friends think I’m a little quirky and odd, and find my laugh to be very amusing.

CTYA Blog Team: You’re a well-known face in Canadian households, what got you interested in television and media?

Babitha: I’ve done stage performances since I was very young and enjoyed doing them, but to be honest, I never truly realized my passion for television/media until I actually started working at TVI. I’d like to thank TVI for recognizing, nurturing and showcasing my talent. I think the performing, acting, and public speaking part of me come from my dad who performed in the annual live “koothu” (plays) in our village back home.

CTYA Blog Team: You have an interest in sports and athletics, what would you want to say to young Tamil girls and women who are interested in pursuing a sport?

Babitha: Start today! Get active! I used to think there weren’t any opportunities for females, but really, you just have to look. Even if you’re just looking to have fun, there are a lot of leagues you can join, or you can even get involved in a group or club on campus. A lot of girls I meet are interested in pursuing a sport but are scared that they’re not good at it. If that’s the problem, join with friends! It really isn’t about whether you’re good at it because the more you play, the better you’ll get and you’ll have a lot of fun the whole time. Don’t let fear stand in your way. The first time I ever played softball was 2 years ago, and I never knew how to catch with a glove or swing with a bat, but I have improved since, and I’m still working on improving further. Give yourself a challenge, and allow yourself that opportunity to succeed.

CTYA Blog Team: What’s you life motto or something you live by?

Babitha: “Carpe diem” which means seize the day. Pretty self-explanatory, I try to make the best of my days and accomplish as much as I can.

Photo Credits: YG Photography

CTYA Blog Team: What are 3 things you hope to achieve in life?

1) Obtain a Master’s degree

2) When I went back home last year, I had to go to the hospital for something. When I was there, I realized that the quality of their healthcare wasn’t ideal. When I’m able to practise nursing, I’d like to go back and work there to improve the conditions in the hospitals.

3) Witness the birth of Tamil Eelam

CTYA Blog Team: Finish the sentence. “To me, Tamil youth are..”

Babitha: To me, Tamil youth are extremely talented. Whether it be sports, dance, music, acting, or academics, each and every one of them excel in something. The talent that I see exhibited by them everywhere I go is truly inspirational.

For more information or to suggest a youth to feature, please feel free to email us at! Catch up with us next Friday where we’ll be bringing you another Talented Tamil youth story!


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