Speakers recalled the veteran’s sterling qualities.

Thiru Neriya Tamizhisai Selvar, Isai Perarignar, Kalaimamani Saidai Thevaram Natarajan was remembered and his feats were recalled with immense feeling at a meeting held on Krishnappa Street, West Mambalam, Chennai, where incidentally he lived. Saidai Natarajan passed away on December 28.

The homage commenced with a prayer by his disciple, Revathy Krishnamurthi. Former Chief Justice of the Madras High Court P.R. Gokulakrishnan in his emotional speech talked of how Saidai Natarajan was a man of quiet deeds and the crowd that had gathered on the street, which was the venue of the meeting, was testimony to the good will he had gathered, he said. Saidai had achieved this through the teaching of Thirumurai Isai which he had carried on with a missionary zeal till the moment he breathed his last. He also talked highly of Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar, founder of Tamil Isai Sangam, which had resurrected Tamizh Isai and the important role people like Saidai Natarajan had played in this endeavour.

Earlier Prof. Tamizharasu of SRM University, a student of Saidai Natarajan said those who had learnt Thevara Isai from Saidai were in good positions and highlighted the simple life the Tirumurai Aasan had led. Nakkeeran Gopal, Jeyachandran Chettiar and Aruna Natarajan, Dr. Rajesh, Executive Director, Billroth Hospital, Dr. Rajeswari of Kamakshi Hospitals and Sivanagam N Arularasu were also present. All the speakers made special mention of how Saidai Natarajan visited the houses of his disciples in order to impart training in Thevara Isai.

The students of Saidai Natarajan presented glorious Thirumurai Isai after the speeches.

The homage was organised by Saidai Natarjan’s son Sivamani and Revathi Krishnamurthi.

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