A first-day cover in memory of Tamil playback singer Sirkazhi S. Govindarajan was released here recently.

Speakers at the function, organised as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations of the singer, dwelt on his unique voice which suited actors despite the varied roles they played.

M.S. Ramanujan, Postmaster General, Chennai City Region, who released the cover, said it was an official record published by the Government of India that would be preserved in the government archives for contemporary historians who wished to take up research. Recalling one of his songs he said, “He is still alive in our hearts with his divine voice.”

Former judge of Supreme Court A. R. Lakshmanan, who received the first cover, urged the government to issue a stamp with the face of the singer.

An ardent fan of the singer, P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice Chancellor of Anna University, recalled growing up listening to the high pitched, clear and unique voice in his hometown Palamedu.

Flautist N. Ramani praised the singer for his unique technique when singing ragas and using understandable Tamil.

Consul General of Russian Consulate in South India Nikolai Listapadov said he tried to attend Carnatic music and dance concerts when in the city. “Carnatic music brings joy and purity,” he said.

Trustee of Isaimani Charitable Foundation Sirgazhi G. Siva Chidambaram welcomed the gathering.

Students of Dr. MGR Janaki College of Arts and Science for Women presented a cultural programme featuring the singer's songs.

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