Indian Overseas Bank and The Federation Radio Children's Listening Clubs, Chennai, conducted a ‘Special Children's Programme' in connection with Jawaharlal Nehru's birth anniversary on November 14. The event was held at the Dakshina Murthy Auditorium, P.S. Higher Secondary School, Mylapore. It was produced by ‘Vanoli Anna' Koothapiran.
To encourage the writers who take up the cause of children in their writings such as plays, songs and stories, Mr. Koothapiran initiated the Kulandai Ilakiya Ratna Award. Every year, many veterans are being conferred with the award. This year Alandar KO. Mohanarangan, Poovai Amudhan, N.V. Santhanam, Chittukuruvi Balakrishnan, Kanthalakshmi Chandramouli and M. Chellappan (Palaniappa Brothers) received the award.
Alandur Ko. Mohanarangan was given the award in the name of ‘Azha Valliappa.' He has won many awards such as Kulandai Ilakiya Mamani. He was given a gold medal by the AVM Trust for penning child plays. He has also authored many books for children.
Poovai Amudhan was given the award in the name of ‘Kavimani Desiyavinayagam Pillai.' He is the author of nearly 123 books of which many have won accolades. For his service towards children he was given the Kulandai Ilakiya Mamani Award.
N.V. Santhanam was awarded in the name of ‘Anna R. Ayyasamy.' He has produced hundreds of programme along with Koothapiran in AIR. He is also the founder of Adyar Vanoli Siruvar Sangam.
Chittukuruvi Balakrishnan has produced more than 1,000 audio plays for children. He has written essays, poems and plays for children. He used to escort participating children from Chennai suburbs to AIR.
Kanthalakshmi Chandramouli, a writer, was given the accolade in the name of ‘Bharatiyar.' She works for children through Nandalala Siruvar Sangam along with Mathioli Saraswathy, founder of Nadalala Seva Samithi.
M. Chellappan of Palaniappa Brothers has published innumerable books featuring patriots, proverbs, moral stories, warriors, histories of great personalities and children poems. He was given the award in the name of ‘Padmasri Periasamy Thooran.'
C. Rangarajan, GM, IOB, promised to give support to more programmes produced specially for children. He advised the children to spend an hour playing everyday. “This would help prevent the onset of diseases and overcome health problems. Sedentary lifestyle and junk food are the cause of many of their problems today,” he said.
Dr. Ambika Kameshwar, founder-director RASA, special guest of the evening, said, “I am here because of my children. I have felt their love in everything I do. That love has made me what I am today.” She said that children have a lot of exposure in the present day. This is an advantage and a disadvantage. “It is the responsibility of the parent, teacher and others to guide children as to what they must learn through the media, be it TV or radio. Though children might initially put up a stiff resistance, elders must convey the message effectively and efficiently.”
Chittukuruvi Balakrishnan thanked the organisation for recognising their efforts. The felicitation was followed by a variety programme by Sudhodhaya Children's Club, Sri Madha Samarpanam, Tambaram Music Club and Jaigopal Garodiya Hindu Vidyalaya MHSS, West Mambalam. A. Swetha Bhargavi gave a vocal recital and T.A. Nisharath accompanied her on the violin.