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‘Voracious reading needed to develop oratory skills’

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Orators:Winners of the Thirukkural Elocution Contest 2012.
Orators:Winners of the Thirukkural Elocution Contest 2012.

“My teachers and Tamil literary books kindled my interest in the language and helped me become an orator. Voracious reading of books will help students develop their oratory skills,” said T. Radhakrishnan ADGP, Human Rights and Social Justice, Tamil Nadu Police, in his special address at the Shriram's Thirukkural Elocution Contest 2012 held in the city recently.

Shriram Ilakkia Kazhagam, the literary wing of the Shriram Group, is conducting its annual Thirukkural Elocution Contest for school and college students in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The Chennai zone’s contest was held recently.

“Success and defeat take their turns. Be steady and unruffled in success as well as defeat. Be persistent and develop your oratory skills,” Mr. Radhakrishnan said.

Aruppukottai MLA Vaigai Selvan, who inaugurated the competition, said that just like Peraringnar Anna, Thanthai Periyar and P. Jeevanantham, in-depth reading, keen observation, and honest speech are the imperatives for upcoming orators.

In the Chennai-zone contest, 109 students participated in the Junior level (classes 6, 7 & 8 ), 60 in the Senior level (classes 9 & 10), 63 in Super Senior level (classes 11 & 12) and 58 in the College level, taking the total number of contestants to 290 students.

The first and second place winners in each category are as follows: Junior Level: M. Pavithran, SBOA Model Hr. Sec. School, Mogappair; V. Haritha, St. John Hr. Sec. School, Alwarthirunagar. Senior Level: N. Naren Gowtham, Sri Ramakrishna Matric Hr. Sec. School (West Tambaram); V. Saravanan, St. Gabriel Hr. Sec. School, Broadway. Super Senior Level: R. Saranya, Velammal Matric Hr. Sec. School, Panchetti; R. Priyadharshini, RLM Hr. Sec. School, Adyar. College Level: R. Deivanai, SSN Engineering College, OMR, Kalavakkam; C. Vatsala, Tamil Language Department, Madras University.

Dr. M. Shamsad, Principal, Dr. M.G.R Janaki Arts and Science College for Women, presided over the event. George Stephen, PRO, Shriram Chits, gave the vote of thanks.

P. Anbuselvam, Executive Director, Shriram Chits Tamil Nadu (P) Ltd was present.

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