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Saw. Ganesan would stick to the schedule, and would make no allowances for anyone. Once, Mu. Karunanidhi, the then Chief Minister, who was to inaugurate the Kamban Vizha, was late, because his train was delayed. Ganesan refused to wait for him, but went ahead with the programme. In 1971, MGR was a surprise visitor to the celebrations, and some of Ganesan’s friends suggested that MGR be allowed to address the gathering. But Ganesan said that MGR was not a listed speaker for the day and so he would not allow him on the stage. Both Karunanidhi and MGR appreciated Ganesan’s uncompromising discipline.

In 1962, Kanchi Paramacharya, who was camping in Ilayathangudi, asked Ganesan to organise an All India Vidwat Sadas, and pleased with Ganesan’s efforts, conferred on him the title ‘Thondar Kulasekharan.’

When in the Alipore jail, Ganesan conducted Kamba Ramayanam classes for his fellow inmates. Nehru was one of those who attended his classes. Years later, when Nehru visited the Alagappa College, Karaikudi, he greeted Ganesan as ‘Kambar’!

Ganesan chose five Kamba Ramayanam verses and asked Dr. S. Ramanathan to set them to tune in the same ragas as the Pancharatna kritis. These verses are sung at the Kamban Samadhi on Panguni Hastham.



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