Unveils statue of poet Vaanidhasan in Bharathi Park
Pondicherry: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy said that his Government would never let down Tamil scholars and the poets and would strive relentlessly to ensure development of Tamil language and its literature.
Unveiling a statue of the Tamil poet `Kavignareru Vaanidhasan', on the occasion of the 34th death anniversary of the poet in Bharathi park on Monday, Mr. Rangasamy said that his happiness doubled because the natural name of the poet was `Rangasamy'. (The Pondicherry Government has installed the statue, at a cost of Rs. 2.95 lakh.)
The Chief Minister said that his government would consider raising a `manimandapam' in honour of Vaanidhasan, who hailed from Seliamedu village in Bahoor commune panchayat limits. Mr. Rangasamy said that the Government had proposed to present awards to 10 Tamil poets this year as was promised in the budget in recognition of their contributions to Tamil literature.
They would soon be selected for the award. He paid rich tributes to Vaanidhasan's concern for society and also for his communion with nature as he was a pastoral poet.
Among those, who spoke recalling the contributions of Vaanidhasan to Tamil literature, included Speaker R. Radhakrishnan, Education Minister M.O.H.F. Shahajahan, Welfare Minister P. Angalane, legislators K. Lakshminarayanan, M. Kandasamy and S.P. Sivakumar, the Secretary to Government A. Anbarasu, chairperson of Pondicherry municipality Dr.B. Sridevi, members of the Statue Committee and former Under Secretary of Pondicherry, Janakiraman.
Director of Information and Publicity S. Chandrasekaran proposed a vote of thanks.