Do not lose touch with traditional art forms, P.S.Sachu, secretary, Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nadagam Mandram, exhorted students here on Friday. Speaking at the Bharathidasan University which honoured her with the ‘Kalai Chudar' title, the yesteryear artiste asked students to learn and appreciate folk art forms while pursuing higher education.
Giving away prizes to winners of various contests held during the week to commemorate International Women's Day, the comedienne who played character roles with flair, thanked Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for investing her with the present post as secretary of the Mandram. She recalled memories of sharing space on the silver screen with the Chief Minster.
A.Jaya, Mayor, presiding over the event, noted the State government had introduced many women-friendly schemes to assist women from infancy to old age.
The cradle baby scheme, marriage assistance, incentives for higher education and old age pension were some of them. An increasing number of schools and colleges in rural Tamil Nadu also spelt good news for women, she added.
K.Meena, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, presenting the award to Ms. Sachu, said more women should be encouraged to pursue higher education, particularly research. The University would provide more employment oriented courses to increase opportunities for women in the workplace. Dr.Meena also suggested research guides come forward to supervise atleast one differently abled candidate each. Jambaga Ramakrishnan, coordinator, All Women's Associations, Tiruchi was felicitated.