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Chorus of nationalism grows louder

G.Srinivasan
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Children from deaf, dumb, blind school, and juvenile home join voice with officials

all in one tune:Students singing the National Anthem at the Big Temple in Thanjavur on Thursday.Photo:B.Velankanni Raj
all in one tune:Students singing the National Anthem at the Big Temple in Thanjavur on Thursday.Photo:B.Velankanni Raj

With the 212-ft vimana of the Big Temple and the crimson hues of the setting sun forming a wondrous backdrop, nearly 200 school students here sung the National Anthem in chorus to mark the 100th year of the composing of the song, on Thursday.

K.Baskaran, Collector, M. Rangaswamy, MLA, Manikandan, vice chairman of the Thanjavur Municipality, Ramamoorthy, former director of South Zone Cultural Centre, V. Varadarajan, president of Brahan Natyanjali Foundation, sang with the children .

The programme assumes significance as children from Government Deaf and Dumb School, Government School for the Blind, Juvenile home, government, municipal and private schools took part in the singing.

“It is a proud moment for us to sing the National Anthem in this world heritage monument,” said children of Thamarai International School. “The event becomes more significant as the Big Temple celebrated its millennium last year and our National Anthem turned a hundred years old,” said S.Muthukumar, secretary of Thanjavur Chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) which organised the programme along with Rotary Club of Thanjavur Newtown.

"The singing by school children exhibited patriotic spirit and respect we have for our country and the anthem,” said Mr. Baskaran.

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