“Kannadasan translated his experience into poetry”
THANJAVUR: “Two songs of poet Kannadasan made tremendous impact in my life,” said M. Chokkalingam, Judge, Madras High Court, here on Friday.
Inaugurating the Kaviyarasu Kannadasan Peravai, the Judge said that the songs ‘Acham Enbathu Madamaiyada’ and ‘Unnaiyarindal Nee Unnaiyarindal’ influenced him a lot. “I imbibed these lines when I was young and they helped me come up in life,” he said.
“Late Kannadasan is a born poet and he can write poems in no time.
He was a humanitarian and an honest person. He never lied and always spoke the truth even if it meant bringing disrepute to him,” the Judge said.
K. Sivaraman, former Dean of Thanjavur Medical College, said that Kannadasan wrote the experiences of his life.
“He translated his experience and true feelings into poetry without hiding them. To speak or write one’s true feelings without hiding them needs guts. That was why he is respected.”
S. Ramanathan, secretary, Karanthai Tamil Sangam said that Thanjavur district was known for its contribution to the growth of Tamil. Karanthi Tamil Sangam established by Uma Maheswaranar is an example.
Dr. U. Ve. Swaminatha Aiyer, whose efforts saved Tamil literature was born in this district.
Scholars like Navalar Na. Mu. Venkatsamy Nattar, Abraham Pandithar who wrote Karnamirtha Saharam and Vibulanantha Adigal who wrote a book on the music of Yazh, an ancient musical instrument, all lived in Thanjavur.
Keeping in tune with the history of Thanjavur, Kaviyarasu Kannadasan Peravai has now been launched, he said.
Spreading the message
A. Meenakshi Sundaram, founder of the Peravai said that Tamil organisations in and around Thanjavur decided to set up the peravai with the objective of taking initiatives to spread the message of Kannadasan to humanity and contribute its best to the development of Tamil.
Punitha Ganesan, secretary of Bharath College of Arts and Science, also spoke. Commercial Taxes Minister S. N. M. Ubayathullah participated.