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State, a storehouse of cultural heritage: CJI

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Says tourism industry should work in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam with L. Sabaretnam, chairman, Bhavan's Chennai Kendra, and N. Ravi, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu , and vice-chairman, Bhavan's Chennai Kendra, at the inauguration of Bhavan's Naatya Utsav 2013 in Chennai on Saturday.— Photo: V. Ganesan
Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam with L. Sabaretnam, chairman, Bhavan's Chennai Kendra, and N. Ravi, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu , and vice-chairman, Bhavan's Chennai Kendra, at the inauguration of Bhavan's Naatya Utsav 2013 in Chennai on Saturday.— Photo: V. Ganesan

The Tamil Nadu tourism industry should work in close alliance with institutions like Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) for widening the potential cultural tourism in the State, Chief Justice of India Justice P. Sathasivam said on Saturday.

Inaugurating the Bhavan’s ‘Naatya Utsav 2013’ here, he said the State was a storehouse of cultural heritage. It had eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Hence, the tourism industry should work in association with institutions like Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for expanding the potential cultural tourism. The most prominent feature of the country’s culture was that it combined many cultures. South India’s culture was alien to people in the north. Dance programmes of this nature should be organised at the national-level for more interaction among the people.

Mr. Justice Sathasivam said in his view the enduring ideology among a few traditionalists that culture remained stagnant and change of any nature was degradation of culture orientation was erroneous. “Ethnicity and culture certainly evolve with times and we should be in a position to comprehend and appreciate this aspect.”

The utsav was organised in association with Apollo Hospitals.

The CJI presented the P. Obul Reddy and P. Gnanambal Memorial Award for Life Time Achievement to Malavika Sarukkai in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Bharatanatyam par excellence. The award carried Rs. 1 lakh, a medallion and a citation.

He also presented the Bhavan’s cultural awards of Rs.25,000 each, a medallion and citation to M. Narmadha (Violin), K. Gayatri (Vocal), S.R.G.S. Mohan Doss (Nagaswaram), B. Suchithra (Harikatha) and K. Sathyanarayanan (Keyboard.) K. Parasaran, former Attorney-General of India and vice-chairman, BVB’s Chennai Kendra, said BVB was trying to bring noble thoughts from every side.

L. Sabarethnam, Bhavan’s Chennai kendra chairman, who presided, said the institution was dedicated to the promotion of education and culture.

The Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu , N. Ravi, who is also the vice-chairman of BVB’s Chennai Kendra, said the Natya Utsav was part of Bhavan’s festival offering in this season.

The series comprised 34 performances and followed the music series that just concluded and had 47 performances. A third series of 47 performances is to follow the Natya Utsav from December 26.

K.N.Ramaswamy, kendra director, proposed a vote of thanks.


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