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From the archives: Ban on bharatanatyam in temples may be lifted

The recipients of the honorary titles at the music festival organised by the Muthamizh Peravai in Madras on Monday, with the Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, the HR & CE Minister, Mr. K. P. Kandasamy and the Assembly Speaker, Mr. Thamizhkudimagan; (from left) Mr. T. Upendran, Mr. S. Govindarajan, Mrs. V. C. Kulandaisami (in place of Mr. Kulandaisami), Mr. Balamuralikrishna and Mrs. K. J. Sarasa.

The recipients of the honorary titles at the music festival organised by the Muthamizh Peravai in Madras on Monday, with the Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, the HR & CE Minister, Mr. K. P. Kandasamy and the Assembly Speaker, Mr. Thamizhkudimagan; (from left) Mr. T. Upendran, Mr. S. Govindarajan, Mrs. V. C. Kulandaisami (in place of Mr. Kulandaisami), Mr. Balamuralikrishna and Mrs. K. J. Sarasa.  

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The Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi today 'said the State Government would consider lifting the ban imposed in 1930 on artists performing' Bharatanatyam in the temples in Tamil Nadu. He said this "while responding to the request of Mr. &S. Viswanathan (Savi), Chairman, Tamil Nadu lyal Isai Nataka Manram, at the music festival organised by the Muthamizh Peravai at the R.R. I Sabha here.

 

Inaugurating the festival, Mr. Karunanidhi pointed out that Lord Siva himself was in a dancing posture at the Chidambaram temple and hence he hoped there would be no resistance from devotees to lifting the ban. He said he would soon hold consultations in this regard with flhe HR & CE Minister, Mr. K. P. Kandasamy and if it comes out with a favourable decision.

 

On behalf of the Peravai, the Chief Minister conferred the title of 'lyal Chelvam’ on Dr. V. C. Kulandaisarny, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, ‘lsaichelvam' on Mr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Nadaswarachelvam' on Thiruveezhimizhalai S. V Govindarajan, 'Layachelvam' on T. Upendran Land 'Natyachelvam' on Mrs. K. J. Sarasa. The award for Dr. Kulandaisamy was received by his wife.

 

Confined to city

 

 Mr. Karunanidhi said that though the Tamil Isai Sangam had been propagating Tamil music for a long time, it was confined to the city of Madras. He, therefore, requested the Peravai to hold music festivals in other parts of Tamil Nadu, at least in the district headquarters and set an example to other Csabhas. He suggested that the Peravai be made a strong forum for the enrichment of Tamil and promotion of 'iyal', 'isai' and 'natakam'. If it functioned well and worked towards this objective continuously for three years, its request for an auditorium would be considered, he said. Paying rich tributes to the recipients of the titles, the Chief Minister said they had excelled in their fields by hard work and devotion to music.

 

Temple administration

 

 Mr. Kandasamy, said the committee appointed by the State Government for suggesting reforms in temple administration had submitted its report and it was under the consideration of the Government. All efforts would be made to see that iyal, isai and natakam were given due importance when the committee's report is implemented. Mr. Thamizhkudimagan, Speaker of the State Assembly, who presided, traced the history and development of Tamil and the contributions made by various scholars, including several foreigners, to propagate its heritage. Mr. S. Viswanathan said Mr. Karunanidhi's birthday should be observed as 'artists' day'. Mr. K. V. Narayanaswami offered his felicitations to the awardees. The recipients of the awards thanked the 'Muthamizh Peravai' for its gesture. Welcoming the gathering Mr. R. Rajappa, Secretary of the Peravai, requested the Chief Minister to provide a permanent auditorium for conducting the festival. Mr. B. Meenakshisundaram, Treasurer, proposed a vote of thanks.

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