PM felicitates Vummidi Bangaru Chetty family that made

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PM felicitates Vummidi Bangaru Chetty family that made

Recognition fortradition: Vummidi Ethiraj, 97 (in the wheelchair), and his family members at the residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

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Tuesday, 30th May 2023
Page No. 2
Chennai Print Edition

Members of the Vummidi Bangaru Chetty family that had designed and made Sengol, the historical sceptre installed in the new Parliament House, were felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

Sharing his experience in Chennai on Monday, Vummidi Anil Kumar of Vummidi Dwarkanath Jewellers said 10 members of the family, including 97-year-old Vummidi Ethiraj, participated in the felicitation at the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi.

Honour for family

“My uncle, Mr. Ethiraj, was honoured along with several Adheenam priests. It was a recognition of historic artefact and the family’s role in designing and manufacturing it,” he said.

It was at Vummidi Bangaru Chetty and Sons, referred to as “corner shop”, at Parry’s Corner that the Sengol was designed and manufactured in 1947. Though several Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers have several branches, the original premises, which was established in 1900s, remains and operates as Vummidi Dwarkanath Jewellers in Parry’s Corner, he said.

The Sengol holds historical significance as it was presented to the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on the midnight of August 14, 1947, marking the transfer of power to India.

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