When the Minister turned singer

VERY VOCAL, INDEED: Adi Dravida Welfare Minister, C. Karuppusamy, belts out songs from MGR films with Food and Cooperation Minister, V. Jayaraman, beside him at a Co-operative Week celebrations in Pollachi on Saturday.  

M. Gunasekaran

POLLACHI: The orchestra troupe of the Government Transport Corporation that performed at a Government function in front a massive gathering of nearly 10,000 women here on Saturday was taken by surprise when a VIP walked up to the stage in the middle of the programme and offered to join the troupe.

C. Karuppasamy, Adi-Dravidar Welfare Minister, took the mike and song - Naan aanaiyittaal adhu nadandhuvittal (from the M.G. Ramachandran film, Enga Veettu Pillai). Moved by the 50-year-old Minister's performance, the thrilled crowd gave him a standing ovation. He did not stop.

He sang four more songs — Koduthathellam koduthaan, Nalla nalla nilam paarthu, Ulagam pirandhathu enakgaga and finally Thayillaamal nanillai — all from MGR films. The troupe and the audience were surprised over his performance — singing in high pitch without any notes.

His colleagues in the Cabinet, P.V. Dhamodharan and S.M. Velusamy applauded him for his stunning performance. The Food and Cooperation Minister, Pollachi V. Jayaraman, who organised the 52nd Cooperative Week Celebrations, even gave him a title — "Karisal Kaattu Karunkuyil".

On his unexpected role as a singer at the function, Mr. Karuppasamy told The Hindu that he had been singing from his school days. "Inspired by the songs in Thalaivar [MGR] films, I started singing them from my school days. Then I took part in music contests during Pongal festival in my village. I always sing Thalaivar's songs that contained strong, relevant messages. Wherever I get a chance, I sing,'' he said.