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Jayalalithaa’s award cheers up Tamil writers, scholars

DC | S. Thirunavukarasu | 17th Apr 2013

 

Chennai: A move of the chief minister J. Jayalalithaa presenting awards to Tamil scholars and the Delhi Tamil Sangam as part of the Tamil New Year celebrations in the city on Monday has made the mood among Tamil writers vibrant. 
 
The interesting part is the award winners told DC that it was a total surprise to them as well as they came to know about the awards only through flash news. It’s a welcome move and the government’s decision to felicitate Tamil scholars and writers will encourage more people to take up literary works in future, says Tamil writer K.A. Gunas­ekeran, former director of Ulaga Tamil Araichi Maiyam.
 
“The government should scale up this event and can appoint a committee comprising Tamil scholars to strengthen this initiative further,” he said. 
 
“Staffers from Tamil development department asked for our bio data and details regarding our literary works and I thought as usual my name would be recommended for some Tamil welfare committee and this award is a pleasant surprise,” said a jubilant Bala Ramani, senior programme officer with Door­darshan who has bagged this year’s Kambar award.
 
Though Kavignar Muthu­l­ingam is not new to literary awards and has written a lot about Tamil culture and matinee idol M.G. Ramachandran, this award is unique and special to him.
 
“I was presented Kalaithurai Vitthagar award in 1991 and this is the second time that the government is felicitating me and I have no words to express my gratitude. For the past six decades, I have been writing about the Tamil culture and these awards are something that encourages artisans like us,” says Kavignar Muthulingam who baggeA move of the chief minister J. Jayalalithaa presenting awards to Tamil scholars and the Delhi Tamil Sangam as part of the Tamil New Year celebrations in the city on Monday has made the mood among Tamil writers vibrant. 
 
The interesting part is the award winners told DC that it was a total surprise to them as well as they came to know about the awards only through flash news. It’s a welcome move and the government’s decision to felicitate Tamil scholars and writers will encourage more people to take up literary works in future, says Tamil writer K.A. Gunas­ekeran, former director of Ulaga Tamil Araichi Maiyam. “The government should scale up this event and can appoint a committee comprising Tamil scholars to strengthen this initiative further,” he said. 
 
“Staffers from Tamil development department asked for our bio data and details regarding our literary works and I thought as usual my name would be recommended for some Tamil welfare committee and this award is a pleasant surprise,” said a jubilant Bala Ramani, senior programme officer with Door­darshan who has bagged this year’s Kambar award.
 
Though Kavignar Muthu­l­ingam is not new to literary awards and has written a lot about Tamil culture and matinee idol M.G. Ramachandran, this award is unique and special to him.
 
“I was presented Kalaithurai Vitthagar award in 1991 and this is the second time that the government is felicitating me and I have no words to express my gratitude. For the past six decades, I have been writing about the Tamil culture and these awards are something that encourages artisans like us,” says Kavignar Muthulingam who baggeA move of the chief minister J. Jayalalithaa presenting awards to Tamil scholars and the Delhi Tamil Sangam as part of the Tamil New Year celebrations in the city on Monday has made the mood among Tamil writers vibrant. 
 
The interesting part is the award winners told DC that it was a total surprise to them as well as they came to know about the awards only through flash news. It’s a welcome move and the government’s decision to felicitate Tamil scholars and writers will encourage more people to take up literary works in future, says Tamil writer K.A. Gunas­ekeran, former director of Ulaga Tamil Araichi Maiyam. “The government should scale up this event and can appoint a committee comprising Tamil scholars to strengthen this initiative further,” he said. 
 
“Staffers from Tamil development department asked for our bio data and details regarding our literary works and I thought as usual my name would be recommended for some Tamil welfare committee and this award is a pleasant surprise,” said a jubilant Bala Ramani, senior programme officer with Door­darshan who has bagged this year’s Kambar award.
 
Though Kavignar Muthu­l­ingam is not new to literary awards and has written a lot about Tamil culture and matinee idol M.G. Ramachandran, this award is unique and special to him. “I was presented Kalaithurai Vitthagar award in 1991 and this is the second time that the government is felicitating me and I have no words to express my gratitude. For the past six decades, I have been writing about the Tamil culture and these awards are something that encourages artisans like us,” says Kavignar Muthulingam who bagged the Kabilar award.
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