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Kalvi Thanthai Kamaraj’s birth anniversary celebrations

Reported by K.Manjula

The Readers Circle of Thiruvanmiyur Public Library celebrated late Tamil Nadu CM K. Kamaraj’s 116th Birthday on July 15 at its premises. The highlight of the programme was the simple and enlivening speech of P. Madhavan, retired Professor.

He relived the golden age of Tamil Nadu from 1954 -63, when Kamaraj was the Chief Minister. He spoke at length about the long sighted schemes of Kamaraj and advancements in the State during his period in the sectors of Education, Irrigation and Industries. He explained in detail about the titles – Kalvi Thanthai, Karma veerar and Kingmaker held by Kamraj through various anecdotes from his life. While many of us are aware of his efforts to build schools, improve the quality of education and literacy rate in Tamil Nadu, he was also responsible for some major irrigation schemes in the State.

Dams and irrigation canals were built across the rivers Bhavani, Mani Muthar, Aarani, Vaigai, Amaravathi, Sathanur, Krishnagiri, Pullambadi, Parambikulam and Neyyaru among others. Industries with huge investments such as Neyveli Lignite Corporation, BHEL at Trichy, Manali Oil Refinery (now it is the Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited), and the Railway Coach factory at Perambur were started during his period. In fact Kamaraj laid the foundation for our very own IIT Madras.

School students from the neighbourhood, who participated in the essay competition held as part of the World Book Day on topic ‘Ennai sedukkiya noolgal’, were felicitated that day. Other members of the Reader’s Circle M. Daisy Maran, Tamil writer and K. Balasubramanian, Tamil teacher also shared their thoughts on Kamaraj.

Some members of the library who sponsored membership for school students and others who made donations to the library were also honoured. S. Elango, Librarian and Secretary of the Readers Circle hosted the function. At Thiruvanmiyur, ECR behind Marundeeswarar temple bus stop. For details contact 24420552 or mail to

Get ready for surf fest

The 6th edition of Covelong Surf Festival will be held on Aug.17, 18 and 19 at Kovalam, ECR. The festival brings surfing, yoga, music, art and food on one platform and attracts people from far and wide.

Hosted by the Covelong Point Social Surf School and the TT Group, in association with the Surfing Federation of India, the Covelong Point Surf Competition is an international-level surf contest that takes place annually amongst the azure waves of Kovalam. Surfers from around India gather at Kovalam gunning for the most thrilling breaks to take home the win.

The festival has a Yoga Shala that brings together an expertly curated line-up of renowned yoga and meditation teachers, sound therapists, alternative healers, musicians and martial artistes for a string of sessions interactively designed to host participants on the path to holistic wellness.

Two stages – The Beach Stage and The Surf Turf Stage will be set up at the venue which will feature a curated line-up of world musicians and artistes.

The venue will have a dedicated space, where independent artistes display their works like street pieces, mixed media artwork and photographic images on socio-political commentary, humour, imaginative concepts and their relevant narratives on them. Those interested to perform can apply at their website.

The venue will be packed with food stalls that sell an array of food items from Italian delicacies and gourmet grills to lip-smacking local fare.

Surfers can register at For more details visit

Inner Wheel Club President elected

Sarada Ramani (standing to the right of the chief guest) has been elected as the President of Inner Wheel Club Of Chennai, Thiruvanmiyur on 19th July in the presence of the Chief Guest Dr. Shailendra Babu IPS, Inner Wheel District Chairman Kala Rajasekhar and other District officials. At the event Sarada presented the award ‘Service above Self’ to Geetha Padmanabhan, a woman of indomitable will, for her perseverance in redesigning and setting up a footpath in Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar Main Road.

The club will be distributing 6 litres of milk everyday for the next 3 years to the children of Sewa Samajam, Taramani.

The club, in association with Madras Management Association, will also be conducting an entrepreneurship workshop for women entrepreneurs on Aug.11.