Chennai Sangamam-KARUNANITHI GIVES 1 CRORE TO TAMIL MAIYAM Father Jegath Gasper

 

CM donates Rs 1 cr for Chennai SangamamTNN, Jan 13, 2011, 02.42am IST 

CHENNAI: Chief minister M Karunanidhi on Wednesday shared the dais at the ‘Chennai Sangamam’ with Father Jegath Gasper, managing trustee of Tamil Maiyam, the NGO recently raided by the CBI in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.

The Sangamam, a folk arts festival conducted in streets and parks across the city, was inaugurated by the chief minister. Fr Gasper announced that the chief minister had donated Rs one crore for this edition of the festival from his personal funds. Deputy chief minister MK Stalin left half-way through the function even before Karunanidhi delivered his speech. DMK MP M K Kanimozhi could be seen requesting Stalin to stay on but he left the venue.

Fr Gasper, who fielded media queries on whether he had any problems in securing donations for his NGO after the raids, said: “We lost some time in organising this function but the event is not affected”. He clarified that expenses for the function had been covered from Tamil Maiyam funds.
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Speaking to reporters, Kanimozhi said this was a public festival for which “Therukuthu”, one of the folk arts, has been introduced this year. The organisers have planned to extend the festival to Kanyakumari as well, she added.
Earlier, Karunanidhi recalled the history of the Dravidian movement saying, 40 years ago he had conducted a drama called ‘Shanta Palaniappa’ in Villipuram to spread the movement. The festival which was then criticized for being a dalit oriented festival had since transformed into a popular folk arts festival because of the Dravidian movement, he said. He praised Kanimozhi as well as Gasper for conducting the Chennai Sanagamam. 

Tamil poet Vairamuthu said that every January people of Chennai eagerly waited for the festival. The credit for its popularity goes to Kanimozhi, he said. While Karunanidhi worked for economic development of the state, Kanimozhi dedicated herself to promoting the cultural development, he said.

Read more: CM donates Rs 1 cr for Chennai Sangamam – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/CM-donates-Rs-1-cr-for-Chennai-Sangamam/articleshow/7272556.cms#ixzz1AunWgxkT

 

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  1. vas says:

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