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எம் தமிழகத்தின் வைர, வைடூரியங்களை
இங்கு காண்பிப்பதில் பெருமை அடைகிறோம்


thanks to http://www.hindu.com/2008/08/15/stories/2008081555930200.htm

When Gandhi came to Tirunelveli


Former MLC and then municipality chairman Chavadi Subramania Pillai and his son Chavadi Kooththa Nainar Pillai donated 1.40 acres of land near Santhi Pillaiyar Temple on West Car Street in Tirunelveli Town, now known as ?Vadampokki Santhu.?

They also donated two hand pumps ? one at Vaagaiyadi Corner and the second one behind the Gandhi statue ? were installed on behalf of Singampatti Zamin, which persuaded the British Viceroy to give permission for Gandhi?s Tirunelveli visit.

When Gandhi came to Tirunelveli on January 23, 1934, he stayed in the first floor of Mr. Subramania Pillai?s house, where a toilet was constructed for the leader on a war footing. Since Gandhi preferred to sleep in the terrace, a polished granite slab was put there. The slab now carries inscription, saying Gandhi used it during his visit to Tirunelveli.

?We don?t allow anybody to sit on this slab,? says Chavadi Kooththa Nainar Pillai?s younger son Chavadi Sethu Subramania Pillai, a retired village administrative officer, whose elder brother, then a 22-day old boy, was baptized as ?Gandhi? by M.K. Gandhi.

?The Dalits came to our house, sat in the courtyard where a common feast was served in the presence of Gandhi,? Chavadi Sethu Subramania Pillai says.

Chavadi Sethu Subramania Pillai says When Gandhi left Tirunelveli, he presented a sand clock to Chavadi Subramania Pillai and a khadi cap to cook Arumugam Pillai as a mark of recognising his yummy preparations.

?However, a Collector of Tirunelveli (in the seventies) took the sand clock from our house through a VAO and we don?t know about the whereabouts of the gift now,? Chavadi Sethu Subramania Pillai says.




Dance Master K J Sarasa Isai Vellalar Pillai dies in Chennai.
She is 72. Jayalaitha condoles.

T. K. S. Brothers, Indian Theatre Company

T. K. S. Brothers is a far-famed theatre company. Sankaran, Muthuswamy, Shanmugam, and Bhagavathi were the sons of T. S. Kannuswamy Pillai. He was a female impersonator who initiated them as young boys into acting. The first three brothers joined Sankaradas Swamigal`s Tattuva Minalochani Vidya Balasabha in 1918. Shanmugam proved a valuable asset for Swamigal, and rose to take on royal parts. Soon the siblings were identified as T. K. Shanmugam brothers. Swamigal once introduced all three brothers together in a scene, which received high acclaim. Later, they entered the troupes of Krishnaswamy Pavalar and Kandaswamy Mudaliar.

In 1925, they formed their own Bala Shanmugananda Sabha in Madurai. They emphasized physical, vocal, and musical training for the actors. Functioning as a full-time professional troupe, they hired halls for shows. Sometimes they stayed for many months at one venue and held continuous runs. In 1937, T. K. S. Brothers staged their first social play, Muthuswamy`s Gumastavin pen. This was filmed as Clerk`s Daughter in 1941. Success of this led to many more social dramas. Some contained radical views. A banner with a slogan like `Workers of the World Unite!` found a place on their front curtain. Other popular productions were Avvaiyar, Rajaraja Cholam, Manitan or `Man`, Andaman kaiti i.e. `Prisoner of the Andamans`, Uyiroviyam or `Living Painting`, Kalvanin kadali i.e. `Robber`s Lover`, Iratta Pasam i.e. `Blood Bond`, and Tamizh Selvam, performed in all corners of Tamil Nadu. They also staged two children`s plays. The names can be mentioned as Palappazham or `Jackfruit` and Appavin asai i.e. `Papa`s Desire`. In 1942, they organized a drama competition and a conference in which C. N. Annadurai participated.

In 1950, they renamed the company as T. K. S. Nataka Sabha. Instead of the old residential style, it assembled actors from various places for performances. A partial list of members drives home its impact on Tamil theatre and film. Some of the members can be named as N. S. Krishnan, S. V. Sahasranamam, K. R. Ramasamy, S. V. Subbiah, N. S. Balakrishnan, T. N. Sivadanu, A. P. Nagarajan, T. V. Narayanaswami, S. S. Rajendran, M. S. Draupadi, M. N. Rajam, and Kamalahasan. It introduced actresses on the Tamil stage for the first time. It toured many parts of India and abroad, where Tamil communities lived. Between 1925 and 1972, it staged 72 productions, of which about half were original scripts. It also cinematized many of them, among which the realistic Gumastavin Penn and the nationalistic Andaman Kaiti in 1952 fared very well.

Avvai TK Shanmugam

"Avvai? TK Shanmugam (1912-1973) was a legend in theatre. He and his three brothers, Sankaran, Muthuswami and Bhagavati were born to Seethai and TS Kannuswami Pillai, the father being a well known stage actor who specialised in women roles. At an early age, the brothers were apprenticed under Sankaradas Swamigal, the founding father of the concept of Boys Companies in which roles were essayed, as the name suggests, entirely by boys and young men. Having worked in his Madurai Tattuva Minalochani Bala Vidwat Sabha they also trained under Krishnaswami Pavalar (Bala Manohara Sabha) and Kandasami Mudaliar. In later years, they formed their own company, The Devi Bala Shanmukhananda Sabha.

சங்கரதாசு சுவாமிகளின் மாணவரும் நாடக நடிகருமான டி. எசு. கண்ணுசாமி பிள்ளை என்பவருக்கும் சீதையம்மாள் என்பவருக்கும் மூன்றாவது மகனாக திருவனந்தபுரத்தை அடுத்த புத்தன்சந்தையில் 1912 ஏப்ரல் 24 ஆம் நாள் பிறந்தவர் தி. க. சண்முகம்.[3] தி. க. சங்கரன் (1904 ? 1948.03.31), தி.க. முத்துச்சாமி ஆகிய இருவரும் இவருக்கு அண்ணன்மார் ஆவர். தி. க. பகவதி (1917 - ) இவருக்கு தம்பி ஆவார். சுப்பம்மாள் (1920 - ), காமாட்சி (1921 - ) ஆகியோர் இவருக்குத் தங்கைகள் ஆவர். இவர்கள் நால்வரை தமிழ்நாடக உலகம் டி. கே. எசு சகோதரர்கள் என அழைத்தது.

இருபதாம் நூற்றாண்டில் தொடக்கத்தில் நாடகக்கலையின் தலைமையிடமாக மதுரை திகழ்ந்தது. எனவே நாடக நடிகரான கண்ணுசாமிபிள்ளையின் குடும்பம் மதுரை சோற்றுக்கடைத் தெருவில் குடியிருந்தது. எனவே தி. க. சண்முகம் தெற்குச் சித்திரை வீதியில் உள்ள வெள்ளியம்பலம் என்னும் ஆரியவைசிய பள்ளியில் இரண்டாம் வகுப்பு வரை படித்தனர்.[1]


Till date she follows Variar Swami's advice like any faithful student. ?Never under estimate your audience. Learn to respect the stage. Words of literature should flow from memory without referring to books on stage.'




Raja Raja Chola was born in Thirukoilur ( head quarters of Nadu Naadu) as Arulmozhivarman, the third child of Parantaka Sundara Chola (Aditya Karikala was the elder son and Kundhavai the elder sister) and Vanavan Maha Devi of the Velir Malayaman dynasty.


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