An excellent summary of the function has been reported by our trustee and moderator of Ponniyin Selvan Yahoo groups, Shri. Sundhar Bharadwaj @ Sivapatha sekaran -SPS: Dear Friends,
Certificates for those "students" who completed EPIGRAPHY reading course were distrubted by Hon'ble Minister Thangam Thennarasu. Lakshmi Machine Tools Gp CBT Mr. Ravi Sam presided over. Dr. Sathyamurthy and Dr. Rajvelu rendered speeches on the subject.
From our side Natarajan, Plastic Chandra took part in event management. Nandakumar Selvaraj attended.
Minister experessed his happiness in attending this meet and distributing the Certificates.
Apart from sharing all our concern of creating awareness to protect the monuments, he shared his responsibility and readiness in guiding us to put this into action and commended the efforts of REACH on special areas.
He Observed: Somehow OUR Forefathers preserved these Cultural Assets and passed on to us in spite of several invasions and challenges by way of external Cultures all these period exceeding about 10 centuries ...
How can we permit these to be perished right in front of our Own eyes - in this 21st Century - when we claim that our Technology is superior and resources are much better than the past ?
That was a soul-searching Speech by the Hon'ble Minister.
Then on the lighter note, he too enjoyed recalling his reading Ponniyinselvan and discussing with his friends during his (Annamalai) University days in Chidambaram (in early 80s).
He also recalled of having visited Udayarkudi - searched for Ravidasan inscriptions etc..
He also recalled of having gone through Thiruvalangadu Copper Plates .. and observed on Uthama being mentioned very less...!!
And commended the activities of PS group as well in creating more awareness among the youth !
Also observed re threat to some cultural asset :: It was brought to his attention and immediately reached CM almost at midnight - who in turn - called the concered Authority and ensured the threat (by negiligence) was moved away.
And our long time dream - much discussed HERITAGE CLUB in SCHOOLs - is being putforth in the Assembly session for allocation of funds !!
We - PS - REACH - AASAI - all thanked the Minister for all his support.
We will discuss and invite the Honble Minister for our PS MEET after the Chemmozhi manadu !