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Annamalai University has been in the forefront in promoting Tamil language, literature and music during the pre and post-Independence days, said M. Rajendran, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil University, Thanjavur.
He was speaking at the 106th birth anniversary celebrations of Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar, second founder Pro-Chancellor, and the 24th year of ‘Isai Vizha’ of Annamalai University at Chidambaram on Thursday.
Mr. Rajendran said that Annamalai University was a trend-setter in organising an exclusive conference for Tamil music in 1941 at Annamalai Nagar (Chidambaram), 25 years before the first World Tamil Conference was held at Kuala Lumpur in 1966.
If founder Pro-Chancellor Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar could be said to have sown the seeds for restoring the rights and freedom of Tamil language, both during the British Raj and after Independence , Sir Muthiah Chettiar could be said to have made it a movement, Mr. Rajendran said.
Sir Muthiah Chettiar’s contribution to the Tamil language could be proudly called “unique.” Meenakshi Tamil College set up in 1924 at Thiruvetkalam, later became Annamalai University in 1929.
Annamalai University was the first educational institution to create a Tamil faculty and appoint a separate professor for it.
Tamil scholars such as Vibulanandar, Somasundara Bharathiar and Paavanar had served in the university. When E.V. Ramasamy and the DMK took up the cause of Tamil and propagated self-respect for Tamils, Annamalai University supported them.
Mr. Rajendran said that though Sir Muthiah Chettiar was a multifaceted personality, his contributions to Tamil language stood out.
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