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    There have been several Chennai-based individuals and groups from different fields who have put the city on the global map with their exceptional achievements over the years. And this time around, three choirs from Chennai — Madras Musical Association (MMA), Sargam and Bank Employees Art Troupe (BEAT) — have made the city proud, competing in the 4th Asia Pacific Choir Games in Sri Lanka, an international-level competition that featured choirs from nine different nations, and winning accolades.
    For the Madras Musical Association (MMA), which is more than a century old, taking part in this competition was a first-time experience, though it had earlier performed in several prestigious international events, including 2012 Pre-Olympic music events in London. Its conductor, Augustine Paul, says, “MMA is participating in a competition for the very first time. All our overseas travel so far had been for mega concerts, performed as mass choir, presenting western classical music. This time, one of the main challenges was to do all the pieces from memory. Generally, MMA meets for practice only once a week, but for this, we rehearsed nearly for three months and closer to the competition, the choristers met in small groups for extra practice sessions to perfect each of the pieces.”

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    The 60-voice choir of MMA won golden diploma and silver diploma in Musica Sacra with Accompaniment and Adult Choirs categories, respectively. Augustine says it was an eye-opening experience for the choir. “Many of us got to see the standard of choral music across different Asian countries. The results have given us satisfaction and happiness. Our choir has gained a lot of confidence and I am sure that our members will pursue classical music with much more passion in the years to come,” he shares.

    Sargam Choir won silver diploma in Folklore A cappella and its conductor, Dr Sudha Raja, shares, “It was in 2011 that Sargam started as a children’s choir. Once parents started coming to drop their children for practices, they developed an interest in singing and I started adult choirs for men and women as well. Now, Sargam consists of 150 members, including kids, men and women. We meet for practice every Sunday. In the choir, there are many kids who learn Carnatic music from me. In fact, Uthara Unnikrishnan, the National Award-winning singer, is also a part of our choir, and was also present in Sri Lanka for the competition. The youngest member in the choir is around three-and-a-half years old and the oldest is 68.”

    Dr Sudha, who has a doctorate in Indian choral music, adds that it was a matter of pride to represent the country.

    “If you look at choirs from other countries like Indonesia and China, they are all supported by the government, with the conductors on the payroll of the government. The children and adults are paid to come for rehearsals and performances. It’s only the Indian choirs that do it for the love of it without any monetary gains. For this trip to Sri Lanka, each member of the choir, including me, spent money from our own pockets. I hope our government realises the importance of choir competitions and support singers and conductors, and also host such events in the country. With Chennai being a cultural hub, the city should host Asia Pacific Choir Games some time,” she opines.

    EAT won bronze and silver diplomas in the two categories they competed in. It’s conductor, Rajarajeshwari Sivaramakrishnan, says, “BEAT is more than 25 years old and we believe in meaningful entertainment. BEAT members meet every Sunday for practice. We feature songs which highlight patriotism, national integration, social themes such as women’s liberation, environmental awareness, unity, equality, religious harmony, world peace, culture, etc. Poems of Subramania Bharathi, Bharathidasan and other renowned poets and Thirukkural are also adopted.

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    For a native flavour, we feature some folk songs also. We sing not only in Tamil, but also in the other languages like Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi, Assamese, etc. We follow the legacy of the Late MB Srinivasan, the pioneer of choir music in Tamil Nadu.”

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> News> City News> Chennai News / Ashish Ittyerah Joseph / October 31st, 2017

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    My Binny story last week had me recalling the life the early 19th Century sahibs led, as reflected in John Binny’s and Thomas Parry’s wills. Discussion of that lifestyle is sure to generate a plethora of views, but one view I don’t think can be denied, namely, that they had a conscience and a sense of obligation. But discussing the morality of the times is not my intent today, I merely present the gist of two fascinating documents.

    John Binny, a bachelor, died in Madras in 1824. His last home leave began in August 1816. In his 1823 will he left a legacy to “a child now of the age 5 years and 5 months named John William Crouchley and boards with one under the charge of Mrs Wicklow…” Make of that what you will. Rather different is the record in India. The Company kept paying 8 pagodas (about ₹25) monthly in Binny’s name to each of two children. They each also received an annual clothing allowance of ₹105 and the elder, Charles, got ₹11 monthly from 1821 for education in the Madras Free School. In later years, the Binny records list a clerk, Charles Binny, who seemed of modest means. Was the second child his sister Belmina who received a marriage settlement of ₹3000, making you wonder whether that too had been left by John Binny? F De Souza, who wrote The House of Binny 50 years ago, leaves you wondering – particularly for answers.

    Thomas Parry

    Thomas Parry

    Thomas Parry, in Madras from 1788, nine years before Binny, has a better recorded life, judging by his will, curiously also dated 1823. He too died in 1824. He left ₹110,000 in investments to Mary Pearce, whom he’d married in 1794. She went back for good to England in 1807 with their two children, both dying young there. Unfettered in India, Parry seemed to have enjoyed a home at every place he had business in on the way from Madras to Cuddalore, judging by his will. His legacies started with amounts to young George Parry Gibson (who travelled with him) and Emma Louisa Gibson, both left in the care of a Mrs Dowden. Compounding the mystery, he also left something for two Army captains called Gibson and Dowden!

    A little clearer is his relationship with Mary Ann Carr, an Anglo Indian, by whom he had Thomas William Parry and Edward Moorat Parry in the early 1820s. Both probably died young, for only Mary Ann is remembered in the will. But then so are Elizabeth Chinnery, Charlotte Myers, Mrs Weehedie of Tranquebar and the son of Babkismah Candy. Parry certainly enjoyed the good life, even as he built a business empire that still flourishes.

    To Parry and Binny India owes its industrial beginnings. While Binny’s is no longer a name in business circles, Parry’s is a respected one, the name remembered in a major junction and the firm’s headquarters building, instead of giving way to new highrise, remaining a landmark in Madras. But where the Parry’s name is endangered is in San Thomé. His home, Leith Castle, near his industrial unit, the first in the country, a tannery and a leather goods ‘factory,’ is a threatened heritage precinct.

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    What’s happened to the prize?

    Nobel Prize time reminded 90-year-old Ramachandran (Chandru) Arni of Hyderabad that long before CV Raman and S Chandrasekhar won Nobel Prizes for Physics, they’d won the Jagirdar of Arni’s Gold Medal for Physics/Chemistry at Presidency College, Madras. Why isn’t the College awarding the medal nowadays, he wonders. I look forward to hearing from Presidency, but meanwhile my correspondent’s surname struck a chord.

    Arni Palace today

    Arni Palace today

    I first heard of the Jagirdar of Arni when writing a book on the West End Hotel, Bangalore, that, mysteriously, never got published. The West End was the second home of the then Jagirdar, Srinivasa Rao Sahib, the father of my correspondent who lists him as the 12th and last Jagirdar of the 211 sq miles zamin near Vellore. I’d written that the Jagirdar had stayed there occupying a three-room suite for over 36 years and that he was a regular at the Crazy Horse Bar at boisterous post-race parties. His son tells me horses and gambling were very much part of his life, but his “magnificent obsession” was cars. He bought his first car in 1923, when 19, and by 1948, when the Jagir was abolished by Government, had bought 182 cars! He kept the cars in immaculate condition, drove them himself and never lost on a sale of any of them.

    Arni House Front view

    Arni House Front view

    The Arni Jagir dates to 1640, when this Maharashtrian Brahmin family received it from Shahjee (the father of Shivaji) for services rendered in the Carnatic. It was the 10th Jagirdar, also Srinivasa Rao Sahib – a name the eldest generally took – who created the endowment for the prize at Presidency in 1877.

    A footnote Chandru Arni adds is that his mother was the great great grand-daughter of Purniah, Dewan to Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and the Mysore Royal Family. An old Presidencian himself, he says he is the country’s first games developer and the first, in 1953, to a win an official meet in a self-built sports car.

    The chronicler of Madras that is Chennai tells stories of people, places, and events from the years gone by, and sometimes from today.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai / Madras Miscellany – by S. Muthiah / October 30th, 2017

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    Vipulananda Adigalar

    Vipulananda Adigalar

    Film throws light on unknown facets of Vipulananda Adigalar’s life

    Tracing the unknown aspects of a prominent personality in the world of Tamil literature is quite a challenging task and Mu. Elangovan, a faculty in the Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post Graduate Studies, Puducherry, has travelled across the sea to do exactly that.

    After a year of research, documentation and interviews, Mr. Elangovan has brought out a 50-minute documentary to depict the life of Vipulananda Adigalar, who wrote the famous Yazh Nool (a book of stringed musical instruments), a principal research treatise on Isai Tamil.

    “I wanted to know more about his life. While I began collecting his books, manuscripts, photographs and letters, many unknown facts about him attracted my attention. I felt that a documentary film would be the proper medium to bring these facts before the public. SivamVeluppillai, who works in a private firm in Canada and Kasupathi Nataraja, an elderly person in Sri Lanka helped me complete this work,” said Mr.Elangovan.

    Taught in T.N.

    The famed Tamil scholar and educationist, who was born in Karaitivu near Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, in 1892, edited several magazines, translated works and played an instrumental role in establishing several academic institutions in Sri Lanka. On the invitation of Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar, the founder of the Annamalai University, Vipulananda Adigalar even served there from 1931 to 1933 as Tamil Professor.

    While teaching in Annamalai University, he translated Vivekanandar’s Gnana deepamKarma YogamRaja yogam, Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutram. He was a pioneer in teaching and propagating Bharathiar’s Poems in the academic circle during the British rule. “He was the first scholar to recognise and appreciate Bharathiar’s poetic genius. He protested the visit of the English Governor to Annamalai University by hoisting black flag at his residence,” he added.

    Vipulananda had his early education at his native place Karaitivu, Kalmunai, Batticaloa, and later he studied Technical Education at Colombo, got his B.Sc Degree by passing the Cambridge University Examinations, and also ‘Pandithar’ title of the Madurai Tamil Sangam at the age of 24; served as a teacher at Colombo, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Jaffna, received Mahatma Gandhi when he visited Jaffna and also hosted Maraimalai Adigal at Jaffna.

    Mr. Elangovan travelled to Sri Lanka and Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Chidambaram, Kumbakonam, Chennai, Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Mayavathi (the Himalayan foot) for making the documentary.

    “This documentary will remind the future generations about the excellence of Vipulananda Adigalar. It has interviews of those who have been his co-workers, friends and relatives, and addition to his writings, photographs. This film will be released first in Sri Lanka.”

    In Sri Lanka, he visited Colombo Tamil Sangam, Sri Lanka Ramakrishna Mutt Branches, Swami Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies at Eastern University as well as his relatives and many other places including Karaithivu, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Jaffna, Mandur, Thetratthivu, Colombo, Rosalla, Kandy, where evidences of his life and works are available.

    The documentary also depicts Vipulananda’s association with Ramakrishna Math and his visit to Chennai where he had his ascetic training from 1922 to 1924. His Brahmachariya name was Prabodha Saithanyer and got his spiritual initiation from Swamy Sivananda in 1924 and later he was called Vipulananda Adigalar. Vipulanandar established and superintended various schools in Sri Lanka from 1925 to 1931. He founded Sivananda Vidyalayam in memory of his Guru who initiated him in the spiritual order and thereby paved way for several thousand poor pupils to receive education.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Puducherry / by S. Senthalir / Puducherry – October 30th, 2017

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    Archaeology enthusiasts had found many pieces of black and red ware, which are said to have belonged to the Iron Age

    Archaeology enthusiasts had found many pieces of black and red ware, which are said to have belonged to the Iron Age

    Madurai :

    The remnants of a fort, which may be several hundred-years-old has been discovered in Padiyur in Dindigul district by a group of archeologists. V Narayanamoorthy , an archaeology enthusiast, along with professors Raja and Manoharan from Palani Andavar Arts College, went to the spot, which is about five kilometers east of Dindigul on the Dindigul- Trichy highway and goes into the village. A student from this village, Veera Karuppiah, had informed them about a large mound spread over an area of about five kilometers in his village, which was known as “kottaimedu” and looks like the wall of a fortress.

    The mound stands about 30 feet above the ground on an elevated surface. There is also a culvert belonging to the 19th century with the words, “Narimedu” inscribed on it. “The student who told us about this site said that there were many pottery pieces scattered around the mound,” he said.They had found many pieces of black and red ware, which is said to have belonged to the Iron Age. They also found terracotta figures, beads, an urn and a terracotta lamp. A school has been constructed on half of this sand mound. Raja, Manoharan and Narayanamoorthy claimed that much could be obtained if this area was excavated scientifically.

    “The word padi, refers to a place where an army was stationed according to Sangam literature and as the surrounding villages are called, Thamaraipadi, Mullipadi, Seelapadi and Melapadiyur, it strengthens the thought that this mound could be an ancient fort,” he said.

    They have sent details of their findings to the Archeological Survey of India to be assessed.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Madurai News / TNN / October 30th, 2017

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    October 30th, 2017adminEducation, Records, All, Science & Technologies

    Highlights

    • The students fabricated 45 robots to clean simultaneously for over 15 minutes.
    • A major aim of the initiative was to sustain, spread and strengthen the concept of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
    The robots cleaned an area of 750 square feet simultaneously

    The robots cleaned an area of 750 square feet simultaneously

    Chennai :

    IIT-Madras students have set the Asia and India records for operating the largest number of robots to clean an area.

    The students fabricated 45 robots to clean simultaneously for over 15 minutes.

    A total of 270 students from various disciplines participated in the CFI Workshop at IIT-Madras on Sunday where the robots cleaned an area of 750 square feet.

    Each robot had a high RPM motor at its centre, with two rotating scrub pads that directed the dust into the central suction mechanism, which was collected by a filter in the vacuum tunnel.

    The robots were controlled over Bluetooth via an Android-based application.

    Representatives of the Asia Book of Records and the India Book of Records adjudicated the event, which took place at Students Activities Centre on the campus.

    A provisional certificate was awarded after the successful completion of the exercise.

    The final certification would follow after validation and assessment of the record evidences.

    Another major aim of this initiative was to sustain, spread and strengthen the concept of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, said the institute.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Chennai News / by Vinayashree J / TNN / October 30th, 2017

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    “The functionalisation process avoids the use of organic solvents. This makes it safe and eco-friendly,” says Pradeep (second from right).

    “The functionalisation process avoids the use of organic solvents. This makes it safe and eco-friendly,” says Pradeep (second from right).

    The material can be coated on a variety of surfaces including glass and paper

    Nanocellulose-based liquid dispersion that renders the coated surface extremely water repellent — superhydrophobic with water contact angle more than 160 degrees — has been developed by a team of researchers led by Prof. T. Pradeep from the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

    The material can be coated on a variety of surfaces including glass and paper. It has several distinct properties such as high mechanical durability and chemical stability. Like other superhydrophobic materials, the dispersion-coated surface exhibits microbial resistance thus preventing biofouling.

    The researchers used cellulose nanofibres (5-20 nm wide and more than 500 nm in length) and functionalised them with flurosilane in water over six-seven hours at room temperature. The linkage of fluorosilane with cellulose happens through the hydroxyl groups present on cellulose.

    The functionalisation makes the long fibres of cellulose, resembling bamboo poles of molecular dimensions, to be covered with fluoroalkyl groups. This reduces the surface energy of cellulose fibres. Low surface energy together with enhanced surface roughness at nanoscale renders the coated surface highly water-repellent. Tiny water droplets dropped from a height bounced off the coated surface attesting the extreme water-repellence. Other tests too confirmed superhydrophobicity.

    “The functionalisation process avoids the use of organic solvents. This makes it safe and eco-friendly. This science helps expand the use of sustainable materials. And similar to water, the dispersion is not sticky thus making it easy to coat or spray paint on any surface,” says Prof. Pradeep.

    Superior durability

    The coating exhibited superior mechanical durability even when subjected to a variety of abrasion tests — scratches using a knife, peel-off test and sand paper abrasion. “There was negligible reduction in water repellence even when subjected to wear and tear. The covalent linkages between the cellulose fibres provide superior mechanical stability to the coating,” Prof. Pradeep says. The coating also strongly adheres to the surface.

    Even when exposed to organic solvents such as hexane and ethanol, the coating exhibited chemical stability and retained its extreme water-repelling property. “The coating absorbs organic solvents. Once the coating dries, which happens very quickly, the water-repelling property returns,” says Avijit Baidya from the Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras and the first author of the paper published in the journal ACS Nano.

    “The coating remained stable even when subjected to extreme temperatures of 200 degree and –80 degree and exposed to direct sunlight,” says Baidya. “The longevity was also tested for two years under laboratory conditions.”

    Despite the extreme water repelling property, coated paper absorbs organic components. “Since ink has organic components, the coating allows the ink to diffuse. Unlike normal paper where the ink washes off when exposed to water, the ink on the coated paper remained intact even when in contact with water,” says Baidya.

    Though the coating strongly adheres to glass and exhibits all the desirable properties, light transmission gets compromised as the coating turns the glass white. “This material is truly not for glass. Better applications will be in paints and for coating the paper used for printing currency,” says Baidya.

    The team is already working to address the issue of light transmission by using a starting material other than cellulose. “We have nearly developed a superhydrophobic material that remains transparent once coated,” says Prof. Pradeep, who is the corresponding author.

    “We are willing to commercialise the product either through a start-up or by licensing it. We have already filed for a patent,” He says.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sci-Tech> Science / by R Prasad / October 28th, 2017

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    Chennai :

    Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Madras Section has won the R10 Large Section Award, among several member countries, for its contribution to the student community and professions and in advancing technology for humanity.

    IEEE Madras Section comes under the Region 10 (R10), which consists of countries from the Southeast Asia including Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.

    The award, which the IEEE Madras Section has won, was initiated by IEEE R10 for the R10 Section. The award is given for multifaceted achievements like conducting a variety of events benefiting students and professionals and made significant contribution to the basic goal of ‘advancing technology for humanity’.

    IEEE, which dates back to 1884, has four lakh members in 160 countries. It has been divided into 10 regions globally. The professional body has award winning publications and technical societies, provides career resources and recognition, facilitates professional networking and offers volunteering opportunities in humanitarian projects.

    IEEE Madras Section has more than 8500 members from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The Madras Section has been organising many activities for professionals and students from engineering colleges and students aspiring for engineering and science courses.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Chennai News / by U. Tejonmayam / TNN / October 26th, 2017

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    Chennai:

    The city-based Prasad Corporation has taken up work on preserving nearly 1.5 lakh film reels stored at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune. The reels in storage are a part of thousands of films of various languages that were collected by NFAI from all corners of the country over the last five decades. The preservation project was launched by the Union information and broadcasting ministry at a cost of Rs 597 crore in January as part of the National Film Heritage Mission.

    The reels are currently preserved in temperature and humidity-controlled vaults. Prasad Corporation has deployed a large team of trained experts to categorise film reels depending on their physical and chemical conditions. The films would then be catalogued and tagged with radio-frequency identification (RFID) so as to be able to track them with ease in future.

    NFAI awarded the first-of-its-kind project to a consortium headed by Prasad Corporation. Other companies involved are L’Immagine Ritrovata, Italy and Miljoy Inc, USA.

    Prasad Corporation director Kavita Prasad said, “We have employed world-class professionals to ensure this project becomes a benchmark for similar efforts in other countries.” The service provider, which has offices in USA, UK, Germany and Japan, has digitally restored more than 400 Hollywood classics that include Academy Award and Golden Globe winners.

    The National Film Heritage Mission is an initiative to preserve, conserve, digitise and restore films collected by NFAI.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Chennai News / TNN / October 27th, 2017

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    File photo shows the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge. | Photo Credit: AP

    File photo shows the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge. | Photo Credit: AP

    The setting up of a Chair for Tamil will immensely contribute to Indology and also research on Tamil literature and culture, says Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.

    In a fillip to a proposal to set up a Chair for Tamil studies at the prestigious Harvard University, the Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced a sum of ₹10 crore towards the plan mooted by two United States-based Tamil enthusiasts.

    The setting up of such a Chair would immensely contribute to Indology and also research on Tamil literature and culture, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said in a statement.

    Cardiologist Dr. Vijay Janakiraman and oncologist Dr. S.T. Sambandam had floated the idea and had personally contributed funds towards it.

    Following their request, then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had in her party’s election manifesto in 2016 announced that her government would take steps for setting up a Tamil Chair in Harvard University.

    Efforts are also on to mobilise funds from interested parties through the social media for setting up the Chair.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Tamil Nadu / by Dennis S. Jesudasan / Chennai – October 27th, 2017

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    Trichy :

    Like Kancheepuram which is known for its sarees, Thathayangarpettai, a sleepy town situated around 60 km from the district headquarters was known for the finest handloom dhotis. Quality of the dhotis produced here was such that even AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran (MGR) fondly purchased the dhotis weaved by Thathyangarpettai handloom units.

    B Manivel had woven several dhotis for MGR in the 1980s.

    B Manivel had woven several dhotis for MGR in the 1980s.

    B Manivel, 61, was one of the few craftsmen in Thathayangarpettai who had woven several dhotis for MGR in the 1980s. But nowadays, the handloom weaver makes a living by selling fried fishes near the Thathayangarpettai bus stop, and so do many other craftsmen in who have migrated to greener pastures.

    Before the penetration of powerloom, handloom had been the major producer of fabrics with clusters spread in Musiri, Thathayangarpettai, Metupalayam, and Woraiyur. Unable to cope up with powerloom’s product capacity and inability to offer at affordable rates, handloom has been in a downfall since the last two decades.

    Even as the state government celebrates the birth centenary of AIADMK founder in grandeur at Trichy on Thursday, the handloom weavers who once weaved the finest quality dhotis for MGR continue to be in distress. Though there were several clusters across the state that manufactured dhotis, Thathayangarpettai was a trademark for dhotis because of the craftsmanship.

    “We have woven dhotis for MGR and other former AIADMK leaders such as R M Veerappan and S Thirunavukkarasar. If any dhoti order was placed for MGR, we weave it with special care as he prefers ultra-thin dhotis. Ever since his loss, we not only lost the orders but also a leader who cared for us,” Manivel told TOI.

    It has been five years since Manivel produced a dhoti with his handloom unit. He has been running a fish fry stall near Thathayangarpettai bus stand ever since then as handloom weaving had become less profitable to make ends meet. Not just Manivel, several other craftsmen who wove dhotis for MGR are not into handloom anymore, such is the plight of once most successful handloom cluster.

    “Thathayangarpettai handloom weavers were specialist in weaving AIADMK flag bordered dhotis. We were even shipping orders to Kerala once. Over the years, just like handloom units, our orders and as well as fortune declined drastically. Probably, we are the last generation of handloom weavers now,” M Ravi, a handloom weaver for the last three decades in Thathayangarpettai adds.

    Many of Manivel and Ravi’s colleagues are now into other employments even as waiters in hotels. Though the governments floated several welfare schemes for handloom weavers including subsidised loans, the measures were too late as a majority of handloom clusters have been dissolved by now, according to the weavers.

    Acknowledging severe migration among handloom weavers in Thathayangarpettai, an official with handlooms and textiles department said, “The numbers of existing handloom weavers in Thathayangarpettai is in decline despite our initiatives to support their needs. There are hardly 150 handloom units in the town and no new takers are coming forward for the same.”

    As a remedy, the official added that potential marketing platforms for handloom weavers are being provided by the department by hosting special exhibitions in the city.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> News> City News> Trichy News / by Deepak Karthik / TNN / October 26th, 2017

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