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    Chennai’s contributin to music hailed.

    Chennai’s contributin to music hailed.

    The world body recognises the city’s rich musical tradition.

    It’s a feature Chennai has always flaunted with pride. And now, it has got international recognition. The city has been included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition.

    On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, congratulating the city: “Chennai’s contribution to our rich culture is precious. This is a proud moment for India.”

    A total of 64 cities from 44 countries have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, the organisation’s website said.

    “They join a network at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development,” it stated.

    Gastronomy, music, crafts and folk art, media arts, design, film and literature are the seven fields of creativity highlighted by the network, which now has a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.

    Jaipur and Varanasi are the other Indian cities that feature on the list.

    Chief Minister thanks PM

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, in a statement, said “the people of Chennai love their music and it is a part of their culture and tradition”. He thanked Mr. Modi for “congratulating the people of Chennai for this unique distinction.”

    Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri said, “This truly is a moment to remember each and every artiste of the varied forms who have laid the bricks to build this musical empire. A haven for the classical music, popular music, music for dance and theatre and folk, we revel in the arts.”

    Ghatam vidwan ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram said the city and its sabhas had played a very important role in bringing together Carnatic musicians from all over the country and abroad. “In the beginning, there were very few sabhas, but now, there are many. And even the very small ones help in propagating Carnatic music. The December music season is something very unique to this city and even for persons from other countries; it is a matter of pride to perform during it,” he said.

    Tamil Development Minister Ma Foi K. Pandiarajan said, “Chennai, as a cultural capital of India, is built on its music and dance culture. We are delighted that UNESCO has recognised it.”

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai / by Special Correspondent / Chennai – November 09th, 2017

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    M Nannan

    M Nannan

    Chennai :

    M Nannan, who kindled an interest among people to learn Tamil through his famous ‘Tamil Karpom’ programme on Doordarshan in the 1980s and 1990s, died at his residence in Chennai on Tuesday due to aged-related illnesses. He was 94.

    Nannan, who was a Tamil professor at Presidency College in Chennai, had written several Tamil textbooks. He was the recipient of Tamil Nadu government’s Periyar, Thiru Vika and Anna awards.

    Born in 1924 in Cuddalore district, he started following Periyar and later joined the DMK. He participated in the anti-Hindi protests in 1965.

    Political party leaders condoled the death of Nannan. “Nannan’s death is a great loss for the Dravidian movement. Apart from being a Tamil teacher, he was also involved in propagating Periyar’s teachings,” said DMK working president M K Stalin in a statement.

    Stalin said DMK chief M Karunanidhi had entrusted him the responsibility of propagating the Tamil language and Periyar’s teachings in the party.

    PMK chief S Ramadoss said, “Nannan was a famous Tamil professor and a good friend of mine. He started his career as a primary teacher and later he became the chief of Tamil department in college. He also created a separate type of teaching called Nannan Murai.”

    AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran tweeted: “We have lost a Tamil expert in the death of Prof Nannan. His death cannot be replaced.”

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> News> City News> Chennai News / by Abdullah Nurullah / TNN / November 07th, 2017

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    John Pennycuick’s grave in England.

    John Pennycuick’s grave in England.

    Film-maker traces British engineer’s roots in the country

    The famed British civil engineer John Pennycuick, who built the Mullaperiyar dam, may be extremely popular in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu for building the dam and his life may have inspired actor Rajinikanth’s Lingaa, but he is reportedly practically unknown in England.

    Having grown up listening to stories about John Pennycuick in Uthamapalayam in Theni district, Santhana Beeroli, a documentary filmmaker, wants to change it by making a film about the illustrious British engineer who constructed what is generally called an engineering marvel.

    “In my home town, Pennycuick is a massive hero. Ever since I was a kid, I grew up listening to his story and was interested in knowing more about him. This is one of the reasons why I came to the U.K. to study. My wish is that Mullaiperiyar dam should become a famous tourist spot in his memory,” he says.

    Despite John Pennycuick’s popularity in Tamil Nadu, finding Pennycuick’s family roots proved to be difficult, confesses Santhana Beeroli, who currently lives in Croydon, London.

    After failing to find any leads, Mr. Beeroli says that he had to approach a professor at the History Department, University of Chester, where the film-maker was pursuing his Masters in Business Administration.

    “I only knew that he died in Camberly, where he had his family home, which he reportedly sold to fund the dam. The professor recommended that I look for leads in the British Library in Euston. Luckily, I found valuable information about the Mullaiperiyar dam, the designs, financial aspects [balance sheets], his own appointment letter, which gave me an idea about the kind of engineering marvel that it is,” said Mr. Beeroli.

    He adds, “Over nine years’ time, during which he built the dam, he didn’t take a single day’s leave so as to ensure that people who worked on the dam were not going off track. It was a complex engineering feat – to divert a westward flowing river towards the east to irrigate the plains. Apart from these information, I also documented the oral history about how the dam was built by speaking to people whose grandfathers and fathers worked to build the dam.”

    While the library had documented important information, Mr. Beeroli says that it proved almost impossible to trace his family members. “The British lifestyle values privacy and since almost 100 years had passed, it was very difficult to find his family. But through a website that helps find family trees, I was able to gather that he had at least four daughters and a son. I was able to figure out that his great grandson was John Hope.”

    Asked about how Pennycuick’s descendants reacted, Mr. Beeroli said that most of them were surprised and inspired by the story of their illustrious ancestor.

    “The people in the church where he was laid to rest didn’t realise how important and revered Pennycuick is in Tamil Nadu. My wish is to take his family to the dam. The film is 70% complete already and soon will be ready,” he says.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Tamil Nadu / by Udhav Naig / Chennai – November 02nd, 2017

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    Trichy :

    The Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam has bagged an award of merit from Unesco for protecting and conserving cultural heritage, thus becoming the first temple from Tamil Nadu to grab the prestigious honour from the UN body. The traditional method of renovating temple premises as well as re-establishment of rainwater harvesting and the historic drainage system in preventing flooding are the two key parameters that earned the temple the award.

    Launched in 2000, Unesco-Asia Pacific awards for cultural heritage conservation programme is aimed at acknowledging the efforts taken to restore and conserve historical structures without affecting their heritage value in the region comprising 48 countries. Unesco had invited applications earlier this year to submit conservation projects either taken up by individuals or in public-private partnership model in the last 10 years for the awards. Subsequently, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) department of Srirangam temple applied for the awards in May. As the results of the awards given under four categories were disclosed by Unesco Asia-Pacific on Wednesday, Srirangam temple was the only religious centre from south India to find a mention under ‘Award of Merit’ category.

    HR&CE sources said that the temple had received the international recognition for the Rs 20 crore (from HR&CE and donors) renovation project taken up prior to a consecration ceremony in November 2015, especially without affecting its centuries’ old architectural design. “The communique received by us cited the traditional construction method involved in reworks and re-establishment of the historical sewage system as parameters for receiving the international award,” P Jayaraman, joint commissioner of the temple, told TOI. In 2015, restoration work was carried out in the entire temple complex by craftsmen who had in-depth knowledge in traditional architecture involving the usage of limestone and chemical-free construction practices.

    Similarly, the flooding problem in the temple was overcome by re-establishing historical water harvesting and drainage system, and the waste water after re-treatment was used for watering the garden within the temple.

    There were 43 applications from 10 countries for the 2017 Unesco Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Mumbai’s Christ Church and Royal Bombay Opera House were the other monuments in India that received the Award of Merit this year.

    The awards are classified under four categories — Award of Excellence, Awards of Distinction, Awards of Merit and Award for New Design in Heritage Context. They are being given to encourage the efforts of all stakeholders and the public in conserving and promoting monuments and religious institutes with rich heritage in the Asia-Pacific region. A jury comprising nine international heritage conservation experts reviewed the documentation of the conservation project taken up by Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple management.

    In Video: In a first in Tamil Nadu, Srirangam temple bags Unesco award

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Tamil Nadu / TNN / November 02nd, 2017

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Under the hammer.(EPA/Piyal Adhikary)

    Under the hammer. (EPA/Piyal Adhikary)

    The audience was silent and tense, with heads rapidly turning from the auctioneer to the two people engaged in a heated bidding match. “Going once, going twice, sold at 10,500!” he yelled. A balding man sniggered and instructed his accountant to write a cheque. The two bidders, accustomed to such thrilling encounters, shook hands. Kannan, a first-timer at the auction house mumbled discreetly: “I could have bought what they were fighting over in Chennai’s Pondy Bazaar for Rs600. This was an ego match.”

    Murray and Company, which started out in Chennai’s Parrys’ area, opposite the high court on Thambu Chetty Street, has been thriving for the last 90 years. It started off by auctioning properties from the Madras high court and eventually became a household name in the 1960s.

    In the 1920s, the last functioning British auction house, Dowden and Company, which worked out of Broadway in Chennai, moved back to the UK. Two years after Dowden’s departure, the government of India and the Madras high court expressed a need for auctioneers in the city. That year S Vedantam and his brother S Rajam started Murray and Company as an auctioneering firm specialising in immovable properties.

    In 1930, a building that later became the Life Insurance Corporation’s office (and has now been demolished) functioned as the headquarters of the auction house. Everything from used machines and vehicles, industrial processes and maintenance scrap, unused spares, stock, and unclaimed cargo were sold off here. Thus began the custom of the famed Sunday Murray and Company auction.

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    The thrill of the bid

    Hemant Srivatsa, the auctioneer and one of the two partners of the auctioning and valuing firm, sat on a plush teakwood podium. Two men held up a gold plated imitation of a Ram Durbar painting. Srivatsa looked at the article and smirked. “My problem with this Durbar is that everyone is standing,” he said. But the audience was in bidding mode, and the wisecrack was lost in the confusion over the valued price.

    “Bring an almirah, bring a toy, bring industrial scrap, bring your grandfather’s chair, Murray’s will handle it!” Kannan had said describing the auction held at Gemini Tower on Oct. 01. At least some of the 100-150 people present were seated on the antique chairs and sofas put up for auction. Many were present only for the spectacle and thrill.

    Sujan Gangadhar, Srivatsa’s partner in the firm, took the dais and sighed looking at the clock. A hundred and seventy-six items still had to be auctioned in two-and-a-half hours. He positioned his glasses, took a deep breath and began. For Gangadhar, this was a test of stamina. For Srivatsa, it was about auctioning the right item at the right time.

    Fame and idiosyncrasies

    The auction hall in Mount Road was where Ramnath Goenka once bought the Express Estate, where the Apollo Hospital property in Greams Road was auctioned off by the royal family of Kochi and where The Madras Club and the Agurchand Mansions were auctioned off.

    The humour at the Sunday auctions is timeless. According to many who attended auctions in the past, Rajam conducted the auctions best, peppering monotonous announcements with quips like: “Sold to the lady whose husband has his hand on her mouth!”

    There were more elaborate jokes too. In the 1930s the founder secretary of Vidya Mandir School, Subbaraya Aiyer, a tall, heavy-set man, had squeezed himself into a child’s rocking chair during the auction in Mandaveli. Ramnath Goenka was visibly amused and bid for the rocking chair Aiyar sat on. Later, Goenka is believed to have had the chair delivered to Aiyar’s house with a note: “This chair suits you and I hope you enjoy it.”

    In 1930, the Travancore Royal Family approached Aiyar and requested that Murray auction off their jewellery, chandeliers, and lustre lamps. “While the chandeliers and miscellaneous items were sold, the jewellery never was. To date, we have never known why,” Srivatsa said.

    In a bid to preserve the sanctity of the auction, cellphone bids during the auction are not accepted. Telephone bids, however, are accepted and executed regularly. “We have a bidding form and we allow telephone bids in advance,” said Sujan, acknowledging that he saw a future in accepting remote bids, and might eventually reconsider his stance.

    Method to madness

    The process for auctioning curios begins with cataloguing them, recounting their history in a thorough fashion, described in poetic detail. Srivatsa navigates through the ebb and flow of the process.

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    “It’s all about maintaining that attention span through interest points,” he said. “A swivel chair will always follow a desk, not a piece of crockery.”

    Property auctions hold equal weight, but the process is long drawn and rife with legal tussles. “Normally in mortgaged property and properties sold by the court, nobody likes to lose their property—so if there is a default, there is always a question of whether the auction was done correctly, and no lawyer worth his salt will cast a few allegations just to make his case stronger. But the proof is in the cross-examination,” said Gangadhar.

    Srivatsa is a repository of history and adores the thrill of auctions. Gangadhar is more interested in securing Murray’s future. “Online auctions, e-auctions are the way to go,” he said. “People don’t have the time to sit through an auction anymore. They want specifics, they want to save time. Unfortunate perhaps, that this generation will not discover the thrill of auctions. We intend to keep the physical auctions, but want to tap the market that bids from their computer.”

    This post first appeared on Scroll.in. We welcome your comments at  ideas.india@qz.com 

    source: http://www.qz.com / Quartz.com / Quartz India / by Divya Karthikeyan, Scroll.in / October 23rd, 2-017 – Quartz India

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    Since 1967, a doctor in Perambur has been making medical care affordable for the economically underprivileged residents of the locality

    In 1967, Dr. D. Shanmugam opened Dr. Shanmugam Child Health Clinic on Patel Road in Perambur. The same year, an unexpected patient came knocking on his clinic.

    S. Vijayalakshmi, a resident of Perambur, was suffering from severe abdominal pain. With tablets proving futile in controlling the pain, she turned to Dr. Shanmugam. As he was running a clinic for children, the young and tall doctor was reluctant to treat her. He however broke the rule and treated her.

    Through this intervention, Dr. Shanmugam gained not only a new patient, but also received his life partner. Impressed with what he had done for their daughter, Vijayalakshmi’s parents were only too glad to give her in marriage to him the same year.

    Now 84 years old, Dr. Shanmugam completes 50 years of service in the neighbourhood this year.

    Born to M. Dharman and D. Nagammal, who worked at the Kolar Gold Mine Fields (KGF) in Karnataka, Shanmugam pursued his schooling in Kolar before coming to Chennai, where he was enrolled at Pachaiyappa’s Higher Secondary School. Later, in 1957, he pursued MBBS at the Government Stanley Medical College.

    With a meagre income, his family struggled to send him his monthly allowance of ₹15, let alone afford the education fee. Scholarships saw him through school and college.

    For a decade he studied medicine and later worked in a Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) in Karunkalagudi village in Madurai and also spent a few years at the paediatric section of Madras Medical College (MMC) in Park Town.

    After serving at the PHC in Madurai for a few years, he was posted in various districts as government medical officer for child care.

    His longest stint was at the state-run Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children in Egmore, where he served the as Regional Medical Officer for 22 years.

    The clinic, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary on October 15 with a free health camp, has maintained a ‘no-charge policy’ with its patients, many of whom are economically underprivileged. If the treatment went beyond consultation and basic treatment, he would refer the patient to government hospitals.

    Over the years, Dr. Shanmugam’s son Dr. S. Nagaderan, a pedestrian, has assisted his father at the clinic.

    “I was keen on having my own clinic as doing so would help residents receive timely treatment.

    “For nearly four decades, I had my clinic on Patel Road before shifting it to my house on Anandavelu Mudali Street in Perambur as the building on Patel Road was demolished,” he says.

    Patients from as far as Ambur, Vellore, Walajabhad, Tirupathi, Sulurpet near Gummudipoondi, Thiruvannamalai and Kancheepuram have come here to consult Dr. Shanmugam.

    For patients who can afford a fee, Dr. Shanmugam charges ₹200 for a consultation, while for those who cannot afford a fee, he offers free consultation and treatment.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News>Cities> Chennai / by D. Madhavan / October 19th, 2017

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