The State government is taking steps to set up a chair in the name of the late Chief Minister Kamaraj at the Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Development Minister Ma Foi K. Pandiarajan told the Assembly on Wednesday.
Responding to Congress Legislative Party leader K.R. Ramasamy, he said the chair would conduct research on primary education in the State.
He also said the Gandhi Museum in Madurai would be elevated to a Centre of Excellence.
“The State government will also release Rs. 35 lakh after getting all documents,” he said. Mr. Pandiarajan also promised to covert 50 villages, traditionally associated with art and culture, as cultural villages. “We will not just stop there. We will encourage research and development on the lines of research done in the field of classical music and art,” he said, while responding to DMK member E.Ve. Velu.
Mr. Velu said though all great Dravidian leaders worked in theatre and spread reformist ideas, traditional theatre and other folk art forms were struggling for survival.
When he was speaking, a few DMK MLAs, including deputy leader Duraimurugan, urged him to sing a song.
Another ‘great actor’
Mr. Velu ended his speech with a song normally rendered by
artistes, jovially explaining the difficulties of those who consumed legumes and suffer from gas trouble and itching.
At this juncture, Ministers and even Speaker P. Dhanapal wondered how Mr. Velu could fail to mention the name of Mr. Duraimurugan, a great actor, evoking laughter in the House.
Gandhi Museum in Madurai will be elevated as Centre of Excellence
Tamil Development Minister
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