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Works of three more Tamil writers nationalised

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, OCT. 23. In pursuance of his budgetary announcement earlier this year, the Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, today handed over cheques of Rs. 10 lakhs each as copyright amount to the descendant-families of three eminent Tamil writers, to formally mark the `nationalisation' of their works by the State Government.

The late Tamil authors whose collections have been nationalised this year are: the social reformer-cum-writer of the self-respect movement, Sami Chidambaranar who wrote lucid commentaries on ancient Tamil literature, an eminent researcher, Mayilai Seeni, Venkatasami and Mudiarasan, a poet of the Dravidian movement.

Mr. Karunanidhi, at a function at the Secretariat, handed over the cheques to the family members of these late authors, in the presence of the Tamil Development Minister, Mr. Tamizhkudimagan.

With the works of these writers having been nationalised, anybody could now come forward to publish them and thus make them more accessible to the people, an official press release said.

Since the DMK assumed office in May 1996, so far the works of 21 Tamil scholars, writers have been nationalised and in all Rs. 1.90 crores have been paid to their descendants as copyright amount, the release said.

The other Tamil scholars whose works have been adopted by the State Government include: Messrs. Devaneya Pavanar, Maraimalaiadigal, Thiru. Vi. Kalyansundaranar, Kalki, Kavimani Desigavinayagam Pillai, P. Jeevanandam, Namakkal V. Ramalingam Pillai, V. O. Chidambaranar, Suddhananda Barathiyar, A.S.K. Aiyangar, Va. Ra., Navalar Somasundara Barathiyar, K. M. Sheriff, Parali S. Nellaiyappar, V.V.S. Iyer, Karaikudi S. Ganesan, S.D.S.Yogi, and V. Swaminatha Sarma.

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