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Rich tributes paid to Sivaji

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TIRUCHI, JULY 22 . Release of a special postal envelope in memory of late actor, M. K. Radha, distribution of financial assistance to three Plus-Two toppers from government schools and a purse of Rs.50,000 to Ponniah Higher Secondary School in Irudhayapuram marked the third death anniversary of Sivaji Ganesan, sponsored jointly by the Nadikar Thilagam Sivaji Prabhu Charities Trust, the Tiruchi Sivaji Mandram and the Prabhu Mandram here on Wednesday.

The Post Master General, Hilda Abraham, released the special envelope, which was received by the late Radha's family members.

G. Ramkumar, trustee, said the envelope release was aimed at driving home his close association with Sivaji Ganesan. When his father made his debut in the celluloid world, the late Radha had nearly retired.

However, identifying Sivaji Ganesan's brilliance in lead roles, Radha chose to act with him in a few films like `Ambikapathy' in the 50s.

He paid rich tributes to the late Radha `whose contribution to the Tamil cinema was great.'

The trust had decided to observe his father's death anniversary in cities and towns outside Chennai.

Next year, the anniversary event would be organised at Nagercoil.

The Tiruchi Mayor, Sarubala R. Tondaiman, said Sivaji Ganesan could influence every youth.

Saraswathy Ramanathan of Kannadasan Illakiya Manram, said Sivaji Ganesan's precise delivery of dialogue and body language added energy to every sequence in films.

K. Sekar, Head, Department of Tamil, Urumu Dhanalakshmi College, and Nandalala, a poet, said Sivaji Ganesan was instrumental in according a world-level status to Tamil cinema.

T. Dhivya, Chandrasekaran and Nagaraj, toppers among students in government schools, received cash prizes of Rs. 5,000 each.

K. V. P. Boominathan, president, All India Sivaji Mandram, and Mohanram spoke.

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