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Glimpses of a great leader's life

M. Balaganessin

Photo exhibition marks freedom fighter Sathyamurthy's 119th birth anniversary



INFORMATIVE: Visitors going through the pictures on display at the exhibition in Pudukottai.

PUDUKOTTAI: It was a glorious tribute to a great leader who fought for the freedom of our country. It assumes significance when tributes are paid on his native soil.

The Government Museum in Pudukottai organised a photo exhibition on one of the founders of the Congress movement in Tamil Nadu and noted freedom fighter, S. Sathyamurthy, on the occasion of his 119th birth anniversary, which fell on August 19.

The pictures reveal various facets of Sathyamurthy - his active participation in politics right from his boyhood days, winning an election during his collegiate educational career, hospitality while hosting a dinner and his daily rounds at a ward of the Madras City Corporation in his capacity as its Mayor.

The exhibition reveals how and why Sathyamurthy rose to be one of the staunch leaders in the national movement. The oldest among the collections reveals the boyhood days of Sathyamurthy and Jawaharlal Nehru along with E.V. Ramaswamy (EVR).

Another picture dating back to 1935, showing Sathyamurthy selling khadi goods at a shop in Chennai, indicates his serious involvement in the `Boycott Movement'. A picture taken in the succeeding year shows Sathyamurthy along with Bala Gangadhar Tilak and Jawaharlal Nehru.

A group photo, taken in 1934, shortly after winning an election shows a group of women, attired in traditional costumes, who had toiled hard for his electoral success. In the midst is the noted playback singer, K.P. Sundarambal.

There are about 60 photographs, and each one of them reveals a history. The fact that he was strongly associated with eminent leaders and founders of the Congress movement is revealed by a photograph of 1937 showing Kasturi Srinivasan, Alladi Krishnasamy Iyengar, Rajaji, Amma Swaminathan, Thanjavur Nadimuthu Pillai, who was then an MLC.

"We want to expose the younger generation to the great works of Sathyamurthy and the photo exhibition is one of our regular activity", says the Curator of the Museum, C. Govindaraj.

The exhibition will be open from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. till August 23.

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