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CHENNAI: The Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Memorial Trust will honour Tamil scholar R. Selvaganapathy with Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar Birthday Commemoration Award on August 5 for his contribution towards the development of Tamil language.
The award, carrying a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, will be presented by Ethiraj College chairman and former Madras High Court judge S. Jagadeesan during the 103rd birth anniversary celebration of Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar at Rani Seethai Hall, Anna Salai.
The Trust’s secretary A.R.Ramaswamy told presspersons here on Monday that Mr. Selvaganapathy was the 20th recipient of the award. He has published several books on Tamil and Saivam literature and over 100 research papers.
Mr. Selvaganapathy has won several awards and was a member of senate and academic councils of various universities. At present, he is the chief editor of ‘Saiva Encyclopaedia’, Mr.Ramaswamy said.
Highlighting the activities of the trust, he said it was founded in 1956 and working to promote education, arts and literature besides motivating voluntary organisations’ initiatives.
On August 5, the golden jubilee celebrations of Rajah Muthiah Higher Secondary School at R.A.Puram would also be held. Former assembly speaker K.Rajaram would unveil Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar’s statue and School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu would release the golden jubilee souvenir. The trust’s treasurer, K.Chidambaram said the school, which has about 1,300 students, mainly catered to the economically weak students in its neighbourhood such as Narayanaswamy Thottam and Valleswaran Thottam.
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