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Photo expo on Sathyamurthy's life

Special Correspondent

Highlights his efforts, leadership qualities as a freedom fighter



ROLE MODEL: Students taking a glimpse at photographs of Dheerar Sathyamurthy at Government Museum in Pudukottai.

PUDUKOTTAI: A photo exhibition currently in progress at the Government Museum, as part of the birth anniversary of Dheerar Sathyamurthy, throws light on the important events in the life of the fearless freedom fighter.

The visitors, particularly youth and students are the largest beneficiaries, as they get ample opportunities to understand the hard efforts made by the late Sathyamurthy, one of the founders of freedom movement.

Even as a little boy, Sathyamurthy had a desire to work for people belonging to the lower strata of the society. In one of the photographs, he poses with the Periyar and Jawaharlal Nehru. This is one of the oldest photographs in the exhibition.

The exhibition highlights theleadership qualities which Dheerar Sathyamurthy displayed even during his college days. He had actively participated in the college-level election.

A photograph describes his keen interest in establishing democracy through an election in the college.

Another picture shows his interest in ensuring civic amenities for the residents of the then Madras city.

As the Mayor of Madras, a picture, taken in 1930s, depicts his efforts in nursing the wards in his daily visit to a street.

Inspired by leaders, the late Sathyamurthy joined the national movement. One of the pictures, taken in 1935, shows his active involvement in the freedom struggle and a determined participation in the ‘Boycott movement.'

In this picture, Sathyamurthy is seen selling ‘khadi' at a shop in the then Madras. Another picture taken next year shows the leader with Bala Gangadhar Tilak and Jawaharlal Nehru.Celebrating the election victory was in a small measure those days.

A group photograph of 1934, taken after Sathyamurthy's victory in an election, shows a group of women, attired in traditional costumes. These women had toiled hard for his victory in the election. Noted play back singer, K.P. Sundarambal is one of the supporters in the picture.

Over 60 photographs displayed at the exhibition provide vital information.

The photographs are testimony to his association with eminent leaders and his commitment. In one of the pictures, he is seen with great leaders including 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 has been an annual feature,” says the Curator of the Museum, C. Govindaraj.

The exhibition is open till August 25.

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