All of us know the current insane scene in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore to be more precise (23rd Jun 2010 – 27th Jun 2010). Much has been said and debated about the World Classical Tamil Conference.
The conference is organized by Tamil Nadu Govt and the chairman for this conference is Mr. Karunanidhi, the CM himself. The hoopla around the conference is extraordinary – so much so that they decided to have a tamil anthem. The theme song, “Semmozhiyaana Thamizh Mozhiyaam” is written by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, composed by by A.R. Rahman and directed by Gautam Vasudev Menon.
Most of the singers featured in the Tamil Anthem are not tamilians is another thing.
This is officially the 9th World Tamil Conference and insanity has peaked this time around. All the banners (shops/offices, including potti-kada) need to be either in Tamil or should be both in tamil and English
Two days back, some guys from Chennai Corporation started removing all the banners that were ONLY in English. Even the nearby potti-kada was not spared.
However there was one brand that managed to have its way. Recently Muthoot Group started a new office in Mylapore, Chennai. The office was pretty huge and they had 6 banners in yellow and red, all of them in English ONLY. Replacing all these banners would certainly be a task. Just before the inauguration day of the conference they posted a banner outside one of their windows.
It read as “கலைஞ்சருக்கும், உலக தமிழ் செம்மொழி மாநாட்டுக்கும், முத்தூட் குழுமத்தின் மனமுவந்த வணக்கங்களும், வாழ்த்துக்களும்” (Hearty Congratulations from Muthoot Group to Kalaignar and World Classical Tamil Conference). The banner also had that typical Kalaignar picture
Needless to say, they were spared. Their banners remained intact. And it will remain so.
Oh yeah and the huge congratulatory banner came down yesterday. Obviously Muthoot group needs some air!