A promise not kept

• An art gallery for the great poet and freedom fighter Subramania Bharati, promised by the former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran decades ago at Ettayapuram.

• It has not been created at all. He inaugurated Bharathiyar centenary celebrations at Ettayapuram on December 11, 1981.

• Then Governor of Kerala Jothi Venkatachalam laid the foundation stone for an art gallery.

• A 10-acre land was also acquired for the purpose behind the memorial but it remains unused.

• As the State celebrates the poet’s 97th death anniversary today, there is a need to establish the art gallery.

Important highlights of this art gallery

• The art gallery should depict important events of freedom struggle and have an audio-visual theatre.

• MGR wanted to create an art gallery similar to Valluvar Kottam in Chennai

• A blueprint of the project was published in Tamil Arasu (mouthpiece of the State government).

Way forward

• The project got shelved due to reasons best known to the authorities concerned.

• However, three other projects promised at the time – Bharathi Cooperative Spinning Mills, Bharathi Girls High School and Bharathi Memorial Polytechnic College for Women – were completed.

• When Mr. Manian wrote to the government about the project in 2011, he got a reply saying that the project was not under consideration.

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Mains Paper 1: Personalities

Prelims level:  Subramania Bharati

Mains level: Not so important

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