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Friday, June 02, 2006

CM promises Sivaji Ganesan’s statue at Marina Beach

Like any other state, Tamil Nadu does not lag behind in non-con sensus politics. What is done by the previous regime will be undone by the present government. It all began with the controversy around the re-installation of the Kannagi statue on Marina beach, and now it has switched over to thespian Sivaji Ganesan’s memorial.

After the thespian’s demise in July 2001, the government in power announced that, a memorial will be built for him and even allocated 0.65 acres of land (around 12 grounds) near Adyar (opposite the famous Sathya Studios).

This land was allotted in the name of South Indian Film Artistes Association (SIFAA) and the association undertook the responsibility of building the memorial. SIFAA members along with Sivaji’s family even conducted a bhoomi pooja at the site last April, with the SIFAA president and actor Vijayakant promising the formation of a high-level committee to oversee the construction of the memorial at a cost of Rs 1 crore.

But despite several requests from many quarters including Sivaji Peravai, no action was initiated.
Now, after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s recent announcement, about the installation of Sivaji Ganesan’s statue at Marina Beach, the entire film industry and the thespian’s family have expressed their gratitude to the CM.
The newly proposed site for the Sivaji Memorial will be at Ambedkar Memorial, Raja Annamalaipuram or opposite the Kamaraj Memorial in Guindy.

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