Ice President Releases Autobiography ‘Enadhu Porattam’ in Chennai (Download PDF)

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Vice President of India was addressing gathering after releasing autobiography ‘Enadhu Porattam’ on Shri Mylapore Ponnusamy Sivagnanam (Ma. Po. Si) at commemoration of in 23rd Anniversary, in Chennai.

Image of Mylapore Ponnusamy Sivagnanam

Image of Mylapore Ponnusamy Sivagnanam

Image of Mylapore Ponnusamy Sivagnanam

  • Vice President recalled remarkable contribution made by Ma. Po. Si as freedom fighter, learned scholar of Tamil literature & great leader who forged new identity for Tamil Nadu, Tamil language & Tamil Culture.

About Mylapore Ponnusamy Sivagnanam

  • Ma. Po. Si’s literary expositions were immaculate & he delved into ‘Silappathikaram’ & helped spread epic throughout Tamil Nadu.

  • His work on V. O Chidambaram Pillai, ‘Kappalottiya Thamizhan’ was so popular, it ended up becoming great leader’s sobriquet.

  • “Viduthalai Poril Thamizhagam” is great compilation by him on role of Tamilnadu in Nationalistic movement.

  • Ma. Po. Si was staunch believer in strengthening traditional roots thru extensive use of mother tongues. “Engum Tamil - Edhilum Tamil” meaning “Tamil Everywhere - Tamil Everything”.

  • He could not complete his education because of poverty. He was so determined to acquire knowledge that he studied on his own & rose to great eminence as one of foremost Tamil scholars of his time.

  • He won several honorary doctoral degrees besides Sahitya Academy Award.

  • His principled stand in favour of prohibition antagonized several people of his own caste in 1940s.

  • We also remember Ma Po Si as an incisive researcher, prolific writer & captivating orator.

  • Ma Po Si’s title “Silambu Selvar” was conferred on him by R. P. Sethu Pillai not only because of his insightful research on Tamil classic, Silappathikaram, written by Ilango Adigal but his untiring efforts to popularize it.

  • He conducted ‘Silappathikara Vizha’ in 1950 for 1st time in Tamil history. From 1950 onwards, Ma Po Si’s Tamil Arasu Kazhagam has been celebrating this festival every year.

  • His daughter’s name is Madhavi Baskeran.

  • Ma Po Si wrote “Kappalottiya Thamizhan” biography of V. O. Chidambaram Pillai that became very popular w/masses.

  • He drew philosophical strength from great saint of 19th century – Ramalinga Adigal popularly known as Vallalar.

  • He propagated idea of “Ondre Kulam, Oruvanae Dhevan’ (Humanity is one community – There is only one God).

  • “Viduthalai Poril Thamizhagam” is great compilation by him on role of Tamilnadu in Nationalistic movement.

  • Madhavi Bhaskeran’s book titled, “Arignargalin Parvayil Ma Po Si” is really commendable effort to portray her father.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 14, 2018

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