Sing ‘Thamizh Thai Vaazhthu’, don’t just play it: Tamil Nadu govt | Chennai News

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CHENNAI: “Thamizh Thai Vazhthu” has been an integral part of government events held in the state for five decades now. Now, the state government has circulated an internal advisory, which says the song should be sung by skilled singers, not played using gadgets.
Tamil Development Department Secretary Mahesan Kasirajan issued a notice saying the song written by academic Mamonmaniam Sundaram Pillai should be sung in all government programs to mark their debut. The government made it compulsory for it to be sung by qualified singers. “We want the song ‘Thamizh Thai Vazhthu’ to be sung. It will be animated with dedicated people singing the prayer song instead of using a recorded device to play it,” Kasirajan said.

The notice said that the program organizers should now hire qualified singers to sing the Tamil invocation song and the national anthem at the start and end of the programs.
The order stated that “Thamizh Thai Vaazhthu” and the national anthem were being played on devices. Therefore, the people participating in the program did not sing the song or the hymn. “Without patriotism and without love for the language, they just stood up. Hence the purpose of playing the prayer song and the hymn is defeated,” the officer said. The ministry’s advice would be disseminated to all ministries through the prosecution to ensure that everyone follows suit. An official, citing the 1970 government decree, said it made it clear that Tamil invocation chants should be sung at the start of all government programs, including those in educational institutions and organized by local bodies. . The practice gradually came to a halt when the organizers began to use tape recorders and other devices to play the song. “It has become mechanical rather than people singing it with full involvement and dedication, without knowing the importance of it,” the official said, on condition of anonymity.


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