The Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced ‘Tamil Thaai Vazhthu,’ an invocation sung in praise of Mother Tamil, as the State Song and directed that all present during its rendition should remain to stand, indicating it was being given an Anthem status.
The decision comes in the wake of the Madras High Court recently ruling that ‘Tamil Thai Vaazhthu’ is only a prayer song and not a National Anthem and hence, there was no need for everyone to remain in standing posture when it is rendered. It resulted in controversy.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday, December 17, announced the ‘Tamil Thai Vazhthu’ as the state anthem, an official government statement said. According to the statement, the anthem should be sung at the start of all functions in educational institutions, universities, state government offices and state government undertakings. All must stand up when it is being sung, it said, however, people with disabilities would be exempt.
The anthem should be sung at all functions in educational institutions and state government offices and would be encouraged at private functions as well, the government said.
The DMK government has also ordered that instead of playing the recorded state anthem, it should be sung by those who are trained to sing the same. The government said it would encourage singing the anthem in private functions as well. According to the government, “the time has come to codify the norms for singing the “Tamil Thai Vazhthu”.
The ‘Tamil Thai Vazhthu’ is an excerpt of a poem by writer Manonmaniam Sundaram Pillai penned in 1891 and adopted in 1970 by then Chief Minister M Karunanidhi as the state’s “prayer song.” Legendary composer MS Viswanathan scored the music for the stanzas that were to be adopted as Tamil Nadu’s anthem.
After 130 years it’s a valuable recognition for ” Tamil Thai Vazhthu” as well as for our Tamil language too.
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