World Book Day celebrations


World Book Day celebrations were held here on Tuesday in an effort to take the reading habit to school children and common people. On the eve of World Book Day (April 23), two ‘book day’ celebrations were organised, one by Directorate of Public Libraries and the other by Bharathi Puthakalayam.
Directorate of Public Libraries along with Directorate of School Education organised book day functions at Devaneya Paavanar Library, Anna Salai. The function witnessed distribution of prizes to school students who won essay writing competitions, distribution of library membership cards to new members and felicitation of patrons of the library.
Speaking at the function, Dr Vaigaichelvan, Minister for School Education, said, “A man will lose his wealth and property any time. But  the knowledge that an individual has acquired will not leave him.”
In her address, D Sabitha IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of School Education said, “The government has decided to have a separate section for children in libraries. Before the month ends, we aim to have more than 10,000 members for libraries all through the State. But, we crossed  over than 46,000 memberships on World Book Day alone. Also, we got 1,700 patrons (funding and support) for the libraries on the same day.”
Another event was organised by Bharathi Puthakalayam, a noted book publishing house, at the Lady Willington Institute of Advanced Study in Education, on the sidelines of the ‘Chithiral New Year Book Festival.’ 
The event titled ‘Thamizhagame Vaasippom’, had  lectures by Pazha Adhiyaman and professor  K Bharathi on the works of two famous litterateurs Ku Azhagirisamy and Rajam Krishnan, respectively.
In his address, writer Pazha Adhiyaman said, “One who reads Ku Azhagirisamy’s short stories will be absorbed by the characters of the stories. His stories will suit everyone and the readers can match the stories with their experiences. More than his essays, the short stories are being well received by his readers and critics.”
Professor K Bharathi in her speech said, “Rajam Krishnan worked hard for each of her novels. For instance, for her biographical novel Padhaiyil Padintha Adigal, which portrayed the life of Manalur Maniamma, who actively participated in agrarian struggles held in Thanjavur, she visited the whole region but did not get any information about Maniamma.” Bharathi went on, “Whenever Rajam Krishnan puts her soul while writing a novel, the information pertaining to the novel comes automatically to her in unexpected ways.”After the event, poetry reading was held in which more than 60 poets participated.

thanks: Indian Express

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