Language Don felicitated in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 December 2003, 01:01 GMT]
"Tamil people are grateful for the services rendered by Professor Mounaguru to the growth of Tamil arts and culture, and it is fitting that we are today celebrating his reaching 60th year," said E.Mounaguruswamy, Government Agent for Batticaloa district speaking as the chief guest in an event held Sunday afternoon in celebrating Prof.Mounaguru's birthday.

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Bishop for Batticaloa-Trincomalee districts Rev.Fr.Kingsley Swampillai lighting the ceremonial lamp
Past Principal of Teachers Training College, V. Kanagasingam, presided the event.

Publication titled 'Mounam' (Silence) containing writings and poems praising the contributions made by Prof.Mounaguru to Tamil was released during the celebrations. District Secretary and the editor of the book, V. Thevarajah spoke about the book after the first issue was presented to Prof.Mounaguru.

Sinhala film director, Dharmasiri Bandaranaike, participated as a special guest to the event.

"Prof.Mounaguru is respected as a scholar even in South India. He revitalized the disappearing Street Drama ("Koothu") by introducing it to the interested students in the fine arts department of the Eastern University. From 1993, as Professor of Tamil, he has been contributing to the growth of Tamil language and culture," said Mr. Mounaguruswamy.

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Event Committee president V.Kanagasingam presenting the golding shawl
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Chief guest, Batticaloa Government Agent Mounaguruswamy speaking at the event

Director, Dharmasiri Bandaranaike, Deputy Head of Eastern University, Prof.C.Raveendranath and Professor of Literature, S.E.Kamalanathan also spoke.

Mr.Nadarajah gave the vote of thanks following the conclusion of a drama directed by Prof.Mounaguru.

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A scene in the Ravanesan drama


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