Karnataka and Tamil Nadu exhibited a novel way to stay united and set an example for the rest of India by unveiling the statues of their poets in other states. Following Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa’s successful effort in unveiling the statue of Thiruvalluvar in Bengaluru on August 9, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi organised a grand event: Unveiling of Kannada poet-saint Sarvajna’s statue at Jeeav Park, Ayyanavaram, in Chennai on August 13.
On the occasion of unveiling the statue of Kannada poet-saint Sarvajna by Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi, who presided over the function, said: “Sarvajna means omniscient-the one who knows everything perfectly. This great philosopher and poet who lived in 16th century in Karnataka enlightened the people through his tripadis (three-line sayings) in simple Kannada. Tripadis set a new trend in Kannada literature and became very popular for their universal appeal.
The beaming BS Yeddyurappa received a thunderous applause when he said: “I was simply thrilled when the Chief Minister M Karunanidhi referred to me as his younger brother, “Thambi,’’ at the Bengaluru function.
With the unveiling of the statue of Kannada’s great philosopher and poet-saint Sarvajna in Chennai, a new era in the brotherly and cordial ties between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has dawned.
Tamil Nadu government’s Information Minister Paridhi Ilamvaludi, Karnataka’s Home Minister, Dr VS Acharya, president of Kannada Samudaya and Samskruti Sneha Sangh, Shri Attavar Ramadas, cabinet ministers, Members of Parliament and Legislators of both Tamil Nadu government and Karnataka government, senior officers, superstar Rajnikanth, Kamla Hasan and a gala of other cine stars from Kannada and Tamil film industries, MC Jayadev, senior RSS leader, media advisor to BS Yeddyurappa, RP Jagadeesha, Tamil Nadu state BJP president La. Ganesan, Karnataka BJP organising secretary Santhosh and other prominent leaders from different walks of life attended the function.