The theme song for the World Classical Tamil Conference, encapsulating the contributions of Tamil culture and literature down the ages, was officially launched by its author and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at a function here on Saturday.
Mr. Karunanidhi acknowledged that it was difficult to illustrate in a poem the glory of different classical works written in various periods ranging from the Sangam era to the post-Sangam period, including those of Kamban and Kalamegam.
Explaining the central message of the song, the Chief Minister said all were equal by birth and they should have the feeling that they remained so even later and they should live as one race.
The conference, to be held in Coimbatore next month, would begin with the rendering of the song, he said, amid applause from the audience at the University Centenary Auditorium.
Pointing out that the song would popularise the Tamil meet, the Chief Minister said 205 scholars from 27 countries would attend. There would be 53 experts from Sri Lanka, 37 from Singapore, 29 from Malaysia, 22 from the U.S. and 14 from Canada.
He said that for nearly 70 years, he had devoted himself to the promotion of Tamil language. He respected those who worked for the language.
Praising A.R. Rahman, who scored the music for the song, the Chief Minister said that he was convalescing at the Ramachandra Hospital after a spinal surgery in February last year when Rahman won the Oscar. The news made him forget the post-surgical pain. The music director was an example of how confidence and hard work would make one successful and his life would serve as a role model for youth, Mr. Karunanidhi added.
Describing Tamil as a universal language, Mr. Rahman said it should not be confined to a small circle.
On the theme song, he said the services of singers belonging to different genres of music and different generations such as T.M. Soundararajan, P. Susheela, Aruna Sayeeram, Shruti Haasan and Srinivas were harnessed.
L. Subramaniam, violin maestro, who received the compact disc of the anthem from the Chief Minister, commended Mr. Rahman and Gautham Vasudev Menon, who filmed the song.
K. Anbazhagan, Finance Minister, said the day’s event was a prelude to the success of the Tamil conference.
Parithi Ellamvazhuthi, Information Minister, and Peter Alphonse, coordinator of the Publicity Committee, were among those who addressed the function.