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Anna Centenary Library

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Sam (Chennai, India) on 19 November 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Anna statue at the main entrance of the Anna Centenary Library building ...

C.N. Annadurai (1909 – 1969) popularly called Anna (Tamil: அண்ணா, “elder brother"), or Arignar Anna (Anna the scholar) was a former Chief Minister of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He was the first member of a Dravidian party to hold that post and was also the first non-Congress leader to form a majority government in independent India.
His party won a landslide victory in the 1967 state elections. His cabinet was the youngest at that time in India. He implemented various social reforms and subsidies for rice, and renamed Madras State to Tamil Nadu.
He was well known for his oratorical skills and was an acclaimed writer in the Tamil language. He scripted and acted in several plays. Some of his plays were later made into movies. He was the first politician from the Dravidian parties to use Tamil cinema extensively for political propaganda. Born in a middle class family, he first worked as a school teacher, then moved into the political scene of the Madras Presidency as a journalist. He edited several political journals and enrolled as a member of the Dravidar Kazhagam. As an ardent follower of Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, he rose in stature as a prominent member of the party.
Anna was very popular among the people of Tamil Nadu. He died on 3rd February 1969. His funeral had the highest number of attendees until then, as registered with The Guinness Book of Records. An estimated 15 million people attended it. His remains were buried in the northern end of Marina Beach, which is now called Anna Square.

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An interesting photo of this fine sculpture.

19 Nov 2012 5:39am

Devi from Chennai, India

Nice one Sam

Alas the followers have buried all his teachings with him in his samadhi...
!!!!!!

19 Nov 2012 6:00am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Arignar Anna.. great shot

19 Nov 2012 9:48am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Très belle statue et merci pour tous ces renseignements sur cet homme politique. Bonne journée Sam.

19 Nov 2012 10:33am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful shot and tribute to this great man.

19 Nov 2012 10:42am

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this sculpture. A fascinating account of the person's rise to prominence and his unique skills.

19 Nov 2012 3:40pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

great capture of this interesting sculpture!

19 Nov 2012 6:42pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

A moving statue

19 Nov 2012 7:17pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Great shot!

19 Nov 2012 8:40pm

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Thank you for the very interesting info

20 Nov 2012 2:55am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Amazing to read about this man. Great shot!

20 Nov 2012 6:52pm