Tiruvalluvar statue replaced

 The new bronze statue of Tiruvalluvar has replaced the old statue which had been installed 18 years ago, near Ulsoor in Bangalore on Wednesday. The new statue will be inaugurated on August 9. DH photo by P Samson Victor

On Wednesday morning, the representatives of Tamil Sangham replaced the old one with the bronze one which is 4.5 ft in height and weighs 500 kgs, according to Sangham President Meenakshisundaram.

The bronze statue was sculpted in 1991 in Chennai. “Due to various reasons, the statue was not unveiled and it was in possession of the Sangam. This morning we did some pooja and installed it”, he said. Regarding the cost of the statue, the president said that in 1991 the Sangam spent about Rs 1.5 to 2 lakh, but now it may cost not less than Rs 10 lakh.

He said that nearly a lakh Tamils are expected to participate in the function to be held to mark the unveiling of the statue. The function will be held at the RBANMS grounds near Commercial Street. The programme, being organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture, will commence at 11 am August 9.

“We are expecting people from the border areas TN and Karnataka besides from Chamarajangar, Bhadravathi and KGF”, Meenakshisundaram said. He further said the Sangam will be organising cultural programs for three days from Sunday.

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