Wednesday, March 01, 2006

STAMP OF CHENNAI - 3

One more in the stamp of Chennai series - like the rest of the posts in this blog a random selection. But the combination of pics here is the fall out of a piece of information that was new to me, when I heard it in January 2006, when the AVM stamp was released. The stamp to commemorate AV. Meiyappan, who started AVM studios. He was one of the persons responsible for so many of Bharatiar's songs being popularised in movies.
He purchased the copyright of Mahakavi Bharatiar's songs for Rs 10,000 from another individual who had bought it for Rs 600. AVM then used many of the songs in his movie `Naam Iruvar' (we two) released in January 1947. Then he donated the copyrights to the Tamil Nadu Government.
This I heard at a presentation on AVM studios by his son Mr AV.M. Saravanan.

10 comments:

tilotamma said...

Excellent set of fotos - they tell a great story!

Glad you took the time to give us this.

Now if you had listened to the BBC show I recommended so highly in my
http://tilotamma.blogspot.com/2004/09/madras-talkiessingies.html
you would have know this fact about AVM and the Bharathiyar copyright even sooner :-).

I forget which episode but when I find out I will let you knw.

tilotamma said...

Alrite Part 15.
Let me know if you like the series.

R. Balaji said...

Thank You for that link. Will certainly go through the `thamizhosai' series. Looks as if I will have to register.

tilotamma said...

No there should be no need to sign in register. Anyway I hope you are able to listen to it

Revathi said...

Really great collections! How are you so fascinated about Madras? I need your help. I am collecting names of places with 'Madas' in their names. I have blogged about it.

R. Balaji said...

Hi Revathi - welcome to in Camera. Keep visiting.

tilotamma said...

Balaji Tamil osai kettaya?

R. Balaji said...

Tilotamma: Mannikanum. Innum Illai. But I certainly plan to this weekend.

Andrew said...

Fantastic pictures (over various months), re. this post would be interesting to have a comment on Mani Ratnam's Iruvar....

R. Balaji said...

Thank You, Andrew. Keep visiting. As to `Iruvar' I am sorry I have not seen the movie.