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CM inspects the Sivaji statue! To be unveiled on July 21st!!
June 30, 2006
This is one man in Indian cinema who needs absolutely no introduction! One of the most revered actors of all times, Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan is a name familiar to all. Known for his expressions, dialogue delivery, meticulous precision and unparalleled discipline, Sivaji Ganesan is a veritable yardstick, especially in Tamil cinema.

Therefore, it hardly comes as a surprise that the current Chief Minister and DMK president Karunanidhi has decided to erect a statue for the yesteryear star in Chennai.

While on a visit to his native place, Thiruvarur, the DMK president happened to chance upon the statue of his good old friend, Chevalier Sivaji's, standing imposingly in Pondicherry. The sight filled him with nostalgia and rekindled memories of a time when he used to admire the statue for close to ten minutes! This time too he stopped his car to admire the statue, and it was then and there that he decided to erect a similar statue in Chennai.

Euphoria is what the entire film industry felt, unanimously, at this decision, and the Sivaji family is honoured. They made a personal visit to the CM's residence to express their heartfelt gratitude.

This new statue has been built by the famous sculptor, Mani Nagappa, the man, or rather, the hands behind the original Sivaji statue in Pondicherry. Unfortunately, Mani Nagappa is off to the US, so his very talented protégé, KG Ravi, has the responsibility of seeing this through. In fact, work has already begun, with the statue being eight feet tall.

Chief Minister Karunanidhi along with minister Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, paid a visit to the sculptors' workshop at Teynampet yesterday, to have a look at the statue which is almost ready. He was very happy with the perfection of the statue.

KG Ravi who is visibly proud of this venture says, "When the stalwart was alive, he had given my master a sample photograph and requested the statue to look the same. With only slight alterations made, we carved the original statue that took a year for completion. But for this statue in Chennai, we employed a group of 6 people, and we worked continuously, day and night, for 45 days and finally completed the statue. It weighs nearly 750 kgs and is purely made from Bronze. The cost of this statue is a whopping Rs.6 lakhs! Plans are on to erect it somewhere opposite the DGP office near the beach. If you notice, most of statues along the coast in Marina beach are black in colour.


We thought of making Chevalier Sivaji's statue also in black, but it was the CM who wanted it in a golden colour. So we have coloured the statue in gold, for which we used the very expensive MRF Gold paint."
The statue will be unveiled on July 21 on the death anniversary of Sivaji Ganesan. A lot of people from the film fraternity are expected to attend the event. Only the very best materials, the best location and the best talent, for a man who is much more than simply a legend. A legend who lives on, and now the statue is standing proof for that!
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