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Vairamuthu opens up about Aandaal comment controversy

Here is an official press statement from veteran lyricist Vairamuthu explaining his controversial statement about Aandaal.

"Thamizhai Aandaal was my tribute to Poet Aandaal celebrating her contribution to Tamil. This article is part of a series I have been researching and publishing for the past few years. I have published similar research articles in a newspaper on Thiruvalluvar, Ilangovadigal, Kambar, Appar, Thirumoolar, Vallalaar, Bharathiyar, Baradhidasan, U.V. Swaminatha Iyer, Pattukkoattai Kalyanasundaram and Kannadasan. My objective is to present the greatness of these pillars of Tamil language.

I would like to clarify a few issues inferred incorrectly from my article.

The word Devadasi does not mean a prostitute. Devadasi means 'Female Servant of God'. It is the highest and purest form of service to God where a girl dedicates the rest of her life to worship and service of a deity or a temple.

As part of my research for writing this article on Aandaal, I happened to read a collection of articles edited by Subhash Chandra Malik in the name of "Indian Movements: Some Aspects of Dissent, Protest and Reform”, the original from Indiana University and published by Indian Institute of Advanced Study in 1978. It is very much an Indian research study by Indian historians.

My reference, which is being incorrectly perceived, is from the first article in this publication titled "Bhakti Movement in South India”, authored by Professor M.G.S Narayanan and Professor Kesavan Veluthat. Professor M. G. S Narayanan is considered as "one of India’s top authorities on ancient history" and has served as the chairman of  Indian Council of Historical Research. Professor Kesavan Veluthat is the Professor of History at the University of Delhi.

The line mentioned in my article was from a reputed publication and by reputed historians. I have used the word Devadasi (Servant of God) in the same positive connotation as the original authors.

I kindly request you to appeal to your intellect, setting aside raw emotions. Having lived and worked for Tamil the past 46 years, I would never hurt the sentiments of Tamil society. I sincerely believe that the purpose of writing is to spread love and joy.

I kindly invite you to read and reflect deeply on my original article Thamizhai Aandaal".

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Actor Mansoor Ali Khan met with the press recently during a meet where he talked about the currently raging controversy surrounding lyricist Vairamuthu, and also touched various other topics.

Speaking about the Aandal row, he said: "It is a huge mistake (H Raja's scathing words on the lyricist). Vairamuthu is a creator. Using such uncouth, demeaning words on him (is not right). 

I started listening to a WhatsApp message but stopped it in the middle. I couldn't (continue hearing it). Vairamuthu is not a 100% perfect man - he even spoke against Modi dissidents, referring to them as 
dogs. It did anger me. But still, he is an artist."

Watch the full interview here:


Vairamuthu opens up about Aandaal comment controversy

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