Bharathi visits his born place with Chellamma

The Ratham received a rousing reception at Ettayapuram, the birth place of the legendary poet, filled with fervour and gaiety.  Panchayat President Ramalakshmi offered flowers to Bharathi Chellamma statue at the Bharathi Mani Mandapam.  Tahsildar Krishna Kumari paid homage with garlands and the Municipal Executive Officer Ganesan offered his respects and gave a welcome address.

At the Bharati Illam in Ettayapuram, the in-charge, Mahadevi welcomed the Ratham. Executives of the Kamban Corporation were also present.  The family members of Vilathikulam Kamureddy, who provided the support to Bharathi and Chellamma for three years, at Kadayam also attended the reception.

The  Principal, Heads of Department, and faculty members of Bharathiyar Centenary Polytechnic College also offered their respects to the Statue.

Velkani, the receptionist of the W. Chidambaranar Birth Home in Ottapidaram and and Librarian Meenakshi paid homage with flower garlands. A large number of villagers gathered along the route to welcome the Ratham.

Ottapidaram Panchayat Chairman Ilayaraja and Secretary Mrs. Selvi garlanded the statue at the Panchayat Office. Sevalaya’s Founder Muralidharan presented the Bharathiyar Poetry Books and Bharathi Chellamma Photo frame to all the women working at the Panchayat Office

The Ratham got a warm welcome at the Kattabomman Fort in Panchalankurichi. Tahsildar Mrs. Nishanthini presided over the function alongwith Deputy Tahilsdar Anand.  Regional Development Commissioner Venkatachalam welcomed the gathering. District Tourism Officer Srinivasan gave a special address.  Revenue Officer Karpagavalli and Village Administrative office Raja, Panchayat Secretary P Subramanian were also present. Panchayat President Kamaladevi Yogaraj, paid homage with garlands. Panchayat Vice President Veeramallu, Panchayat Council Member Gomati, Ottapidaram Co-operative Society President Periya Mohan, Madasamy Temple Committee Chairman Muruga Bhoopathy, Archaeological Department, Archaeology Guard Muruga Devi Subramanian and Tourism department official Ondiveeran were also present.