At a time when newspaper readership was limited to the lettered and well-off, it is Si Pa Aditanar who launched ‘Tamilan,’ a weekly, which informed the masses and commoners of current affairs. Subsequently, Thanthi was brought out from Madurai.
Former chief minister MGR installed the statue of Si Pa Aditanar in the City on May 24, 1987. Recently, the statue was handed over to Daily Thanthi group to facilitate the upgrade of the traffic island in Egmore. The statue was re-installed in the same spot to facilitate the birth anniversary of Si Pa Aditanar following requests from the group.
Efforts are under way to carry out the rest of the upgradation works in the traffic island. The beautification works of the statue’s pedestal by the Chennai Corporation would be completed before December.
After Si Pa Aditanar’s time, the publication was managed by B Sivanthi Aditanar. It was during his time it rose to be a most-sold out daily. Sivanthi Aditanar also instituted several educational institutions in Tiruchendur, a backward area in the state and offered education to the poor and underprivileged. Sivanthi Aditanar was also the vice-chairman of Tamil Nadu Sports Development Authority (TNSDA). I am quoting former CM CN Annadurai’s speech on the 25th anniversary of the paper, “Lakhs of readers of Daily Thanthi would relish a feeling of listening to a radio, which would bring them all-round news across the globe besides art and entertainment.”
Daily Thanthi Director S B Adityan presents a memento to Union Minister for State Pon Radhakrishnan, Malai Malar Managing Director Sivanthi Adityan presents it to Union Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman, Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.
The various guests who attended the 75th anniversary celebrations of Daily Thanthi.
A section of the dignitaries and audience at the Madras University Centenary auditorium.