Monday, January 7, 2008

Dr. C. N. Annadurai at Yale University

Date: 08.01.2007

Let us see an interesting information on, one of the erstwhile chief ministers of the state of Tamil Nadu in India, Dr. C. N. Annadurai(15.09.1909 - 03.02.1969).

Dr. C. N. Annadurai, commonly referred to as Anna by Tamil speaking community, founded the most famous Dravidian party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK), in the year 1949. He served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu from 1967 - 1969. He held M. A.(Hons.) in Economics. He was a multi-faceted personality. He was a politician, erudite, diplomat, playwright, short-story writer, stage artist and so on and so forth.

He was a great orator. I even feel like genuflecting before his eloquence. Let me now narrate the following interesting information on Dr. C. N. Annadurai. Once in Yale University, USA, the following question was posed to the silver-tongued personality by a native speaker of English:

Can you construct a sentence in English by using because three times in it?

The instantaneous response from Dr. C. N. Annadurai was:

No sentence ends in because, because, because is a conjunction

32 comments:

Megarajan said...

That was a good one, I didnt know about.

When anna was late for a election meeting, and peope were waiting for long,he gave this speech.

Mathaama Chittirai,
Maniyo Patharai,
Ungalai Thazhuvuvatho nithirai,
Marakkamal emakku iduvir Muthirai.

Megarajan said...

Hi,

I read your post about Kannadasan, the day you published it,but I love Anna and his talents and I had to comment.

I have already read most of the posts in your blog, will read your future posts, so keep posting about Tamil.

Also, my goal is to visit one new place per month and hence you can find atmost one travelogue per month in the ideal case, but even that doesnt happen many times :-)

I was planning to revive the habit of doing posts on the books I read,I will do that.

Dennis S.Jesudasan said...

Hi,
This is Dennis. I am working on a project on the Dravidian Movement. Could I get the speeches made by Anna at Yale University in 1963. Also his speech in Rajya Sabha against the compulsory imposition of Hindi. You could kindly mail it to: dennissjesudasan@gmail.com. Thanks!

Regards,
Dennis

Chitra said...

Hi,
Really its a nice site .Could you send me Anna's speech at Yale university.I feel it will useful for other to use the speech in elocution competition in schools.

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sdharan said...

This is also a hearsay about Anna which made me admire anna.
Once, when he was asked to say 100 words without the letter 'D', he asked the questioner to count from one to hundred. when he reached ninetynine, anna asked him to stop and to add the word "stop"to the hundredth count.

When there was a debate, an opposition member sarcastically commented anna, remarking his ailment, (at that time he was suffering from cancer and was under treatment)and went to the extent of saying "Your days are counted" to which Anna retorted "But my steps are measured". That is the wit of Anna

sdharan said...

to day 3 Feb 2011 is annan's 42 death anniversary

sdharan said...

Chitra please visit arignaranna.info web site

miica said...

Hello, im from argentina, i speak spanish, and i foun very interesting your blog, i feel most attracted to english, because my lenguaje is spanish,(sorry for the spellings, i'm still working on my writting)
Hola soy de argentina, hablo castellano(español), y encuentro tu blog muy interesatnte, a mi me gusta mas el ingles porque yo hablo español.Bueno, me gusto mucho tu blog y espero que entiendas mi comentario y que sigas aprendiendo porque siempre es bueno aprender. besoos!!

Abdul said...

hi this is sheriff
i am very much interested in DR.C.N.Annadurai speech,if possible to get the anna's speech at YALE university pls mail me to the following address
laksheriff@gmail.com
thanks

venkatesh said...

i want c.n.a 'kottum mazhaile robinson poongavile' speech

Anbusivan said...

please mail me anna speech collections..or let me know where can i get a CD?

mohanmech22@yahoo.com

dwdivia said...

hi this is divia of salem india
I am a lover of anna esp. his speeches in english and also in tamil.Regarding the speeches of anna in the yale univresity america i tried through friends for same but failed.but i heard through one doctor friend who was working as doctor in the yale hospital premises he told me that he saw an engraved matter in the yale university like the following and i quote
"THE LONGEST SENTENCE EVER SPOKEN BY A DIGNITARY IS NONE OTHER THAN C.N. ANNADURAI"

Stephen said...

Hi Guys,
I heard many things about Anna through my loving Dad, too interesting reg.KOTTUM MAZHAILE how and where will I get it.pls help to hear his speech and before my birth this great personality been taken away by the Lord, may be wanted to hear his I feel.
thanx a lot

Thanjai Wellesley
Bangalore
devachariam@gmail.com

KABILAN said...

The speech delivered during convocation ceremony at Madurai University is even now published in the school books. Same lesson read by me some forty yrs ago. Anna is a greatman. It is our duty to show his greatness to the pupil of present generation. Hence forth I will give some quotes from him i.e. translated in Tamil. I too need the address from where I can have CDs of his speech.
Thanjai Kabilan
kabilanpillai@gmail.com.

BG sreedhhar Bg said...

The greatness of Anna is growing on me every day.I am simply astounded by the spectacular genuis,this man was.I have heard his tamil speech,simply magical,i am dying to hear his english speech,please let me know,from where i can procure this.Infact,very soon i want to get a b/w poster of Anna.Never was i so enamoured by any personality,as i am with,ANNA the great.bgsreedhhar@gmail.com Regards....BG sreedhhar

Rajendran Sambantham said...

Hi

This is Rajendran from Chennai.

Once a reporter asked Anna for his opinion on a large number of failures in a particular matriculation exam. This was his reply :

After a long consideration
I came to a conclusion
That filtration
In matriculation
Is student's botheration
Whose father's occupation
Is cultivation
For a long generation

Not only in Tamil, his mother tongue, but also in English his style is unmatched

Viswanathan K said...

I would like to share one paragraph from Anna's speech in an University convocation. INRU PURAPPADUM PADAI ARIVUPPADAI ! INTHA PALKALAIKAZHAKATHILIRINTHU VELIKKILAMPUM MUTHAL PADAI ! ITHANAI VAAZHTHI VARAVETRU SENRU VARUKA, VENRU VARUKA ENRU KOORIDA VAAYPPU KIDAYTHAMAYKKU ULLAPADI NAAN PERUMITHAM KOLKIREN. TAMIL UMATHU MURASU AAGATTUM ! PANPAADU UMATHU KAVASAM AAGATTUM ! ANBU UMATHU VAZHITTHUNAI AAGATTUM ! ARANERI UMATHU PADAIKKALAN AAGATTUM ! URUTHIYUDAN SELVEER ! OOKKAMUDAN PANIPURIVEER ! PAATTU MOZHI UDAYA NAMATHU THAAYAM VAAZHA, THARANIKKU THUNAI NINRIDUM THAGUTHI PERA, SENRIDUVEER ! VENRIDUVEER .

Dr.N.Manimozhi said...

I had been hearing a lot about beloved Anna and the comments posted from my Appa many a times, and each time I read them they seem to be new and news for me - He was a very humble human being first. So close to appa a railway employee at Guntakal - and Anna had renamed me from Subramani to Manimozhi during one of his visits to Guntakal during late 50's and early 60's

Dr.N.Manimozhi said...

I am a medical doctor working for the cause of Leprosy as National NLEP consultant since 1984

Harikrishnan P said...

Its really nice. Learning more about great Anna.

Joe Dasarath said...

Anna is a wonderful, great, unmatched orator, but his unexpected Demise is a great loss not only for DMK,and also for the parliment speakers who find difficulties to express their views in parliment.

Joe Dasarath said...

Anna is a wonderful, great, unmatched orator, but his unexpected Demise is a great loss not only for DMK,and also for the parliment speakers who find difficulties to express their views in parliment.

Joe Dasarath said...

Anna is a wonderful, great, unmatched orator, but his unexpected Demise is a great loss not only for DMK,and also for the parliment speakers who find difficulties to express their views in parliment.

Joe Dasarath said...

Anna is a wonderful, great, unmatched orator, but his unexpected Demise is a great loss not only for DMK,and also for the parliment speakers who find difficulties to express their views in parliment.

Joe Dasarath said...

I am, Joe Dasarath, from Chennai,tamil nadu and rightnow I'm in SALEM, Portland, USA, writing a comment about the great leader. Anna is a snuff inhale practitioner. His style of inhaling the snuff, while speaking in public meetings, is something interesting and unknown to others. During his speech he takes a chittigai of snuff and just apply over his lefthand palm's backside and gently takes his hand to his nose and within fraction of second he rub his hand with his nose,as if he waves his hand while speaking.

SATISH said...

I only regret how the modern day Chief Ministers of the Dravidan Parties have blurred the vision of the greatest C N Anna

SATISH said...

I only regret how the modern day Chief Ministers of the Dravidan Parties have blurred the vision of the greatest C N Anna

Gemini Sridhar said...

No sentence ends in because, because, because is a conjunction was told by CNA humerously. Definitely he knows that the words should no repeat and the sentence should be "No sentence ends in because as it is a conjunction.
But his skill in English and Tamil is noteworthuy to read and enjoy.

Gemini Sridhar said...

No sentence ends in because, because, because is a conjunction, is not correct and good English, Though CNA knows this just for fun he made sentences with three because. Just go thro this " No sentence ends in because as it is a conjunction"

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