MARTYR TIRUPUR Kumaran's birth centenary was celebrated in Erode with a colourful rally of school and college students. Students from 12 schools and five colleges took part in the procession.
On 15 floats, they enacted the various events of freedom struggle including Gandhiji's Dandi Yatra and Kumaran's role as a freedom fighter. The procession started from the Collectorate and reached the Municipal VOC Park. The Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, P.C. Ramasamy, flagged off the procession.
The Collector D. Karthikeyan, MLAs K.S. Thennarasu, K.S. Palanisamy, Selvi Murugesan, Thiyagi Kumaran Birth Centenary Celebration Committee members J. Sudhanandhen, S.K.M. Maeilanandhen, U.R. Chinnasamy Gounder and L.M. Ramakrishnan participated.
As part of the programme, a pattimandram was conducted by Gnanasambandam. The famous Madurai Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan and her troupe entertained the audience with their foot-tapping folk songs.
A photo exhibition on Tirupur Kumaran was conducted in the Park.
By R. S. in Erode
Tiruppur Kumaran (1904 – 1932) was an Indian revolutionary who participated in the Indian independence movement. Kumaran was born in Chennimalai, a small town in the Erode District in Tamil Nadu region of south India.
Kumaran died from injuries sustained from a Police assault during a protest march against the British colonial government. Kumaran died holding the flag of the Indian Nationalists, which had been banned by the British.
Kumaran was Tirupur’s contribution to the Congress movement. He gave his life defending the Congress flag. The government has erected his statue in a park by the railway station in Tirupur.
Kumaran is revered as a martyr in Tamil Nadu and is known by the epithet Kodi Kaththa Kumaran – Kumaran who saved the Flag.