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Saturday, November 22 1997

Sadasivam was spartan Gandhian

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CHENNAI, November 21: Kalki T Sadasivam, veteran freedom fighter and husband of eminent Carnatic vocalist, M S Subbalakshmi, died at a private hospital here this morning.

He was 95 and is survived by wife, two daughters and an adopted son. Family sources said Sadasivam was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday for treatment of pneumonia.

Sadasivam was a close associate of late C Rajagopalachari and had founded Kalki a Tamil magazine, in 1940.

Sadasivam married the queen of music, Subbulakshmi, in the year 1940.Thiagarajan Sadasivam was born in 1902 in Manakkal in Tiruchirappalli district. He had an exemplified commitment to a great cause, the freedom struggle. Rebellion against the British Raj got him into trouble at school.Quitting school, he enlisted in the Bharat Samaj group under freedom fighter Subramania Siva, then a leprosy patient, serving him faithfully.

The boy with winsome manners became a familiar sight among Congress volunteers. He was at the head of groups marching across towns and villages to spread the nationalist message. He sang patriotic lyrics of Subramania Bharati to induce people to bring out their foreign goods, especially Lancaster muslin, and make bonfires of them.

Throughout his life, Sadasivam was closely associated with Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari, a major national political figure and Kalki Krishnamurthy, a Tamil literary figure. A true Gandhian, Sadasivam was in-charge of the Khadi stall in the Mahamakam exhibition at Kumbakonam in late 20's.

Prime Minister I K Gujral, has condoled the death of Sadasivam.

In a condolence message, he said Sadasivam would always be remembered ``for his valuable contribution in the freedom struggle and in the field of journalism as the founder editor of the popular Tamil magazine Kalki.''Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi also condoled the death of Sadasivam.Former president R Venkataraman said that the nation had lost a ``great personality'' in the death of Sadasivam.

In a condolence message here, he said Sadasivam was a multi-faceted personality. Starting his career as a Congress worker, he hawked Khadi on the streets. He participated in the National movement and had undergone imprisonment. As a business executive, he was responsible for the growth of Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan, and establishment of the popular weekly, Kalki.

The TNCC(I), the Tamil Nadu unit of the CPI, the MGR Kazhagam and the MDMK have condoled the death of Sadasivam.

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