Nadikar Thilakam Shivaji Ganesan’s 84th Birth Anniversary

V.C. Ganesan (1 October 1928-21 July 2001)

By saba-Thambi

October First 2012, is the birth anniversary of a most admired and versatile Tamil cinema actor Nadikar Thilakam Sivaji Ganesan.

South Indian weekly magazine Anantha Vikatan today tweeted a photo tribute on his birth anniversary, first of October 2012:

Eighty three years ago he was born in Villupuram in South India to the parents of Chinnia Pillai and Rajamani thus known as V.C. Ganesan.

At the tender age of ten he started as a stage actor travelling with drama troupes. The silver screen debut as a hero in Parasakthi brought him to the Tamil cinema in 1952. Since then he has acted in nearly 310 movies. During his acting career he was known by his monikers such as “Nadikar thilakam” and or “Sivaji Ganesan”.

Sivaji Ganesan had the gift of a highly expressive resonating voice which captured many audiences of all ages. He was one of the best articulated actors who could eloquently enunciate the Tamil language in his dialogues. He has also expressed his lyrical lines with accuracy as he has sung on the screen.

Song from Tamil movie: Thendralodu Udan Piranthaal ~ T. R. Mahalingam and Sivaji Ganehsan in Raja Raja Cholan

Many of his dialogues in the movies have been acted out among his much loved fans and have been a gate-pass for their acting careers.

Sivaji Ganesan is often compared with the western Actor Marlon Brando. The State of South India has released a postage stamp in 2001 in honour of his service to the Tamil cinema.

The colossal cinematic actor passed away in July 2001. One of his movies Karnan (1964) has been digitally re-mastered and re-released this year. Since the success of Karnan there have been attempts to re -release Thiruvilayadal & Pasamalar in the future.