Heroes of Chennai awards 2018

My heartfelt thanks to all my friends who had voted for me. It is told that i had got the maximum number of votes among the other deserved award nominees and i am pleased to have the privilege of being the youngest nominee too (age 25) in the arts and culture category. There were also younger nominees in other categories too, some to be named are Pragnanandha Ramesh Babu (age 13),second youngest person to achieve the grandmaster title in chess (sports category) and Tejaswini Ravirajan (age 16) National Gold medalist for last three years in swimming (Para Sports category). Though they might had not won the award (depending or based on Jury’s decision or so and so), they had won people’s heart. What else is needed than winning people’s heart and getting maximum number of votes from your loved ones who values your work and initiatives ๐Ÿ˜Š. You had all made us already a winner and hero.

My sincere thanks to all my friends for your support and love. Your love and support is enough for me to face and tackle all the odds and pessimists in my surroundings.

I heartily congratulate L.S Ramesh ji (age 50+) for winning the heroes of Chennai awards 2018 for arts and culture category. He is the inventor of Music Chakra where anyone can learn to play all carnatic ragas and western scale musics on the keyboard by themselves. India book of records has recognised his music chakra in 2018. His music chakra was appreciated by renowned musicians named Bala MuraliKrishnan, Prince Rama Varma etc.
It is also said that singer SP Balasubramanyam uses this chakra during his concerts and recordings. His music chakra is been used to train children with special needs such as Autism, Downs Syndrome etc. It took 6 years for him to make this chakra. A deserved inventor to receive this award and more awards in future. Best wishes to him.

Once again congratulations to all the participants,nominees and winners. We have a long way to go ๐Ÿ˜Š. Best wishes

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Achievement number ’10’ updated on my website page๐Ÿ‘‰ serfojimemorialhall.com/about-me.html . Video courtesy and credits to the organiser.


Proud to be one among the nominees for this award. Most of the jurors are educationists. The speciality of this award is, it is clean and credible. It cannot be bought or purchased using influence, recommendation or money. It is the platform where the real heroes are celebrated, honoured for their contribution and achievements.

These days there are some awards given based on influence or recommendation or also on seeing one’s community or status, not on recognising the work or service the one does for the society, humanity or mankind. Even there are some award programs where organisers demand money for honoring an award or felicitation.

If someone purchase an award for oneself or for his/her organisation then what standard or the reputation of that award will remain?

I have seen some people who are capable and achieved in their respected field or contributed to our society- been least bothered, unrecognised or neglected and because of our negligence towards them, they had left our place or society and had flourished and been valued in other place or country where they had settled. Sometimes we lose our real gems or heroes because of our ignorance or attitude.

A real heroes or achievers should be identified and recognised by our society and experts. A meaning of an award is celebrating or officially honoring or recognising the one who had contributed, achieved or worked for a cause or for the upliftment or development of/in our society or place. The standard or a reputation of an award will remain the same when it is pure. Purity is important for its quality.

Heroes of Chennai awards team had given their best to identify the real heroes of Chennai and also gave an option to public to vote for their desired nominees. They had made it transparent to make the platform clean and credible. Hats off to the organising committee and jury members for being real, true and genuine throughout their work process.

Participating is important than winning. Best wishes to all the participants and nominees and hope they will be on cloud nine in their respected field and work.


Pratap Sinh


The first Printing press for Devanagari script was started in South India by King Serfoji II.

In the picture, the logo of the press established by King Serfoji ll called the “Navavidya Kalasala Varnayantra”.

King Serfoji ll started the first printing press in 1805 A.D in Thanjavur with Devanagari script called ‘Navavidya Kalasala Varnayantra’ for producing copies of all great works in languages for wider use and circulation among public.

The journal entitled โ€˜Indian Antiquaryโ€™ volume-1, published in 1872 mentions that King Serfojiโ€™s printing press was the earliest printing press, which was started for Devanagari script printing in whole south India. The Types and blocks were prepared using soft stone and hard wood. Even today the Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Sarasvati Mahal Library (TMSSML) preserves some of the books printed in press.

The Maratha kings started chatrams for catering and other physical needs of the pilgrims. Raja Serfoji II started school attached to the most of the chatrams under his control and imparted free education to village children. For the use of little children,King Serfoji ordered that the English book like Aesopโ€™s fables to Translate into simple Indian languages in his printing press.

King Serfoji II’s contribution to Education:

Maharaja Serfoji ll started the first stone type granite printing press with Devanagari type in 1805 A.D at Thanjavur. This small press known as “Navavidya Kalanidhi” in Tanjore, printed the first edition of the book “Raghuvamsa” in Sanskrit. The main aim of the King in setting up the printing press was for the production of copies of all the great works in different Indian languages for its publication and circulation among his people, especially for the students studying in the schools established by him. This miniature University also called as “Navavidya Kalanidhi Sala” had several departments attached to it such as Arts, Philosophy, Astronomy, Fine Arts and Linguistics (Persian, Arabic, Telugu, Sanskrit, Marathi and English). This institution was mainly intended to impart knowledge free of cost to the boys and girls of Tanjore. The avidity and zeal with which he worked hard for the spread of knowledge to the people of his
kingdom especially the younger ones is really laudable. His Vedic school which taught Alankara Sastra and Puranic subjects was open to all the children irrespective of the social strata they belonged to.


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Portrait of King Serfoji II at Chennai International Airport (TamilNadu, India).

The below image of my ancestor, King Serfoji II is displayed inside Chennai International Airport along with the other Tanjore paintings near to the waiting lounge. I was very excited to see this portrait that was very attractive. I was on the way to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the launch of my book “Contributions of Thanjavur Maratha kings-2nd edition” last year.

I was very happy, surprised and over whelmed with joy to see my ancestor’s portrait and for taking his darshan before boarding the flight to Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

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At Chennai International airport.

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Thanjavur Brihadeshwara temple., C. 1880’s. Photographer: Unknown.

I am happy to announce the release of the second edition of my book titled “Contributions of Thanjavur Maratha Kings” with a brief history of Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj, Dharmaveer Sambhaji Maharaj, Swami Samartha Ramdas, Cholas, Nayakas and Indian Classical art-Bharatanatyam. The first of its kind which includes a brief history of the eminent kings of Maharashtra and Tamilnadu apart from Thanjavur Maratha Scholar Kings. Rare unknown facts and photographs which were not brought out and unseen has been included with prior permissions. Literary activities, Dance (Bharatanatyam) and music (Carnatic) during the Thanjavur Maratha reign with the history of Tanjore Maratha Royal family and rare photographs from their collections and their accomplishments till date has been included. Apart from these, King Serfoji ll’s travelogue to the North (Kasi Yatra, Calcutta), Arcot Nawab’s visit to Thanjavur Palace during King Serfoji II’s reign and King Serfoji ll’s accomplishments in various fields including Administration, Judiciary, Arm force, Trade, Ship building etc has been included. Rare photographs of Kanchi Mahaperiyava associated with Thanjavur Palace and Kanchi Mutt’s history with Thanjavur has also been included. There are 200+ rare photographs included in my book with unique history written. The book will be released on December 2017 and will be available worldwide (online sales of hardcopies and e-book).

With the blessings of Goddess Bhavani and my ancestors, I was able to finish the book successfully (A historian may know how much efforts it takes and he undergoes while writing the book on historical subject๐Ÿ˜Š). And I also thank my people for their support, encouraging and motivating words.

King Serfoji ll renovated Brihadeshwara temple.He installed lightning rods on the vimanam (tower) of the Brihadeshwara temple. He also commissioned artists to paint murals and frescoes on the temple walls and ceiling. As a patron of inscriptions, he had the history of the Bhosle dynasty inscribed on the south western wall of the Brahadeshwara Temple. It is considered to be the lengthiest inscription in the world. He renovated and nurtured many temples built by kings of other dynasties. #Nugget

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Nominated for ‘Heroes of Chennai award’ for the arts and culture category

I am happy to inform that i have been nominated for ‘Heroes of Chennai’ award for arts and culture category.
Check the details in the above video. Thank you ๐Ÿ™.

To know about my work and initiatives in detail click the below link ๐Ÿ‘‡


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Do vote for me if you think i am deserved for this award.

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Acknowledgement letter from Mysore Palace #Diwali2018

Acknowledge from Mysore Palace. I am touched beyond words. I am so happy to be informed that His Highness of Mysore, YKC Wadiyar ji was pleased to read my article that was published in U.S.A based Maharashtrian Magazine. Thank you for your kind words and wishes.I am overwhelmed with joy, gratefulness and happiness for your generosity ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™.

King Serfoji II as a Patron and Composer

King Serfoji II was a great writer of many fine works, author of many Kathas and Natakas as well.He was master in the science and art of music and dance.He had himself composed special dance compositions in Marathi for being utilised in the bharatanatyam program.

Himself an author of many sabda, varna, pada, svarajati, abinaya pada, tillana, gita, prabandha, kavuttuvam, alaru, jatis and korvais, he patronised the famous exponents of dance (nattuvanars) during his life time namely Gangaimuttu, Sabhapati, Subbayan, Ponnayya, Vadivelu, Cinnayya and Sundari. During his time, music and dance were also viewed as regular careers. He started a school for imparting oriental learning and this was the ‘Nava Vidya Kalanidhi’. The Sangeet Mahal was used for holding the music concerts, dance performances and for artistic purposes. Sangeet Mahal was been alloted with Rs.5208 in the state budget for its maintenance.

One of his favorite court dancer named Sundari had a privilege to perform on Vijaya Dasami and was honoured with Rs. 20 (those days it was a huge amount). She had also the unique honour of performing on special occasions like Navaratri, Diwali and so on. Lavani was flourished during his reign. He was also the composer and writer of many Lavani songs. His Devendra Kuravanji and Tristalli Tirthayatra Lavani are interesting compositions. His interest in western music, both in its theoretical and practical aspects, is also evident

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