FRIENDS AND VISITORS
Several great national leaders had visited the Ashram and leaders like Rajaji, Rajendra Prasad, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Jayaprakash Narayan, Thakar Bapa were closely associated with the Ashram.
O.P.Ramasamy Reddiyar, P.S. Kumaraswami Raja, K.Kamaraj, and M. Bhakthavatsalam the then Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu supported all the founder’s initiatives for translating the Gram Swaraj in to a reality.
Overseas visitors included Dr.Martin Luther King, the Nobel laureate and Civil rights leader of America who visited the founder at Madras twice and got a first hand account of the experiences of Venkatachalapathy in organizing Satyagraha and constructive programmes. Schumacher, one of the founders of the Green Movement in the west and renowned author of the book “Small is Beautiful” visited the Ashram in 1962 and obtained valubable insights into the areas of appropriate technology of benefit to the the rural poor.
Exhibition at Madurai
in the Ashram
the statue of Mahatma Gandhi
M. Bhaktavachalam in the Ashram
(second from left)
At the silver jubilee celebration 1965
lived in the Ashram for 5 years