On Monday some media persons witnessed one such generous act, when the superstar extended help for the higher studies of an artiste R. Sivaraman, 24. Sivaraman, a farmer's son from Ananthapadmanabhapuram in Kanyakumari district, has been struggling to earn enough money to join an animation course in Chennai.
He has been battling against odds for six months after finishing B.F.A (Bachelor in Fine Arts) from the Government College of Fine Arts here. The young artiste met the Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, last November and donated a portrait inscribed with words from Thaai (Mother), the poetic rendering of Maxim Gorky's novel by Mr Karunanidhi.
"I made a request to the chief minister to help me in my higher studies," said the artiste. But he did not get any help from the CM office. But he did not lose heart and inscribed in the image of Vivekananda rock memorial its 259-page history. He sent the work to Rajinikanth with a note about his past achievements which includes inscribing the Bible in a Michelangelo replica.
Inspired with those works Rajini made arrangements to bring the young man to his Chennai office. During the Monday meeting with the artiste at his office, Rajinikanth congratulated Sivaraman for his achievements at a young age. Rajini also assured his help for Sivaraman's higher studies.