COIMBATORE JAN 7
Yet another gallery, in honour of the late Gopalswamy Doraiswamy Naidu, was thrown open to the public here in Coimbatore on Saturday, to commemorate the death anniversary of the legend. Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Dr. B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, inaugurated the G.D. Naidu Memorial Gallery, situated at the G.D. Science Museum.Group Editorial Director (Publishing), India Today Group, Raj Chengappa was the guest of honour at the event.
Considered the early architect and champion of modern industry in Coimbatore, G.D. Naidu is credited with the distinction of manufacturing the first electric motor in India. This “Edison of India” and “wealth creator of Coimbatore” already has several museums and galleries to showcase his contributions to the industry and Coimbatore.
The event was marked by the screening of “G.D. Naidu – The Edison of India”, a biopic of the late industrialist. The film portrays G.D. Naidu’s incisive mind and extraordinary life, highlighting the inspirational range of his scientific inventions.
Produced by the Films Division of India, the film won the National Award in the ‘Best Non-feature Film’ in science and technology category in 2019. The award was handed over to the director of the film, K. Ranjith Kumar on December 23, 2019, by the Vice-President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, at the 66th National Film Awards’ ceremony.
The Memorial Gallery, managed by the G.D. Naidu Charities, a Charitable Trust, showcases various inventions and innovations of G. D. Naidu in the fields of bus transport, radio technology, machine tools, home gadgets, agriculture, Siddha, etc.
The life history of G. D. Naidu is chronicled in such a manner so as to inspire the visitor, his early life; his travels to Europe, his contribution to job-oriented vocational education and has some striking images showing Gopal Bagh, the residence of G. D. Naidu, where he hosted eminent personalities who visited him.