After the first death anniversary of late comedian Vivek, his daughter Amirthanandini, his wife Arulselvi, and Cell Murugan recently met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin at the Chennai General Secretariat and submitted a petition. This was to request the Chief Minister to rename the road, where the actor’s house is located, after Vivek.
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In Alwarthirunagar under the chairmanship of Virugambakkam Assembly Member Prabhakar Raja, Minister Ma Subramaniam, who was present at a function said, "The Tamil Nadu government has accepted the request of the late actor Vivek's wife Arulselvi". He also said that the opening ceremony of the street nameplate with Vivek's name will be held on the third of May.
Padmavati Nagar Main Road, where he lived, has now been officially renamed “Chinna Kalaivanar Vivek Road". A Government Order has been issued by the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department in this regard. The order was passed off of a recommendation that came in from the Chennai Corporation themselves to rename the street.
Vivek was one of the leading comedians as well as an actor, television personality, playback singer, and social activist in the Tamil film industry who passed away on 17 April 2022 as a result of a cardiac arrest. The renowned comedian Vivek was popularly called ‘Chinna Kalaivanar’ for his social reformative dialogues in Tamil cinema. He was bestowed with the Padma Shri Award, India’s fourth-highest civilian award in 2009 for his contribution to the arts. Throughout his career, he had acted in over 220 films.
As a television personality, Vivek hosted a number of events and interviewed prominent media personalities, most notably A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. Inspired by Kalam's environmentalism, Vivek founded the Green Kalam initiative in 2010 with the mission of planting one billion trees across Tamil Nadu. Vivek was also appointed as an ambassador for the Plastic Pollution Free Tamil Nadu campaign by the state's government under the leadership of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in 2018.