New Delhi, Nov 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a month-long ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’ on Saturday in Varanasi.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said, “Sangam plays a very vital role in the country, from sangam of rivers, knowledge & thoughts. This Sangamam is the celebration of India’s diverse cultures.”
‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’ is being organized in Varanasi (Kashi) from 17th November to 16th December with the objective to rediscover, reaffirm and celebrate the age-old links between Tamil Nadu and Kashi – two of the country’s most important and ancient seats of learning.
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#WATCH | Music maestro Ilayaraja performs at ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’, along with others, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
PM Narendra Modi, CM Yogi Adityanath and others present at the event. pic.twitter.com/0qNnqEegFf
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“This confluence of Kashi and Tamil Nadu is as holy as the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna. While Kashi is the spiritual and cultural capital of India, Tamil Nadu holds India’s oldest history. Kashi and Tamil Nadu both are timeless centres of culture and civilization. Both regions are the centres of the oldest languages, Sanskrit and Tamil,” he said.
The programme aims to provide an opportunity for scholars, students, philosophers, traders, artisans, artists and people from other walks of life from the two regions to come together, share their knowledge, culture and best practices and learn from each others’ experience.
The endeavour is in sync with NEP 2020’s emphasis on integrating the wealth of Indian Knowledge Systems with modern systems of knowledge. IIT Madras and BHU are the two implementing agencies for the programme.
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More than 2,500 delegates from Tamil Nadu under 12 categories such as students, teachers, literature, culture, artisans, spiritual, heritage, business, entrepreneurs, professionals etc will be visiting Varanasi on 8-day tours. They will participate in seminars, lec dems, site visits etc in special programmes curated for each of the 12 categories to interact with local people of the same trade, profession and interest. The delegates will also visit places of interest in and around Varanasi including Prayagraj and Ayodhya.
Students of BHU and other Higher Educational Institutions will be participating in the academic programmes. They will study the comparative practices pertaining to various sectors in the two regions and document the learnings. The first group of delegates consisting of 200 students started their tour from Chennai on the 17th of November, their train was flagged off by Governor of Tamil Nadu R. N Ravi from the Chennai Railway station.
Along with this, a month long exhibition of handlooms, handicrafts, ODOP products, books, documentaries, cuisine, art forms, history, tourist places etc of the two regions will be put up in Varanasi for the benefit of the local people.
During the inaugural programme Prime Minister will interact with the delegates coming from Tamil Nadu. The inauguration ceremony will witness various cultural performances such as vocal rendition by Ilaiyaraaja, and book releases.