PM Modi to inaugurate Kashi-Tamil Samagam on Nov 19

Varanasi: Strengthening the vision of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate the month-long Kashi-Tamil Samagam in Varanasi on Saturday.
The event will pave the way for rediscovering the centuries-old bond of knowledge and ancient link between the North and the South.
The Yogi Adityanath government in the state has swung into action to organize the ‘Kashi-Tamil Samagam’ in the holy city of Varanasi on a grand note and to give a glimpse of the Dravidian culture as well as the culture, cuisine and music of Tamil Nadu to the people of UP.
An official spokesman said that around 75 stalls showcasing the cultural diversity of Tamil Nadu are taking shape at the Amphitheater Ground of BHU in Varanasi. “The stalls will display the products, handicrafts and handlooms of Tamil Nadu. Apart from this, an exhibition depicting the struggle of freedom fighters will also be organized. An exhibition by the National Book Trust, another by the Central Institute of Languages and a public conversation will also be organized. As many as 51 cultural programs will be held during the 30-day Kashi Tamil Samagam,” he said.
Cultural programs showcasing the culture of Tamil Nadu mainly include Meenakshi Chittaranjan’s Bharatanatyam, folk music of Tamil Nadu, Irula and other tribal dances and Villupatta, an ancient musical story-telling. It also features mythological historical drama, puppet shows based on the Shiva Purana, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
After the formal inauguration of the event by the PM around 2,500 to 3,000 people in 12 different groups from Tamil Nadu are expected to reach Varanasi on Saturday. The journey of each group will be of 8 days, including 2 days of travel from Tamil Nadu to Varanasi.
The team will stay in Varanasi for two days and visit Hanuman Ghat famous for Ganga Snan, Subrahmanyam Bharti’s residence, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sarnath Archaeological Site & Museum, Ganga Aarti and also take a boat tour of the 84 Ghats and take part in the cultural program at BHU in the evening. After Varanasi, a trip to Prayagraj and Ayodhya is also proposed.
For this, an additional 3 special coaches will be attached to 3 trains from Rameswaram, Chennai and Coimbatore. The nodal ministry for the programme is the Ministry of Education. IIT Chennai and Banaras Hindu University have been appointed as the nodal institutes for the programme. (UNI)                                                                                                                              (feature image credit-Social News XYZ)

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