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Varanasi: PM Narendra Modi inaugurates month-long ‘kashi tamil sangamam’ in varanasi

Lucknow: Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Kashi Tamil Sangamam. PM Modi, who reached Varanasi, was welcomed by UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandi Ben Patel. The Kashi-Tamil Sangamam event aims at rediscovering the “centuries-old bond of knowledge” and ancient civilizational linkage between the North and the South.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Lucknow: Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Kashi Tamil Sangamam. PM Modi, who reached Varanasi today, was welcomed by UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandi Ben Patel. The Kashi-Tamil Sangamam event aims at rediscovering the “centuries-old bond of knowledge” and ancient civilizational linkage between the North and the South.

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The Sangamam is being organized by the Government of India as a part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and to uphold the Spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat’. At the event, Modi said that the ‘Sangamam’ was a celebration of India’s diverse cultures. “Sangam plays a very vital role in our country, from sangam of rivers, knowledge & thoughts.”

PM further said, “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.”

The PM during the event also released books on Tirukkural and Kashi-Tamil culture and interacted with Tamil students.

The PM will also pay respect to Adinams (Abbots) of Matha temples in Tamil Nadu and seek their blessings. About 75 stalls showcasing the cultural diversity of Tamil Nadu are being put up at the Amphitheater Ground of BHU in Varanasi, which will display the products, handicrafts and handlooms of Tamil Nadu. Along with this, an exhibition depicting the struggle of freedom fighters will also be organised.

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Organised by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with IIT Chennai and Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the event will witness more than 51 cultural events. Around 2,500-3,000 people in 12 different groups from Tamil Nadu are expected to reach Varanasi. The groups visiting Varanasi would visit Hanuman Ghat, Subrahmanya Bharti’s residence, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sarnath Archaeological Site and Museum, Ganga Aarti and also take a boat tour of the 84 ghats and take part in the cultural programme at BHU in the evening.

A grand exhibition highlighting the culture and tradition of Tamil Nadu will remain the main attraction for the day as part of the inauguration, while another showcasing the struggle of freedom fighters and Tamil cultures like Meenakshi Chittaranjan’s Bharatanatyam, folk music of Tamil Nadu, Irula and other tribal dances will also be the other highlight.

“The event will also feature mythological historical drama, puppet shows based on the Shiva Purana, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata,” officials said. The Kashi Tamil Sangamam aims at providing opportunities for students, scholars, 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’ experiences.

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