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Kashi to hold Tamil Sangamam to rekindle age-old cultural bond

With the aim of re-establishing age-old links between the cultures of Varanasi and Tamil Nadu, the Center will organize a unique event called “Kashi-Tamil Sangamam” in Varanasi and is preparing to welcome more than 2,500 guests in the month-long affair. The event will start on November 17 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend on November 19, officials said.

Varanasi is the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The government coordinates with the Hindu University of Benares (BHU) to organize seminars and academic exchanges between experts, scholars, students, artisans and delegates. As part of the preparations, the delegates would be divided into 12 groups of 210 members each, who would arrive in Varanasi by train. The Kashi-Tamil Sangamam would end on December 16.

Delegate groups would include students, teachers, entrepreneurs, spiritual experts, artisans and other professionals. “During their visit, these delegates could have visited local attractions like the Kashi Vishwanath corridor and enjoyed a cruise along the Ganga ghats. Apart from tours around Varanasi, the government will also organize tours to Prayagraj and Ayodhya for the delegates,” officials said. In the evening, artists from Tamil Nadu and Varanasi would perform at cultural events and stalls selling handicrafts and hand weaving products from Tamil Nadu were also set up.

“This is a very important event to celebrate the knowledge and cultural ties between the two states and is in line with the new education policy, which speaks of a holistic approach to education and the creation of a synchronization between modern and traditional knowledge. We expect the prime minister to be part of the event on November 19,” a senior government official said.

Apart from BHU, some of the events would also be held at Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, Trade Facilitation Center and Varanasi Textile Museum.

Talk to The Indian Express, nodal officer for the event at BHU HCS Rathore said, “We have scheduled a series of seven academic seminars and delegates would arrive on different dates to attend these events. It is run by the Ministry of Education, Government of India.

Sources said that along with BHU, the government has tapped Indian Institute of Technology Madras as a knowledge partner for the event. “In the future, the Center plans to hold more such events across the country to reaffirm the cultural connection and knowledge between different parts of the country,” a source said.