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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’ – a month-long programme being organised in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

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Updated: 19 November, 2022 7:03 pm IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’ – a month-long programme being organised in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. The objective of the programme is to celebrate, reaffirm and rediscover the age-old links between Tamil Nadu and Kashi – two of the country’s most important and ancient seats of learning.

More than 2500 delegates from Tamil Nadu will be visiting Kashi. During the programme, the Prime Minister also released a book ‘Tirukkural’ along with its translation into 13 languages. ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ has been one of the major focus areas of the government guided by the vision of the Prime Minister. In yet another initiative reflecting this vision, ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’, a month-long programme, is being organised in Kashi (Varanasi).

“Be it the confluence of rivers, ideology, science or knowledge, every confluence of culture and traditions is celebrated and revered in India. It is a celebration of India’s might and characteristics, thus making the Kashi-Tamil Sangam unique,” Prime Minister said.

Throwing light on the connection between Kashi and Tamil Nadu, the Prime Minister said, “on one hand, Kashi is the cultural capital of India whereas Tamil Nadu and Tamil culture is the centre of India’s antiquity and pride.”

The PM said that Kashi and Tamil Nadu are timeless centres of our culture and civilization, both Sanskrit and Tamil are one of the most ancient languages that existed. In Kashi, we have Baba Vishwanath, while in Tamil Nadu we have the blessings of Lord Rameshwaram, Both Kashi and Tamil Nadu are immersed in Shiva.  Be it music, literature or art Kashi and Tamil Nadu have always been a source of art.

Prime Minister recalled Tamil Nadu’s contribution to the development of Kashi and said, Tamil Nadu-born Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan was the Vice Chancellor of BHU, Vedic scholar Rajeshwar Shastri who lived in Kashi even though he had his roots in Tamil Nadu. Pattaviram Shastri who lived on Hanuman Ghat in Kashi.

The Prime Minister also mentioned the great poet and revolutionary, Subramania Bharathi who hailed from Tamil Nadu but lived in Kashi for many years.

A month-long exhibition of handlooms, handicrafts, ODOP products, books, documentaries, cuisine, art forms, history, tourist places etc of the two regions will also be put up in Kashi, during the Kashi Tamil Sangamam.

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