While Kashi is the spiritual and cultural capital of India, Tamil Nadu holds India’s oldest history, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Kashi Tamil Sangamam in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, a month-long program to celebrate, reaffirm and rediscover the age-old links between Tamil Nadu and Varanasi.
The program was organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with other ministries like culture, textiles, railways, tourism, food processing, information and broadcasting, and the Uttar Pradesh government.
The program will see more than 2,500 delegates from Tamil Nadu visit Varanasi and will take part in seminars and visit to interact with local people of similar trade, profession, and interest.
Addressing the gathering PM Modi said, “Sangam plays a very vital role in our country, from Sangam of rivers, knowledge, and thoughts. This Sangamam is the celebration of India’s diverse cultures.”
The Prime Minister said that Kashi-Tamil Sangamam, which means union, is exceptional and is a celebration of India’s diversity. He said that the Kashi Tamil Sangamam is like the union of the sacred Yamuna and Ganga rivers. “While Kashi is the spiritual and cultural capital of India, Tamil Nadu holds India’s oldest history. It is the pride of India,” he added.
“Kashi and Tamil Nadu both are sources of music, literature, and art. Kashi’s tabla & Tamil Nadu’s Thannumai are famous. In Kashi, you’d get Banarasi saree & in Tamil Nadu, you would see Kanjivaram silk which is known across the world,” PM Modi said.
A month-long exhibition of handlooms, handicrafts, books, documentaries, cuisine, art forms, history, and tourist places of the two regions will also be put up in Varanasi.
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