Kashi Tamil Sangamam Phase 2

  • Launch of its registration portal by IIT Madras on 27th November, 2023.
  • The second edition of this Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme is to be held from December 17th, the first day of the holy Tamil Margali month, to 30th December 2023.
  • Around 1400 people from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will travel by train to Varanasi, Prayagraj and Ayodhya.
  • They will be divided into 7 groups of around 200 each, comprising students, teachers, farmers & artisans, traders& businessmen, religious, writers, and professionals.
  • Each group will be named after a sacred river (Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Sindhu, Narmada, Godavari and Kaveri).
  • Focus would be on increased engagement and interaction with local counterparts (weavers, artisans, artists, entrepreneurs, writers etc.) to get insights into best practices, enhance learning and cross-pollination of ideas.
  • The Ministry of Education will be the nodal Ministry for the programme with participation from Ministries of Culture including ASI, Railways including IRCTC, Tourism, Textiles, Food Processing (ODOP), MSME, I&B, SD&E, and concerned departments in Govt. of UP.
  • IIT Madras will serve as the implementing agency in TN and BHU in UP.

The programme:

  • 2 days onward journey – 2 days return.
  • 2 days at Varanasi
  • 1 day each at Prayagraj and Ayodhya.
  • Stalls exhibiting art and culture, handlooms, handicrafts, cuisine, and other special products of Tamil Nadu and Kashi will be set up.
  • Cultural programmes blending the cultures of Tamil Nadu and Kashi will be organized at Namo Ghat in Varanasi.
  • academic exchanges – seminars, discussions, lectures, lecture demonstrations on various facets of knowledge like – literature, ancient texts, philosophy, spirituality, music, dance, drama, yoga, Ayurveda, handlooms, handicrafts, modern innovations, trade exchanges, edutech and other gen-next technology.
  • Local practical practitioners from the above subjects/professions from Tamil Nadu and Varanasi will participate.
  • The first edition of Kashi Tamil Sangamam was held from November 16th to December 16th 2022.
  • Over 2500 people from Tamil Nadu, travelled to Varanasi, Prayagraj and Ayodhya on 8-day tours.
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