The first World Classical Tamil Conference (Tamil Semmozhi Maanadu – June 23rd to 27th, 2010) got off to a rousing start here on Wednesday with a host of speakers, led by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, hailing the glory of Tamil, which has the oldest literature among the living languages of the world.
Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
People from different countries are attending the conference, and Tamil associations of the US,Srilanka,Singapore,Canada, Switzerland and Malaysia have sent their representatives to the event.
Tamil Semmozhi Maanadu Video Telecasted on kalaignar TV on 23-06-10
It is an opportunity for one and all to learn and exhibit their knowledge of the language and see for themselves the various forms that the language has taken from time immemorial.
The theme song for this World Classical Tamil Meet has been composed by A R Rahman and directed by Gautham Menon. This has been written by the Chief Minister of TN, Mr. Karunanidhi and sung by a lot of well known singers.
The Video of this song can be viewed in this link (Click to view)
As to what is going to happen in this conference – Around 1500 language experts would be presenting papers/ essays related to various aspects of the language. Numerous Patti Manrams/ Karuttarangugal would be organized (Debate sessions) to discuss the richness of the language and also the challenges facing the development of the language in this modern era. Cultural programmes like dramas, songs, folk arts, dances etc would also be organized. All the programmes are expected to be covered extensively by the media.
Inaugurating the five-day conference, the President said many concepts intrinsic to India’s society and critical to its polity were found in Tamil discourse over the millennia. The message of peace, universality and the spirit of equality were propounded in a Sangam poem more than 2000 years ago.
There was an oorvalam – procession (rally) titled ‘Iniyavai Narpadhu’ as a part of the Semmozhi Maanadu event in Coimbatore through Avinashi Road. The below photos published were clicked from there.
Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, who handed over the first copy of the conference souvenir to Ms. Patil, said While Thirukkural was the ‘crown’ of Tamil language and Sangam literature, Kamba Ramayanam and Silapathikarm were the jewels of Tamil language, adding that they bore testimony that Tamil language has a special claim for being a classical language.