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World Classical Tamil Meet: Coimbatore wears festive look, Inaug today by Pres
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:01:56 AM, Agencies
The site of an exhibition in the foreground and the main event venue in the background are awash with light.
(Photo: K. Ananthan/The Hindu)
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Coimbatore: President Pratibha Patil arrived here on Tuesday night by a special aircraft to inaugurate the World’s first Classical Tamil Meet beginning today.
Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin received the President at the airport.
After inaugurating the conference in the morning, the President will witness a two-hour long procession of 40 floats, portraying the tradition, arts and culture and history of Tamil Nadu, beginning at 4 PM.
Meanwhile, the city, which is hosting the five-day World Classical Tamil Conference, wears a festive look with traffic islands and parks spruced up with artwork depicting culture, tradition and bravery of Tamils adorning the walls. The city also got a facelift.
The CODISSIA trade fair complex on Avinashi Road, the main venue of the meet, is bustling with activity. The mega ‘pandal’ on 4.40 lakh sq.ft. area can accommodate 50,000 people during the five-day event. About 4,000 observers and research paper presenters are taking part in the meet while 85 delegates from different countries are attending as special invitees.
Tamil scholars from across the state, including former vice-chancellors and deans, are also attending the meet. Significantly, Sri Lankan Tamil scholar Karthikesu Sivathamby, whose visit was uncertain, made it to the meet in advance.
The meet will be inaugurated at 10.30 a.m. followed by a welcome address by Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin. Governor Surjit Singh Barnala will release a special souvenir. After Finance Minister K Anbazhagan’s speech, President Pratiba Patil will present the Kalaignar Karunanidhi Semmozhi Tamil Award to Finland scholar Prof Asko Parbola.
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