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Curtain comes down on Tamil meet, MK hails it 'grand success'

Sunday, June 27, 2010 09:34:40 PM, UNI

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Role of Tamil ethos in Indian identity and progress hailed

Coimbatore: The curtain came down on the historic first World Classical Tamil Conference here this evening with Chief Minister M Karunanidhi hailing it as a "grand success".

After the five-day literary extravanganza, the meet, drew to a close after Mr Karunanidhi's veledictory address.

The Conference was inaugurated by President Pratibha Devsingh Patil while the valedictory function was attended by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P Chidambaram, the latter hailing from Tamil Nadu.

The conference was a grand success as lakhs of people from all parts of the state visited the textile city to witness the confernece, got up to hail the classical language status to Tamil.

On the opening day on June 23, "Iniyavai Narpathu" (sweet forty), an impressive pegeantry procession, with 40 floats was taken out.

The procession, depicting the glory of Tamil culture and portraying rare and resplendent scenes from the ancient Sangam classics, was witnessed by the President, Governor S S Barnala and the Chief Minister.

After the Chief Minister inaugurated the accademic sessions, more than 1,000 Tamil scholars, who came from about 50 foreign countries, presented papers under 55 different titles.

Renowned Indologist Asko Parpola of Finland, Prof George Hart, Prof V C Kulandaisamy and Dr K Sivathamby, a scholar from Jaffna in Sri Lanka were among others who graced the occasion.










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