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Journey of Cultural Exchange: Tamil Nadu Delegates Head to Kashi Tamil Sangamam-Phase II

Commencement of Kashi Tamil Sangamam-Phase II Journey

Chennai, 15 December(City Times): Kashi Tamil Sangamam-Phase II Journey: Southern Railway witnessed a historic moment today as the first contingent of 216 Tamil Nadu Delegates embarked on a cultural odyssey from Dr MGR Chennai Central to Varanasi for Kashi Tamil Sangamam-Phase II. The Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu, Shri R.N.Ravi, flagged off the maiden journey, marking a significant step in fostering cultural ties between Tamil Nadu and Kashi.

Kashi Tamil Sangamam Train Flag-Off Ceremony

The flag-off ceremony was graced by key dignitaries, including Shri Kaushal Kishore, Additional General Manager, Southern Railway, Shri B. Viswanath Eerya, DRM, Chennai, and esteemed members of the Kashi Tamil Sangamam Committee. The committee’s notable figures, such as Prof. Kamakoti V., Director, IIT Madras, Shri Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali, Dewan to Prince of Arcot, and Dr. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, Chairman, Nalli Silks, added prestige to the occasion.

Book Release and Commemoration on Kashi Tamil Sangamam

In honor of Kashi Tamil Sangamam-Phase II, a book titled “தமிழர்மரபில் காசி” (Kashi as etched on the Tamil mind) was released by Shri R.N.Ravi. Published by the Central Institute of Classical Tamil, the book stands as a literary tribute to the cultural amalgamation between Tamil Nadu and Kashi.

Warm Reception and Boarding Process For Kashi Tamil Sangamam Special Train Passengers

The delegates received a warm reception at Dr MGR Chennai Central, where they were assisted through dedicated help desks to board the specially arranged Kashi Tamil Sangamam train. Out of the 216 delegates, three coaches were exclusively earmarked for them, ensuring a seamless journey filled with cultural camaraderie.

Kashi Tamil Sangamam Special Trains Notification

Southern Railway has announced the operation of seven pairs of special trains to facilitate the hassle-free travel of delegates from Tamil Nadu to Varanasi. With services departing from Dr MGR Chennai Central, Kanniyakumari, and Coimbatore Jn., these special trains will cater to the needs of participants in Kashi Tamil Sangamam-Phase II.

Kashi Tamil Sangamam 2.0 Event Details and Schedule

Kashi Tamil Sangamam 2.0 is an initiative aligned with the spirit of “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat” by the Government of India. This cultural extravaganza signifies the deep-rooted cultural ties between Tamil Nadu and Kashi, fostering intellectual and spiritual exchange. Implementing agencies, IIT Madras and Banaras Hindu University (BHU), have meticulously curated a diverse group of delegates, representing various facets of society.

Recap of the Inaugural Edition

The inaugural edition of Kashi Tamil Sangamam, held in November-December 2022, witnessed the participation of 2592 delegates. Southern Railway played a pivotal role by providing 36 coaches across 12 Mail/Express services exclusively for the delegates traveling to Varanasi from Tamil Nadu. The resounding success of the first edition laid the foundation for the ongoing cultural exchange.

As the wheels of the Kashi Tamil Sangamam-Phase II train set in motion, the cultural ambassadors from Tamil Nadu carry with them the rich heritage and vibrant spirit of the state. This journey symbolizes the continued efforts to strengthen the cultural bonds that unite Tamil Nadu and Kashi.

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