Badaga dance to enrich Tamil conference

Showcasing culture:Badagas rehearsing for the World Tamil Meet in Udhagamandalam on Friday.

Showcasing culture:Badagas rehearsing for the World Tamil Meet in Udhagamandalam on Friday.

Udhagamandalam: Long considered to be a prominent and unique feature of the Blue Mountains (the Nilgiris), the Badaga dance is set to enthral participants at the World Classical Tamil Conference scheduled to get underway at Coimbatore on June 23.


Having been entrusted with the responsibility of showcasing the colourful and graceful dance at the prestigious meet, the Young Badagas Association (YBA) is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that its contribution to the success of the event is significant and memorable.

The rehearsals which began earlier this week gained momentum on Friday with the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology A.Raja spending some time with the members of the dance troupe within the premises of the YBA.


Speaking to The Hindu, the President, YBA T. Gundan said that 50 dancers including 20 women have been selected from various Badaga villages in the ‘Nakku seemai’ (four directions of the district). Stating that their cultural programe will last about seven minutes, he expressed the confidence that it will remain etched for long in the memory of the delegates from various parts of India and abroad.

He added that arrangements have also been made for the participation of Badagas in the meet.

Source: The Hindu

Adequate bus services arranged for Tamil meet: Minister

Coimbatore: Chairman of the Transport Arrangements Committee and Minister for Highways and Minor Ports M.P. Saminathan on Saturday said that adequate transport arrangements have been made for the visitors and delegates.

Mr.Saminathan said that allotment of vehicles for the visitors and participants, Volvo buses for the delegates, vehicles for the convoy of important persons, deployment of vehicles at Tiruchi and Madurai airports to pick up the delegates and bus and mini buses for cultural teams had been completed.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation was arranging air-conditioned Volvo buses for the overseas delegates.

Mr.Saminathan told reporters that 15 special buses from Puducherry, 20 from Bangalore, five from Palakkad and five from Mysore would be operated. From other important places in Tamil Nadu, as many as 270 buses would be operated and in total 315 buses would be in operation every day.

In Coimbatore city, 50 buses would be operated connecting all the bus stands on a circular route. Nineteen buses would be plied from Gandhipuram to Singanallur via Hopes, 10 buses from Mettupalayam Road bus stand to Singanallur on the same route and 10 buses would be operated from Kalapatti parking to SITRA.

In addition, 50 special buses would be operated to Coimbatore from the neighbouring areas. There would be two special trains on Coimbatore – Chennai sector and one train from Kanyakumari to Coimbatore.

Efforts were on to have one more special train between Thanjavur and Coimbatore.

Source : The Hindu

8,064-page hand-written book to highlight richness of Tamil literature

Sleight of hand:P. Sakthivel (left) and G. Babu Charles with the 8000-page Tamil literary work produced by them.

Sleight of hand:P. Sakthivel (left) and G. Babu Charles with the 8000-page Tamil literary work produced by them.

A marvel on wheels to showcase the greatness of Tamil language

Eye-catchers:Floats portraying scenes from the Sangam classics reflecting Tamil culture getting ready for the pageantry to be organised on June 23, the day of inauguration of the World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore.

Eye-catchers:Floats portraying scenes from the Sangam classics reflecting Tamil culture getting ready for the pageantry to be organised on June 23, the day of inauguration of the World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore.

COIMBATORE: While pageants are taken out for various reasons in countries abroad, in India there are only those rare occasions of Republic Day and Independence Day when people in the country’s capital and State capitals get to witness them.

The opening day of the World Classical Tamil Conference will give an opportunity for Coimbatoreans to witness a procession of 40 tableaux termed “Iniavai Naarpathu” based on the tradition, culture, and hospitality of Tamils. They will start at VOC Park and proceed to the conference venue at CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex.

The three-hour-long procession that will traverse an eight-km stretch will include various dance forms of the State. Nearly 2,000 dancers in groups of 50 each will perform 40 dance forms in between two tableaux. People can get to see dances like Mayillatam, Karakattam, Poikaal Kuthirai aattam, etc., to name a few.

The eye-catching tableaux have been designed based on 40 themes. It will begin with the auspicious ‘Mangala Isai’ and end with a tableau carrying the most modern laser beam device that can throw up colourful creations in the air.

There will be tableaux on themes like Kurinji, Mullai, Marutham, Neithel, Paalai, grameeya manam, grameeya nadanam, historical characters like Purananootru Thaai, Manuneethi Cholan, Manimekalai, Kannaki, Porkai Pandian, stories/anecdotes from literary works, the theme of the conference – “Pirappokum Ella Uyirukkum,” besides various others.

The design and execution of the pageant are being done under the supervision of art directors like Trotsky Maruthu, Thota Tharani, and Rajeevan, besides others like T. Muthuraj and J.P. Krishna.

Explaining the inception of the “Iniavai Naarpathu,” Mr. Maruthu says: “Initially 120 to 140 themes were put forth. From them, Chief Minister Karunanidhi selected 40 themes. The conception and design took one-and-a half months. The execution will also take the same time. There are nearly 1,000 people working on the project.”

Artists’ delight

Each design was deliberated upon and drawings along with the colours were made of the final product. Mr. Maruthu made the drawings manually. These were then scanned and the computerised drawings were coloured digitally.

Each tableau is mounted on 40X12 ft bus chassis and will measure up to a height of 18 ft. The common materials used are fibre, Plaster of Paris, wood, metal, iron, bamboo, and plywood. Various kinds of paints are used for the colour.

Artisans set each part of the tableau in a clay mould and it is cast in fibre. Then the cast is mounted and painted. The result is an artist’s delight and a viewer’s joy.

Once the tableau is ready, the theme and an explanatory note on the theme will also be painted on its side.

Most of the themes and their explanatory notes were provided by the students and faculty of the Tamil Department of Bharathiar University.

The pageant will make its stately journey on June 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For Tamil lovers who are unable to be there, there is a booklet being made ready. Also, the 40 tableaux will be on display for a week after the conference.

Mammoth set

If this is not enough to bring out the best in an artist, the mammoth sets erected at the conference venue have a different story to tell. The entrance set, the backdrop of the main pandal which will stage cultural programmes and the exhibition hall are other works of art. They will be a treat not only for Tamil lovers, but also for connoisseurs.

Temple architecture is beautifully interspersed with modern arches and domes in the fully air conditioned fabricated exhibition hall that will house nearly 700 exhibits in its 14-odd halls.

The conference promises to offer a feast not only to the intellect but also to the eyes. Appreciation of the art, colour, and beauty one will see is not only a tribute to the Tamil language, but an acknowledgement to the superb talent of the artisans who worked day and night to come up with such a repertoire.

Source : The Hindu

Evolve concrete steps at Tamil meet: CPI (M)

CHENNAI: The State unit of the CPI (M) has urged the State government to evolve concrete measures at the World Classical Tamil Conference, including a policy decision to give priority in employment to those who have studied in the Tamil medium.

In a statement here, the party’s State secretary G. Ramakrishnan said Tamils had witnessed a lot of conferences and festivals in the name of language in the past. What was required today was a constructive action plan. “It should break all hurdles in the path of development of the language.”

The CPI (M) leader said the conference should insist that all the 23 languages listed in the Eighth Schedule be made official languages of the Central government.

“Steps should be taken to ensure that Members of Parliament and Ministers speak in Tamil. Efforts should also be taken to translate their speech for others. It is possible in the era of science,” Mr. Ramakrishnan said.

He also urged the State Government to come out with cheaper editions of classics in Tamil literature for the benefit of younger generation.

Source : The Hindu

Six held for opposing Tamil meet

Pollachi: The police have arrested six persons, including advocate, on charges of affixing posters in Pollachi town campaigning against the World Classical Tamil Conference.

Inspector-General of Police, West Zone, P. Sivanandi said that the contents of the posters/handbills by Kovai Makkal Jananayaga Iyakkam were opposing the World Classical Tamil conference in the wake of the recent war claiming lives in the island nation Sri Lanka.

The six have been taken into custody.

Source : The Hindu