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

Communication facilities of highest order for Tamil meet

Udhagamandalam: Communication facilities will be of the highest order during the forthcoming World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore, said Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology A. Raja, while speaking to reporters here on Saturday.

Pointing out that the mega event is expected to attract lakhs of people, he said everything possible will be done to prevent congestion in telecommunication.

Referring to discussions held with various service providers in Coimbatore recently, Mr. Raja said it was decided to set up about 130 Basic Transmission Service (BTS) facilities. In addition, about 20 BTS services would be provided near the venue and some in places such as the Nilgiris and Erode as the event would increase the flow of visitors. Around 250 broadband connections would be provided.

Stating that temporary boosters would be erected near the airport, he said that all the service providers had given helpline numbers.

Mr. Raja said that the revenue from 3G spectrum auction had exceeded expectations. On account of it and the auction of spectrum for wi-fi services, the government was better off by over Rs.1.6 lakh crore.


Pointing out that a number of factors had contributed to the whopping revenue, he said that the question of safeguarding the social responsibilities of the BSNL would be taken up with the Finance Minister.

Source : The Hindu

Students create awareness on Tamil conference

Innovative approach: Students of Sri Ganesh College of Arts and Science, Salem, dressed up as Tamil poets and invited people in Salem to attend the World Classical Tamil Conference being held in Coimbatore. -

Innovative approach: Students of Sri Ganesh College of Arts and Science, Salem, dressed up as Tamil poets and invited people in Salem to attend the World Classical Tamil Conference being held in Coimbatore. -

SALEM: Students of Sri Ganesh College of Arts and Science here have undertaken a novel campaign for the World Classical Tamil Conference scheduled in Coimbatore next week.

Students dressed up as Tiruvalluvar, Ilango Adigal, Bharathiyar, Avvaiyar and Kannagi and also as Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi distributed handbills inviting the people for the World Tamil Conference since Friday.


The conference is to be held in Coimbatore from June 23 to 27 and is expected to be a big draw for Tamil scholars from all over the world as well as Tamil people in the State and elsewhere in the country and the world.

They covered important places in the city where they met the people at their door steps with invitations.

They also explained the need for attending the conference.

The people reciprocated with positive replies to the invitation from the students.

Later the students also organised an exhibition within the college premises on the Tamil meet.

Source: The Hindu

Friends of Police telephone directory for Tamil meet

Coimbatore: The Friends of Police is bringing out a telephone directory containing the phone numbers of police officers and police stations

to mark the World

Classical Tamil

Conference to be

held in the city from

June 23 to 27.

The directory was

brought under instructions and guidance from the

Inspector-General of Police, Prateep V. Phillip and Commissioner of Police C. Sylendra Babu.


The Directory will be released on June 21 evening.

S. Senthilkumar, Co-ordinator of the Friends of Police said that

the directory has the phone numbers of police stations, police officers,

police offices, ambulance, fire and rescue services and hospitals.


A total of two lakh copies would be made available at police stations for the benefit of the public.


The objective is to establish a channel of communication between the police and the public so that transmission of information is made

possible to prevent

crimes and unlawful activities.

Source: The Hindu

Jayalalithaa slams holding of Tamil meet



CHENNAI: AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Saturday criticised the World Classical Tamil Conference and said it was ridiculous to hold it when Sri Lankan Tamils were in distress.

In a statement here, she wanted implementation of 18 charters of demands of the Sri Lankan Tamils before the conference. The demands included rehabilitation of one lakh Tamils in camps in the north, relief for those resettled, rehabilitation of agricultural lands and water bodies, counselling for women and permission for journalists to meet the Tamils.

“After fulfilling these demands, the State government should hold discussions with all the political parties about the conference. This is the expectation of the Tamil community across the world,” Ms. Jayalalithaa said.

Though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had informed Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi about the promise of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa that 47,000 Tamils would be resettled, in reality the Sri Lankan Army was destroying the Tamil identity, she alleged. Mr. Karunanidhi had no right to hold the conference when the Sri Lankan Tamils were leading a pathetic life on a par with people in Ethiopia and Somalia.

Source: The Hindu