Coimbatore, Jun 23: The world Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore was inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday, Jun 23. The glittering function was attended by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
Patil said that Tamil language reflected the heritage of the country, which was now following an inclusive growth paradigm to benefit all especially those in rural areas.
“As our nation progresses economically, we have sought to follow an inclusive growth paradigm so that growth brings benefits to all sections of society,” she said.
Mr. Karunanidhi in his address said Tamils should take note of the future growth of the language and plan its development in different spheres of human endeavour like literature, comparative studies, language studies, translation, history, philosophy, humanities and folklore.
The conference which is aimed to unite Tamil people around the world, will conduct academic sessions, seminars, exhibitions and cultural events. This conference, which will showcase the greatness of Tamil civilisation, has been a dream project of Karunanidhi.
List of conferences held
The list of world Tamil Conferences held so far are listed below.
# Conference Host City Host Country Year Arranged by
1 World Tamil Conference 1966 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 1966
2 World Tamil Conference 1968 Chennai India 1968 C. N. Annadurai
3 World Tamil Conference 1970 Paris France 1970
4 World Tamil Conference 1974 Jaffna Sri Lanka 1974
5 World Tamil Conference 1981 Madurai India 1981 M. G. Ramachandran
6 World Tamil Conference 1987 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 1987
7 World Tamil Conference 1989 Port Louis Mauritius 1989
8 World Tamil Conference 1995 Thanjavur India 1995 J. Jayalalitha
9 World Classical Tamil Conference 2010 Coimbatore India 2010 M. Karunanidhi
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday launched the website (www.ulakathamizhchemmozhi.org) for the World Classical Tamil Conference to be held in Coimbatore in June 2010.
Each conference is attended by thousands of Tamil diplomats around the world. Conferences are hosted in various cities in India, as well as world cities with a significant Tamil population.
The conference aims in promoting the rich heritage of Tamil language. Not all agree, however, with the academic and intellectual rigor of the event. The conference’s theme song was composed by A. R. Rahman for the 2010 conference at the request of M. Karunanidhi, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. A host of Indian playback singers took part in the song.
Designed in Tamil and English, the website has different sections pertaining to the theme of the conference, announcements made on the meet, the significance of the host city (Coimbatore) and the historical background of the declaration of Tamil as a classical language. There is a provision for online registration. Also, one can post one’s views or comments in the blog section. Links to the Tamil University, Tamil Virtual University, International Forum for Information Technology in Tamil (INFITT), Thinnai and Project Tamil have been provided in the website.
M. Rajendran, Tamil University Vice-Chancellor and coordinator of the Academic Committee for the meet, explained features of the website.
Later, Mr. Karunanidhi told reporters that a massive rally would be taken out on June 27, 2010, the final day of the conference. [The meet would begin on June 23, 2010]. Several committees were being formed in connection with the meet. The expenses of the conference would be monitored by the Chief Secretary, Finance Secretary, Special Officer and the District Collector. The government would meet whatever requirements indicated by the officials.
K. Anbazhagan and Arcot N. Veeraswami, Ministers, Kanimozhi, Member of Parliament and K. Allaudin, Special Officer, were among those present.
The Chief Minister also released the 2010 calendar designed by the State Tourism department.