The beginning of India’s cultural renaissance

Source– The post is based on the article “The beginning of India’s cultural renaissance” published in The Hindu on 11th January 2023.

Syllabus: GS1- Indian culture

Relevance– Government policies and interventions for promoting culture of India

News– The article explains the recently held Kashi Tamil Sangamam and its significance

What is the significance of Kashi and Tamil Nadu for Indian culture?

Kashi is one of the oldest living cities of the world. In Tamil Nadu, people speak the world’s oldest language. are towering pillars of ancient Indian civilisation.

Both have rich and old traditions of arts, music, craftsmanship, philosophy, spirituality. Tamil saints lived in Kashi and intensified its spiritual aura. There was a tradition of taking holy Ganga jal to the Rameshwaram temple.

What were the main events of Kashi Tamil Sangamam?

People from all walks of life from Tamil Nadu visited Kashi. They experienced the city’s traditions and its iconic landmarks such as the Kashi Vishwanath temple.

The government organised a ‘textiles conclave’ during the Sangamam. Several eminent personalities of different segments of the textile industry from Tamil Nadu and Kashi shared their experiences and exchanged ideas at a session on Amrit Kaal Vision 2047.

The textiles conclave also dwelled on wooden toys.

What is the significance of this sangamam?

Sangamam created a unique platform to rediscover and integrate our heritage and ancient knowledge with modern thought, philosophy, technology and craftsmanship. This creates a new body of knowledge and fosters innovations. It will help our artisans, weavers, entrepreneurs and traders.

For instance, Varanasi is well known for Banarasi silk saris. Kancheepuram is famous for its shimmering silk saris. Weavers and entrepreneurs from both regions have a lot to gain from interacting with each other.

The textiles sector has great job-creating potential. India’s textiles market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12-13% to nearly $2 trillion by 2047s. Kashi and Tamil Nadu have a key role to play to achieve this vision.

The Sangamam was in step with the entire spectrum of this government’s policies. These policies have focused on welfare of the poorest of the poor, love for Indian culture, and promoting local industries and handicrafts.

The Sangamam has ignited a new cultural zeal in India. It is the beginning of India’s cultural renaissance that is not limited to the bonding of Tamil Nadu and Kashi. It will extend to all cultures of this great country.


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