KTS 2.0: Kashi receives 30k registrations from Tamil Nadu, only 1,500 to be selected

  • | Tuesday | 5th December, 2023

Varanasi: Even as 30,000 registrations have been received for participation in the second edition of Kashi Tamil Sangamam (KTS 2.0), only 1,500 of them will get the opportunity to take part in the cultural extravaganza, scheduled to begin on December 17.Finalising the arrangements, officials on Saturday said that on the portal of KTS 2.0 prepared by IIT-Madras, 30,000 people from Tamil Naduhave registered for the event, but only 1,500 of them will be selected to come in seven batches.Earlier in the day, joint secretary to the ministry of education Nita Prasad chaired a meeting and took stock of the preparations for the grand event in the city.Divisional commissioner Kaushal Raj Sharma has asked the district officials to form a joint team of tourism, police and fire brigade for advance inspection of hotels, where the guests would stay, quality of food, security and hygiene. Besides, VMC and Smart City officials were asked to complete preparations at Namo Ghat and other sites for the visit of the delegates. The DC also directed to complete the process of purchasing mementos, shawls and other articles, which would be gifted to visitors while welcoming them. All these arrangements would be finalised on December 15, when the first batch of visitors would board the train in Tamil Nadu for Varanasi, to conduct rehearsal on December 16. District magistrate S Rajalingam provided details of the places, including KVT, Vishalakshi, Annapurna and Kaal Bhairav temples, Hanuman Ghat for bathing in the Ganga, house of Subhamanian Bharti and Namo Ghat, where they would visit during their two-day stay in the city. The visitors would also witness Ganga Aarti and ghats from cruise before leaving for Prayagraj and Ayodhya. The DM also provided details of crowd management at Namo Ghat, woollen clothes and stalls to showcase traditional and handicraft products of Varanasi and Tamilnadu.Earlier on November 27, registration for KTS 2.0 began with the launch of its portal by IIT Madras. Like its first edition, KTS 2.0 will take forward the objective of reviving the living bonds between Varanasi and Tamil Nadu - two important centres of learning and culture in ancient India – by facilitating people-to-people connect across different walks of life.Selected people from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will travel by train to Varanasi, Prayagraj and Ayodhya for an 8 day immersive tour. They will be divided into 7 groups of over 200 each, comprising students, teachers, farmers and artisans, traders, religious, writers, professionals. Each group will be named after a sacred river (Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Sindhu, Narmada, Godavari and Kaveri).The delegates will see places of historical, tourist and religious interest and interact with people of UP from their domains of work.

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