Minister for School Education and chairman of the committee for organising exhibition during the World Classical Tamil Conference, Thangam Thennarasu said a books exhibition and an audio visual presentation on Tamil history, tradition and culture, are planned during the conference beginning June 23.

Mr. Thangam Thennarasu was talking to reporters after reviewing the arrangements for the conference. Over 700 items depicting the culture, tradition and history of the Tamil race will be on display.

A request to extend the exhibition beyond June 27 is under consideration, he said. He sought the cooperation of all education institutions in declaring holidays for three days from June 23 as announced by the Government. The exhibition hall will be 35,000 sq ft and air-conditioned. Art Director Thotta Dharani is executing the work according to the designs approved by the Chief Minister.

To ensure that visitors to the exhibition benefitted from it, there are plans to make it interactive.

About 120 publishers belonging to the South India Book Publishers Association will participate in the books exhibition. An audio visual presentation will be organised with the help of ELCOT. There will be a stall by the World Tamil Research Centre and another by Indian Space Research Organisation.

Efforts are on to provide space and time for those wanting to display their talents in Tamil such as reciting Thirukkural and ambigrams. The Minister along with the committee members visited the exhibition hall and CODISSIA to take stock of works progress.

Forest Minister N. Selvaraj; chairman of the Tamil Nadu Commission for Women Sarguna Pandian; Vasanthi Stanley, Gopanna, Tamilachi Thangapandian; Commissioner for Archeology T.S. Sridhar; Chockalingam of Kavitha Pathippagam; Velayutham of Vijaya Pathippagam; M. Umapathy among others attended the review meeting.

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