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May 16, 2010

Karunanidhi, Rahman unveil theme song for World Classical Tamil Conference

Chennai (Tamil Nadu): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi along with Oscar winning musician AR Rahman launched the theme song for the World Classical Tamil Conference, which encapsulates the contributions of Tamil culture and literature at an event in Tamil Nadu's Chennai city. Explaining the central message of the song, Karunanidhi said all persons are equal by birth, and therefore, should live as one race. Karunanidhi also said that he had devoted himself for nearly 70 years to the promotion of Tamil language. Pointing out that the song would popularise the Tamil meet, he said 205 scholars from 27 countries would attend, which included 53 experts from Sri Lanka, 37 from Singapore, 29 from Malaysia, 22 from the US and 14 from Canada. Speaking at the event, Rahman praised the Tamil language and thanked Karunanidhi for providing the opportunity to compose the theme song. "I want to include all styles and music like folk, carnatic and western because Tamil is a universal language and we should not restrict it with a circle. We should think Tamil language is bigger and use more for it," said Rahman. Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin also took part in the event along with a host of other Central and State Government leaders. Music legend Lakshminarayana Subramaniam and filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon were also present at the event. The World Classical Tamil Conference would be held in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore city from June 23 to June 27.

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