18th - 20th September 2015


Thanjavur, the temple town in the Cauvery peninsula is celebrated as a centre for Dravidian civilization and Tamil heritage. Known to have served as the capital of the erstwhile Cholas and their successors, the Nayaks and the Marathas, the town saw the uninterrupted reign and patronage of rulers belonging to varied linguistic groups.

The behemoth on the river delta i.e. the monolithic Brihadeeshawara, and its monumental sculptures, have been acclaimed by the UNESCO as one of the Great Living Chola Temples, the others being Darasuram and Gangaikonda Cholapuram, all within 100 kilometers from SASTRA University. The Saraswathi Mahal Library and its rich collection of manuscripts is the Mecca for scholars, oriental and historical, from all over the world. The tradition of Tanjore paintings with its vivid imagery and deep colour has made the town, a bustling centre for art exchanges.

The emerald green paddy fields where rice crops are harvested with the inflow from the Cauvery and its scenic tributaries is the monsoonal retreat for the farming community, which once formed the agricultural backbone of this town and its adjoining districts. This heritage of hospitality, heritage tourism, cultural rendezvous and plentiful greenery beckons the participants for

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