The World Classical Tamil Conference (WCTC) 2010 (Tamil: உலகத் தமிழ் மாநாடு) is one of the key events of the last decade that brought international Tamil scholars, political leaders, poets, celebrities with an interest in Tamil language, literature, culture and people together.
It was held in one of South India’s important industrial cities, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu between 23rd June and 27th June with expenditure in excess of 500 crores with a slew of infrastructure development activities in the city to mark the success of the occasion.
The WCTC, organized under the auspices of the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi, was conducted at CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex.
While Pratibha Patil, the then president of India inaugurated the event, UNESCO Director Arumugam Parasuraman and MP Tamil scholar V. Sivathambi from Sri Lanka presided key sessions of the conference. A star-studded political team comprising Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi president Thol. Thirumavalavan, D. Raja of Communist Party of India and Sitaram Yechury of Communist Party of India (Marxist) took part in the five-day conference. Tamil scholars and dignitaries of the conference were gifted with a finely engraved Thanjavur plate.
Though the five-day conference was a treat to the senses with Tamil music, traditional dance forms, arts, literary talks, book fairs and more, events such as paper presentation on Sangam literature by Tamil scholar George Hart from the US, debate on scripts chaired by Indian epigraphist Iravatham Mahadevan and presentation on the mathematical model interconnecting the Indus script with the Dravidian language by Kavitha Gangal and Rononjoy Adhikari from the Institute of Mathematical Science stole the show.
The theme song, “Semmozhiyaana Thamizh Mozhiyaam” penned by M. Karunanidhi, composed by one of Tamilnadu’s popular musicians A.R. Rahman and directed by Gautham Menon featured various artists, singers and musicians with a catchy tune and theme caught the immediate attention of the young, old and alike.