The history of Tamil Nadu, narrated by legendary actor Kamal Haasan, enthralled the audience on and off the field at the gala opening ceremony of the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad. The international event was held on July 28 at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai. Kamal Haasan did not attend the event in person but was present through his voice.
The world’s largest team chess championship was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin.
In his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the organizers of the event made excellent arrangements in a short period of time.
If reports are anything to go by, the DMK-led state government spent Rs 102 crore on the event. The three-hour program showcased India’s rich cultural heritage with eight different dance forms including Khattak (UP), Bihu (Assam), Odissi (Odisha), Manipuri (Manipur), Kutch. Includes Pudi (Andhra Pradesh), Mohaniyattam, Bharatanatyam. (Tamil Nadu), and Kathakali (Kerala).
Hundreds of artists brought to life the achievements of three ancient dynasties – the Cheras, the Cholas and the Pandyas – through their performances.
This is the first time that the Olympiad is being held in India after its exit from Russia after the ongoing war.
The Chess Olympiad, which features players from 187 countries, begins on July 29 and ends on August 10. It’s happening at Hotel Four Points by Sheraton in the ancient coastal town of Mamallapuram, south of Chennai.
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