The first day of the Sundaram Finance Mylapore
Festival began with the early morning kutcheri at
Nageswara Rao Park, with the auspicious notes of
the nadaswaram. The students of Mylai Rajendran
filled the morning
air with melody.
evening the festive spirit slowly spread to the
Mylapore temple area.
few heritage homes in the Mada Streets were
decorated with serial lights, creating an aura of
festivity. Pitchu Pillai Street became the hub for
artists, with Stella Maris' Fine Arts Department
students demonstrating their talents. Student
artists from the College of Fine Arts, Egmore, did
quick pencil portraits of visitors, while nari
kuravas sat close by selling their paasi mani.
photo exhibition of people, events and places of
Mylapore in the 50s and 60s, opened on Kumara-gurunathan
Street, alongside the temple wall. Also
here will be the display of entries to the
Festival Photo Contest. (see
www.mylaporefestival.com for info on this
programmes in the quadrangle, held off the eastern
temple gopuram, were delayed because of a court
case filed by two stores here, on some issues
related to the conduct of this fest.
show began with a nadaswaram recital by Mylai R.
Mahendran and party, followed by the concert by
forty young violinists, of C. A. Rajasekar Violin
Academy (CARVA). The children delighted the
audience with their performance. Some were so
young, they were barely out of the kindergarten!
shows wound up with the folk art show by
Parasuraman and party.
Sri Velleeswarar Temple, (S. Mada Street) the
classical dance performance was presented by the
students of Divyanjali. Padmaja, who had come all
the way from Kalpakkam to dance with her guru
Divyasena's other students was excited that she
was dancing in the temple.
mother and grandmother were delighted, they said
that she was dancing at the heritage area where
they grew up and lived.
weekend, head to where the action is
is still two days of music, dance and heritage
events for people to soak in at the Sundaram
Finance Mylapore Festival. And the highlight of
the festival is of course the kolam contests to be
held on both days at the far end of North Mada
Street and East Mada Street. More than 200 women
will prove their artistry on the street, weaving
patterns. A special contest is also on for
children. (begins 3.45pm)
on the cards is a heritage tour by cycle rickshaw.
Starting from the Luz Church, the
tour will take people through the lanes of
Mylapore and to the nooks of San Thome on Saturday
and on Sunday. Both tours are full . . . but there
will be more after Pongal!
both days, there will be Carnatic music at
Nageswara Rao Park (6.30am daily). The walkers are
so delighted that they plan to have a fellowship
to the Sri Kapali Temple area, the
stilt performers will wade through the crowd,
showing off their skills and art!
dance shows are on at Sri Velleeswarar Temple
(6.30pm on Sat. and 7pm on Sunday).
can watch Thamizh street plays by 'Chennai Kalai
Kuzhu', on both days at around 6 pm at the
quadrangle off the eastern gopuram of the temple.
On Saturday evening, a Thamizh mythological drama,
'Ramayanathil Oru Iravu', goes on the boards.
all ears, 'The History of The Music Academy: 1927
to 1962' a talk by writer-historian V. Sriram will
take place at the Lady Sivaswami campus on
Saturday. And on Sunday social historian Randor
Guy will talk on 'Legal Eagles of Mylapore'.
at the Quiz on Tamilnadu, which is to be held at
the Lady Sivaswami campus on Sunday afternoon.
That evening, Aseema Trust
presents Bharatanatyam and Kalaripayattu
dance shows by children on the stage
outside the temple,
at about 5 pm.
troupe is scheduled to fly in from Spain where it
is attending a major fest. The Mylapore show is a
special treat awaits all those who are crazy about
vintage Tamil songs. Especially T. M.
Soundararajan fans -
mannarin ezhisai Geethangal', a film music concert
by Madhu's Viswaraag on Sunday, after 6pm.
Street is the 'Art Street' for you; so be there.
Avail of the sale on Tamil books by leading
publishers, at the Kapali East Tank Street.
Bazaar self help groups and a food fest are the
other features of the festival.
the aura of 'Indian Wisdom' at the photo
exhibition at Nageswara Rao Park brought to you by
the French Embassy and the Alliance Francaise,
can take part in the painting competitions at both
Lady Sivaswami campus (there is one more on
Sunday, 4 pm, by Namma Mylapore, inside the temple
tank, off S. Mada Street)
you are serious about soaking in at this fest,
then do not leave the place without picking up
some great souvenirs -T-shirts in different colors
and sizes, jute and paper bags made by a women's
NGO and sketches of Mylapore. They are on sale at
the info booth near the temple ther, off East Mada