THE MAIN SHOWS
The main shows are held outside the east gopuram of the temple. The 16-pillar mantap offering the backdrop.
On a stage here, shows are held in the evening.
On Jan. 5, a 40 violinists concert by by the CARVA Academy, Chennai, will be held soon after a nadaswaram concert by Mylai R. Mahendran and party. Then comes a folk arts show by 15 artistes - mayil attam, kavadi, karagattam and more.
On Day 2, puppeteer Seethalakshmi will use her giant leather puppets to stage a drama with them, titled ' Seethanveshanam' followed by a repeat of the first day's folk shows.
On Day 3, the stilt artistes will perform on the main Mada streets, followed a Tamil street theatre show by Chennai Kalai Kuzhu. Then comes a Hindu mythological drama in thamizh - Ramayanathil Oru Iravu'.Such performances are rarely staged nowadays. And the artistes are mostly from the city.
On the final day, there will be Bharatanatyam and Kalaripayattu performances by child artistes from TN and Kerala, who return from a fest in Spain. This is presented by Aseema Trust. The Chennai Kalai Kuzhu will present a full fledged street theatre. The big show is the concert of vintage Tamil films songs of T. M. Soundararajan, the music great. This is presented by Madhu's Viswarag troupe.