sun came out on Wednesday. And on Thursday. And
And we are hoping that it will signal the end
of a long monsoon season, so that the annual Sundaram
Finance-Mylapore Festival keeps its date in Mylapore.
From January 5 to 8, 2006.
Fine Arts students of Stella Maris College are
excited. A group walked down Pitchupillai Street
(the one next to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) to survey
it and see what inspires them.
This will be the Arts Street - the place where
these talented girls sit down on low platforms
on the street and make colourful pots and book
marks, paint on canvas, demonstrate fabric print
methods . . . and lots more.
Anything artistic goes with the Mylapore Festival.
Caterer 'Subham' Ganesan, back this year, will
give a rustic look to his stalls that will offer
you the best traditional dishes this year on Sundareswar
Street. The Food Street.
Ganesan has a surprise waiting - Kerala specials.
This time around, we are looking forward to women
who make one of the 1000s of self-help groups
promoted by the Tamil Nadu Government, to have
sales in the Crafts Corner.
The TN Womens Development Corporation is sponsoring
a group of 12 women from suburban Chennai who
will display their best crafts works.
The campus of Lady Sivaswamy Girls School, whose
management, has always welcomed the Fest, will
host many small events. A Kids Zone will be created
on its open court - crafts, painting and games
wil be held over short sessions. In the hall inside,
Madras' delightful story teller Randor Guy will
present an illustrated talk. The topic - 'The
Legal Eagles of Mylapore'. Another historian,
V. Sriram will talk on 'History of
The Music Academy - 1927 - '62'.
the same venue, some of Madras' hard-boiled quizzers
will battle it out in the TAMIL NADU QUIZ. Open
to teams of two, it will be exclusively on everything
Tamil Nadu. Prizes include a weekend holiday in
a nice TN destination!
Surendranath and his Sumukhi Rajasekharan Foundation
is co-ordinating with twelve families who created
some great kolus last Navaratri, to repeat the
artistic models for an exhibition at this venue.
In the Rasi showroom quadrangle, where the main
shows are held, there will be a string of folk
performances on January 5 and 6, after 7pm. Some
20 artistes will perform daily, on and off the
stage, erected outside the temple mantap. South
Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, is hosting the
On Day One, a 40 violins concert by students of
C. A. Rajasekhar Violin Academy will seize the
area! On Jan.7 evening, a Hindu mythological drama
will be staged. Very few troupes today pursue
this art and we chose to encourage this troupe,
which has many artistes from Mylapore.
On Sunday (Jan. 8), there will be a two-hour long
concert of vintage Tamil film songs - the hits
of TMS - T. M. Soundarajan. We expect the place
to be houseful, so come in early.
Our most famed event - the Kolam Contests - will
be on Jan.7 and 8, 3.30pm onwards on North Mada
Street. Already, 200 women have signed up for
the two days. Another100 can be accommodated.
We are also having a contest for school kids (up
to Std.10). To encourage people to revive interest
in the kolam, we are holding workshops in some
residential campuses on the Christmas weekend.
(Call 2499 4599 to invite our gurus!)
There will be two Heritage Walks - rather they
will be Tours on rickshaws. Cyclerickshaws.
Mylapore still boasts of a few dozen of these
enviro-positive vehicles so we have signed up
a dozen to take kids around Mylapore-San Thome
areas (Jan.7) and adults on Jan.8. Starts at 7am
at Luz Church. (Fee- Rs.50). Yes, the Carnatic
music concerts will be held in the Nageswara Rao
Park every morning,
6 am onwards, despite the chill.
Yes, there will be dance concerts inside the Sri
Kapali Temple on all four evenings.
Alongside the temple tank (eastern side), shops
will sell Thamizh books - some 3000 titles from
12 companies, will be on sale. Kizhakku Pathipagam
of Mylapore is co-ordinating this event.
A photo contest is lined up. A few other fringe
events are on the cards.
If you wish to lend a hand or ask for more info,
call Vasantha on 520 76921 / 2499 3767.