Presenting the Flavour of Madras – Jan 5-8
15th Edition of the Four Day Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival from Thursday
Events include Pulli Kolam Contests, Traditional Games, Heritage and Food Walks, Folk Dance and Bharatanatyam, Bomalattam and Kattai Koothu
Over 40 Events at 12 Venues
: The 15th edition of the Four day Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival will take place between Thursday and Sunday (5th-8th Jan) around the Kapali Temple and at the Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore.
The Festival will start on Thursday morning at 7am with a one hour ‘Thaala Vaadhya’ Kutcheri by 20 students (disciples of Vikku Vinayakaram) at the Nageswara Rao Park. The events at the main stage in front of the 16 pillar mandapa opposite the Kapali Temple on Thursday and Friday evening include a Folk Dance by artistes from Karnataka and a Bharatanatyam dance production by dancers of Guru Saikripa Prasanna.
‘Bomalattam’ Puppetry Show
One of the highlights of this year’s events is a Puppetry (Katta Bomalattam) show based on an episode from the Mahabharatha to be presented by the Ramakrishna Katta Bomalattam Company, Salem. This 90 minute event is slated for Friday evening starting at 8.15pm
Presenting Ramanuja Vaibhavam
Ahead of Vaishnavite Philosopher Sri Ramanuja’s 1000th birth anniversary next year, students will present ‘Ramanuja Vaibhavam’, a one hour musical drama on Sunday starting at 7pm that will bring alive to the audience the life story and contributions of the great Vaishnavite philosopher.
On the idea behind the festival, TT Srinivasaraghavan, MD, Sundaram Finance Ltd., said, ‘It has been our endeavour during the 15 years of the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival to showcase the ‘Flavour of Madras’, the Madras that once was, through events related to local heritage and lifestyle. During this period, we have expanded the festival both in terms of locations (12now), traditional events (40) and the participants. What is particularly heartening for us is the participation of several thousands of young school and college students who have become an integral part of the Festival.’
On the highlights of this year’s festival, Vincent D’Souza, Director, Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival said, ‘We have lined up some interesting events this year with two action packed evenings over the weekend that will see presentation of historical events through traditional art forms. Ramanuja Vaibhavam, Kattai Koothu and Bomalattam will keep the audience fixed to their seats. The walks are designed to expose people to the less explored aspects of Mylapore such as its social architecture, its traditional food and temples.’
Anchor Event - Kolam Contests – 3. 45pm Saturday and Sunday
The traditional white Pulli Kolam contests on Saturday and Sunday evening at 345pm on North Mada Street will be the anchor event of the four day festival and is expected to attract participants from across the city. Around 200 people are expected to showcase their Kolam drawing skills. On the spot registration at 3.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday
On Sunday morning, three Heritage walks, each starting at 630am outside the Kapali temple will provide interesting insights into the Kapali Temple (V Sriram), take one through the Seven Temples of Lord Shiva ( Padmapriya) and look at the Vintage Houses of Mylapore and their architecture (Tahaer Zoyab). On Saturday morning, starting at 630am from outside the Kapali Temple, Chithra Madhavan will curate a walk that will take a close look at three ancient temples of Mylapore.
For the food buffs, there will be two walks on Friday (opp Mandaveli Market) and Saturday evening (Mylapore Post Office) starting at 4pm that will take one to some of the old and popular eateries of Mylapore - Anchored by Sridhar Venkataraman.
Traditional Games – Dayakattam and Pallankuzhi
The festival will also see traditional games - Dayakattam (530pm Sat) and Pallankuzhi (530pm Sun) at Lady Sivaswamy Girls School. Registrations start at 5pm.
Events at the Nageswara Rao Park
On Saturday and Sunday morning at 8am at the Nageswara Rao Park, there will be a Cloth Collage and Mural workshop for children in the age group 8-12years. This is restricted to 30 children on each day. On the spot registration at 7.45 am.
Over 50 children will present Mikeless Kutcheris over the four days at the Nageswara Rao Park between 7am and 8am.
10,000 Eco Friendly Cloth bags
To discourage the use of plastic bags, 10,000 environment friendly cloth bags, with eco-friendly messages on the bag, will be handed over to visitors of the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival 2017 in exchange of plastic bags. Over the last 7years, 70000 cloth bags have been distributed during the festival.
The Finale on Sunday evening - ‘Kattai Koothu’
The festival will draw to a close at the main stage on Sunday evening with ‘Kattai Koothu’, a traditional art form to be presented by a troupe from Cheyyar based on the theme ‘Minnal Oli Siva Pooja’- Starts 8.30pm Jan 8.
Festival website: www.mylaporefestival.com, Contact: 94457 64499
Big Events on the Four Days
Puppetry show on Friday 8.15pm
Kolam Contest Saturday and Sunday 345pm
Ramanuja Vaibhavam Musical Drama Sunday 7pm
Kattai Koothu Sunday 815pm
Group Mikeless Kutcheris on all four mornings at 7am at Nageswara Rao Park
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