Kolams, Kutcheris and Rickshaw Rides! - The New Indian Express

Kolams, Kutcheris and Rickshaw Rides!

Published: 07th January 2014 07:22 AM

Last Updated: 07th January 2014 07:22 AM

Idly-sambar, evening kutcheris and kolams dotting the Mylapore landscape. No, this isn’t a time-travel attempt back into the 1960s. The 12th edition of the Mylapore Festival is back this year with a lot more in store for both the mama-maamis and the young ones.

The four-day event, which starts on January 9, has several events lined up like the kolam competitions, an exhibition to celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema, an elai sapaad for the lovers of the traditional and the usual Carnatic kutcheris.

“The main aim is to use any and all open spaces available to us. We wanted to get the residents of Mylapore to play host to the festival and they have graciously obliged,” said Vincent D’Souza, festival director. He confirms that most of the volunteers this year are residents of the area.

Two houses in Mylapore will host a series of lectures, while the Mada streets will host to the kolam contests that will be held over the weekend. “This year, we have a separate category for children up to 10th standard for the kolam competition. The first 30 children signing up can participate,” added Vincent. Two of the biggest attractions this year, though, are Shivananda Hegde’s Yakshagana group, which have come down from Karnataka, and C A Raja’s Pravanam Orchestra which will conduct a Vintage Film Music Concert. The orchestra will pay tributes to some of 2013’s greatest losses — singers P B Srinivasan and T M Soundararajan, and lyricist Vaali.

“The whole festival is an experience rather than a bunch of events put together. It’s all about the tradition and history of a place that is older than the city of Madras,” said T T Srinivasaraghavan, managing director of Sundaram Finance, the main sponsors of the festival, at a press conference recently.

In addition, several heritage walks, food walks, cycle tours and rickshaw tours promise to make this festival something to remember for a long time to come. As souvenirs, you also get to take home brass coffee dabara sets. So what are you waiting for?

Visit www.mylaporefestival.com for details.

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