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Alwarpet is also promoting art. “We began the city’s first gallery for arts, C.P. Art Centre, in 1978. Art festivals and seminars on contemporary and folk art, traditional arts, pottery, drawing & painting and lec dems were regularly held,” said Dr. Nanditha Krishna, Hon. Director, C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation. To encourage art, the foundation also runs classes for painting, pottery, puppetry, sculpture making and traditional arts. The foundation has done a lot to revive folk arts in schools.

AVM allows craftsmen to exhibit their works at Sankara Hall. Everyone in the city knows he can buy a craft piece typical of Orissa, Andhra Pradesh or any other State of our country from this hall. “What about the mega music CD sale during December? Music and dance CDs by performers big and small are made available here,” says historian V. Sriram.

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