Event The Mylapore Festival will see dance, music, art and an array of competitions
The annual four-day Mylapore Festival kicked off began with a Nadaswaram Mangala Isai by S.Pandian and M. Mohan, of the Tamil Isai Kalloori, at the Nageswara Rao Park. They were accompanied on the thavil by R. Jeeva and Venkatesan .
The Festival 2011 will have street plays, thematic dance presentations, vintage film music, heritage walk, cycle rickshaw tour , group concerts in the park, crafts bazaar, food street, painting contest for children, pot painting and origami workshops, kolam contests, chess contests, pallankuzhi, a Mylapore quiz contest and more.
Thirty events will be held at 10 different venues around the Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple and the Nageswara Rao Park. Over 300 artistes are expected to take part.
The traditional white pulli Kolam contest this Saturday and Sunday (8th and 9th January) at 330pm on the North Mada Street will once again be a big attraction.
Children will take centre-stage this year, and have a ‘Kids Zone' introduced at Lady Sivaswamy school campus, where on January 8 and 9, they can choose from different activities. The new additions this year include this aadu puli aattam contest, a heritage walk chalking out the legacy of Edward Elliots, and pot painting for kids.
In line with the concept of keeping up the heritage of Mylapore, the Festival will also see the refurbishing of a couple of cycle rickshaws. On January 9, there will be a cycle rickshaw tour from the Luz Church, at 7 a.m. Continuing with the eco-friendly initiative launched last year, around 10,000 environment-friendly bags will be distributed at the Festival venues.
There will also be thematic concerts in the park, with over 60 children presenting mike-less concerts. On January 8, the students of Prabha Rajaram will present a kutcheri based on ‘Shakthi & Shivam'; on January 9, students of TKG Gurukulam will present a group kutcheri based on ‘Rama Kodanda Rama'.
There will also be thematic dances opposite the Kapali Temple on all four evenings. The finale on January 9 will have Vintage Film Music by the St. Louis Orchestra of the Blind, Pallavaram.
The idea behind the Mylapore Festival is to use the open spaces in this heritage zone to host events related to local heritage and lifestyle.