D. Karthikeyan

Database of artistes will be created soon, says Collector

MADURAI: The World Tourism Day celebration here on Saturday was marked by a concerted effort to recall, remember and reproduce traditional Tamil arts and culture in the form of ‘Theruvora Thiruvizha’ (street corner festival).

The exercise, jointly organised by the Tourism Department and the district administration, was indeed an attempt guided by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi who called for identifying more than 100 traditional folk arts and perform a promotional event.

“Madurai being the citadel of Tamil culture not only needs to promote traditional folk arts but also needs patronage and innovative practices to preserve the richness of its culture,” said Collector S. S. Jawahar, while inaugurating the festival.

He said that the district administration had identified 100 art forms and their practitioners and efforts were on to preserve and promote them.

A database of these artistes would be created soon, Mr. Jawahar added.

Thappattam, Brindavan Kolattam, Kali Aattam and Sevai Aatam were performed by artistes near the North, South, East and West towers on the four Chithirai streets around Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.

Artistes performed Thanjavur’s Pachai Kali Aattam, Pavala Kali Aattam, Sevai Aattam, Thappattam and Brindavan Kolattam.

Every Saturday

Mr. Jawahar inaugurated the festival at the East tower. On every Saturday, artistes would be performing different folk arts between 5.45 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. in front of a tower in a clockwise manner.

A food festival was also organised to mark the occasion in which leading hotels participated and offered food at nominal rates. A heritage walk was also conducted with 60 artistes participating in the walk starting from Tirumalai Nayak Mahal till Amman Sannithi.

A visit to tourist sites — Keezhakuyilkudi, Narasingam, Alagarkoil, Tirumohur, Tiruvadavur Thidiyan, Vilacheri and Tirumangalam — was also organised during the day.