Special Correspondent

MADURAI: The Department of Tourism, in association with the district administration, will organise the ‘Teruvora Tiruvizha’ (roadside art festival) on the Chithirai streets around Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple from Saturday. This is the second phase of the festival, which will go on for 26 weeks.

The objective of the festival is to showcase rural art forms that are facing extinction. Besides introducing these forms to the new generation and tourists, the festival also serves to nurture interest among their practitioners. The first phase of the festival was conducted for 26 weeks from September 27, 2008, to February 28, 2009.

On Saturdays, artistes perform a particular form of folk art from 5 p.m. on one of the Chithirai streets. With restrictions on movement of vehicles coming into force on the four Chithirai streets, they serve as an ideal stage for performance of folk art forms.

On June 6, the second phase of the festival begins with ‘Urumi Komaliattam.’ This will be followed by ‘Oyil Kummi,’ ‘Hanuman Attam,’ ‘Saami Attam,’ ‘Kannan Attam,’ ‘Karuppayee Koothu,’ ‘Kuravan Kurathi Attam’ and ‘Irular Attam’ in the following weeks.