Femina Food Court showcases a wide variety of dishes before an amused tourist-crowd Everyone could find something to suit their tastes from among the 15 varieties of pongal dishes
TIRUCHI: Tamilians across the State look forward to the harvest festival, Pongal. Restaurants and textile shops put up their best show for the season. This year foreign tourists here too had something different to relish.
It was the Pongal festival organised by the Femina Shopping Mall. The newly opened Femina Food Court at the premises took special efforts on Pongal day to showcase to the visitors a wide variety of pongal dishes.
Sweet or hot, everyone could find something to suit their tastes from among the 15 varieties of pongal dishes lined up on the day. Kathamba, puli, and wheat, ven pongal, thakkali, kathirikkai, chakkarai pongal, semia, masala, vatha and thayir pongal were some of the mouth-watering delicacies on offer.
For the scores of people who gathered at the mall on the day, it turned out to be an occasion to smack their lips and have a go at the pongal of their choice.
The evening air was resplendent with the rhythmic beats of the country drums, to which men and women decked in colourful costumes danced and entertained the crowd. It was a time to take a peek into the lives of the rural folk, whose traditional folk numbers captured the audience throughout the evening.
The Thappattam performed to the accompaniment of traditional thappu, the magnificent karagam, poikkal kuthirai and kavadi performance by the artist, Velukkudi V.S. Ramesh Kumar and team kept the visitors spellbound.
For the urban folk and visitors from outside the State, it provided an excellent opportunity to understand and enjoy local art forms.
At the Sangam
For a group of over 60 foreign tourists who gathered at The Sangam recently, it was a great occasion to understand cultural diversity at the Pongal Tourist Festival. Pongal and its significance were portrayed to them through a series of dance performances organised by the District Tourism Office. The rural scenario was recreated at the place offering the visitors an experience of a village.
Another attraction was the demonstration on preparation of pongal dish. Chakkarai pongal was a hit with the crowd.
"The main intention is to showcase our culture to people from other countries. I'm sure they had a good time," the District Tourism Officer, G. Poongothai, said.