Nila Poratta Kuzhu (land struggle committee) and Indian Society for Cultural Cooperation and Friendship joined hands together to celebrate ‘Nila Pongal’.
According to M.S. Velmurugan, an organiser, the aim of celebrating Pongal was to highlight the fact that residents of Kumarasamy Colony had been living without title deeds for over 80 years.
The residents live along the banks of the Muthannan Tank, off Thadagam Road.
He said that there were around 1,600 members who had taken the issue to the notice of the Coimbatore Corporation, district administration and the State Government to no avail. It was to highlight the fact that the two organisations had come together.
They were promised the land at Veerakeralam that belonged to the Tamil Nadu Housing Board. But nothing much came of it.
They had conducted traditional sports and games for the residents and also celebrated ‘Nila Pongal’ by cooking pongal in a pot suspended from sugarcanes.
This was to signify that the residents did not have a land of their own to celebrate the Tamil harvest festival, Mr. Velmurugan said.
As part of the celebrations, the organisations had also invited a folk artists’ team from Chennai to perform Thappattam and other folk dances.