Chief Minister to take part in the grand inaugural show
CHENNAI: The fourth edition of ‘Chennai Sangamam,’ organised by Tamil Maiyam in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and Culture, will begin on January 10.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Member of Parliament and coordinator of the event Kanimozhi said Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi would participate in the grand inaugural show titled ‘Pirappokkum,’ to be held at Island Grounds.
“Pirappokkum is the official theme of the World Classical Tamil Conference and the cultural show marking the inauguration of the event has been conceived on those lines,” she said. The show is being conceived and put together by theatre personality Prasanna Ramaswamy.
As many as 62 folk arts, classical arts from Tamil Nadu and other States will be featured in Chennai Sangamam. “This year, we also have western music bands participating. We have asked them to perform Tamil rock and folk numbers,” Ms. Kanimozhi said. A folk dance contest for corporate employees and college students is among the new features of the annual event. A Tamil documentary festival has also been planned. The week-long extravaganza will culminate in a grand finale at Elliots Beach on January 16.
This year’s event would also include story-telling sessions in Tamil for children.
“The practice of telling our children stories, particularly in Tamil, seems to have vanished. Renowned story-teller Jeeva Raghunath has trained a team of 15 persons who would anchor story-telling sessions at parks.”
All programmes will be held at 17 city parks, public places, schools, colleges and organisations.
Poet Ilaya Bharathi, coordinator of the literary programmes of the festival, said ‘Kavidai Kutraalam,’ a compilation of poems read out in last year’s event, would be launched during the event. Besides several discussions, debates and poetry-reading sessions featuring noted writers, a session dedicated to the works of renowned writer D. Jayakanthan have also been planned.
This year, too, the festival would feature a food fest, showcasing traditional Tamil Nadu cuisines. A few special dishes of other States would be prepared authentically by senior chefs, organisers said.
Tamil Maiyam founder Jagath Gasper Raj said the event was slowly becoming a movement, with organisations in other places such as Erode and Tirupur putting together similar shows.
“In fact, that’s our aim. Chennai Sangamam should become everyone’s event, and not be associated with just one organisation,” Ms. Kanimozhi said.