Holding aloft lamps

LIGHTING OF traditional lamps at formal functions need not always be an exclusive privilege of chief guests and VIPs.

Hundreds rose from the side of the audience to light wax lamps at a function organised in Madurai on Tuesday by the Tamilnad Mercantile Bank shortly after the start of the function, organised to mark the launch of `Anywhere Banking Facility', coinciding with its 82nd anniversary day.

A platform was created below the dais specifically for the purpose and, for the organisers, the scene of glowing lamps heralded `Karthigai Deepam'.