TAMIL NADU

Tamil culture's legacy showcased

IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE: Foreigners enjoying the show at Keezhakuyilkudi near Madurai on Monday. PHOTO: S.JAMES.

IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE: Foreigners enjoying the show at Keezhakuyilkudi near Madurai on Monday. PHOTO: S.JAMES.  

Staff Reporter

During `samathuva' pongal festival

MADURAI: The `Samathuva' pongal festival organised by the Department of Tourism and the district administration at Keezhakuyilkudi near here attracted a large number of foreign visitors.

The two-day festival organised to showcase the legacy of Tamil tradition and culture had an impressive list of folk art and marital art performances that enthralled the audience. More than 300 foreign tourists from the United States, West Indies, Canada, Australia, South-East Asian and European countries enjoyed their visit to the village.

"The visitors were taken on bullock carts for about one km. The villagers accorded a warm traditional welcome. The guests were then entertained with folk arts performances by trained artists. They were thrilled to see `Karagattam', `Kavadiattam' and `Thevarattam'," said G. Baskaran Dhanaraj, Tourism Officer.

The villagers organised a `Mulaipari' (sprouts) festival and then `pongal' was prepared with fervour. The guests divided into groups were taken around the village. They had first hand information on the composition of the people and distribution of houses.

Moreover, an impressive martial arts performance was also organised to regale the visitors. The guests spent more than four hours at the village and were briefed about the historical significance of the place, where the `Samana malai' (Jain hill with beds and rock cut caves) is located.

The District Collector, T. Udhayachandran, the Madurai Superintendent of Police, T.S. Anbu and the Sholavandan MLA, P. Moorthy, also took part.

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