The four-day celebration, the Sundaram Finance MYLAPORE FESTIVAL featuring the arts and the community presentd over 30 events and 100 performing artistes. Events will be held at a dozen venues from Jan.9 to 12.
Funded wholly by Sundaram Finance ( the company has funded all the festivas thus far), the uniqueness of this event is that it uses open spaces in Sri Kapali Temple and outside it to highlight the importance of giving priority to religious and cultural events than to unplanned growth and chaotic traffic.
The Fest details were formally made public at a press conference held at the Sundaram Finance corporate headquarters in the city.
The company’s MD, T T Srinivasaraghavan and Festival director Vincent D’ Souza met the media on Friday evening to share details of the Fest for 2014.
What started as a simple kolam contest held over 12 years ago in the Sivaswamy School playground has now grown into a major cultural festival, the only one pof its kind in this city.
On Thursday and Friday ( Jan.9 and 10) events in Sannidhi Square will begin after the traffic dies down at the Main Stahe while five streets will come alive – food, carft, art, handwork will dominate these streets.
Classical dance shows are held inside the temple.
The shows are open to all.
Not to be missed is the dance drama on Friday evening on the Main Stage presented by Sridevi Nrityalaya of guru Sheela Unnikrishnan.
Sheela’s 20-member troupe promises an engrossing show, enjoyed in the open air.
Families can walk around the temple zone to shop and bargain or simply enjpy the sights and sounds of women selling their craftwork or artists displaying their framed creatives.
Souvenirs – T shirts, framed illustrations of Mylapore themes and limited coffee dabras – will be on sale at two booths – at the ther and on the Food Street.
All info is at www.mylaporefestival.com.