Mylapore Festival, the finale: thousands stream through mada streets to soak in events, shop and snack freely

The fourth and final day of Mylapore Festival, Sunday, January 8 was a hugely packed one and every event drew a big audience and intense participation.

The two Walks at 7 a.m. were big hits. Dr Chithra Madhavan had some 200 people around here on her Mylapore Temples Tour, when she started the tour outside Sri Kapali Temple.

Elsewhere, there were some 60 plus people on the Walk on Mylapore’s Classic Old Houses, led by Shalini Ravikumar.

In Nageswara Rao Park, Luz, children were all over the Chess Square zone here by 8.30 a.m.; as the mikeless concert concluded, the chess tourney and the crafts workshop unfolded.

At 3 p.m., the first floor of Nithya Amirtham restaurant was abuzz; the lunch diners had moved out and contestants for the cookery contests streamed in. Co ordinator Sridhar Venkataraman ensured the shows were smooth and easy. The themes; Chutney and Rasam. Over 50 women took part here.

As the state governor was passing through Mylapore Mada Streets to attend a dance concert at a local hall, the kolam and rangoli contests were delayed; they began only at 3;40 p.m. but in an hour the east end of North Mada Street was a carpet of lovely designs.

At a hall at Lady Sivaswami Ayyar Girls School, the pallankuzhi contest drew some 75 participants; there were contests for adults and for teens.

The main stage shows unfolded at 5;30pm and this Sunday evening, the students of Queen Mary’s College rocked the quadrangle. First, five girls trained in Silambam fired up the audience of over 1500 people with their amazing acts. Then, some 25 plus girls presented a colourful medley of Indian folk dances.

The day’s evening closed with a concert of classic Tamil film songs, presented by the KSR Orchestra led by Subramaniam. As the final song slipped into the night, it was curtains for the festival.

The one disappointment that evening was the closure of Foot Street stalls because of security regulations here for the state governor’s visit to a hall in this zone.

It was a week when the temple zone had turned into a huge mela where thousands of people enjoyed themselves.

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