Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Fest Tees on sale. Grab some!

The 2014 Festival T-shirts are now on sale. They are in white and in black colours and carry two different peacock designs which were outlined by famed artist and cartoonist Keshav of The Hindu.

They cost Rs.220 per piece and are now on sale at the Mylapore Times office - 77 C P Ramaswamy Rd., Alwarpet, Chennai 18. And on sale at the INFO counter near the 'ther' shed ( opp Rasi store) on all 4 evenings of the Fest.

From coastal Karnataka to coastal Mylapore

Every year, we host a troupe from outside.
This year a Yakshagana team led by the well known Shivananda Hegde from north coastal Karnatak will be here.

Ten artistes and musicians make this troupe. They present two back-to-back productions on the main stage and in the open air. Should be a treat to watch; more for those who have not watches a Yakshagana recital.

Hegde isn't new to this city. He has performed at many Chennai venues.

Our friends will lodge at what has become the pad for travelling artistes - Hotel Karpagam on South Mada Street. Fully renovated it has a charm of its own and is a favourite destination for musicians and rasikas here for the December season.

Thanks to Prasanna, the site is fully updated. Check it!

Prasanna Ramaswamy is our SOS man when it comes to making a SOS call to give the Festival website a big push.

So as soon as he landed here from Ireland - to take a break from research and enjoy the December Season kutcheris and catch up with his folks here - we got his services to update the web site.
Now, it is primed for the Fest and carries all the info.

Sadly, the site was hacked some weeks ago and we have lost a bit of the written and visual documents of past Festivals. We hope to restore them alter this year.

We will need one smart tech-savvy volunteer for the 4 days of the Fest. To collate the buzz on events, post them  on a public screen and populate the FB page to keep well-wishers in the loop.
Keen? Buzz Revathi at 98405 44629.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

More lighting at Sannidhi Square

Bhupalan is our lighting man for the Fest. He and his small team put up the street lamps, light up the market and food spaces.

This year we managed to also get Victor in. Victor grew up under the celebrated theatreperson late Mithran Devanesan and is now a busy man, setting up stuff for huge trade shows and lighting dramas, especially the ones of The Madras Players.

Victor does a great job in Thiruvaiyaru when Ranvir Shah holds the Sacred Music Fest, lighting up the old temples, ghat and the riverside.

Victor hopes to light up the mantap and the east facade of the Sri Kapali Temple and the spaces around Sannidhi Square. It is his idea to have a short dance recital in a mantap on top of the stairs that lead to the temple there shed. What do you think of this idea?

Fest Tee at Christmastime

The Hindu's senior cartoonist and celebrated artist Keshav has chosen five designs from among the 35 submitted  by kids for the Fest Tee.
So we chose two designs for the white and the black Tees that are now being produced at Tiruppur and will be on sale by Christmastime.

We are taking orders for packs of 5/10 or more now. Each Tee costs Rs.220.