Here are our picks for the annual Sundaram Finance MYLAPORE FESTIVAL 2016. The cultural and heritage fest is on from January 7 to 10 in spaces outside Sri Kapali Temple and at Nageswara Rao Park. And it is open to all.
1. MUSIC IN THE PARK.
Head to Nageswara Rao Park in Luz by 7 a.m. Go on your walk, do your twists then stop by at the Chess Square and listen to teenagers at the Carnatic music concert. Mikes and speakers are not used. Soothing experience for your mornings. Four in a row.
2. PICK A HERITAGE WALK
There are 5 Walks; two are for foodies - by foodie Sridhar! Celebrated writer and historian Ram Venky, as we know him has a huge treasure of less-known info on Mylapore and its stalwarts. How did Nageswara Rao Park change from a large pond? What did men fighting for free India plot in Luz? Which films burnt the box-office at Kamadhenu Theatre? How was Sri Kapali Temple tank built?
Ram Venky offers to take you on his Walk on Sunday morn.
If you love shooting pictures, join the Chennai PhotoWalkers.
And if you study architecture, design or cultural geography, don't miss out Anisha and Tahaer's Walk.
3. CHAMP IN DAYAKATTAM?
Prove it at the two traditional games contests being hosted. There is one in Pallankuzhi too. For adults and for children. Each year, some 100-plus people pit themselves in animated play. Weekend contests at Lady Sivaswamy Girls School.
4. THIS IS FOR KIDS
The Festival has some nice surprises for kids. Chess contest. Craft workshops in the park. Clicking photos with a professional. Pedalling on your cycle to gets a close look at old Mylapore in the margazhi mist!
5. KOLAM CONTESTS
This weekend event draws people from across the city. They turn North Mada Street's east end into a carpet of puli-kolams. And the fantastic wins prizes and certificates. Spread the word about this contest among people who stun us with their kolams at your doorstep.
6. SOAK IN VINTAGE FILM MUSIC
Two great evening-time shows on the Main Stage. One that presents 20 vintage Hindi film songs ( Jan 9, evening). The other which swirls the Thamizh film hits of famed music director M. S. Vishwanathan all around you and your friends. ( Jan 10 evening). Open air. On the weekend.
7. WALK. STARE. WALK
Mylapore mada veedhis always have something to get your attention and draw you in. This margazhi if you wander around, you will be greeted by the variety of flowers on sale by hawkers, fresh veggies, crafts of Narikkuravas and temple sounds. The Festival adds to the zing. Soak in.
8. TAKE HOME SOUVENIRS
Mylapore magnets. Bet you have always wanted these. They are on sale at the Fest. As are cotton T-shirts, jute bags and cute key-chains and danglers which sport kolams, yalis and pottu-s. These souvenirs also make little gifts. All of them carry a Mylapore theme. Exclusively made for this season.
Detailed info at www.mylaporefestival.com