The Chennai Sangamam Enthusiasm

February 8, 2009 at 9:45 pm 1 comment

This was my first experience of Chennai Sangamam.

Pongal Sangamam

Pongal Sangamam

I had the pleasure of watching the opening night at Chennai Sangamam.

Even arriving at the University Centenary auditorium was quite an experience.

Beach road was ablaze with lights and festive banners.

Once you arrived near the University, there were sounds of festivities like I had never experienced before. Reminded me of the temple processions with their full grandeur that I had experienced as a child. Folk drums, many of them, all over the place.

Then the visual spectacle struck me. My God! So much color. So many dancers. Where did they all come from.

Then was the main event at the auditorium.

A brief and beautiful introduction by the organizers.

Then the show began.

Dance after dance, in quick succession. Adding to the energy on the stage decked up in three different levels. With the nadasvaram folks dancing as well, it was quite a sight. Kavadis, puliattam, mayilattam, oyilattam, that and this and more.

This sampler gave quite a taste of what the city was to receive over the next few days.

In the words of my parents ‘jay jay’nnu irundudu’ – meaning ‘ it was as festive as you can imagine’. And for the traditional ‘early to bed Madras’, it was quite a change as apparently the parades – attended by a sea of humanity continued on through the late nights.

What a treat! And what a service to the arts! And what a draw of humanity! It would be great if each state in India would have such a celebration once a year – bringing unprecedented patronage to the folk arts.

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