This year’s Mylapore Festival appeared bigger and better than last year’s. What started off as a kolam contest a few years ago has now become a much-awaited festival, complete with concerts at the Nageswara Park, art and craft classes for children, classical dances inside Sri Kapali temple, a handicrafts bazaar, an exhibition of Tamil books, and performances by troupes from Kerala, Puduchery, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Heritage and nature walks were arranged on Saturday and Sunday.
The Art Street (Pitchupillai Street) created by fine arts students drew the maximum crowds, mainly women. The Food Street (Sundareswarar Street) also drew crowds – several items were sold out in the first two or three hours.
Vincent D’Souza (editor, Mylapore Times and Arcot Road Times) and his team deserve all the credit for organizing the entire show spread over four days. It’s an exercise he has been conducting the past seven or eight years, kick-starting the process September-October onwards, paying attention to the minutest detail. Indeed, it was the success of the Mylapore festival that really led to a few of us coming together to organise Madras Day and Madras Week.
Yes, credit must also go to Sundaram Finance for supporting the Mylapore festival the past few years. Corporate support for community events is always so welcome.
I will let the pictures here tell you the story better. From top: Stilt-walkers walk down Art Street; fancy jewellery and knick-knacks for women on sale; an artist completes the portrait of the seated girl in less than 30 minutes; and crowding around a corner for more knick-knacks and jewellery.