By G Saravanan
Published on January 14,2010:
CHENNAI: Making it a true carnival for people living in and around the city’s commercial hub on the eve of harvest festival Pongal and Tamil New Year, Chennai Sangamam troupes enthralled audiences through the night with folk arts and traditional music.
The day began with devotional music at one of the Sangamam venues, the Natesan Park, and by evening people converged at Venkatnarayana Road, T. Nagar for Chennai Sangamam’s main event – ‘White Night’, held opposite the park.
It was a delightful experience of music and traditional delicacies were served to visitors who thronged T Nagar shops for last-minute Pongol purchases. The commercial hub everyday hosts thousands of people from distant places like Kanchipuram and Tiruttani who come to buy clothes and jewellery.
“The Sangamam folk arts show at Natesan Park was marvellous and I have never witnessed such a show in my locality, said Kandan, a visitor from Tiruttani, outside a textile showroom near Panagal Park.
Chennai Sangamam’s ‘White Night’ celebration was a convergence of several folk art troupes entertaining Chennaites across the city.
The troupes performed their art forms with vigour with people witnessing the event also getting a chance to join in on the fun.
Besides the non-stop 7-hour performance under floodlight, there was food to taste from different Tamil Nadu regions, Udipi and Hyderabad.