Sundaram Finance to re-start Mylapore Fest in January

By K.T. Jagannathan
Chennai: 08-10-2022 11:42PM
Last Updated: 08-10-2022 11:42PM

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After a hiatus of two year, Sundaram Finance Ltd. (SFL), the non-banking finance company, has decided to resume the Mylapore Festival.

The annual festival, held during January every year, was suspended ever since the outbreak of Covid-19 Pandemic.

SFL gave a miss to the 2022 edition of the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival, too, due to pandemic conditions and consequent government-imposed regulations.

With the Covid situation easing considerably now, the prospects appear bright for the Mylapore Festival in 2023.

“We are re-starting the Mylapore Festival in January,” said Rajiv Lochan, the Managing Director of SFL.

The Festival in January each year is a four-day cultural feast in the city’s oldest neighbourhood, Mylapore, which is a perfect heritage zone with iconic institutions, home to legends and the imposing Kapaleeswarar Temple.

During this cultural extravaganza, Mylapore plays the perfect host. Artists from across the city of Chennai and also from other parts of the State descend on Mylapore to participate in the festivity.

The festival is seen as a laudable initiative to recreate the "Thiruvizha" or "Mela" kind of atmosphere in the holy Tamil month of Margazhi when the whole of Chennai is immersed in music of classical and religious kinds. Music connoisseurs from across the globe usually make a beeline for Chennai, known as the Mecca of Carnatic music, during this part of the year.

 In very many ways, the Mylapore Festival is a confluence of arts that draws lovers of music and dance from all over the world to this part of India.

During the festival, scores of people gather in the different venues to partake of the events and celebrations. The "Maada Veedhis" or the streets around the temple will be buzzing with vendors who display their wares during the festival. The star attraction at the festival is the "Kolam" competition (intricate patterns with rice flour). Kolams are a visual white carpet treat that covers a part of North Mada Street. The Mylapore Festival usually comprises events such as 'Pulli Kolam' contest (rangoli competition), a visit to old and popular food joints and heritage walks to ancient temples in and around Mylapore.