Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru to kickstart 18 Dec

By NT Bureau Published on Dec 12, 2017 05:25 PM IST

Margazhi festival in Chennai is not just for Carnatic music lovers. This is the theme of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru, a yearly musical fest jointly organised by Lakshman Sruthi and Zee Tamil.

The 13th season of this eight-day mega Carnatic music and dance festival will be held from 18 to 25 December between 7 am and 10 pm at Kamarajar Arangam.

As part of the event, a mega food festival is also planned with a giant food court on the premises.

"This year, we have a special arrangement of a 50-feet long and 24-feet wide vegetable Indian tricolour flag. This is done to show our support for farmers. There will also be a wax statue of the late vocalist M Balamuralikrishna at the entrance to remember his musical journey," said Lakshman Sruthi founder, Lakshmanan.

"Grammy award winner Vikku Vinayakram's performance is going to be the highlight of this year's fest. In addition to that, Shehnai S Ballesh's performance and Pattimandram Raja's speech will crown the event. The craze for Carnatic music is increasing day-by-day and today about one lakh students are learning it," he added.

The Isaiyazhwar award for 2017 will be presented to Umayalpuram Sivaraman on the inaugural day. Lt Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi, will be attend the closing ceremony.

An office-bearer of Lions Club International said they are organising a health camp on all days of Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru. The camp will include body, eye and dental checkup.

College students will volunteer at the event. About 12 free buses will be operated from Kamarajar Arangam to major parts of the city for the convenience of the audience and participants.