Mylapore Festival – 2008

Mylapore Festival - 2008

Mylapore Festival, an annual event in Chennai in the month of January is sponsored by Sundaram Finance and organised by Mr Vincent D’Souza of Mylapore Times. This year the festival was celebrated from January 3rd to 6th, 2008

Mylapore Festival

The 4 day festival consisted of concerts in Parks at Mylapore, Folk Dance, Kolam Contest, heritage walks, Kokkalikattai Aattam and so on. The Kolam Contest and Kokkalikattai Aattam by a troupe from Wallajah took place on January 5th and 6th, 2008. I present some images taken on the concluding day.

Mylapore Festival

Unlike the previous years, a few men participated in the Kolam contest this year.

Mylapore Festival 2008

I could see a number of foreign tourists watching with interest the Kolam contest.

Mylapore Festival - 2008

Mr Vincent D’Souza of Mylapore Times, the organiser with volunteers.

Mylapore Festival - 2008

The better half giving a helping hand to the gentleman to complete his Kolam.

Mylapore Festival - 2008

Mr TT Srinivasa Raghavan, Managing Director of Sundaram Finance Ltd, the sponsor of Mylapore Festival being interviewed by the TV Crew of Jaya TV at the venue of Kolam Contest at Mylapore.

Mylapore Festival 2008

A foreign tourist being interviewed by the TV crew of SS Music at the venue of Mylapore Festival


The members of the Kokkalikattai Aattam Troupe getting ready for the event.


It is sunset time. The Kokkalikattai Aattam started. I could get the silhouette of the lead dancer.

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(to be continued)

11 Comments so far

  1. Navneeth (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 11:56 pm

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing those pictures.

  2. Navneeth (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 11:57 pm

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing those pictures.

  3. David (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 12:47 am

    Good stuff.. thanks for sharing


  4. Murali (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 12:52 am

    Triplicane Festival kicks mylapore’s butt!!! Triplicane the Best….

    Note – Since we thrive on our differences, what’s one more in that long list…..

    For picky readers, Fun intended.

  5. Giridhar (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 9:32 am

    very nice pictures… such events are kinda refresshing for the minds of mecho-robo chennai metro life…

  6. Ram N (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 10:12 am

    Nice visual treat … the silhoutte was very apt conclusion ….

  7. Ela (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

    nice pictures…..brings back to mind those days when my sister and myself use to get up very early during december (ofcourse after careful selection and planning the previous evening!) and put colorful kolams and decorate it with flowers…..also all the neighbouring ladies keeping eye over each otherĀ“s kolams for it was always a pride to have the best one drawn infront of your own house… was also fun to see the all the people passing over making all the efforts not to disturb or destroy…..

    traditional stuffs could also be fun…..but there seems to be not much color maavu used neither do i see much kambi kolams……was it a rule in the festival not to use colors?

  8. Shyam (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

    GVB, nice pictures, keep them coming. It is good to see these neighbourhood festivals (Mylapore and Triplicane) being held regularly. BTW, this festival has a website:

  9. Keerthivasan (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

    Fantastic pictures, GVB sir

  10. Vijay Ganesh (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

    Dear GVB Sir…. This is vijay ganesh your very old ex-collegue. Never knew that there is a journalist side of GVB. Do mail me when free so that we can re-start interaction.

  11. ARUL (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 8:32 am

    Same post . Same pics everyyear . So r u goings becoming “mecho-robo ” as some guy quoted in his comment . I am really fed up of the “ground hog ” day life and that too in chennai . Metroblog guys stop journaling and do something proactive .I betcha every year same month same week we will have mylapore festival XXXX absolutely no change same kolam , same people . DOH .

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