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Mylapore Festival 2008

Slideshow by Velachery Balu

Mylapore Festival, an annual feature 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 took place from January 3rd to 6th. The 4 day festival comprises of concerts in Parks at Mylapore, Folk Dance, Kolam contest, heritage walks, Kokkalikattai Aattam and so on. I visited the festival on the concluding day and I have captured some images of the Kolam Contest and Kokkalikattai Aattam. I present these images in the slide show here.

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Mylapore Festival

Who said women only draw Kolam. This gentleman created a perfect Kolam at
the Kolam contest at Mylapore - North Mada Street as part of the Mylapore
Festival which concluded yesterday.

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Mylapore Festival

Who said women only draw Kolam. This gentleman created a perfect Kolam at
the Kolam contest at Mylapore - North Mada Street as part of the Mylapore
Festival which concluded yesterday.

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Mylapore Festival 2008

Mylapore Festival is an annual feature in January like December is for Music. Vincent D'Souza of Mylapore Times with the support of Sundaram Finance bring out the cultural heritage of Tamilnadu by organising musical concert, organising heritage walk, kolam contest, folk dance - Kokkalikattai Aattam, Kavadi, Karagattam etc., The four day event ended on January 6, 2008. The Kolam contest in two tranches took place on Saturday and Sunday. Road is the Canvas. One glimpse of the Kolam contest in progress

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Mylapore Festival

Who said women only draw Kolam. This gentleman created a perfect Kolam at
the Kolam contest at Mylapore - North Mada Street as part of the Mylapore
Festival which concluded yesterday.

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Women, Girls, Few boys and Men all were busy in creating the Kolams of
different sizes at North Mada Street, Mylapore as part of Mylapore Festival
on the closing day 06/01/2008

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Mylapore Festival - 2008

The girl without anyone's assistance created this big Kolam at North Mada
Street, Mylapore in the Kolam Contest held on Sunday the concluding day.

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Appearance is deceptive. The young girl created one of the biggest Kolam in the Kolam Contest

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Mr Vincent D'Souza with the Volunteers at Mylapore Festival on 06/01/2008

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This Gentlemen got excellent visuals recorded during the event. In the Kolam
Contest and the Kokkalikattai Aattam which followed.

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Unmindful of the activities around him, the gentleman was fully focussed towards completing his task

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A long shot of the stretch in North Mada Street with full of kolams

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I could see a number of Foreign Tourists at the Mylapore Festival

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Almost all the Kolam were drawn with white powder, this girl tried to be
different by adding colours by keeping some flowers on the kolam

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For some the Kolam Contest is a learning experience. The lady tries to redo the kolam in her diary - maybe for her to try the design later

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As the Kolam Contest is progressing, the lady ties her daughter's hair. A foreign tourist looks on

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The Kolam contest is nearing completion with the tar road of North Mada Street, Mylapore with variety of Kolams, big and small

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The better half giving a helping hand to this gentleman completing his Kolam

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The gentleman giving finishing touches to his kolam

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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

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The judges are deciding the winners of the Kolam Contest

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A foreign tourist beig interviewed by the TV crew of SS Music at the venue of Kolam Contest at Mylapore

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At a handicraft shop at Mylapore

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