December season is here in Chennai and all the sabhas are buzzing with activity. Halls are filled with active saree clad women competing with enthusiastic dhoti clad men happily nodding their heads to the lovely rhythms of the who’s who of Carnatic music. This season sees the best of concerts and Sabha hopping is a common term for the rasikas. Each one carries a small handbook, a reckoner for the songs being sung with details of raga, tala and the composer. The young ones are much more adept, googling the song as soon as they hear it. Yes, the december music festival is here. The picture says it all – Hall filled and music lovers sitting next to Shri. Sanjay Subrahmanyan during the performance.
As an avid Theatre enthusiast and in particular Tamil Theatre, great relief and unparalleled enthusiasm seeped in as we watched Theatre Marina’s maiden production ‘Undo’, a Tamil stage play at Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Chennai. Fresh thoughts, intelligent script, inherent knowledge and beautiful sets and lights set the pace of this contemporary modern drama. It had elements of our own epic and science so well blended that it was absolutely a mind game of sorts in the time it was staged. After the last two stage plays we witnessed, we are happy that we never looked at the watch even once during the play.
With the onset of summer, Chennaites look forward to the season’s favorites – Jackfruit and Mangoes. Chennai Focus came across a unique festival of jackfruit delicacies based Buffet and hence sharing it for the benefit of its readers. If you are wondering if the buffet is going to be all sweet and traditional, it is a NO. The organizers say that it is recipes both sweet and savory from different parts of the world and visitors will get to experiment and understand Jackfruit in so many recipes. Just a thought, don’t we have enough culinary variations in India and a buffet with all of it must be HUGE, what do you say?
Shraddha, a group promoting theater, staged Draupadi Kuravanji in Kattaikkuttu, a traditional art form in Narada Gana Sabha during the weekend. To all those who want to know what it means, remember the olden days when people spent nights watching the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharatha performed in open grounds, it is the same form much similar to Theru Koothu. P.Rajagopal, a humble man is the founder of Kattaikuttu sangam. Read about him here.
Residential Retreats at KFI, Chennai
Periodical weekend retreats and half-day programmes are held involving dialogues and viewing or listening to video, audiotapes.
A residential retreat offers an opportunity for those who are interested in seriously exploring the fundamental problems of human existence. The serene atmosphere and the silence that envelops the place lends itself to such an enquiry.
Participants especially those coming from outstation are welcome to stay a few days more either before or after the retreat if they so wish. The number of participants in the Retreats will be restricted to approximately 20.
Kindly avoid last minutes cancellations and inform us at least 3 days in advance to enable us to accommodate others on waiting list.
If you had always been interested in knowing a wee bit more about modern and contemporary art, all you have to do is to go to the beach, a shopping mall or even a local MRTS station sometime between March 10 and 18.
The second edition of Art Chennai 2012 has decided to take art to the common man by displaying works in public places.
The concert held on Friday in Mumbai as part of the program was titled The Classic Incantations, where a well known German film orchestra Babelsberg performed with Rahman on his film score.
As the orchestra doled out a two-and-a-half minute piece on Latika’s Theme from ” Slumdog Millionaire” that won Rahman two Academy Awards, the audience was held spellbound with the lilting tones from various instruments played live.
The Babelsberg orchestra will tour four other cities in India after Mumbai.
Nature has provided its best to us and it is time we think about preserving what has been bestowed to us. A small initiative can go a long way in restoring our pride, our pristine beaches. Let us join hands and make this initiative a great success.
The Little Theatre’s Christmas Pantomime ” Alice in iland (no wonder!)” In aid of underprivileged children
Alice is a French maid. She is totally addicted to “Placebook”. She is granted one wish by her Fairy Godmother and that wish takes her into the exciting world of the internet. The internet is under threat of being taken over by the Red Queen who is helped by the evil scheming brilliant White Rabbit.
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A roundup on what is special this Christmas season…
The open air India Dance Festival is held against a background of rock sculptures in the beach town of Mamallapuram, just south of Chennai. It runs for a month and showcases a range of classical and folk dances from all over India.
When: December 25, 2011 to January 25, 2012 (dates to be confirmed). Daily from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Arjuna’s Penance, Mamallapuram, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Interested in travelling to Singapore in a Cruise from Chennai ? Way to celebrate. Check out the details here