Mylapore Festival

Presenting the Flavour of Madras - January 4 to 7

16th Edition of the Four Day Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival from Thursday


Highlights included Tamil Play ‘Andha Naal’, Villupattu Concert and Vintage Tamil Film Songs this weekend

Children Specials include Thiru Gnana Sambandhar walk, art and craft workshop and chess contests


 : The 16th Edition of the four day Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival will take place between this Thursday and Sunday (Jan 4-7 2018) around the Kapali Temple and at the Nageswara Rao Park. Around 40 events at a dozen venues will see presentations from over 200 artistes.


The events at the main stage in front of the 16 pillar mandapam opposite the Kapali Temple on Thursday evening include a Kerala Folk Dance by artistes from Palakkad and a Bharatanatyam dance production ‘Sivam’ by dancers of Anthara Center of Performing Arts. A special addition this year is the Villupattu Concert ‘Aamaam Podunga’ that will be presented by Bharathi Thirumugam and T Kalaimagan & Party on Friday evening after 8pm.


TT Srinivasaraghavan, MD, Sundaram Finance Ltd., said, ‘It has been our endeavour to showcase the ‘Flavour of Madras’, through events related to local heritage and lifestyle and recreating the ‘Thiruvizha’ atmosphere. In an age of rapid technological advances, a Festival of this nature continues to have its own delectable charm.


On the highlights of this year’s festival, Vincent D’Souza, Director, Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival said, ‘Children and Youth have been an integral part of the festival over the last many years. We have created Children Specials this year with a ‘Saint Poet’ story telling session as well as a few art and craft workshops. The Tamil Play ‘Andha Naal’ based on the classic film of the same name is a big highlight of this year’s festival. The evergreen Tamil songs will serve as a finale to the Festival on Sunday evening.’

Weekend Events

Anchor Event –Pulli Kolam Contests – 3. 45pm Saturday and Sunday

The traditional Pulli Kolam contests on Saturday and Sunday evening at 3.30 pm on North Mada Street will be the anchor event of the four day festival and is expected to attract participants from across the city.On the spot registration at 3.15pm.


Food Walks

For the food buffs, there will be two walks on Friday (from Gomathi Saiva Unavagam) and Saturday evening (Indian Bank Gate RK Mutt Road/ North Mada St Junction) starting at 4pm that will explore a few of the old and popular food joints of Mylapore- Anchored by Sridhar Venkataraman.



Heritage Walks

On Saturday (Jan 6) morning, starting at 6.30am from the Madhava Perumal temple, Chithra Madhavan will curate a walk that will take a close look at three ancient temples of Mylapore.


On Sunday morning, Padmapriya Bhaskaran will take Heritage buffs covering places of some Saints- Starts 7am from outside Hotel Karpagam (South Mada Street).  Another walk starting outside Rasi Store at 7am on Sunday morning anchored by architect Tahaer Zoyab will explore a few old houses of Mylapore for their unique architecture.


On Sunday evening starting at 4.30pm, historian Pradeep Chakravarthy will take children on a one hour Thiru Gnana Sambanthar story telling tour- Inside the Kapali temple.


Traditional Games – Dayakattam and Pallankuzhi

The festival will also see traditional games - Dayakattam (5.30pm Sat) and Pallankuzhi (5.30pm Sun) at Lady Sivaswamy Girls School.On the spot registrations at 5pm.


Children Specials

On Saturday and Sunday morning at 8am at the Nageswara Rao Park, there will be a two hour Kiragami and ‘Coffee Painting’ Workshop for children in the age group 8-12years.This is restricted to 30 children on each day. All materials will be provided. On the spot registration at 7.45 am.


60 children will present Mikeless Kutcheris over the four days at the Nageswara Rao Park between 7am and 8am.


The 10th year of the Chess Contest for children will see 80 children aged below 12years taking part at the Nageswara Rao Park on Saturday and Sunday morning.


There will also be craft and art workshop for children on the weekend between 3pm and 5pm at the Lady Sivaswami Girls School.


10,000 Eco Friendly Cloth bags

To discourage the use of plastic bags, 10,000 environment friendly cloth bags, with eco-friendly messages on the bag, will be handed over to visitors of the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival 2018 in exchange of plastic bags. Over the last 8years, 80000 cloth bags have been distributed during the festival.


The Finale – Vintage Tamil Music on Sunday evening

The festival will draw to a close at the main stage on Sunday evening with a vintage Tamil film music concert by music director N Kannan’s Retro to Metro band. Starts 8pm


Festival website:, Contact: 94457 64499

Jan 02, 2018
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