Friday, 21 December 2012

Old world charm at Tamil Isai Sangam's festival launch

The atmosphere at the Raja Annamalai Complex where Tamil Isai Sangam holds its concerts and December festival is so different from what reigns at other sabhas in Mylapore and Mambalam.
This art deco building, decorated with illuminations for the occasion still stands out amidst the evening rush hour traffic and the looming minarets of the High Court buildings nearby.

Inside is an old world charm and yet, the space is good for music, dance or drama.

On Friday evening ( Dec.21) the hall smelt of fresh paint when the curtains went up for the launch of its 80th Fest by guest Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla of the Madras High Court.

PSV Raja and group had just wound up their nadaswaram concert to let the spot lights be on two of their own seniors who were to be decorated this evening - Madurai M P N Ponnuswamy, with the Isai Peraringnar award and Sami Dhandapani with the Pann Isai Peraringnar award.
A regular for years was in the front row - former manager of MGR and former AIADMK leader, R M Veerappan.

Present on the dais were P R Gokulakrishnan, president of the Sangam and A C Muthiah, secretary.
A host of music students were given prizes they had won in competitions.

Finally, as is the tradition now Dr. Seekazhi G. Sivachidambaram moved in to present a concert.
Thirumurai isai recitals are held early evening daily and main concerts begin at 6.45 pm.

Some picks among the concerts -
TKS Kalaivanan and party present old songs from the stage ( theatre) era - Dec.22. AKC Natarajan gives a vocal concert - Dec.23. T M Krishna on Dec.26. Sanjay Subrahmanyam on Dec.29 and Aruna Sairam on Dec.30.

Call 25341958 - Sangam office.

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