Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Jottings from Luz Church Road . . .

A good many people must be saying by now that all these awards functions seem to be a tad pedestrian. No wonder not many people care to attend them.

Smt. Sivagami Petachi Auditorium is a great space for a more intimate experience for a concert or a play. Located inside the campus of the M. Ct. M Muthiah Chettyar School on Luz Church Road, this was the venue for the launch of Brahma Gana Sabha's festival on Wednesday evening ( Dec.3).

Five minutes to opening time and there were more people chatting on the lawns than inside the hall. Workers were still hammering nails into display boards and the makeshift canteen staff had only hot cups of coffee to offer; tiffin would take time.

And when the awards were given by chief guest Justice Kaul of the Madras High Court, there was a big battery of media photographers, a rare sight at sabha events.

Seniors of the Tamil drama fraternity make it a point to be present when one of their own is decorated. So after actor ARS ( A R Srinivasan ) had received his award on stage, many theatre-people got up to felicitate him and were around him in the lobby after the formal event was done with. Even the 83-year-old Koothapiran was here as was Kathadi Ramamurthy and others.

We chanced on a small stall selling packed idli-s. The Idli Factory is a start-up venture of a young entrepreneur who has re-designed the idli and sells them in small, smart packs. Try them!

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