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VOL. XXIII NO. 18, JANUARY 1-15, 2014
Dates for your diary

Till January 18: 1x1 of a kind, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures in small format by the Progressive Painters’ Association (PPA), one of the oldest art organisations in India. It was started by late K.C. Panicker in 1944. The artists include many eminent ones and also some promising new talents most of whom reside in Cholamandal Artists’ Village (at Forum Art Gallery).

Till January 18: Idhu Chennai da, an exhibition on popular culture of Chennai by Arts Management Students (at DakshinaChitra).

Till January 20: Exhibition of paintings of Yusuf Arakkal (at DakshinaChitra).

Till January 25: Journey in Solitude, solo exhibition of Yusuf Arakkal (at DakshinaChitra).

January 22-February 3: Group show on Kerala murals by Naveen, Sunil Kumar and Baburaj (at DakshinaChitra).

Till January 31: Margazhi Village Festival 2014 (at DakshinaChitra) with the following performances of South India folk art forms:

Till January 6: Chittimela performance by Kumaraiya and troupe, Karnataka. Chittimela is a traditional folk orchestra popular in the southern parts of Karnataka. The main performer plays folk melodies on an instrument known as mukhaveena and is supported by drums and cymbals, and singers and dancers.

January 8-13: Oppana and Thiruvathirakali performance by Folkland from Kerala. Thiruvathirakali is a popular dance of Kerala performed by women on festive occasions. Oppana is a folkdance form performed traditionally in the Muslim community of Kerala to entertain the bride on her marriage eve.

January 14-20: Pongal Festival with Mayilattam and Karagam by Raju and Troupe. The Harvest Festival will be celebrated with folk dances such as above.

January 22-27: Lambani dance by Visvakarma and troupe from Hyderabad. Lambani is a folk dance by tribal women who bedeck themselves in colourful costumes and jewellery. In this dance, the females dance in tune with the male drummers to offer homage to their Lord for a good harvest.

January 29-31: Thappattam performance by Adhi Vishnu and troupe. In this dance form, a person acts both as the dancer and the instrumentalist. The name tappattam comes from percussion instrument, Tappu, that the players beat on as they sing and dance.

Performance timings are 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Workshops at DakshinaChitra

For children

January 25: Wheel & Coil pottery.

For adults

January 11-12: Photography

January 25: Numismatics

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In this issue

Still waiting for a Tree Act
What does the Metro Plan for RSRM Choultry
Sadir to Bharata Natyam
The Madras Balloon
A Further Look at our Trees
Krishnan and his Tamil Writings
Headlines & Tailpieces

Our Regulars

Short 'N' Snappy
Readers Write
Quizzin' With Ram'nan
Madras Eye
Dates for Your Diary


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