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Madras Musings wishes all its readers a very Happy New Year!                      (ARCHIVE) VOL. XXII NO. 18, January 1-15, 2013
Dates for your Diary

Till January 7: Exhibition of paintings by Ashok (at DakshinaChitra).

Till January 7: Urumu or 'thunder dance' of Andhra Pradesh. The Urumu is a percussion instrument made of brass or bell metal with its sides covered with goat skin. The dance is performed to please the deity Akkamma (at DakshinaChitra).

January 9-13: Thudumbattam, a traditional folk dance of Tamil Nadu, performed using a percussion instrument called 'Thudumbu'. It is made out of the hide of cattle and is believed to have been used by the tribals to drive away wild animals (at DakshinaChitra).

January 14-17: Poikkal Kudirai, Mayilattam and Karagam, all traditional dances of Tamil Nadu, to celebrate Pongal (at DakshinaChitra).

January 18-24: Theyyam, a hugely popular folk performance from the North Malabar region of Kerala (at DakshinaChitra).

January 25-31: The Kangilu of Karnataka is a dance performed to the rhythm of the Dolu drum in honour of the deity to drive out evil from a village (at DakshinaChitra).

Till January 31: Village Heritage Festival, featuring the rhythms, movements and colours of the different folk dances of South India (at DakshinaChitra).

February 2-12: ConCurrenCe, a comprehensive exhibition of artwork ranging from paintings and sculptures to digital prints by emerging and established artists. They span several stylistic genres, ranging from pure abstraction to figuration with the focus on contemporaneity (at Forum Art Gallery).

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In this Issue

How about a Festival of Chennai?
Are things moving again in the Poonga?
Bharati complains about the Police
In-Sight into ensuring better eye-sight
A memorial to a life of service
Three pioneers of industrialisation
18th Century Madras Lockyer saw

Our Regulars

Short 'N' Snappy
Our Readers Write
Quizzin' with Ram'nan
Dates for your Diary


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