DakshinaChitra’s Margazhi Village Festival will current the folks arts of South India

While Margazhi in Chennai is commonly thought-about synonymous with the classical arts, additionally it is the time when heritage museum DakshinaChitra shines the highlight on the folks arts of South India. Folk artistes from throughout South India be a part of, to current an eclectic and vibrant combination of conventional performing arts which can be most frequently solely related to weddings and temple festivals. This yr, although there have been reservations each financially and in any other case, the administration is limiting the Margazhi Village Festival to the weekends, stretching upto January 24.

Artist and coordinator at DakshinaChitra, Gita Hudson, has been seeing a gradual crowd ever for the reason that museum reopened on November 9 after being shut for eight months. Having the luxurious of open areas inside the 10-acre campus aides this curiosity. “While I can’t say there is a 100 percent attendance like last year, there is an inflow of steady, manageable crowd,” says Gita, including, “The festival usually starts before December, and continues till January between which comes Pongal. This year, we didn’t want to give it a miss,” says Gita. City-dwellers seeking to get away from their each day, monotonous routines have been reaching DakshinaChitra post-lockdown, says Gita.


  • Kamsale: December 25 to 27
  • Thappattam: January 1 to three, 2021
  • Panchavadyam: January 8 to 10, 2021
  • Garugalu: January 22 to 24, 2021
  • Each dance can be carried out at 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm on the respective days, for 20 minutes every.

Four conventional arts teams from throughout South India are set to carry out. The artistes had been elated to hitch, says Gita, declaring how folks and conventional artistes had been hit onerous within the pandemic-led slowdown. “They want to be back on their toes and . They were actually disappointed because initially, we had nine days of continuous performances. Either way, They wish to get back to normal life,” says Gita.

Linge Srinivas and troupe from Karnataka will carry out kamsale dance, a efficiency wielding the eleventh Century percussion instrument kamsale (a cymbal-like instrument manufactured from brass) which is standard within the Kannada-speaking areas of Mysuru, Mandya, Kollegal, Chamarajanagara, Nanjangudu and outskirts of Bengaluru. This type incorporates components of dance and martial arts. John Peter and troupe from Chennai will showcase thappattam or paraiattam, a rhythmic show of motion and music utilizing the hand-held drum, thappu.

From Kerala, Nandakumar and troupe will carry out panchavadyam, an orchestra typical of the area which contains 5 devices: kombu, edakka, thimila, ilathalam and maddalam. The troupe can even carry out the garagalu dance, with an earthen vessel known as garaga.

The museum is nicely ready to obtain friends, says Gita. Since the performances can be in open areas, social distancing measures may be simply enforced. Sanitising stations are arrange “And, arrow marks will guide the guests on where to go. This will also divide the crowd.”


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