The Cortege

A funeral complete with decorated can and drummers
A funeral complete with decorated van and drummers

As we entered Mylapore maada veedhi, a procession with drummers, dancers, firecrackers and a van decorated like a ratham, greeted us. It was no festival but a funeral. While we took this in our stride, a group of curious tourists started clicking away.

A funeral complete with decorated van and drummers
A funeral complete with decorated van and drummers
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The Young Photographer

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The young photographer at the Kolam Contest, Mylapore Festival 2018
The young photographer at the Kolam Contest, Mylapore Festival 2018

 

The Kolam competition spread over two days, is always the most popular item at the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival for the last 16 years. Nowadays, you find a hoard of photographers covering the event.

This photographer was perhaps the youngest in the crowd with a DSLR.

The Long Wait

Visitors waiting for the Mylapore festival to begin
Visitors waiting for the Mylapore festival to begin

The Sundaram Finance Mylapore festival events on the stage start at 5.30 pm. The early birds had a long wait. Gratefully, there were chairs to sit on.

Indian Medicine Practitioner

100 year - old shop in Mylapore
Kannan, 44 years in a 100-year shop

(Dr.) Kannan, as the board says is an ‘Indian Medicine Practioner’. I was attracted by the quaint shop and its contents and layout. Mr Kannan was happy to pose. He said that the shop is 100-years old and he has been there for 44 years.

TN Bus strike and the passengers

TN Bus strike and passengers
Damocles’ sword over TN Bus passengers

As the strike by the employees of the monopolistic TN Transport service enters the 4th day, there appears to be no relief for the passengers. This bus shelter in Luz, Mylapore has a prominent poster of a shaving razor (announcing a new eponymous Tamil film).

It seems to indicate the fate of the passengers.

The Chennai Photowalk; Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival 2018

Sunset over Mylapore

Sunset over Mylapore tank
Sunset over Mylapore tank

Dusk – when the real and the unreal are indistinguishable.

Sunset over Mylapore Temple tank on a Margazhi day. No editing except for the watermark.

Mylapore Festival begins

Another view of Kapaleeswarar temple, Mylapore
Another view of Kapaleeswarar temple, Mylapore

The Mylapore Festival is on. The mandap in front of the temple was open and one could have a different view of the gopuram through the vaahanam cart placed there. The pillars in the mandapam had several figures carved on them.

For the Sundaram Finance Mylapore Festival 2018 details. click here.