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Enthralling Navarathri Festival in Chennai | Photo Story

In the north, the beautiful people sway their hips to the dance of Garba and depict the life of Rama as Ramlila.
In the east,the devotees submerge the statue of Ma Durga in the river which is followed by a tearful farewell to send her off.In the west,the leaves of the aapta tree are exchanged which is considered auspicious.And then comes our place,the south.where the entire celebration takes place for 9 days called Navarathri by building a rack of odd-numbered shelves or padi set up using wooden planks. After the golu is covered with fabric it is then adorned with various dolls, figurines and toys according to their size, with the deities at the top.Even golu dolls have evolved these days so much that we have dolls of ganesh ji checking his phone and trains going around the golu padi.

But in the authentic way, golu used to depict the court scenes of the olden days,the day to day happenings of the Pandits and many more.Even tough that authentic touch is lost in many places there are some places where they are still kept in check.And one such beautiful place is Mylapore. I stroll through the north mada street in the morning as bhanjans fill the street and smell of the still moist sand fill my nostrils.The entire surrounding is busy as people continue purchasing golu dolls throughout the day.

I see many new and different dolls. Dolls moving their head on their own, ganesh ji poising his sense of calmness, Rama and lakshmana ready for their vana yaatra and so many more dolls depicting the old Indian myths.
The temples are a view to behold as people fled in and out to adorn this beautiful kolu.

Then comes my favourite part, the Sundal. It is kept in front of the kolu and prayed for the well being of all and it is served as prasad .With spicy chillies and small mustards it sure does add flavour to the festive season of vijayadashami. Kolu not only form a part of house but it’s seen in colleges and schools where teachers and students together enjoy this joyous moment. The series of pictures depict the mood of festival.
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An article by Jaya Roshini and Photographs by Srivatsan Sankaran and Pavithraa Swaminathan

Vinayaga idol Procession & Immersion 2016, Chennai | Photo Story

Although the day of anant Chaturdashi is the most significant day to immerse Ganesha idol in the sea, some places also have the habit of performing the Visarjan on 3rd or 5th or 7th day of the Pooja. On the Visarjan day, the statue of the god is immersed in a water body after the final offerings of the flowers, coconuts and sweet. A grandeur fanfare with large crowds squirming in the street is seen when the idols are being taken to the ‘Visarjan’. Thousands of devotees join the procession and fill the atmosphere with chants. The procession is accompanied with Dhol and other traditional instruments.
Immersions are allowed in few public places like Patnapakkam, Neelankarai and Royapuram to reduce the debris and pollution. Below images are taken in patnapakkam since it’s the major spot for immersion process.

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An article by Smita Joshi and photographs by Srivatsan Sankaran

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12 lesser known Facts About Madras

Everyone knows that Chennai (formerly known as Madras) is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest cultural, economic and educational centre in South India. we have collected various unknown facts about Madras and presented them with images. prison YMCA onetwothree music india Highcourt higginbothams forbes Edited_one day3 Chepauk Arts college

An article by Pavithraa Swaminathan .Edited and curated by Srivatsan Sankaran.

Image Copyrights: Dayanidhi, Raghav K, Srivatsan S, Balu Velacherry, Mustansir Lokhandwala, Chandy, World YMCA.

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The Superstar FDFS Phenomenon

Well, Chennai saw the extravagant opening for Thalaivar’s Magnum Opus Kabali and how could we miss that celebration!

Bus conductor and stage artist Shivaji Rao from Karnataka to World Superstar Rajnikanth. This happened when the stage actor decided to take up the Film School in Madras looking for a career in the Film Industry.

The வந்தாரை வாழவைக்கும் சென்னை ,  accepted this man like everyone else but took him to a whole new level. His sophisticated acting style and his mere stage presence is more than enough to create the mass quotient.

After his initial Kollywood stints gave a positive outcome in Tamilnadu, he decides to continue further and took Chennai his home.  With a unique style and body language in every movie, he gets into the heart of billions of people all over the world and his style gets soaked in the blood of his fabulous fan base. Every Rajnikanth’s movie is a New Year’s Eve or Diwali Gala with Chennai being the main hub of these events.  At 65 years his hard work and dedication has brought him to this stage.

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Why the other heroes from India or even from Tamilnadu doesn’t get this attention ?

Because, He is Thalaivar, and there is more to it. He is known for his astounding thoughts on philosophy, spirituality and his simple nature. Being a multimillionaire, his life behind the camera is something that made the people love him unconditionally. The slim bald man whose simple smile is enough to create a pandemonium and fiery tornadoes across.

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Chennai has the habit of treating the best people with huge respect and honors. Be it a film star or a sportsperson or a music composer, we celebrate them to the skies.

If Chepauk is the Lion’s Den, then Albert is our Thalaivar’s Throne.

Every Rajnikanth’s movie release is celebrated like a festival in this 1200 capacity auditorium. With the developing multiplex world in the city, single and double screen theatres like these in Chennai is where the city’s youth population divulge to blowout the Mass Mantra. Life Size cutouts, huge banners, milk abhishekams, crazy face and body paintings , Super star T Shirts, social service events, fireworks and celebrations go well in place.

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It’s not common for people from neighboring states or even countries to visit Chennai just for the sake of watching a Thalaivar movie first day, first show.  It’s only at Chennai where one can feel the effect of Rajnikanth and sense the joy and pulse along with thousands of hardcore followers. Awake at 2.30 AM on 22nd July I browse my Facebook wall to see check-ins and images of celebrations at the theatres. Celebrated Malayalam Actor Jayaram, Director Ranjith, Music Director Santosh Narayan appear at Kasi Theatre in the wee hours to join the FDFS celebration and enjoy the movie the way it should be.

If one man can make the city to be active by 2.30AM, make them dance to beats, shout loud to hell and burst out of emotions, he is in the right place in his life where success is just a small thing. He has won the hearts of millions just by his walk and smile !

Ending with this, Rajnikanth is a word. Thalaivar is an Emotion!