the fifth edition of India’s biggest City-wide Festival, Chennai Sangamam was held across tamil nadu Between January 12 and 17, 2011. . Between January 12 and 17, 2011 the city of Chennai come’s alive as over 900 performers of every hue take their art to the streets. This sangamam is a unique medley of folk-music, art, dance, culture and food
Chennai Sangamam began with a conversation between Kanimozhi and Fr.Jegath Gaspar Raj. It was in September 2006. We wanted to organize a fest during Pongal, centered around the art forms which reflect the shared socio-cultural experiences of the people of Tamil Nadu. At the same time we wanted it to be an inclusive City Festival which would befit the cosmopolitan character of Chennai today. The Chennai Sangamam idea was born.
We knew that some day the Festival would become big receiving popular acclaim and embrace. But when it rolled out on February 21, 2008 we realized people of Chennai had long been waiting for such a festival that brought arts closer to their homes and lives. Above all a festival that brought them together as a community. For many it also brought nostalgic memories of their old village festivals. For the younger generation the sheer energy of the folk rhythms and intensity of the presentation and colors were electrifying and enthralling.
The idea to have it in the open parks, beaches and streets was an inspiration from the Bangaluru Habba celebrations. The support given by the Dept. of Tourism & Culture-Govt. of Tamil Nadu and the media played a key role in the success of our first edition of Chennai Sangamam held in 2007.The enduring symbol of Chennai Sangamam – the Calf-Head logo was the creation of artist Maruthu.
The Food component that got added in the second edition of Chennai Sangamam in 2008 enhanced the popular appeal of the festival and all credits should go to Mr.Mahadevan, Chairman, Oriental Cuisines Pvt.Ltd and the South India Culinary Association under the leadership of Chef Sounderrajan.
Chennai has a rich tradition of classical music. Carnatic music enjoys a well informed and sophisticated audience. Chennai Sangamam brought classical music to the open. Afficianados found it refreshing. To the commoner it came without any cost. Sincere thanks to the top line Carnatic classical artists who gladly sang in the parks and beaches.
Chennai Sangamam also did their performance in TCS-Siruseri. One of my colleagues recorded the video of the function. Below are some of them
chennai sangamam 2011@TCS Siruseri-Chennai- Part 1
chennai sangamam 2011@TCS Siruseri-Chennai- Part 2
chennai sangamam 2011@TCS Siruseri-Chennai- Part 3
chennai sangamam 2011@TCS Siruseri-Chennai- Part 4
chennai sangamam 2011@TCS Siruseri-Chennai- Part 5