You shouldn't be surprised if you a van-load of teenagers spilling out on East Street and weaving their way to the stage.
As the nagaswarm closed the opening act of Day One of the Natyanjali to launch the 2012 edition of the dance fest, the troupe of Abhirami Natyalaya was more than just dancers.
Their props were loadsful.
Guru Parimala Venkataraman from Coimbatore brought a hour-long production on Lord Siva.
But squeezing it into 30minutes and then running off to Pandanallur for their second performance on Sivaratri night was a maddening task.
Backstage dancer and makeup artist Sasikumar struggled with masks, hairdos and jewelry to make sure the show went on.
"The music keeps rolling but we are struggling," he says.
And yet, the school and college students were up to the task.