Often, these dance students are from corners of the state and outside.
On Wednesday evening (Ash Wednesday for Christians, the first day of the season of Lent, a season for contemplation and correction), we met up with guru C. Jayaprakash Narayanan from Kumarapalayam.
His wards, a dozen of them and their mothers had performed at Thiruvaiyaru and Thanjavur before landing here in Chidambaram.
The parents of these kutties enjoy the excitement.
Shanmughasundaram calls from his store in Bhavani to enquire about his daughter's recital this evening. And looks forward to a video of the two items that the group presents.
Even as the sun goes down on a breezy evening, young Kripa Srivatsan from Tiruchy begins her recital with a 'mallari'.
Vijaya Mukandan is her guru. The Mukundans have been running Salangai, for 26 years now.