Annamalai has partly contributed to Chidambaram's growth, being a varsity campus though it gets into the newspapers nowadays for the wrong reasons - unrest, protests and stuff.
The small group of dancers under Uma Anand who did the nattuvangam this evening get a warm welcome and a bigger round of applause from fellow students when they complete their recital.
The mallari seems to be a favorite with Chidambaram - the students' concert starts with one.
Backstage, we meet journalist Prakash M Swamy who is based in the USA, is head of the Tamil Sangam there and is one of the guests at the inaugural function of the Natyanjali this evening.
The other guest is state secretary of the Art & Culture Department for Tamil Nadu - S S Jawahar.