The early evening slots on stage are always for groups from the towns of Tamil Nadu. ( One wishes similar groups from interior Kerala and Andhra make the journey here ).
For these groups, performing here is a big thing - parents, relatives and friends often accompany the artistes.
The evening, the opening recital was by a group from Vandalur, a Chennai suburb. Om Sri Raja Rajeswari Natyalaya of guru T Saraswathi. The team was here on time, warmed up and went on stage a shade after 5.15 p.m.
The audience is small at this time of the evening. But for groups like the Vandalur one this does not matter at all.