Kumbakonam supports the Natyanjali well - the west side of the Sri Kumbeswarar Temple where the dances are held is packed on all evenings. The dew has been a tad heavy after 9 pm and many people tend to leave then.
Kumbakonam is also a old Congress fort, now weak. But seniors like G R Moopanar who are the patrons of the fest make sure the event is grand and well managed.
Every evening, he and his local team drop by, make their presence felt and exchange pleasantries.
Thankfully, they refrained from preening and upstaging the show. Politicians have a role to play; a discreet one.