Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Trust elbowed to move fest out of Chidambaram temple

The bad news came early this year - that the Natyanjali in Chidambaram would not be performed inside the famed temple dedicated to Lord Nataraja.

For over 30 years now, a private Trust took over an initiative that was started by the state and a few art connoisseurs. It managed the festival well but there were some murmurs from the priestly Dikshitars who manage this temple.

One group of Dikshitars informally decided to host the dances itself and sidelined the request from the Trust.

Failed in its attempts to make the Dikshitars see reason, the Trust has now chosen a private plot on South Car Street to host the five-day fest. But this will certainly not come anywhere close to what they Fest was all these years. After all, performing inside the temple creates a unique feel.

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