The East Coast Road is in some ways the road to the Natyanjali circuit.
In Tamil Nadu. At Sivaratri time.
Skirting the lovely east coast, the drive is a pleasure.
This year, we set out after dusk. A time when you must be a tad careful on the drive; Indians race down good roads.
In the night, we spotted at some villages giant, extensive illumination fronting the local Shiva temples.
Music floated in the air.
And as we took the bend outside Puducherry, the music of a dance recital in session in the temple yard floated in.
From Chennai to Puducherry, to Chidambaram and Nagapattinam, the Natyanjali dance fest circuit has spread far. And is growing. Even outside Tamil Nadu.