Saturday, 17 February 2018

Warm hospitality of Chidambaram

Hospitality has been an integral part of the Natyanjali Trust team. 

All the artistes and special guests and invitees are invited for dinner which offers a menu of traditional food. 'Tiffin', as it is called in these parts.

A large hall inside a traditional Chettinad house that belongs to the A. C. Muthiah family serves as the dining space and artistes can take a break here after their performance.

There is another tradition that the Trust team follows; every evening each member brings home-made food to the dining hall - carrot halwa, idlis and podi, keerai dosa, oothapam and curd semiya.

One recalls the hospitality of the earlier times when over 200 people would dine, morning, noon and night. The kitchen would work round the clock to feed artistes, guests and workers. 

It cost a bit for the hosts but donations of rice, sugar and dhal from Chidambaram-based well-wishers offset part of the expenses.

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