Madras or Chennai, is incomplete without the famed “Margazhi” festival.
Margazhi is a tamil month which falls roughly between the 15th of December and 14th of January. This month is famous for Fine arts, in Chennai. Numerous sabhas organise concerts and programmes classical dance and music. It is a month filled with music and dance all around.
Every December, the early morning air is filled with the tunes of the hymns of Thiruppavai and Thiruvembavai. Later that day, one gets to devour the divinity that is classical music and dance. This is also the month when the car porches are decorated with the most colourful of kolams (Rangoli).
One would be surprised to know that these concerts and programmes happen all through the day. Almost all the sabhas in the city have their own line ups and schedules and it is considered a privilege to be able to perform in one of those slots. We have Rasikas (enthusiasts) from all over the world, who throng Chennai just to be a part of this extravaganza.
Apart from getting to listen to the best of artistes, this season is also for tasting the best of South Indian food in these Sabhas. Each sabha has its own list of food items that are famous and they have their own set of patronage, who stand by them no matter what.
Chennai also has its own set of people who let their houses and free rooms in their homes for rent to accomodate these tourists. They provide the best of hospitality and convenience to the visitors, who also get to experience the Touch of Madras.
Mid December to Mid January is the best time to visit Chennai and I swear you will not regret it.
Have you booked your tickets yet? 😉