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Fancy Dress competition and costumes in Chennai

My son was selected in his school to participate in a fancy dress competition conducted in Chettinad School last week. The task of coming up with the theme and the dress was left to us parents.

The first was the theme (concept), after much wrangling between me and my wife, she came with the brilliant idea of doing Kannappa Nayanar story with the message on “Eye Donation”. She said since I am an avid blogger I write well so she assigned me to write the script (this is the downside of writing blogs I learned on that day :-)). Add to this she assigned me to write it in both languages – Tamil and English as we couldn’t agree on which language our son will feel comfortable delivering. Here is the complete script in Tamil and English on Kannapa Nayanar story in brief with a message in the end on Eye Donation (Please feel free to use it if you have a need).

The second was to source the costume. We needed a hunter dress complete with Deerskin (or like) bottom, Bow and Arrow, Cap, Beads Garland, etc. After some search on Internet, I came across an article in “The Hindu” listing some costume hires. With that information and inputs from friends and relatives, we identified 3 shops in South Chennai. We went to all the three, all of them had the dress set we wanted for hire. On an average per day of hire, they quoted Rs.100-150 and a refundable deposit of Rs.200-400. We went to the first shop listed below just because the dress looked slightly better than the others.

  1. K. Nathamuni & Sons (Theatre & Cine Hires & Suppliers), New #179 (Old #73) Kodambakkam High Road, Chennai – 17. Phone: 044-2345 5990, 4212 2229. If you are coming from Valluvar Kottam towards Vadapalani, instead of climbing the Kodambakkam Flyover, get into the small lane below (left-hand side of the flyover, opposite to Murasoli office) after few shops you will find this one.
  2. Nathrang & Co. (Hires of Cine & Dramatic Costumes of Historical & Social pattern & cartoon characters), Nathigam Press Building, First Floor, 97/55 Arcot Road, Chennai – 600 024. Phone: 044-2480 2489.
  3. Thangam Dresses (Costumes & Ornaments for Hire & Sale, Character Wigs, Turbans & Dresses, School Drama, etc.) 199 Arcot Road, Vadapalani, Chennai – 600 026. Phone: 044-2362 3467, 98415 53888, 98418 46888. This shop is exactly opposite to Vadapalani Police Station on Arcot Road itself, few shops from the Ring Road intersection.
  4. Update: 26/October/2013. Today when I wanted a “Halloween” costume for my son (who is ten years now) I wanted to try a new shop. A Google search showed me Costume Connexions, seeing their address I realized I have gone to their Royappetah High Road shop (SMS Centre Basement, Opp Sapthaswara Musicals, before the left street to Vidya Mandir School)  a few years back. They have shops in Velachery (Near Baradhiyar Park) and R.K.Mutt road (opp. PSS Hospital) as well. I got my son a Pirate costume costs Rs.650 for rent, to be returned by next 24 hours. Phone: +91 98846 88463, +91 44 24981516
  5. Update: 20/January/2015: Shanthi’s Dance Costumes (Shop No.90, Maya Plaza  3rd Floor, Pondy Bazaar), Phone: +91-44-2345 0151


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28 Comments

  • I am looking for someone who can make a costume of the globe for my son. Not a full round just the front portion around 3ft in size…kindly contact.

  • Hello sir,

    My daughter(3 yrs old) is participating in the fancy dress competition. I opted to act as a Tooth past and Brush , where can I buy the dress as per the request and what dialogue can be tell to act as a Tooth past and Brush.

  • Thank you for the very useful post. My only hitch is I need it for my son’s birthday which will be at Coimbatore – and may be i will have to pay the extra days’ rent also.

  • I think this type of information is quite benevolent for parents. Children took part in various fancy dress competition and it becomes quite difficult for parents to find an appropriate dress. Information shared here about various fancy dress store is genuinely very helpful. I would also like to share an online store here. Probably it would help parents to get appropriate fancy dress for their children. Check out http://www.fancydressmeup.co.uk/

  • Thanks for the info which given, now we are in singapore also my son study here, on 7 august 2014 he going to participate fancy dress comption (Doctor) i don’t know where to get the dress, finally i found http://www.costumeconnexions.com who selling these kind of dress, it will more usefull for the parents.

    Regards,
    Raju Rajeshkanna

  • Hi
    Lilmischief is a Toys n Party store in Besant Nagar. We are a one stop birthday party store into theme parties . We have part favours , return gifts and toys for kids. Recently as per our clients request we have introduced costumes and accessories for fancy dress for kids .
    Fancy dresses include freedom fighters,regional costumes,pirates,Halloween,Hawaiian,animal ,super hero costumes and mask etc. these costumes are for sale only .
    Our address is E-97, 1st Floor, 3rd Main road,BESANT Nagar
    Ph no. 044- 24466303


    Author’s Comment: Normally I don’t approve commercial listings/promotions in this personal blog. I am making an exception for above, as this is relevant to the post. Please note, I don’t endorse this firm in any way.

  • Hello sir

    Though this blog has been a long time before the information provided is so useful even now in 2013… i am so happy that i got the info i was searching for…..

    Thank you so much sir….

  • hi,
    this is KusumaVenkat.my son who is 4yrs old and she is in class lkg and he had got a fancy dress competition in his school.i am planning to dress him as mickey mouse could u pls let me know if there is any shops in chennai where i can buy decent and well finished mickey mouse costume for him.that will be of great help if u can do this for me.because we come to chennai just for a month.pls help.thanks

  • The post was merely informative but the replies are really hilarisad. Tamil people really the most non-reading-before-they-reply creatures on the planet.

  • வணக்கம் என்னுடைய பேரனுக்கு இந்த வாரம் FANCY DRESS COMPETITION உள்ளது .என்ன செய்வது என்று திசை தெரியாமல் விழித்து கொண்டிருந்தோம் .நல்ல நேரம் உங்கள் POSTING படித்த பின் தைரியம் வந்தது .மிக்க நன்றி ,பலருக்கும் உபயோகமான தகவல்களை போஸ்ட் செய்தமைக்கு மிக்க நன்றி !!!

  • My daughter(4 yrs old) is participating in the fancy dress competition. I opted to act as a Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, where can I buy the dress as per the request and what dialogue can be tell to act as a Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

    Regards,

    Shankar V.
    (Mobile Number removed by moderator)

  • @Ramya, you can contact the shops I have written in the blog post. I am not into the business of selling dresses or I want my personal blog to be used as a classifieds forum. I have hidden your last 5 digits of your mobile number for your privacy. Thanks.

  • Congrats first…and thanks for the information regarding costume. By the way the script is very nice

    G.Rajesh, Advocate

  • Hi,there is a store at anna nagar, excellent costumes for hire and purchase. She has many imported costumes,costomised ones and all of them are well maintained,clean and neat.The name of the shop is New Moon fancy dress costumes and her number 9176841485

    Author’s Comment: Normally I don’t approve commercial listings/promotions/contact details in this personal blog. I am making an exception for above, as this is relevant to the post. Please note, I don’t endorse this firm in any way.

  • my son 5 years old studying 1st standard is partcipating in the fancy dress competetion…rcently he ahs seen robo and he want to enact as robo in fancy dress competetion.kindly provide the details of shops where robo type dresses are sold..kindly do the needful

  • Hi,

    My daughter(4 yrs old) is participating in the fancy dress competition with the theme of Indian states. I am looking for North or North East state dresses. Kindly provide me the details of the shop, where I can get the dress as per the request.

  • Hi Venkatarangan,

    Thanks for the info!
    I am hunting for a Krishna costume for my 3 year old son.

    Regards,
    Sankari

  • Hi Venkatarangan,

    Am sure your son enjoyed being part of the competition. Many thanks for posting the phone numbers of the costume rentals in your blog, i am getting the bharathiyar one for my son from Nathamuni today. Cheers, and have a great day!

    Best Regards,
    Priya

  • hi,
    this is gayathri ashok.i stay abroad.my daughter who is 5yrs old and she is in class ukg and she had got a fancy dress competition in her school.i am planning to dress her as mickey mouse could u pls let me know if there is any shops in chennai where i can buy decent and well finished mickey mouse costume for her.that will be of great help if u can do this for me.because we come to chennai just for a month.pls help.thanks

  • Dear Venkatarangan,
    thank you for your information posted in your bolgs.

    good and keep doing.

    regars,
    sahana

  • HI

    This is Karthikeyan, I was actually hunting for shop to my Son fo his fancy dress competition, He is only 4 years, Can ay one suggest me where can i get fancy dress and which costume will suit. Ur immediate response is highly appreciatabe.

    Regards
    Karthikeyan

  • Hi,

    Thank you so much for the info. I was actually hunting for a shop for my daughter who is in LKG for her fancy dress competion. She in only 3 1/2 yrs.Can u suggest me wome other costume which will suit her age.

    Thanks

  • Hi Sir,

    Giving this kind of info is very much useful for the parents who are helpless to buy these kind of costumes. my personal thanks to you for giving chance to me to get good name from my neighbor(they appreciated me very much) by giving these address for thier child school competition.

    thanks
    Saravanan Sundaresan