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Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd. through its brand Poompuhar has been promoting artisans around Tamil Nadu state and showcasing their works for sale. In cooperation with Ministry of Textiles, they are conducting an exhibition and sale, called Craft Bazaar. The exhibition is open until 15th March at Kalaivanar Arangam, Wallajah Road, Chepauk. Handicrafts and cotton textiles made by artisans are on display. Today I went to the exhibition with my wife – the items were so attractive and beautiful, that we bought over a dozen items.  Don’t miss it, encourage our artisans. தவறாமல் சென்று பாருங்கள் – சென்னை கலைவாணர் அரங்கத்தில் வரும் 15ஆம்…

Seeing online the colourful photographs of Theyyam festival that happens during winter months in Kerala, a few of my friends and I decided to travel there. Called “Dance of Gods”, the Theyyam celebrations mainly happen in the Northern Malabar regions of Kerala (Kasargod, Kannur Districts) across thousands of Temple in the area and beyond. The folk culture of Theyyam is believed to be over 800 years old. The musical dance act is performed with elaborate Headdresses, make-up, masks and accompanied by musical instruments include Chenda – parade celebrations bringing their offerings to the Goddess – and barefoot ritual fire walking.…

Tamil Nadu Government’s Department of Museum has been celebrating UNESCO’s recognition of Chennai as ‘a Creative City for Music” with a series of events. For last two days, an edutainment series is happening at the Museum Theatre, titled aptly as “Iyal Isai Museum”. I attended the morning session today, which had brilliant talks by experts – got to learn so much about fields I had no knowledge. Dr Swanamalya Ganesh talked about Visual and Performing Arts (~ Dance) of 17th Century Tamil Nadu. She explained how the art form has developed over the centuries in Tamil Nadu with ample examples…

The Government Museum, Chennai is a must place to go if you are in the city – till a few years ago, it was maintained poorly, but thanks to Government initiatives and capable officers, nowadays it is looking better. The museum is spread across six buildings and it houses a variety of galleries – Archaeology, Zoology, Numismatics, Natural History, Bronze, Paintings, Children, Culture, Music and more. Started in 1851, it is the second oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. You can check out the posts on my earlier visits to the museum in 2010 and 2014.

The entry ticket is ₹30 and the ticket for using your camera (including your mobile) is ₹200. As per the ticket, the museum is open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM on all days except Fridays and national holidays.

I visited the museum today to see a special exhibition that’s happening from 11.Jan.2018 to 12.Feb.2018. Titled Iyal Isai Museum, rare musical instruments and dance sculptures from the museum’s archives are being exhibited for public viewing. Next week for the finale, cultural events and talks are planned, on the same title. Below is a photo blog on my visit today.

“Carmen Herrera is very possibly the oldest contemporary artist working today. What is extraordinary about Herrera is that ‘commercial success’ did not come until the early 2000s — after seven decades as an artist…” — Christie’s, 2014 The 100 years show is a truly inspirational story that shows – success may take time but it will come. Carmen Herrera is a contemporary artist hailing from Cuba, the recognition for her work came only in the 2000s when she was nearly 90 years old – a whole seven decades after she started painting. At 102, she still paints every single day.…