Kattaikkuttu at Chennai UNESCO event
Chennai joined UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the year 2017 and has been given the title ‘Chennai City of Music.’
The Greater Chennai Corporation and the Chennai UCCN Committee (comprising The Music Academy, Kalakshetra Foundation, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Chennai Kendra), Sruti Magazine, and Aanmajothi), presented a dynamic Kattaikkuttu performance for “Concerts at the Park”, on Saturday, August 10th, 2019, at Natesan Park, T. Nagar. The performance, themed “Draupadi Kuravanji”, was presented by Sri Krishna Kattaikkuttu Kuzhu, headed by the first female Kattaikkuttu artiste, Ms. P. Thilagavathi. The event brought together The Art and Culture team of Rotary International District 3232 and Rotary Club of Madras East and voiced social messages of Polio Eradication and Vaccination. “2 Dollars, 2 Drops” was the message intertwined between segments of Draupadi Kuravanji. The performance was unique, interactive and engaging, and several dignitaries from the Greater Chennai Corporation, The Chennai UCCN committee, and The Rotary were present.
“Concerts at the Park”, plans to host many such performances throughout the year, in several parks across Chennai. The goal is to create unique performances fusing traditional with folk forms and contemporary with classical forms. The events, which are to be held in public parks, gives a chance for the audience to interact better with the artists and bounce off their creative energies. It brings to a larger public audience the experience of the 7 creative fields – Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music. For more information visit – www.chennaiuccn.org .