Velachery is perhaps Chennai's most bustling new neighbourhood now: all because it is home to people of the IT Corridor companies.
In the quiet and planned Baby Nagar neighbourhood lies Sri Sachidananda Ashram. a quiet place for meditation and prayer.
Nada Sudha has been hosting a Season music festival here for some years now, heavily supported by Nalli Kuppuswami and his team led by Balasubramaniam.
On Saturday evening, amidst some 200 rasikas the Fest got off to the standard start - awards to artistes.
Guru Suguna Varadachari, violinist Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi and ghatam senior Suresh - were decorated.
The first session was quick - guest V V Sundaram and Nalli Kuppuswami had to hop across to other venues!
That done, another key guest vidwan T. V. Gopalakrishnan spoke - he was here because his sishya 'ghatam' Suresh was an awardee.
Even though the speeches are long, they throw up lots of anecdotes that make great social arts history. But if you are the sort like us who attends several Season events, some stories get recycled year after year!
The Nada Sudha team make nice hosts. Speeches over, it was time for potato bonda, barfi and coffee.
That gave us time to chat with the Thirumeignanam Brothers who played the nadaswaram that evening - talking about the marathon Arudra festival music on mada streets that is now reduced to a practice only in Chidambaram.
"We hope some patrons revive these temple festival nadaswaram concerts," they told us.
Vijayalakshmi performed on the first evening.
The hosts are trying to sell season tickets and sign up members now.
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