You must forgive the team at Chennai Cultural Academy in T. Nagar for bravely carrying on with their Season at the Karnataka Sangha hall on Habibullah Road.
In its 51st year, the sabha is limping on but working hard to shore up resources.
It's opening evening on December 14 had a sedate start. Sabha president Nalli Kuppuswamy was here with BJP M.P., Ela Ganesan.
Awards were given to dance guru Radhika Shurajit, musician Ranjini Hariharan and stage and film actor Delhi Ganesh. Saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath who was also ti be decorated could not make it - he is nursing an injury.
"We started with 500 members but this dwindled to 200 and then, when Nalli sir took up the presidentship, the sabha has got a new life," said sabha secreatary S. Natarajan.
Later, Roja Kannan and her dancers presented a dance-drama.
T. Nagar is no more a quiet residential area that it once was - most main streets are loaded with stores, boutiques, restaurants and offices. So, there aren't many rasikas in this zone and that has affected patronage at a sabha like this one.
Even the canteen in the campus was struggling to toss up the tiffin for hungry souls - but one must say that in the past years, the canteen holder who specialised in Udupi food did a great job.
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