Chennai sabhas to webcast concerts thro' December

The Federation of City Sabhas has announced its plans for the December Season of classical music and dance. Since the majority of sabhas decided some time ago to host a ‘online only’ festival due to the pandemic time situation, this arts festival is being branded as ‘Yours Truly, Margazhi’.

It will offer 3/4 concerts daily online from December 15 to January 15, 2021 and will cover Carnatic music concerts, a few classical dance recitals (all solos by leading dancers), dramas in Thamizh by well-known troupes and some discourses and lec-dems too.

“We will offer everything that used to be offered during the Season at the sabhas,” says Ravichandran of Brahma Gana Sabha, one of the members of the federation.

All members of these sabhas will be given a password to watch the concerts and shows free and at times of their convenience if they cannot log on as per the festival schedule.

Non-members can buy tickets online and a pre-Season offer is now open for booking – Rs.2920 for the regular ticket of Rs,3650. Tickets can also be bought in USD by overseas rasikas. This early-bird offer is open till Dec.5.

“Since we are featuring all the well-known artistes in music, dance and drama and the concerts can be accessed anytime, we expect an appreciable number of bookings for the festival,” said Ravichandran. “But we will have to wait and see how people respond to the new condition.”

For some days now, video recording of all concerts and events for the festival have been going on at three sabha halls across the city, including at Narada Gana Sabha in Alwarpet where some three concerts are recorded daily.

Kalakendra is handling the production and marketing of the festival. You can get more information at

The Fest schedule is here -