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|Margazhi Kolam, Rangoli Kolam|
Display of Kolam or Rangoli: Generally, the display of Kolam or rangoli is a common feature in front of Hindu homes in many states of India. Tamil nadu is not an exception to this typical religious tradition. In this state, the display of kolam gains much importance and religious relevance more in the month of Margazhi than other months. Such kolams are drawn by women folks after morning bath with a view to welcoming not only the guests but also the divine gods to bless the home, the community and the people. Kolams are not drawn at the back of the house; exception being Tulsi Madam that may be kept in the back of the house. So, the ritual of Kolam assumes much significance in Margazhi or Danur month. Depending on the time and skills, impressive color kolams with various geometric patterns are displayed before the house. This may be time-consuming, but the experience is quite rewarding for the woman folks.
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Marghazi is also a great time for exponents of the arts, music and drama, including dance come together and participate in Kacheris (concerts) organized during this festival period. No one can miss the reverberating, soul-stirring Carnatic ragas coming from the Chennai sabhas or elsewhere. Nor can one ignore the graceful steps of Bharatnatyam matching the nattuvangam ( dance beats). This way, they not only keep our old arts alive, but also pick out the new talents so that they can take our centuries old culture and tradition to the next generation. Dance festivals, concerts, etc get a new leaf of life on such festival occasions during this month. The Margazhi festival of music and dance of Chennai brings out the passion and beauty of age old music and dance tradition of Tamil Nadu. It is not only an occasion to rejoice, but also offers a choice to take respite from the hot summer heat in an atmosphere of eloquent music that invokes divinity. Obviously, the cool and congenial climate of Margazhi matham makes the music festival here and at other venues inviting and enjoyable.
Religious discourse / Upanyasam: The performance of Upanyasam or Katha Kalashebham and religious discourse in Margazhi month was quite common before 1970 and unfortunately, this art form, a nice musical extravaganza is on the decline and people do not show any interest in this type of Katha Kalashebham. Upanyasam is a form of story-telling from the Hindu mythology and the great epics Mahabharata and Ramayana along with appropriate and matching poetic devotional songs both in Sanskrit and Tamil. It is always accompanied by Pin pattu (vocal Musician, standing behind the main performer) and Mirthangam (percussion musical instrument) Upanyasam is also common in certain parts of Karnataka and Andhra. In the olden days before 1970s such events were aired on AIR (All India Radio). This musical discourse art is on the brink of disappearance for good.
The last day of the month of Marghazi coincides with the festival of ‘Bhogi’. Bhogi, a part of the three day Pongal harvest festival pays obeisance to the munificence of ‘Lord Indra’, the God of clouds, thunder and rain. Yet another festival is Hanumanth Jayanthi - the birth of Anjaneya that falls in this month. The famous Thiruvaiyaru Sri. Thiagaraja music festival in variously falls during the time of Dhanur Masam. A causal perusal of various festivals and events will bear testimony to the truth that through out this holy month of Magazhi, divinity plays an integral role. Fasting, meditating on god and participating in the religious and temple rituals will be beneficial to the people and this will help them gain confidence and mental prowess to tackle day today problems with determination. This will result in negation of negative thoughts.