CHENNAI KALAI THERU VIZHA
Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha (previously Urur-Olcott Kuppam Vizha) is a community festival that was conceived by environmental activist Nityanad Jayaraman and TM Krishna.
The objective of the festival is to heal art, and help art heal by opening art and artists to new audiences and different environments.
The vizha made its debut in January 2015 at the Urur-Olcott kuppam in Chennai with the waves and the gentle breeze providing the perfect foil to the music and dance performances that included Karnatik music, Kattaikuttu, Paraiattam and Bharathanatyam.
Music, theatre and the arts are meant to be bridges connecting cultures, civilisations and other artificial boundaries that divide people. But often they fall prey to the same divisions created by man. As arts get more and more esoteric, with artists and the audience seeking comfort in the homogeneity of class, caste, race or creed, it begins to lose its ability to communicate and build bridges across the vast and wondrous diversity of people and places. The art and the artists stop growing.