November 24, 2012

Christmas spirit: Egmore, Pudupet

December Season ( the annual festival of classical music and dance) rolls in November.

Christmas shows premiere in November.

We don’t mind; as long as the spirit is intact.

I guess my first Christmas show to check out this season will be the musical that Mellow Circle is staging this weekend at Museum Theatre, Egmore.

For some years now, the Mellow Circle’s annual show has come to be part of a packed calendar of events for the season, a calendar which leads with the two-evenings of carols at the Madras Christian College school, Chetput, hosted by the Alumni Association and the Madras Musical Association’s ‘Carols by Candlelight’ held at the vintage St. Christopher’s School campus in Vepery.

All these communities put in a lot of hard work, spread across weekends in October and November, with plans that begin much earlier.

The Museum Theatre is by far the best space that lets the musical spirit wrap around you in the freezing air-conditioning and remains with you in the 24 degrees outside.

One wishes we had such shows in many of our neighbourhoods too instead of one in Egmore and another in Chetput. This is the season for young people to sing and act.

Lawrence @ Lorry Murray, a friend who now lives in the UK never tires of rewinding to the times he and his friends in Pudupet used to do the Christmas carol rounds. In the 60s and 70s, the area’s church zone used to be of the Anglo-Indian community.

1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Streets – as the local streets were simply called were their home. And the youths would hire a fish cart ( the gossip was that it was a beef cart) and pedal away to the homes of all their friends, even as far as Vepery, sing carols, tuck in the snacks, pocket the money and blow it on a party.

Pudupet changed after the migration. Many went to UK and Australia and many, to Madhavaram and Kolathur.

Now, the carols you may get to listen to here are sung in St. Anthony’s Church.

Your local church will soon have a Carols Evening. You are invited. And do take the kids along.

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