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Pongal festival at Babaji Vidyashram

Babaji Vidyashram, OMR is conducting the 3rd edition of ‘Pongal Peruvizha’ at their campus on Jan.12 from 4 p.m.
The venue will have a sandhai, with various shops selling Thanjavur dolls, marudhani, goli soda, cold pressed oil, bangles, ribbons, panju mittai and various food items. Bullock cart rides, mini giant wheel, merry go round, bio- scope movies, traditional folk arts including therukoothu, mayil attam, puli attam and many will be performed live during the event at various intervals.

“This festival provides an opportunity to the city residents to celebrate the festival as in the olden days. The first two editions of festival have garnered appreciation for staying true to the village theme where the entire venue was decorated with garlands, festoons and sugarcane pyramids. This year, we are incorporating various elements into the festival to make it even more entertaining and memorable,” say the organisers. Stall bookings open. At 89, 90 and 91, Clasic Farms Road, Sholinganallur. For details, visit their page Entry free.

Reciprocity festival rolls up for the 2nd edition

Reciprocity Foundation, an outfit that aims to create awareness about sustainable living, is conducting the 2nd edition of the ‘Reciprocity Festival’ on Feb.10 and 11 at Kalakshetra grounds at Thiruvanmiyur.

The 1st edition of the festival, in April included meetings and workshops on various topics, propagating environmental sustainability for public and saw a turnout of over 6000 people. Musical performances by playback singer Karthik, pianist Anil Kumar and vocalist Ramakrishna Murthy were held at the open air theatre.

“Over the years, unsustainable lifestyles and patterns have polluted air and water; degrading the quality of life and affecting the biodiversity. Our main aim is to inspire grassroots citizens’ participation to find holistically sustainable solutions for problems created by current lifestyle. With this festival, we aim to create awareness about the serious challenges posed by the breaching of our natural resources. We are coming up with novel ideas to present this fest even more interesting and informative,” says Sheila Sri Prakash, the founder.

Residents who are interested to be a part at the eco bazaar to sell sustainable fashion products, home decor, organic and healthy food items, eco-friendly and holistic living ideas at the fest, can call 99402 27577.

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Another win for Aim N Hit

Students from Aim N Hit Roller Skating Academy, Palavakkam have bagged medals at the ‘27th Tamil Nadu Roller Skating Championship’ held on Dec.25 at Gandhi Park Rink – Coimbatore. The championship was conducted by Inline & Quad roller skating association of Tamil Nadu State.

At the tournament, Dinesh and A.N.Khanishkaa have bagged gold and silver medal respectively and Hania Manha has bagged a gold and silver medal. They are trained by Udhayakumar.

The academy is teaching roller hockey and speed skating for children during evening hours at Corporation Park, VGP Layout, Palavakkam. They are trained by Udhaya Kumar. For details, contact 98412 73984.

Run to save turtles

Ridley Run 2018, a run to create awareness about Olive Ridley nesting season, will be held on Feb.4 at 5 a.m. at Palavakkam Beach. The run will be held for 1km, 3km and 5 km. A zumba warm up session by Zin Vasty will be held at 5a.m. prior to the run.

Apart from the run, events like beach cleanup, night walks, art competition and sculpting contest will also be organised to create awareness about turtle conservation. For more details, call 99438 47075.

The procession of Lord Nataraja on the Thiruvathirai Day, Jan.2, at Marundeeswarar temple, Thiruvanmiyur.

A team of 10 students of class 8 of Sri Sankara Vidyashramam Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Thiruvanmiyur have been selected to represent Chennai in the national level finals of Bala Janaagraha Civic project. The school can be reached at 24488672.