More than the usual buzz greets the early morning shoppers at the fish market in Urur Olcott Kuppam, Besant Nagar, on Sunday. On the Elliamman Koil Street side, young men and a woman wearing black “Parkour Circle” T-shirts are screwing-in the scaffolding for their act. West of the twin sintex tanks, cloth banners go up and a table is laid with a model of the kuppam as it once was. Behind it, Muthulakshmi, a local celebrity cook prepares for a demo. At the market itself, it’s business as usual. The day’s catch is emptied on mats as retailers await the auction.
The next in the series of “Do-you-know?” events announcing the Urur Olcott Kuppam Vizha, an annual art festival, is about to take off. “The festival has brought people of both sides of the beach close,” says R Sundaramurthy, member, kuppam administration. “Not long ago, the surrounding areas were identified with the word “Urur” placed before their names. Now Thalappakkattu restaurant is the landmark and the kuppam is buried in anonymity! Besant Nagar and the Elliot’s beach are written about, but not the kuppam with its long history and rich tradition! This event is an attempt to correct that imbalance. People outside the kuppam should be informed of our way of life, our arts, our skills. Getting to know one another dispels misconceptions and promotes harmony.”....Read more
Source web page:The Hindu