Festivals bring a feeling of oneness and joy. Pongal is a harvest festival of Tamil Nadu which is celebrated to convey appreciation and thankfulness to the sun God. As an Institution which encourages value and tradition, the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation celebrated Pongal as one big family with great happiness and joy on January 13, 2015.
The program started at 10.30 AM with a prayer song by the children of the Grove School. The festive effect was given Mr. P.C. Raju and troop who performed the Karagam dance, Poikal Kuthirai and Myilattam. City bred children were amazed to watch the skilful folk dance. Their sense of rhythm for the enchanting folk music needs to be mentioned. Children of Saraswathi Kendra sang a song on Pongal and also perfomed a kavadi dance. Added to this was a graceful kollatam dance by the students of the Grove School. The highlight however was the Kummi dance by none other than the teachers of the Grove School.
‘Pongalo Pongal’ the magical chant by the children resounded the air when the new rice in the pot overflowed in the presence of our president Dr. Nanditha Krishna. “Pongal literally means overflowing, it is symbolic of abundance and prosperity.
Both faculty and students were dressed in traditional outfits. Everyone was given “Chakarai Pongal”. The Media gave support to the celebration. Dr. Nanditha Krishna spoke to the media along with children who expressed their happiness. Pongal was thus celebrated in all magnificence in a traditional style.