Music in Madras

Each winter my city renews her romance: with the spirit of Drama, Music and Dance!

She welcomes with  kolams on every street- new tunes and the rhythmic percussion beat.

Everyone hums , the very air thrums,– what a variety of instruments and drums!

Dhoti-clad men brave the cool morning air, women in silks with jasmine in their hair,

With clashing cymbals, and clapping hands, perform bhajans-( fervent religious chants).

Students crowd the lectures, awaiting their chance

Musicians are conferred awards- their fame is enhanced!

The concerts start early, the crowds are packed tight-

And the performers go on till quite late at night!

Colourful pavilions outside each hall provide piping hot snacks to one and all.

May the tradition of Marghazi  be ever a  part

Of celebration in every music-lover’s heart!





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