There are some dark aspects in the traditions of Kerala. A Nangiar, though she is a female member of the Nambiar caste, can retain her rights as a Nangiar, only if she is married to a Chakyar, though a Chakyar does not have to be married to an Illodamma (female member of Chakyar community) or a Nangiar to retain his performing rights!
('At the Crossroads,' by K K Gopalakrishnan, the Hindu magazine, March 26, 2006)

Several artifacts have been unearthed from the ruins of a Muruga temple that the ASI (archaeological Survey of India) has been excavating since July 2005 on the beach at Salavankuppam close to the Tiger Cave near Mahabalipuram. A 13cm by 12cm bas relief terracotta plaque belonging to the 2nd century AD depicts 5 women with head gear and prominent eyes performing 'kuravai koothu,' a folk dance. Their mouths are open as if they are singing. It's an important find because it is difficult to find terracotta figurines of the pre-Pallava period. 'Kuravai koothu' performed in Murugan temples find mention in the Tamil epic Silappadikaram.
('Rare artifacts found' by T S Subramanian, The Hindu, March 28, 2006)

Hastiru Foundation, Bangalore in Association with The Titan Group organised a unique event of '56 hours of non-stop Tabla playing' by 53 year old Embar Vagulabharanam, who broke the Guinness record by this feat. The event started on the 17th March at 7.00pm and ended at 3.20am on the 20th March at Sri Odukattur Mutt Auditorium, Bangalore.

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