25 November, 2020

Madurai Diary

From temples and palaces to stories and literary festivities, in Outlook This Week, a diary from the city of Madurai.

Illustration by Saahil
Madurai Diary
Playground Of Nayakans

When A.R. Rahman’s music floats into Mani Ratnam’s films, we get a unique kind of magic—the kind we sensed the moment we walked into the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, the moment the hostess told us that this palace was a favourite venue of the filmmaker for his dance sequences. Imagine the dreamy arches and the unworldly sculptures in the song Kehna Hi Kya from Bombay; the luminous festivity of the dance to Tere Bina in Guru. The magic of those sequences were created by the picturesque courtyard of the Nayak Palace no less than Rahman’s music and Mani Ratnam’s lyrical cinematography. Inside, the palace has its own dance hall. When was the last performance held there? Did the performers or the audience of the last performance...



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