Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation conducted the Ninth "BALA VIDHWAN BHAVANI" on Saturday, 1st January, 2011 from 6.00am to 8.00am. Children and elders including the members of the Foundation, dressed up in South Indian traditional attire, participated in large numbers by enthusiastically singing Bhajans, Thirupaavai, Thiruvempaavai & Namavalis. Little girls & boys, mothers also performed Kolattam & Kummi around the four Mada streets of Kapaleeswarar Temple and Venpongal as Prasadam was distributed to one and all at the end.
According to the "Mylapore Trio", "Margazhi Procession with bhakthi & chillness, was a unique and a divine experience for the younger generation. We not only follow the "Foot steps" of the Musical Legends, but also retraced their "Path" on the four mada streets of Mylapore in order to perpetuate their memory... a thrilling & chilling experience". Some of the senior citizens & parents felt that it was a good attempt to start the New Year with an auspicious beginning, by perpetuating the age-old tradition, involving the children. Apart from the Foundation children & parents, children from local Music & Dance schools along with the general public participated with enthusiasm. Some kids were dressed up as Krishna, Radha, Aandal, Gopis, Maanikkavaachagar etc… Seeing this many elders & devotees out of sheer bhakti circumambulated and prostrated before the children... a very touching moment indeed...
An Octogenarian commented thus "I know a person by name Jalandirai (a Mylaporean, who lived many decades back) who used to conduct Margazhi procession early morning, with large number of children singing & dancing on the Mada Streets of Mylapore. After several decades, I am very thrilled & happy to see these children doing the same & bless them.