CHANDRAMANDAPA, SPACES at BESANT NAGAR, CHENNAI
We had designed this Kalari building (Chandramandapa, Spaces at Besant Nagar, Chennai) in 2007 and it has been a venue for many events. This has been built as a memorial for the famous dancer Chandralekha and we did not cut down any trees although they were close to the building as per her wish. When I redesigned the theatre a year later with some addition of spaces, there were even two trees growing inside the green rooms, since we did not want them to be cut. In the cyclone which occurred in 2016 December, a tree fell over the Kalari building and it was damaged. It was a wish of many people who wanted this to be erected once again. Now the reconstructed Kalari is ready to have more events.