At the Chithirai show, paintings on Thirukural drew large crowds.

365 paintings unveiled at the Chithirai exhibition in Madurai . The main attraction of the exhibition was the 365 paintings of Thirukural couplets .

Madurai: The main attraction of this years Chithirai exhibition were 365 paintings, each depicting different Thirukural couplets, which were unveiled at Tamukkam grounds on Saturday evening by minister for information and publicity M P Saminathan, along with ministers P Moorthy and P T R Thiagarajan.The two special stalls at the exhibition are Kuraloviam and Viduthalaiporil Thamilagam (Tamil Nadu in Freedom Fight).After a painting competition called Theerakathal Thirukural was held by Tamil Virtual Academy and Tamil Development Department, up to 27 government departments such as information and public relations, revenue and disaster management, agriculture, and farmers' welfare, as well as six stalls of government departments such as Aavin, Pollution Control Board, Madurai Corporation, and 15 private parties.According to K T Govindarajan, a Tamil Virtual Academy resource, they have received 12,000 submissions from students from around the state.

Beginning on Saturday, the Chithirai exhibition, one of Madurai's most popular summer holidays, will run for 45 days.Adults will be charged Rs 15, while children will be charged Rs 10.50 per head.