TN redeems itself, somewhat after caste wars. Inter-caste swayamvaram brings joy to many in search of love CHENNAI: Maragatham Thanikachalam, 29, who has just finished her teacher training, spent more than seven hours with her parents at Periyar Thidal on Sunday in a bid to find the man of her dreams. She was all ears as the organizers at an inter-caste swayamvaram by the Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) called each of the men, who had registered with them for marriage and read out their profiles and requirements. "I have identified four or five of the proposals, as the men are a little older than me and have good jobs too," she said. She plans to get the men's profiles from the organizers after the event. Maragatham, who belongs to the Adi-Dravida community, heard about the swayamvaram being organized for the first time in the city through pamphlets that were being distributed. It was around the same time, that she and her family learnt about the inter-caste clashes that erupted in Dharmapuri after an inter-caste love marriage. "That is when I decided that if I ever get married, it would be to a person from another caste," she said. Her parents who initially were taken aback by her decision to attend the event also gave their consent. More than 290 single men and women like Maragatham had registered themselves for the event. "A total of 89 women and 188 men have registered from districts and towns across the state such as Vellore, Dharmapuri and suburban Chennai," said K Isai Inban, a member of the campaign committee. The event that began a little after 10am saw the organizers call the men and women onto the stage and state their preferences. It went on well after 6pm. Vetrimani, a 30-year old software engineer who came with his entire family for the event, said that his would be the third-generation inter-caste wedding, if it happens. Belonging to a family of Periyar followers, he said: "Both my grandparents, 70 years ago, fell in love and got married. My parents too had an inter-caste marriage. Now I intend to follow in their footsteps." The swayamvaram was followed by marriage functions conducted for two couples who are entering an inter-caste relationship.