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The heady Yash mixture
Bala B Studios ... and before
Bala's candour leaves the listener stumped, says MALATHI RANGARAJAN, as she talks to the successful filmmaker about his films, marriage and his new role as producer.
The lure of the Kanchi silk
THE YEAR 1942. The world was caught in throes of the Second World War. Madras city was being evacuated, for fear that it might be bombed. The women of the city were greatly concerned but for a totally different reason. A rumour was doing the ...
With music till the last
Film music or devotionals, composer T. R. Pappa, who passed way recently, always made a mark. MALATHI RANGARAJAN talks to a few musicians who knew him well.
Treasure trove of Indology
The Motilal Banarasidass (MLBD) firm is the best bet for anything pertaining to the history, philosophy, religion, literature, art and aesthetics of India, says KAUSALYA SANTHANAM.
The legendary star Sophia Loren turned 70 recently. RANDOR GUY writes ...
Kalavardhanis - Carnatic Classical Vocal - Devi Kritis - Vaikom Vijayalakshmi - Rs. 50. ALATHOOR VIJAYAKUMAR'S six kritis on Devi have been rendered by Vaikom Vijayalakshmi, a visually challenged young singer endowed with a pleasant ...
Blend of body and soul
THE VENUE is scattered with tiny tots running about excitedly. They are repeatedly told to maintain silence and remain in one place. They prance about on their allotted seats till they are called onto the stage to rehearse their dance. Their ...
When laughter and tears mingle
Christopher Durang's ``Laughing Wild" staged last week shows how impossible it is to explain life or its absurdities. ELIZABETH ROY writes...
Play on Beethoven
HE MADE music from the sounds of silence. And, despite debilitating illnesses, painful losses and disappointments in love, this music was so magnificent that it kept him alive, even centuries after his death. Now, Stagefright is bringing the ...
Couture line for festive season
THE MANTRA of revival fills the air at Collage. It can be seen in the fast disappearing craft of delicate zari and sequin work, chikankari, zardosi borders, block prints, embroidered shawls, batik and kalamkari all transposed on haute ...
Ancient temple in need of repair
The 11th century Nayanavaradeswarar temple at Kankodutha Vanitham, 15 kms from Tiruvarur is in a dilapidated state. But renovation has begun and its Kumbabhishekam will take place soon, observes D. ASOKAN.
Classic example of Chola architecture
Narthamalai on the Tiruchi-Pudukottai route, which houses nine small hillocks, speaks volumes about the sculptural excellence during the period of the Cholas and the Pandyas.
Shrine for the Tamil poetess
IN THOVALAI taluk of Kanyakumari District the worship of Avvai locally known as Avvai Nonbu or Avvai Viratham has been common. Tuesdays, especially during the Tamil month of Adi, are considered to be the most auspicious for the worship of Avvai. ...
Siva temple of yore
THIRUTHANTHONI IN Woraiyur the heart of Tiruchi town, hardly a kilometre from the Cauvery, sports one of the oldest and greatest Siva temples in Chola Desa. The temple tucked away behind tall business complexes on Salai Road, was built ...
In need of renovation
SINGRI KOIL, is a hamlet, situated at a distance of about 25 kilometres from Vellore, in erstwhile North Arcot district and is off the main road from Vellore to Polur. It is an exclusive shrine for Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and is believed to be at ...
THE VEDA parayana trust, Tiruvannamalai, has organised, for the 123rd year Veda parayana during the Karthigai Brahmotsavam at Sri Arunachaleswara Temple, commencing from November 17. Eminent Vedic scholars from all over the country are ...
THE CONSTRUCTION of Sri Sivasakti Samedha Thanumalyeswaran temple at Thiruninravur is complete and Mahakumbabhishekam will take place on November 15 between 6 a.m. and 7. The temple, shaped like a chariot, will house the tallest lingam, next ...
THE AIPPASI Thirumoola Mahotsavam of Manavala Mamunigal will be celebrated from Nov. 6 to 15. Azhwar will be taken out on procession during the mahotsavam. Thirumanjam will be performed at 12 noon and upanyasam will be at 3 p.m. during the ...
In total surrender to the Divine
Simple and spontaneous, Ambujam Krishna's compositions, all devotional, are straight from the heart, observes
Nuances of Mudikondan neraval
A LECTURE-DEMONSTRATION on the nuances and unique style of neraval singing of the Mudikondan School, was organised by the Devaganavali Trust in memory of Mudikondan Venkatarama Iyer on October 31, his death anniversary. Venkatrama Iyer learnt the ...
An eminent musicologist
"IF NOBEL Laureate Sir C. V. Raman is a 1,000-watt light put on the top of a hill, his brother C. S. Iyer is a 1,000-watt light put inside a house" said Queen Elizabeth after a violin concert by C. S. Iyer in the early Fifties. He was 70 ...
What made Vasan different
S. S. Vasan elevated cinema to a higher plane. In his centenary year,
Spectacular Dasara lights up Mysore
THIS YEAR'S Mysore Navaratri Festival concluded recently at the Banni Mantap open air theatre with the exhilarating Torch Light Parade (Panjina Kavayithu). There was tremendous response to the spectacular fire works and the Parade (Panjina ...
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