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Friday, December 31, 2004
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Year 2004 a flashback
Managing a mega show
Not many heroines can boast of sustained success in cinema dovetailing into another enviable stint on the small screen. But it has happened with Radhika. The actor talks to MALATHI RANGARAJAN about her new mega serial, "Selvi" and much more ...
Heritage in a panoramic sweep
The Vidya Aranya Trust has undertaken the task of fulfilling the dream of the Paramacharya that important Sanskrit inscriptions be codified and published.
A week of intriguing fare
The Chennai residents' fascination for the event and the organiser's resolve were the two outstanding features of the International Film Festival that concluded in the City recently, observes
Celebrities provide fodder for films
Hollywood stars of the past had plenty of drama in their lives. Not many scriptwriters can produce such pulsating stories. The legends, from Howard Hughes to Marilyn Monroe, can provide great material for movies, says V. GANGADHAR.
First film to talk in Kannada
R. Nagendra Rao, Y. V. Rao and Shah Chamanlal Doongaji made history with "Sathi Sulochana." The first talkie in Kannada laid the foundation for the growth of Kannada cinema, writes RANDOR GUY.
Mixed bag of hits and duds
In the cinematic roundup for 2004, ZIYA US SALAM finds that Bollywood has had its share of successes and failures, hopes and fears. But the last film of the year, "Dil Maange More," (releasing today) seems to sum up aptly the cine-goers' feelings.
Dedicated to the cause of sanatana dharma
``The youth have to return to their rich spiritual past to tackle the evils of modern life," says Velukkudi Krishnan to
Saint and philosopher
SRI YAMUNACHARYA (also called Sri Alavandar) was the great Acharya who inspired Sri Ramunaja to propagate Vishishtadvaita Sampradaya. Sri Yamunacharya is the grandson of Sri Nathamuni, who restored Nalayira Divya Prabandham of Azhwars to the ...
Dance oriented to the beats of the mridangam
IT WAS a meeting purely by chance in Helsinki. When mridangam vidwan Karaikkudi Mani met Rajeswari Sainath at the Helsinki music festival, either of them had no idea that they were related. But it paved the way for some innovative ideas to be ...
Tongue in cheek
CUTCHERIES SOMETIMES throw up comic situations, and most musicians are great raconteurs, recalling for their friends' numerous funny anecdotes. Ariyakudi, who was a past master in the art of punning, not only had a huge stock of kritis, but ...
Lessons for aspiring musicians
R. VEDAVALLI'S concert for the Music Academy provided considerable musical and scholarly grist to engage the minds and hearts of the rasikas. She was supported on the violin by R. K. Sriramkumar, Neyveli Narayanan on the mridangam and on the ...
NARADA GANA SABHA
Ragas etched in all their chaste glory
MAINTAINING THE best traditions of Carnatic music, sisters Ranjani and Gayatri scored in every formal feature, with top marks for accenting the raga bhava from varnam and "Ninnujuchi" (Saurashtram). Ranjani had the whole ragasvarupa in mind as ...
Veterans display their ware
A FERTILE manodharma, rugged expressional mode over-emphatic vocal statements, some deliberate, some habitual, in the upper reaches were the ingredients of Sanjay Subramaniam's Karaharapriya alapana, in which vidwat won and sowkhyam lost. It was ...
PRIYADARSINI GOVIND, a disciple of the late Swamimalai S. K. Rajaratnam and Kalanidhi Narayanan, presented her dance recital for the Music Academy on December 26. The first item was a Mallari in Misra Triputa tala, followed by the Tisra Alarippu, ...
Treatise in focus
THE LAST minute turn of events has made the Music Academy festival possible. The Experts Committee which decides the lecture demonstration series in the morning session met for a couple of hours on December 18 morning and decided to dedicate the ...
The day dawns with Nama Sankeertan
GOING TO Krishna Gana Sabha at seven on Marghazhi mornings seems hardly daunting for the huge crowd of bhajan rasikas gathering to listen to the Hari Nama Sankeertan by Vittal Das Jaya Krishna Dikshitar from Govindapuram. The ongoing two-hour ...
When melody becomes a family affair
AMONG THE trios and duos that adorn the contemporary Carnatic stage, few can boast of the fame and distinction as those featured last week in the city. Lending special significance to this sequence of concerts was the presence of young stalwarts ...
Array of youthful talent
ROBUSTNESS OF interpretation has taken over the contemplative role of Sangita. This tendency was evident in the manner of presentation by Amrita Murali of the songs "Vallaba-naayakasya" (Begada) "Seshachala-naayakam" (Varali) "Palukava-demira" ...
BRAHAMA GANA SABHA
Steeped in tradition
MANGALAM SHANKAR seems to respect the tradition of classical Carnatic music and does not want to make any compromises. There was ample proof of this in her vocal concert supported effectively by Kalyani Shankar on the violin and Delhi Sairam on ...
THYAGA BRAHMA GANA SABHA
Smooth, gliding ragas
IF RAGAS were colours, Shankar Ramani's world would translate into a pastel-hued, gently undulating landscape traversed in a smooth glide uninterrupted by sudden gusts or stormy squalls. This young vocalist who is a disciple of O. S. Thiagarajan ...
TAMIL ISAI SANGAM
A flood of Tamizh isai
KUNNAKKUDI R. VAIDYANATHAN'S recital on December 23 was marked by his characteristic style of violin play. His immense success over the decades is the result of a unique blend of a strong base in classical training with an improvised method of ...
SRI PARTHSARATHY SWAMI SABHA
Enchanting evening of bhajans
EVEN HIS critics would agree that O. S. Arun is a good bhajan singer. His repertoire of songs for bhajan concerts is vast. His rich and sonorous voice suits his style perfectly for rendering devotional hymns. The Surdas Bhajan ``Merimayiho" and ...
SRI PARTHASARATHY SWAMI SABHA
Varnam and its significance
"VARNAM LAYS a firm foundation for understanding the swara structure and the raga lakshana," said S. Rajeswari, in her lecture-demonstration on `Importance of Varnam,' for Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, this past week. She was accompanied by T. K. ...
Impressive talent from abroad
BHAVANI RAMAMURTHY'S concert was good in parts. She has to practise voice culture, which alone will obtain sruti suddham. This artiste from Singapore has a lot of zest and musical sense. Her RTP in Keeravani (Adi 2 kalai) made an impact of sorts. ...
KRISHNA GANA SABHA
WITH HER robust voice fully aligned to the sruthi, Gayathri Venkataraghavan gave a delightful recital, marked by regard for bhava and traditional sancharas for Krishna Gana Sabha. Dikshithar's ``Vatapi Ganapathim" provided a bright start, ...
INDIAN FINE ARTS
In true Maharajapuram tradition
WITH A robust voice and delightful expression, Maharajapuram Srinivasan gave a fully satisfying recital, marked by sruthi suddham and raga bhava. The Saveri Varnam and ``Abheeshta Varada Sree Maha Ganapathe" (Hamsadwani) provided a good start. ...
MYLAPORE FINE ARTS
CARNATICA BROTHERS, K. N. Shashikiran and P Ganesh, treated the audience to a lively concert. Commencing the recital with a classy varnam in Reetigowla, the brothers sang ``Pranavakaram" (Arabhi), a sparkling piece by Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi, and ...
How fire attained immortality
`AGNI' PRESENTED at the Bharat Kalachar sought to present Indian mythology in the context of the Vedic age, with movements inspired by the Natya Shastra and the music restricted to the primordial instruments of the drums and the flute. Fire was ...
KRISHNA GANA SABHA
Educative sessions, few takers
RISING HOPES and self-congratulatory complacency amidst organisers and art lovers about the more handsome turnout for most of the Natya Kala Conference sessions this year, were somewhat dampened by V. D. Dhananjayan's count of raised `student ...
Nina shone in her dance. A traditional varnam of the Thanjavur quartet was turned into its modern form with very unusual adavu patterns and korvai (groups of movements) patterns. The mukthayi or theermanam movements of ``kitatakatarikitathom" ...
BRAHMA GANA SABHA
Evocative nritta and abhinaya
IT WAS supposed to be a jugalbandhi by three dancers pursuing three styles - Priya Murle - Bharatanatyam, Gopika Varma - Mohiniyattom and Uma Muralikrishna - Kuchipudi. The first invocatory slokas, taken from Soundaryalahari, were danced ...
KRISHNA GANA SABHA
Youngsters perform with professional touch
IT IS not easy to train and present young children together in performance. Watching `Ramyam Hitam Natyam,' it was clear that Anita Guha not only trains her students very well in the basics of Bharatanatyam but also elicits a professional level ...
KARTIK FINE ARTS
Delight to watch
LAVANYA ANANTH livened up a 4.30 p.m. Bharathanatyam session with her clean and neat dancing. Her marga provided all the ingredients for a successful performance. The celebrated Varnam ``Sakhiye" had a really long theermanam right in the ...
A sumptuous Khadi spread
BOTH CENTRAL and State Governments, and a few private entrepreneurs have played a signal role in the growth and perpetuation of the Gandhian Khadi fabric. "Khadi Utsav 2004" is a celebration of Khadi woven in the many units and "Sarvodaya ...
Siva temple built by Thondaiman
ACCORDING TO historians the Saivite saint Sundaramurthi Nayanar is believed to have lived between 800 and 850 A.D. He had visited and sung verses on Lord Masilamaneeswarar at Thirumullaivayil situated between Ambattur and Avadi near Chennai to ...
Temple on the verge of collapse
PULICAT IS the name given to the area by the Dutch, who could not pronounce the Tamil name Pazhaverkadu, as the area was originally called. Years ago, in one of his lectures on AIR, Tamil scholar Dr. Ra. P. Sethupillai said that Pazhaverkadu had ...
Poet, dacoit and devotee supreme
Thirukaarthigai, the festival of lights, is also significant, because religious and literary greats such as Tirumangai Azhwar were born on the day, writes PADMA SRINIVASAN.
Cutting across faiths
AN OBSCURE and tiny hamlet with the strength of less than 200 Roman Catholic following boasts of a magnificent and renowned Roman Catholic Church along with a separate parish. The hamlet is far off from the hustle and bustle of the city. Yet, ...
Music Academy's award winners
THE TITLE of Sangeetha Kalacharya is being conferred on senior guru and musician Rukmini Rajagopalan and Bharatanatyam guru V. P. Dhananjayan by the Music Academy on January 4, 2005 at the conclusion of its 78th annual conference. Rukmini, ...
VDS Academy celebrates anniversary
VDS ARTS Academy celebrated its ninth anniversary recently, at the MOP Vaishnav College for Women. The Bala Baskara Award, instituted by the academy in the year 2000, to encourage young talents, went to S. M. Vilasini, this year. She was ...
INDIAN FINE ARTS
Art of rendering Harikatha
"IF RECITING Bhagawan nama is insipid then it is up to us to make it sweet by introducing melody in it for an enjoyable flavour," said Kalyanapuram R. Aaraavamudhachariar in his lec-dem on `The Origin and Growth of Harikatha' at the Indian Fine ...
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