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Honeyed flow of sangatis
With their varied styles, musicians delighted the rasikas at the Pongal Music Festival.
The debate goes on
Kalyani and Todi are celebrated blue chip ragas. Does it mean Nattai and Varali have no value?
In the City
Malladi Brothers; 5.30 p.m.: Lalgudi. G. Jayaraman, G. J. R. Krishnan and Samyuktha Krishnan (violin). Sravanam Venkatnarayana Road, T. Nagar. January 20, 6.30 p.m. Maharajapuram Ganesh ...
Accolade for an unusual love story
With a rich haul of four Golden Globe awards, Ang Lee's ``Brokeback Mountain" makes a breaks through.
Daring young hero
Like Madhavan, Arya dares to be different. The young man who did comic, anti-hero stuff in `Arindhum Ariyamalum,' played a romantic hero in `Ullam Kaetkumae' and a mentally affected person in `Oru Kallooriyin Kadhai,' will now be seen as the dad ...
Straight from Suryah
After `New' and `Ah _ Aah' S. J. Suryah's films have been more known for their sex slants and double entendres, though he cries himself hoarse that his films have many socially relevant messages. Looks like `Kalvanin Kadhali' (Suryah is not its ...
Satyaraj and Sibi Raj come together yet again in `Ma. Mu.' Satyaraj's job in the film is to separate lovers. Aparna, of `Pudukkottaiyilirundhu Saravanan' and `ABCD,' is paired with Sibi Raj. The title is intriguing but it only refers to the two ...
Don, a hero
`Don Chera' will be actor Ranjith's second film as hero. And as the name suggests it is all action. Ranjith who is better known for his villain roles, turned hero with his home production, `Bhishmar.' He was an upright police officer in it. But ...
A rendezvous with action
Copycat filmmaker lacks creativity
So if you want us to watch a movie that you are absolutely fascinated with, talk about it in an interview. Don't make the film again. At least, do not replicate it with the same elements. Maybe you could change it a little to feign originality ...
Going in for a much-changed look
Grit and determination alone could have made him lose weight in this incredible fashion. The Ajit you see in Samrat Film Corporation's `Paramasivan' (U) is a transformed, younger version of the rotund hero of the quite recent past. He now looks ...
Dialogue is its strength
The first thing that strikes one watching Anjugam Kalaikoodam's `Pasakkiligal,' produced by Rama. Narayanan, is that writer Karunanidhi has not lost his inimitable style. The dialogue is written with customary flair, rich with rhyme and ...
Cliched, and typically Vijay
Surprisingly, the heroine of this action film, which has Vijay as hero, is not a glam doll. In fact she has some daredevilry to perform, while the hero takes the backseat for a while. But once he springs into action there's no stopping him. ...
All in the family
Half way into `Family,' you suddenly wonder if `Kisna' was still the worst movie ever made. Because `Family' almost snatches that position with its all-around mediocrity. If `Kisna' saw the showman director Subhash Ghai fall from grace to grave, ...
Drama, intrigue and diplomacy
Hotel Rwanda, based on a true story, is the sort of film that moves the viewer by making the person feel intelligent. At the end of the show, phrases such as Tutsi genocide and Hutu militia mean something more than hazy memories of long-gone ...
Of human values, relationships
NFDC's `Sasanam' is an emotional drama with the touches of director Mahendran.
Fellowship for Mali
Umayalpuram Mali, one of the five recipients of Copeland Fellowship, will be presenting a paper on the role of mridangam.
Chennai girl is New Jersey celebrity
Bharatanatyam artiste, Ramya Ramnarayan, has made a success of her career in the U.S.
The celestial wedding
Swami Haridhos Giri was the prime sishya of Swami Gnanananda Giri who was sixth in the line of descendants of the Sankara Jyotish Math. He, like his preceptor, propagated the efficacy of namasankeertanam in man's quest for divine benediction. ...
With surprises in store
Aruna Sairam stole the show while T. N. Seshagopalan presented a pure classical concert at the Tirupur fest.
Deep, profound explorations
HINDUSTHANI With their moving recitals, Rajeev Taranath, Lakshmi Shankar and Mala Ramadorai offered a treat.
Quality music that inspired
Anil Narasimha's concert was proof that age or environment is no bar on learning or performing classical music.
Dasa kritis come alive
Anirudh's keyboard and Raichur Seshagiri Das's voice enchanted the audience.
Inimitable strength and spirit
In line with the different styles he has imbibed, Ramakrishnan offered a mixed bag.
Rare kritis of Tyagaraja
Less known compositions and popular ones made up Sita Narayanan's careful selection.
When the nagaswaram wove magic
For the nagaswaram and tavil vidwans, it was a reunion, when they performed at the Nagaswaram Festival organised by Krishna Gana Sabha recently.
Well-structured and spontaneous
Vilasini's performance revealed training while the Trichur Brothers impressed with their resonant voice.
Melody as team art
Ghatam Karthik's troupe is aptly named after the very first rhythm of life, the heartbeat.
A mixed bag
At their recent concert, Binny and Krishnakumar complemented each other very well.
Simple and unassuming, Bragha Bessel, wove magic with her mimetic skills.
The disciples of Chitra Visweswaran presented a well-coordinated performance.
Skilful, aesthetic and entertaining
With arresting imagery, Avigna offered an eclectic mix.
In indulgent style
Talented Swarnamalya should change her approach for better results.
Reaching out to the audience
Padma Subrahmanyam's theermanams were a lesson in creating maximum effect with minimal effort.
Mythological well depicted
Krishnakumari Narendran's Abhinaya Natyalaya presented a ballet, `Sri Akhilanda Nayaki' at the Narada Gana Sabha recently.
A peep into ancient repertoire
Tapasya and The Mangala Initiative, Canada, organised a two-day symposium recently to explore, discuss and experience some of the disappearing dance compositions.
She earned her place in the sun
Tribute to a multi-faceted writer
The Shenbaga Tamil Arangu celebrated the centenary of the late Kumudini recently.
Rajappa Iyer honoured
Mridangam guru Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer was recently honoured by his disciples.
Zoom in on India's most desirable woman
Who has topped India's 50 Most Desirable Woman list? Tune in to Zoom to find out. Collated as part of the Red Hot Countdown Series, `India's hottest female' has beaten an impressive line-up of contenders. The competitors range from ...
Sigaram Thotta Manithargalwill feature Thilakavathi IPS, this week. She will discuss her career experiences and also her literary works. Kalakka Povadhu Yaaru (Vijay TV, Friday, 22.00) This show gives participants a chance to ...
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