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Noted Tamil writer Jayakanthan hospitalised

Known for his work ‘Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal’ among others, Mr. Jayakanthan was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1972. » 5 comments
President Pranab Mukherjee confers the the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony to Zubin Mehta, western classical music conductor of Indian-Parsi origin at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: V. Sudershan

Stressing power of music, Zubin allays fears of violence

"In our divided world, there are few who rise above nation yet stay rooted to home, remain proof against prejudice and sensitive to suffering and bring joy to people through their lifelong work. » 1 comment

In Norwegian attic a Van Gogh painting

Museum experts said the painting was authenticated by letters, style and the physical materials used, and they had traced its history. »
A file picture of Leela Samson, Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademy. Photo: H. Vibhu.

Sangeet Natak Akademy awards conferred

Thirty-two artistes under the age of 35 from all over the country in various categories of performing arts were today presented with the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for 2011 by Sangeet Natak Ak... »
Cinema Plus
Arjun Kapoor says youngsters'
philosophies might've changed, but they love and respect culture. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar

Paid to have chemistry

Arjun Kapoor made his debut with a violent romance in Ishaqzaade. He’s back with a more cutesy offering of love in 2 States, based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel »
A still from Tarzan

Back and forth

While Transcendence looks into the future with scientists downloading their brains, Tarzan celebrates 100 years of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ creation. A look at this week's Hollywood releases »
Shivaji Dev and Shilpa Bhatt in Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum, AVM Productions first ‘internet only’ Tamil short-feature.

Net gain for short film

AVM Productions’ Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum is the first studio-backed short film made exclusively for the Internet. A review »
Gautham Menon

Back together after six years

Gautham Menon and Harris Jayaraj, who have worked on many memorable songs from Minnale and Kaakha Kaakha, will come together for Ajith’s next »
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Books
Author Donna Tartt. Ms. Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

The Washington Post and the Guardian have won Pulitzer Prizes in public service for revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort. »
SINGLE MAN — The Life and Times of Nitish Kumar of Bihar: Sankarshan Thakur; HarperCollins Publishers, A-53, Sector 57, Noida-201301. Rs. 599.

Solitary crusader for Naya Bihar

Nitish used astuteness and duplicity to get, and keep, power, says this political biography »
RESURGENT INDIA — Glimpses of Rajiv Gandhi’s Vision of India: P.D.T. Achary; Pentagon Press, 206, Peacock Lane, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-110049. Rs. 595.

A soft account of the Rajiv Gandhi era

When you look at the Rajiv Gandhi era the first impression you get is that here was a reluctant entrant into politics who was forced to take the reins of power upon the assassination of his mother... »
CONVERSATIONS WITH WAHEEDA REHMAN: Nasreen Munni Kabir; Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 11, Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 499.

Down memory lane with a soulful actor

“I think I am most like Rosie. She’s a straightforward woman who knows her own mind and stands by what she believes in.” It took many years for Nasreen Munni Kabir to get Waheeda Rehman to agree t... »
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History & Culture
The vimanam and the full view of Kritinarayana temple, Talakkad. File Photo.

Saved from ruins

Kirtinarayana temple, at Talakkad near Mysore, the 10 century Hoysala marvel. »
A view of Sri Kanchi Mamunivar Sanadhana Shanthi Ashram, in Srirangam, Tiruchi. Photo: A. Muralitharan

Consecration at Nochiyam

The project is making progress, thanks to Rajalakshmi Vittal’s determination. »
The River Tunga, Mathur.

On the banks of the Tunga

On how the pundits of Mathur set an example. »
The gopuram of Eri Katha Ramar temple, Madhurantakam. Photos: S. Prabhu

Desikar on Rama’s valour

Sri Rama in four different alankarams, on the occasion of Sri Rama Navami at the Eri Kaatha Ramar Temple, Madurantakam, was the highlight of the festival. »
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Music
Balasaraswathi

Tamil padams, a treasure

Padams in Tamil stand on their own merit, with their pristine music and emotion-packed lyrics. »
S. Shankar review

Varied repertoire

S. Shankar’s concert was evocative and rich with emotion »
Sanjay Subramanian.

Sanjay Subramaniam casts a spell

Imparting vigour without sacrificing the nuances of delicacy is the hallmark of Sanjay Subramaniam’s display of his musical perceptions. His vocal recital, featured on the occasion of the Sri Ra... »
Veena player Madokaram Prashanth Iyengar. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

The food of life

Prashanth Iyengar takes the cause of the veena firmly forward. He is not only a musician but also a composer »
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Art
At Godhuli — The Exhibition of the Living Traditions of the Art of Pichwai at the Leela Palace.

Backdrops take centre stage

A city exhibition highlights the colours, moods and complexities of the traditional Pichwai paintings »
Simona, the Italian artist, a self-confessed explorer, has firmed her footing in Udaipur, Rajasthan, for the past
eight years,

At home in the world

Simona Bocchi, a seasoned Italian sculptor, talks about hopping from one Indian city to another to ensure that her art remains pure »
Expressive therapies help traumatised children since they are often unable to articulate in words what they’ve been through.

Art as antidote

Expressive therapies which involve art, dance and music could help children cope with trauma says Spanish clinical psychologist Olga Martin »
A work on display at Iconart.

Confluence of images

Artist Poornachandra Prasad’s works on display at Iconart Gallery uses different images to form a single plane of thought »
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Dance
On the wall at the Alliance Francaise’s three-part Danse Dialogues.

Gravity? What’s that?

A body, a wall and a visual dialogue that defied traditional ideas of dance »
Gopukiran Sadasivan and Ashin Maria Mathew. Photo: R. Ragu review

This dakshina was special

Guru Dhananjayan’s novel ideas were presented by Gopukiran and Ashin Maria Mathew with vigour. »
Sadanam Balakrishnan as Keechaka in 'Keechakavadham' staged at the annual dance and music festival of Kottakkal Viswambhara temple. Veterans such as Madavur Vasudevan Nair, Kalamandalam Gopi, Kalamandalam Vasu Pisharodi and Sadanam Krishnankutty performed in various Kathakali plays during the fete review

Seasoned acts

Veteran artistes proved their mettle on stage yet again at a Kathakali fete in Kottakkal. »
Shobana collaborates with pianist Anil Srinivasan, Vijay Ghate (tabla) and Sanjoy Das (guitar), besides Kyun Woo Chung from Korea, who is currently teaching at A.R. Rahman’s K.M. Conservatory. File Photo.

From Myth to Modernity

Dancer Shobana is all set to showcase her latest production. Titled ‘Samadhina’ or Trance, the music-dance extravaganza will be mounted on April 22, 7 p.m., at The Music Academy Madras, TTK Road.»
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Theatre
These students held their own with a slickness that was impressive.

#Opera in 140 characters

I attended a very interesting show last week. Performed by the students of the KM Music Conservatory (part of the A.R. Rahman Foundation) the evening could have taught a thing or two to many of the... »

Shakespeare festival in Kochi

A Shakespeare Festival to mark the 450th birth anniversary of the poet-playwright will be held during Apr 21-27, 2014, at David Hall, Fort Kochi – free for the public. »
Neruppu Kolangal.

Evocative of a glorious era

Leo Prabhu returns to the stage after a 12-year hiatus with ‘Neruppu Kolangal,’ and scores with a strong storyline. »
Karikaalan

Takeoff on Kalki

Are you a fan of historical drama and an avid reader of Kalki? Then head to Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. ‘Aaditha Karigalan,’ a take-off from ‘Ponniyin Selvan,’ is presented by M.G. Murugesan, poet, ora... »
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