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'Kaththi' conflict has been resolved, Happy Deepavali: Vijay

"Since producers have agreed to remove (Lyca Productions’) name from the title and banner, the conflict has been resolved and decks have been cleared for (the film's) release this Deepavali" »
Pitt stars as Sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier in

War is hell: Brad Pitt

Hollywood star Brad Pitt says his latest film "Fury" was never intended to act as a glorification of war. »
Neil Patrick Harris. File Photo

Neil Patrick Harris doesn't want to be a boring host at Oscars

'How I Met Your Mother' star Neil Patrick Harris says he wishes that his upcoming maiden Oscars hosting will honour the gravity of the award ceremony without getting heavy and boring. The actor ha... »
Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Aamir Khan and Uday Chopra during a promotional event of their upcoming movie 'Dhoom 3'.

‘Dhoom 3’ becomes highest grossing foreign film in Australia

After collecting Rs 500 crore at the Indian box office, Aamir Khan-starrer ‘Dhoom 3’ has now become the highest grossing foreign film of 2013 in Australia and emerged as the first Bollywood... »
, October 22, 2014

Sarathkumar hits out at controversy over Kaththi

Questions have been raised on social media on the relevance of Nadigar Sangam and other film bodies following the controversy over the release of actor Vijay’s Kaththi. On Twitter, ir... »
On a sweet note: Uma K. arranges the adhirasams at The Grand Sweets and Snacks Photo: M. Moorthy
October 21, 2014

The circle of life

There’s a heated contest going on inside a busy, sultry factory off OMR. Six ladies are feverishly trying to dish up some appetising adhirasams. Speed is essential — Deepavali orders are g... »
Stills from Kaththi.
CHENNAI, October 21, 2014

Sword hangs over Kaththi

The uncertainty over the release of Vijay-starrer Kaththi on Deepavali day continues even as the producer, Ayngaran International, claimed to have met the demands of various Tamil... »
Deepika Padukone.
Mumbai, October 20, 2014

Deepika Padukone was always a star: SRK

Shah Rukh Khan, the producer and hero of Deepika Padukone’s debut film “Om Shanti Om”, says she has paved the way for her own success and that she always had it in her to be a “star”.SRK an... »
London, October 20, 2014

David Beckham, Guy Ritchie team up for short film

David Beckham has collaborated with filmmaker Guy Ritchie for a new whiskey ad. The 39-year-old hunk has joined forces with the ‘Snatch’ director for the commercial for Haig Club Scotch Whi... »
Apache Indian
October 19, 2014

In a Bangalore state of mind

It didn’t just pour over the last weekend. Music lovers in the city experienced a different kind of downpour at Kingfisher Premium’s The Great Indian Octoberfest with much sonic waves. The highligh... »
A scene from Neelakkuyil
October 19, 2014

The reluctant producer

T.K. Pareekutty might not have had any awareness of cinema but he had an innate business sense. A boat owner and transport contractor, Pareekutty gambled on that intuitive sense, a businessman’s bo... »
Vivacious Rhea Charaborty
October 19, 2014

Striking a chord

Sonali Cable has released amidst big budget films, but that does not make Rhea Chakraborty’s excitement any less. The 22-year-old actress is all thrilled about her movie, where she plays th... »
Deepa Sannidhi
October 18, 2014

Deepa in thought

Deepa Sannidhi burst into Kannada movies with the superhit Saarathi (2011) and followed it up with the equally successful Paramathma starring Puneet Rajkumar. That’s all it took for... »
Don't Look Now
October 18, 2014

Outtakes: Nicolas Roeg

WHO is he? British cinematographer and film director who has made over 15 feature films since the early seventies. Roeg started out as a cinematographer for A-list director David L... »

Start with a laugh

Obviously DIFFerent

Cinema Quiz

The Sunday Interview: ‘My life is one big prayer’

Sex and the selfie

Happy New Year gets ‘U’ certificate

'The wall stands tall'

Jewels in the town

Actor Pankaj Kesari.
October 21, 2014

Banking on nativity

"Artistes and technicians from the Telugu film industry are very disciplined, updated and professional, on the other hand filmi people from the North have a chalta hai attitude, they are let... »
Mani Aiyer Hall
October 21, 2014

City explorer: A hall that echoes history

The new board outside the run-down double-storeyed building flashes the standard warning: Trespassers will be prosecuted. “You can't go in!” shouts Thenmozhi, the flower woman nearby. “There used t... »
Washington, October 20, 2014

Jay Leno receives Mark Twain prize for Humour

Comedian Jay Leno has been awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour. Leno, 64, was feted in a ceremony which took place at the Kennedy Center in Washington. He joins previous honour... »
LOS ANGELES, October 20, 2014

Candice Accola, Joe King marry

‘The Vampire Diaries’ star Candice Accola has tied the knot with rock band The Fray rocker fiance Joe King in New Orleans. The two, who first met at a Super Bowl event, exchanged the... »
Versatile singer Lucky Ali performing at a concert. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat
BANGALORE, October 20, 2014

Seeing local talents in music festivals I feel good: Lucky Ali

Bollywood singer, composer and notable figure in the Indian music industry Lucky Ali feels great with the encouragement of local talents in music festivals and says it helps in the growth of the i... »
Artist ,Zena Colaco with her paintings in Bangalore. Photo : Bhagya Prakash K
October 19, 2014

A symphony of nature

Where there is a will there is a way— that adage comes to mind when you meet Zena Colaco, a young artist from Mangalore. When she was 13, her mother gave her a box of cookies. “It had attrac... »
October 19, 2014

Geethan takes the filmi route

He has been interested in acting and filmmaking for a long time. And that’s why he decided to enrol for a visual communication course at Loyola. And he certainly did. Today, Geethan is a hap... »
Cheering crowds at the entrance of a cinema hall screening a Tamil film
October 18, 2014

Mother of all theatres

It would be interesting to analyse the underlying assumptions that have prompted the Chennai Corporation to start Amma Theatres, a chain of low-cost theatres. As far as audiences go, yes, there is... »
October 18, 2014

Etcetera: Starting out with a suspense thriller

After gaining enough experience under director Jeeva Shankar during the making of Naan, Robert S. Raaj decided to make his directorial debut with Kalam, along with producer P. K. Cha... »
October 18, 2014

Lessons from a film festival

They pulled it off. Film lovers made it happen. In the last week of August, Festival Director Srinivasan Narayanan and the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image had almost called off the Mumbai... »

Action unlimited

Hundred, not out

Blast from the past: Kalaivaanan 1959

Maggie Smith receives royal honour from Queen Elizabeth

The Judge: Some objections

All eyes on Rajinikanth’s Lingaa

Artist and his ‘kingdom’

Stories of a reluctant schoolboy

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Actor Pankaj Kesari.

Banking on nativity

Actor Pankaj Kesari looks forward to strengthening his position in Telugu films »
Standing tall: Vishal in Poojai: his second film with Hari

Action unlimited

From Chellamae onwards, it’s been a fist fest for Vishal. Nikhil Raghavan catches up with the actor on the eve of Poojai’s Diwali release »
Vivacious Rhea Charaborty

Striking a chord

Rhea Chakraborty on her preparations to play Sonali in the just-released film Sonali Cable »
A scene from Neelakkuyil

The reluctant producer

T.K. Pareekutty might not have had any awareness of cinema but he had an innate business sense. A boat owner and transport contractor, Pareekutty gambled on that intuitive sense, a businessman’s bo... »
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A scene from

The power of one

Going Solo, India’s only international theatre festival of solo acts, crafts a neat balance between purpose and execution »
A scene from the play

Here and now

Raj Narain Dixit’s “Isi Din Isi Waqt” captures the crippling desire of the middle class to rise up the socio-economic ladder. »
A scene from the play 'Natasamrat'

Of parental bonding and emotional connect

Natasamrat, primarily a Marathi play, written by V.V Shirwadkar, translated into Hindi by R.S. Kelkar was staged for the third time in a short span of two months at the Telugu University auditoriu... »
Theatre practitioner Ashvin Gidwani, known for giving a fillip to commercial theatre

Rooting for commercialisation

Theatre practitioner Ashvin Gidwani feels it is high time theatre becomes more commercial so that it can sustain artists »
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Padma Bhushana, Sangeetha Sastra Visarada, the late Mysore Vasudevacharya

A life of musical moments

S. Krishnamurthy, former AIR station director, talks about his life and grandfather Mysore Vasudevachar. »
The children and their mentors. Photo: M. Karunakaran

Innocent voices ease some pain

Members of the Rhapsody Children's Choir were all smiles as they sang for the little patients at the Cancer Institute. »
Hemantha and Heramba.

Talent at the fest

Some of the young vocalists and instrumentalists hailing from different parts the South left an indelible mark mirroring great promise for them and for Carnatic music during the Kartikeya Gana Sabh... »
In letter and spirit -- The cover of Raga of My Life; Ustad Vilayat Khan in joyous abandon; Arvind Parikh with his guru.

A manna from heaven

Sitar virtuoso Arvind Parikh’s book The Raga of My Life captures his journey in music, particularly his six-decade relationship with his guru, the late legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. On the occasion of... »
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Suman Sarawgi and her troupe 'Sparsh' presenting 'Leisem' as part of Soorya Dance and Music Festival 2014 in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: Hareesh N. Nampoothiri

Diverse steps in sync with ingenuity and artistry

The dance segment of the Soorya Dance and Music Festival 2014 in Thiruvananthapuram celebrated the different classical dances of India. »
Aparna Vinod

Seasoned artistry

The Tharang Utsav featured some competent music and dance performances »
Vanashree Rao Photo: Inni Singh

Unravelling layers of meaning

Kuchipudi exponent Vanashree Rao took the solo stage with a thoughtfully crafted programme, while dancers in the Divinity Series lived up to its name. »
Gauri Diwakar's group performing at Ananya. Photo: Ajay Lal

For connoisseurs and commoners

The thronging crowds at Ananya proved the hard work of its organisers is paying off »
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Artist T. Kaladharan Creative spaces

Artist and his ‘kingdom’

Artist and organiser of all things cultural, T. Kaladharan calls the city, in its entirety, his creative space; the place that nourished the creative in him. His alma mater, he calls it. He says he... »

A portal for unsung artists

Hues N Strokes attempts to host and sell art works of artists from two tier and three tier cities. »
Pintu Paul at work Photo: S. Siva Saravanan

The man and his goddess

Pintu Paul returns to Coimbatore every year bearing clay from the Ganges that he shapes in to Durga and a pantheon of other gods »
A photograph depicting director Mira Nair, Tabu and others from the movie The Namesake being displayed at the gallery

Art with a purpose

‘Serendipity’ is a collection of beautiful black and white and colour photographs displayed at Goethe Zentrum »
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History & Culture
Hidden Histories

Jewels in the town

P.A. Raju Chettiar pioneered the boom in jewellery business in Coimbatore »
Bhagalpur Saris on view. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

YARDS of elegance

Bhagalpur tussars speak of a glorious textile heritage »
Inside the Penang State Museum. Photo: Aruna Chandaraju

Enriching diversity

The collection at the Penang State Museum and Art Gallery highlights the multicultural traditions. »
ELM Fabricius School where R.K. Narayan first went to. Hidden histories

Stories of a reluctant schoolboy

Last fortnight saw many articles on R.K. Narayan, the man who put Indian writing in English on the world map. Almost all of them lamented the fact that No 1, Vellala Street, Purasawalkam, the hous... »
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