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Commoner calls the shots
Some of them were slow starters that went on to reap rich dividends, while a few began with a fantastic initial draw, only to withdraw without a whimper very soon. Be that as it may, the final fate of the Hindi films of the year that was, was deci ded as always, by the man in the street, observes ZIYA US SALAM. More
New trends in Canadian cinema
IN CONNECTION with the Think Canada Festival being inaugurated in various metropolises of India, a package of films called Northern Lights was screened at the Film Chamber of Commerce venue recently. The event was inaugurated by the Canadian ... More
Tales told with sensitivity
CHINESE FILMS are rarely screened in Chennai. The last festival of Chinese films was held some 10 years ago. This time, The Madras Film Society in collaboration with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, New Delhi and Federation of Film ... More

Straddled stage and films with success
Nigel Hawthorne, the scheming civil servant Sir Humphrey in the British television series "Yes, Minister", died recently at his home in Baldock, Hertfordshire, north of London. He was 72. A tribute to the versatile actor. More

More glamour than grandeur
IF REPUTATION goes before music, whatever its quality, it was to be seen in the case of Nityashree Mahadevan. There was enough glamour and correspondingly less of the grandeur of Carnatic music. Swift raga sancharas in Atana and Kalyani reminded ... More
Young and confident
THE NOON concert of young artiste Balamuralikrishna on Christmas Day was quite commendable; he exudes confidence, the very posture and gestures appearing like a seasoned artiste, Nevertheless either due to too many concerts in the season or due ... More
Well-crafted Kalyani
THERE IS a consistency in his commitment to convention and improvisation without offending sampradaya. That is Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan, who sang for the Indian Fine Arts Society on December 24 in its 69th SIMCF held at German Hall, in T. ... More
Veena full of bhava
TRIVANDRUM R .VENKATRAMAN, senior veena artiste moulded by K. S. Narayanaswamy, opened the music festival of Sruti Laya Kendra. Having been in Trivandrum all these years Venkatraman has been a rarity on the concert platform in Chennai. His style ... More
Unswerving concentration
SINGING FOR the Hamsadhwani at the Youth Hostel, R. Tara's concentration was put to test. When she was doing neraval at `Gokulam Brindavanam' in the Dhanyasi kriti, `Balakrishnan Padamalar', a busload of children descended causing a great deal ... More
Overcomes disadvantage
SANJAY SUBRAHMANIAN'S concert at the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha was just not anywhere near his best. His voice remained recalcitrant throughout the evening, too hard to give easy passage to the initial Kalyani varnam, and too hoarse for the delicate ... More
Musician with a great tradition
TIRUPPUNTURUTHI V. VENKATESAN honoured this year by the Narada Gana Sabha, was born in a family of musicians. His great grandfather, Ghanam Tirumalai Iyer, was a well-known musician, who adorned the Thanjavur royal court. Venkatesan's father, the ... More
Impressive line-up of young artistes
THE SCHOOLGIRL exterior of the sisters Srisha and Sriusha belied the rich music they could produce on their mandolin, an instrument you can hardly notice on the stage. In solo or duet, the two have developed the niceties of presentation. Their ... More
Replete with reposeful ingredients
A. KANYAKUMARI GAVE a sweet recital on the violin for Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabah. Assisted by her disciple, Embar Kannan, she presented a concert that was replete with reposeful ingredients. The artistes projected an attractive raga profile ... More
Brisk and bright presentation of details
MAINTAINING THE sruthi scrupulously, T. V. Sankaranarayanan sang for Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha in a style that pleased the listeners. He delighted them with his brisk and bright presentation of the contents of his recital. Following a ... More
Todi at its best
WHILE TODI was the favourite of many vidwans at the Music Academy this season, it was given to the 2.45p.m. artiste, Sangeetha Sivakumar, to sing it most ecstatically with fertile imagination and serene vision of the lustre of the raga. Out of ... More
Guru emulated
PALAI RAMACHANDRAN, senior torchbearer of the Semmangudi tradition presented a dignified concert on December 27. Beginning with his guru's favourite, ``Deva Deva'' by Swati Tirunal in Mayamalavagowla, he embellished the composition with neraval ... More
Memorable concert
SIRGAZHI DR. SIVA Chidambaram recently presented a concert which deserves to be cherished. Every aspect of musical splendour was present in the recital so much so that the audience did not leave although it was half past 10 in the evening. The ... More
Nuances that embellish music
WITH THE president, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman in the Chair, Sri Tripurasundari Sametha Sri Adipureeswara Tevara Patasalai group, led by Saidai Sri. Natarajan, rendered Tevaram songs at the commencement of the Music Academy's session on December ... More
A mixed bag
THE MALE Voice Ensemble lit up the city's premier carol service Carols by Candlelight at the St.Christopher's College of Education on December 22 by the sheer brilliance of their performance, in what was one of the most disappointing carol ... More
Distinct in style and substance
IN THESE days of amalgamating styles it was refreshing to hear someone who maintained the distinctness of bani. But the first part of her concert was listless. What kept you through a ``Ninne Nera''(Pantuvarali) with neraval and swara as ... More
Isai that defies description
TAMIL ISAI Sangam operates on a different plane and ambience. The auditorium has been spruced up and the acoustics are fine. The chatter one finds elsewhere was totally missing here. The number of older people during the noon and afternoon ... More
Entertainer par excellence
KUNNAKKUDI VAIDYANATHAN makes his objective quite clear — entertainment. The sancharas he plays on the violin are baffling and sometimes amusing, and indeed looked forward to by his fans! As an entertainer he is par excellence without ... More
Focus on veena's exalted status
``VEDA JANITHA Vara Veena'' — The sacred Veena that was born out of the Vedas. That is how this musical instrument is described by Tyagaraja. It requires deep study and research to explain what this exactly means. That is what the ... More
CD on the Buddha
A COMPACT disc containing nine compositions in Sanskrit on the Buddha by Prof. V. Subramaniam of Ottawa (Canada), sung by Priya Sisters, Shanmukhapriya and Haripriya, was released at a function arranged by the Indian Fine Arts Society, at Bala ... More

Voice of the oppressed woman
CHENNAI HAS lately seen a lot of dance productions with the gender issue theme. Bharat Kalachar was host to the latest from Ananda Shankar Jayant and her group from Hyderabad. ``What About Me" was touching in its simplicity and innocence. A ... More
Gita in simple terms
DR. PADMA SUBRAMANIAM calls her dance ``Bharatha Nrityam." After witnessing her presentation of the ``Bhagavadgita'' at the Music Academy one wonders if it is not time to think of another name to it. The dance transcends the term with its total ... More
Off the beaten track
SHOBHANA'S BHARATANATYAM performance at The Music Academy was full of surprises. Breaking norm, Shobhana performed a varnam after a heavy Swarajathi in the raga Bhairavi. ``After the Sampradaya exposition,'' said the announcer Sharada Ramanathan, ... More
Tradition and modern juxtaposed
THE NATYAKALA Conference held by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on the ``Art of Choreography," offered insights into the differences between the approaches of the traditional and contemporary dancers. Both are engaged in experiments. The former generally ... More
In chaste Pandanallur style
THE TIMELESS quality of the compositions of the Quartette came fully alive in the performance of Meenakshi Chittaranjan for Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha. With remarkable dedication and involvement, Meenakshi danced undeterred by the thin ... More
Drenched in devotion
NEENA PRASAD is a good artiste, and a scholarly one at that — so it made it all the more depressing that the Music Academy auditorium was so thinly populated on December 18. Her Mohiniyattom recital was gentle as the style is wont to be and ... More
Interesting clips from the epic
A YOUNG choreographer with promise, Madhuvanti Arun has certainly imbibed some skill from her teacher, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam. As a tribute to the royal composer, Maharaja Swati Thirunal, Maduvanti had chosen one of his most famous compositions, ... More

Detailed to perfection
SOME FINE examples of Thanjavur and Mysore Art reproductions and original themes, currently being showcased by RAASI Art Foundation in an exclusive exhibition, reflect the magnificence and rich colours of the art genre. Each of the frames ... More


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