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Emotions in conflict
After "Fiza", movie scribe Khalid Mohammed tries his hand at filmmaking again with "Tehzeeb." Does he resort to self-probe as the theme indicates? GOWRI RAMNARAYAN finds out.

Master of martial arts
"THE MATRIX Reloaded" has raked in millions on the first day of its release. That way it seems to have made a record of sorts in the history of motion picture. Much of the credit of its success should be attributed to Yuen Wo Ping, martial arts ...

Film Review

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    New albums
    KRIYA KREATIVE Sound Private Limited (98410 86584) has brought out its latest collection — devotional albums, remix of old Tamil hits, rare melodies of Ilaiyaraja, and a wonderful rendering by the Mambalam Sisters. ...
    Significance of a sound classical base
    WHEN TECHNICAL correctness is clothed in musical sensitivity, the classical contours of a raga emerge. In such a combination, expressiveness is without exaggeration and alapanas progress along clipped phrases. That performance is good, in which ...
    Musician-teacher par excellence
    Even though the Semmangudi style is perceptible in his renditions, Narayanaswami has established himself as a classy performer and an excellent guru. V. SUBRAHMANIAM profiles the vocalist.
    Impressive concert
    SASHWATHI, DISCIPLE of Neyveli K. Ganesh, gave an impressive vocal concert at the VDS Arts Academy, under the auspices of Muthu Krishnan Memorial Club, M. O. P. Vaishnav College, Nungambakkam. Shashwathi rendered the songs with confidence and ...
    Blend of speed and poise
    THE COMMON charge against young artistes by genuine critics is their emphasis more on speed and exhibition of their half-baked scholarship, than on sowkhyam and tranquillity, the objective of the vintage composers. Prasanna Venkataraman might ...
    Songs in praise of Rama
    Music Today - C-02091 - Carnatic Classical Vocal - Ramayana - T. M. Krishna and Sangeetha Sivakumar - Rs. 65. THE STORY of Rama, the Ramayana, has been sung by many divine poets in various languages. Valmiki, Tulsidas, Madhav Kambali of ...
    Book release
    THE FOURTH volume of SVK's `Know Your Tyagaraja' will be released at 6 p.m. on June 15, at P. Obul Reddy Hall, Vani Mahal, T. Nagar. Justice K. Bhakthavatsalam, former judge, Madras and Karnataka high courts, under the auspices of P. Obul Reddy ...
    AIR's enjoyable fare
    REGULAR LISTENERS of the annual Tamil drama festival broadcast on All India Radio would have noticed the drastic cut in the duration of the plays in the recent past. There was a time when the hour long plays enacted by veterans like Sivaji ...


    It's different!
    For mainstream Tamil theatre, Prayatna's "Swayambu" was significant as it dared to be different. Written and directed by K. Vivekshankar, it won the award for best play at the Kartik Fine Arts' Festival of Drama held recently. The rather sparse ...


    Maha Swami Charitam
    SAREGAMA INDIA Limited has come out with a VCD/DVD, "Madhuram Madhuram Maha Swami Charitam," a Harikatha narration in Tamil by Revathy Sankaran. The technical credits include art direction by Thota Bhanu, and cinematography by Kichaas and ...
    The world was at his feet
    Today is the 110th Jayanthi of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati. N. VANCHINATHAN pays tribute to the Paramacharya.
    An inner urge to serve
    To be a willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness is quite a tall order for anyone to live up to. Aurovillians take up different responsibilities not only to gain experience but out of some inner compulsion to do so, say ANNE and ANNEMARIE.
    Preserving Vedic tradition
    ON HIS 80th birthday, the sage of Kanchi posed a simple question: "Who honours or cares about the Vedic scholars at an old age?" His query was, as usual, thought provoking. He felt that many such scholars were not even identified, leave alone ...
    Srinivasa temple renovated
    THE WORSHIP of Lord Srinivasa is widespread in the Tamil country, especially in the southern districts and temples dedicated to Him are found in almost all villages. This is because many Vedic scholars who lived in areas ruled by the Vijayanagar ...
    Urs observed
    DEVOTEES THRONGED the Dargah premises at Mannady on the occasion of the 56th Urs of the Sufi saint Qutubul Akthab Hazrath Hafiz Syed Habeeb Mohammed Hasan Moulana Khadiri Baghdadi (Rah) recently. The function started with Zikhir majlis ...


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