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We get what we deserve
The passive, serial-watching public has not realised that it has the power to change things. RATNA RAJAIAH analyses the state of TV soaps and viewers' apathy.

"Koi Mil Gaya"
IF ONLY Bollywood was an alien, it could have solved many problems. For if one alien can make a mentally challenged child into a super guy and give him the capacity to perform extraordinary feats, then wouldn't it be nice to have all our mundane ...

"Theen Deewarein"
SLOW, DELIBERATE progression happens till you cannot wait to find out what the conclusion is — without losing sympathy for the criminals, and without losing sight of justice — with an acceptable and fair ending. Traces of uneasiness ...
"Accidental Spy"
ONE GOES to see a Jackie Chan movie for its stunts and the components of martial arts. Plus of course the fact that Jackie combines all his so called stories with a lot of humour. So one does not really mind sitting through some truly impossible ...
Turkish film festival
THE MADRAS Film Society and the Turkish Embassy, New Delhi are jointly organising a Turkish Film Festival for the first time in the city, from August 18 to 24. V. L. Dutt, Honorary Consul for Turkey in Chennai, will inaugurate. Ms. Helen ...
Sumptuous fare from South Africa
A festival of South African films, which showcased the sensitivity and potential of filmmakers there, was held in the city recently. A report.
Indian films in Mauritius
The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) along with Mauritius film Development Corporation is organising a festival of Indian films in Mauritius from August 16 to 23. Eight films will be shown during the festival and they include "Kabi ...
Locarno, the filmgoer's feast
Locarno, hosting its 56th annual international film festival from August 6-16, joins the big league of Cannes, Venice and Berlin. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN takes us on a tour of the picturesque spots in this enchanting Swiss town.


Star and a versatile actor
Melodrama, romance, tragedy, comedy, historical... Gemini Ganesan effortlessly portrayed heroes of all shades. RANDOR GUY writes.
It is absolute passion for cinema
``When all is said and done and the curtain comes down, I hope I would have made at least one film in every genre," Nagesh Kukunoor tells CHITRA MAHESH in a tête-à-tête.


Global rhythms dazzle
The Rainforest World Music Festival at Sarawak, in the spectacular island of Borneo, was unforgettable, says LEKHA J. SHANKAR.
Absorbing recital
Times Music C Spiritual - Sanskrit Devotional - Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam - Devki Pandit TCCITE 443C - Rs. 65. SRI LALITHAMBIKA, a manifestation of Devi Parvathi, has been extolled by Adi Sankara in his Lalitha Sahasranamam. The power ...
On Ganesha, for Chathurti
Siddhi Buddhi Dayak Shri Vinayak (Times Music; CD: Rs. 295; cassette: Rs. 65) - Shri Gajanana (Times Music; CD: Rs. 295; cassette: Rs. 60). WITH GANESH Chathurti only a fortnight away, Times Music has cannily timed the release of two ...
Vocal explosions
T. N. Seshagopalan sang for Nadaposana, accompanied by Delhi SunderRajan on the violin and by T. K. Murthy and B. Sivaraman (double mridangam). It mattered very little what kirtanas he rendered or what ragas he elaborated, for there was nothing ...
Concert in copybook style
DESPITE AGE, failing health and a fading voice, veteran Thanjavur Sankara Iyer gave a gritty performance at the TTD Information Centre before a big audience thirsting for music of the vintage years. Even after a two-and-a-half hour concert, the ...


Residential dance training
NRITYAGRAM, The Dance Village, Bangalore, invites applications for a three-year residential training programme in Odissi, Kathak and Bharatanatyam. Candidates at the school will be provided lodging, boarding and training free of cost. ...


Viewers get their money's worth
MTC Productions' ``Funny Money", designed and directed by Mithran Devanesen, was a brilliant exercise in insanity, observes ELIZABETH ROY.
Absurd situations
ADVERTISED AS a full-length comedy play, Hari Giri Theatres' "Oho", offers mindless laughs. It has a couple of hilarious portions andthat's it. The story, dialogue and dramatisation are by Bosskey and the play is directed by T.R. Balu. "Oho" is ...
Slapdash stuff that serves no purpose
PAREEKSHA PRESENTED "Iruvar" — three short plays with just two characters in each — on August 10, at the Dr. MGR Janaki College of Arts and Sciences for Women. This was the sixth in a series of monthly programmes being held by the ...


The great Light of Thiruthannka
The Deepaprakasar temple in Thooppul, one of the 108 Divya Desa shrines, is in a dilapidated state. T. A. SRINIVASAN writes.
A celebrated abode of Lord Siva
Tracing the history of Erode and the legend relating to the temple of Arudra Kapaliswara, K. VENKATACHARI takes the reader on a religious trip.

Places Of Worship

With temple renovation as goal
VEPPATHUR, A small village panchayat situated about a kilometre from Thiruvidaimaruthur and about six km. from Kumbakonam, in Thanjavur District, was originally known as Nimmapuram (in Sanskrit). It was so called because the entire village was ...
Where Durgadevi did penance
THE NAMES of many villages and towns in the Tamil country have a special significance of their own and Ammangudi, 12 km east of Kumbakonam, derived its name from the shrine dedicated to Durgadevi or Amman although She is not the presiding deity, ...


Torchbearer of Bharatanatyam tradition
IN THE passing away of Thanjavur Kamalambal on Sunday last at Chidambaram, the field of Bharatanatyam has lost an invaluable link in the chain of outstanding traditional artists. Kamalambal was regarded as an upholder of the essence of ...


Saga of a legend
ON THE 24th death anniversary of the movie legend Av. Meiyappan, AVM productions brought out an invaluable collection of events in his life in the form of a VCD (two volumes). The biography is bolstered by clippings of his films added ...
Lycra-MTV Style awards
MTV AND Lycra are turning on their style searchlights to seek out today's czars of style and fashion at the first Lycra-MTV Style Awards. To be held at the Jamshed Bhabha Auditorium in Mumbai on October 18, the 19 awards in 13 categories, will ...

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