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It could've been better
IN SHEER size and attendance, the Kolkata Film Festival is hard to beat, with nearly 7,000 people watching films at six big theatres and a couple of smaller ones throughout the day for seven days at a stretch; and a substantial section of them ...

TV actors' unions - standing asunder
Recently many television actors came together to form a union for themselves, when already one such body is supposed to be in existence. MALATHI RANGARAJAN talks to representatives of the two groups.

His maiden delivery is a hit
MANY CHENNAIITES were surprised and pleased when one of their local TV stars hit the national circuit, when he literally played with the Indian cricket team. It was an advertisement that showcased the team spirit of the members along with the ...


A tale rooted in the soil
Amshan Kumar's "Oruthi" was included in the Indian Panorama and screened at the International Film Festival recently held in Delhi. S. THEODORE BASKARAN discusses the merits of the Tamil film.

Film Review

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  • ``The Spy Who Loved Me"


    An assortment of ragas
    Crescendo - CXSCL10088 - Carnatic Classical Violin - Alaipayudhe - Kunnakudi R. Vaidyanathan - Rs. 45. IT HAS to be said that Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, the maverick musician who has adapted his characteristic style of violin playing, is ...
    Glitzy and superficial
    THE AUSTERITY associated with Carnatic music is fast disappearing. Concern for capturing its grandeur has been overshadowed by sheer communicative skill - skill that puts its faith on speed. This appears to be the neo-musical ideology. ...
    Sweet and malleable voice
    WITH A good patanthara, sweet and malleable voice, correct diction and tight laya sense, Srivalson Menon did full justice to Dikshitar's "Tyagaraja Yoga Vaibhavam" in Anandabhairavi at the Mylapore Arts Academy. It is a samashti charanam kriti ...
    Hindustani recital
    AMIR KHUSRO Sangeet Academy, a non-profit charitable trust, committed to promoting Hindustani Classical music in Chennai, will present a Hindustani music recital by Rita Dev Paul, on December 1, at the Music Academy mini hall, at 7 p.m. Guru ...


    Thematic ballet
    ANITHA GUHA of Bharatanjali Trust will be launching her new thematic ballet, "Sadaa Venkatesam Smaraami Smaraami," glorifying the all-pervasive, the most benevolent Lord Vishnu, through the episodes leading to Padmavathi-Srinivasa Vaibhavam. The ...


    Rare phenomenon
    THE SRI Balavinayagar Temple in Bharani Colony, Saligramam, Chennai, was consecrated in 1983 as a small temple to begin with. It has been and is being maintained and expanded by the residents of the Colony through donations from outsiders, and ...


    Avudai Akkal - her devotion lives on
    THE TRUSTEES of Sri Gnanananda Niketan, Sri Gnanananda Thapovanam celebrated Ayyaval Utsavam in the city recently, when the annual 10-day festival was being conducted in Tiruvisainallur (near Kumbakonam), in commemoration of a miracle that ...


    Namasankeerthana festival
    INTEGRATED ACADEMY for Performing Arts and Sri Krishna Gana Sabha will be organising the annual Namasankeerthana festival from November 29 to December 11 at Nalli Gana Vihar, T. Nagar. The inaugural function at 6.30 p.m. will be presided over ...
    Sholingur festival
    THE LAKSHMI Narasimha Swami temple at Sholingur is celebrating the Karthigai festival which will be on till December 21. Thirumanjanam will be performed every day between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to all the deities. The temple will be open for darshan ...
    THE 19TH Thirukalyana Mahotsavam of Sri Poorna Pushkala Samedha Sri Dharmasastha will be celebrated on November 30, (8.15 a.m.- 2 p.m.) at Udayamahal Thirumana Mandapam, No.70, Senkazhuneerodai Street, Peria Kanchipuram — 631502 (Ph: ...


    Win a gold coin
    MUSIC LOVERS now have the chance of winning a gold coin during this music season! Buy a CD/ cassette of Charsur at the company outlets at the music sabhas, and tucked away in them you may find a gold coin. Hurry, for the offer is open till ...
    Titles for TVS
    THE MAHARAJAPURAM Viswanatha Iyer Trust will confer on eminent musician T. V. Sankaranarayanan its Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Memorial Award on November 28 at Gnanananda Hall, Narada Gana Sabha. The honour carries a cash award of Rs. 10,000, a ...
    Accolade for Sankara Iyer
    RASIKA RANJANI Sabha will confer the title, `Kala Ratna' on Carnatic musician Thanjavur Sankara Iyer for the year 2003-04. The award, which carries a purse of Rs. 25,000, a medallion, a shawl and a citation, will be given to him on December 21 ...
    Service recognised
    THE MUDHRA Award of Excellence for 2003 will be presented to Mrs. Y. G. Parthasarathy for her outstanding service to fine arts. The function will be held on December 19 at Freedom Hall, Nungambakkam, ...
    THE 15TH anniversary celebrations of Abhai was held at the Sri Gnanananda Hall of Narada Gana Sabha. On this occasion, the newly updated Abhai directory was released. The function, presided over by P. Obul Reddy, included performances by talented ...
    THE JEERNODHARANA, Noodhana Vimana Ashtabandhana Mahaprathishta Samprokshanam of Sri Kalyanavalli Sametha Sri Kalyana Jagannatha Swami Temple, at Pillaippakkam, near Sriperumbudur, will be performed between 7.30 and 9 a.m., on December 4. The ...
    Sruthi Laya celebrations
    SRUTHI LAYA Kendra and Sruthi Laya Kendra Natarajaalaya guru Kaaraikkudi Mani will celebrate the 15th Winter Music festival from December 14 to 19 at Asthika Samajam, Venus Colony, Alwarpet. This year, violin vidwan M. Chandrasekaran has been ...
    Sri Lankan dance fest
    THE NATIONAL Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka will be performing in Chennai on November 29 at 6.30 p.m. at the Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore. As part of the cultural exchange being organised by Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai, the ...


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