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Laughing away reality
Come elections, TV channels vie with each other to air political satires, visual cartooning and spoofs. But in a country with a huge illiteracy rate, do people see the messages beyond the laughs, asks SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY.

A bubbly team this time
From Thiruthuraipoondi to Chennai where he has been noted for his work as a cinematographer/director Jeeva has indeed come a long way. Will "Ullam Kaetkumae" do the trick? MALATHI RANGARAJAN talks to the technician.

Film Review

  • Muskaan
  • Hidalgo
  • Seabiscuit


    Hero's bid to be politician No. 1
    Govinda has begun his political `yatra'by travelling second class on the local train to Virar. This popular `Virar ka Chokra' turned film star has the common man touch. But whether he can translate this into votes to defeat formidable rival and BJP minister Ram Naik is the question, says V. GANGADHAR.


    For aspiring classical learners
    Kosmic Music 1463C, 1473C, 1483C - Carnatic Classical - Basic Classical Lessons - ThattuVarisais and Geethams - S. Rajeswari and disciples - Rs. 50 each. S. RAJESWARI, an experienced guru, has in this album released by Kosmic Music, taught ...
    Prodigious talent
    SIXTEEN-YEAR-old L. Athira of Tiruvananthapuram is the granddaughter of the well-known musician of Kerala, Kodampalli Gopala Pillai, and daughter of vidwan Kodampalli Krishna Pillai. Her staple diet, even as a child, was Carnatic music, ...
    Rich and pliable voice
    WITH EVERY round of thanam, winning appreciation (a modern trend among rasikas), T.M. Krishna rendered an RTP in Khanda triputa with the pallavi line being "Kanakidaikumo Sabesan Darusanam... " with his noted brilliance and vibrancy. The raga ...
    Accent on aesthetics
    THE VEENA recital of Jayanti Kumaresh for the Krishna Gana Sabha was a perfect mix of talent and clarity on the frets. She played with commitment, confidence and zest. There was not only much charm in her presentation but also equal merit. If a ...


    Stands for Rama's noble qualities
    IN NEDUNGUNAM, situated 24 km from Arani (North Arcot district), is an ancient and attractive temple for Sri Rama. The word Nedungunam itself signifies the main noble quality of the Lord. After Vibhishana Pattabhishekam in Sri Lanka, Rama is ...

    Places Of Worship

    Symbol of Sublime Renunciation
    The Lord of Palani is glorified in many ways. K. VENKATACHARI writes about Muruga's hill abode where Panguni Uthiram will be celebrated on April 4.
    Special for pilgrims
    OF THE several festivals celebrated, the most significant ones are `The Thai Poosam' and `Panguni Uthiram' which attract tens of thousands of pilgrims everyday. On these occasions, in order to accommodate a steady stream of buses carrying ...
    Akin to Tirupati
    SOME TEMPLES are considered as holy as they have been sanctified by Vaishnavite saints known as Azhwars in their hymns and some others are considered so because of their association with sages and other holy men. To the latter category belongs ...


    Sai's life and achievements showcased
    IT OPENS with the birth of Sri Sathya Sai Baba on November 23, 1926, in the Ratnakaram family, and goes on to trace the phenomenon's life of service, that includes the mammoth welfare schemes and his latest, successful large scale endeavour to ...
    Modern dance
    USING DIGITAL, incorporeal communication, man constantly creates a variety of different living spaces in which he can completely reinvent himself and his environment. In virtual worlds, the dream of surpassing the given restrictions of physical ...
    Fitting tribute
    AS A fitting tribute to K. Chandrasekharan, scholar, writer and connoisseur of fine arts, Samskrita Ranga, Samskrita Academy and Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute jointly organised a function recently. Prof. S. Ramaratnam, Principal, ...
    Panguni Uthiram
    PANGUNI UTHIRAM festival is on since yesterday at Ettampadai Murugan temple, Triplicane. The six-day celebration includes homams, devotional music, nagaswara concert, discourses, procession of the deity, kavadiattam, special abhishekam and ...
    Book release
    DR. V. RAGHAVAN Centre for Performing Arts is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Raghavan on April 5 at 6.15 p.m. with the release of his book, `Ramayana in Classical Sanskrit and Prakrit Mahakavyas', at Ragasudha Hall, Luz. Swami Gautamanandaji ...
    THE THIRUKKALYANAM festival at the Sri Maragathavalli Sametha Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Temple in Narasingapuram, near Perambakkam in Thiruvallur district, will be celebrated on April 4 (Panguni Uthiram day). Narasingapuram can be reached by ...
    On the Gita
    SIVANANDA FOUNDATION, Triplicane has organised lectures on The Gita from April 5 to 9 (6.30 p.m.) at their premises at 23/12, Dr. Besant Road, Vivekananda Illam. Swami Swaroopananda from the Madurai branch will deliver lectures on `Bhakti Yogam' ...
    VISHNU SAHASRANAMAM Parayanam (by Vishnu Sahasranama Mandali, Madipakkam) is going on at Thirumaada Koil Sri Varasakthi Vinayakar Temple, MMTC Colony, Nanganallur, till April 24, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. On Saturdays alone the Parayanam begins ...
    Lifestyle products
    FOR FAMOUS and up-and-coming brands in interiors and luxury products visit iCare Communications' on-going exhibition (April1-4), International living and lifestyle 2004, at Chennai Trade Center, Nandambakkam. (10.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.) ...
    THE RAJAGOPURA Maha Kumbhabishekam of Subramania Swami (Siva Vishnu) Temple, Brindavan Nagar, Adambakkam, will be held on April 4, between 9.30 and 10.15 a.m. A new shrine for Mangala Sarabeswarar that has been constructed in the temple will also ...

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