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Back with a big budget dream
The public did not like the limited budget "Yaadein," Subhash Ghai tells ANUJ KUMAR. So the dream merchant's latest offering, "Kisna - The warrior poet," is a Rs. 25-crore film of epic proportions.

Straddling has paid off
"THE AWARD came as a surprise and naturally I was elated," says Premsai. The small screen actor recently received the Nandi Award for `Best Villain' from the Government of Andhra Pradesh. "Talambrallu" for which Premsai was honoured, has also ...


Articles of religious meet compiled
THE TIRUVANNAMALAI North District Archakas Sangam has released a book containing the proceedings of the State conference of Sivagama and Sri Vaikanasa Bhagavat Sastra conference held at Thennangur in August last. The book edited by Sangendhi ...

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    Etched with alankars and taans
    THE HAMSADHWANI festival of Hindustani classical concerts was inaugurated by a person of no less eminence than Lakshmi Shankar, the doyenne of classical music. R. Ramachandran, Secretary, Hamsadhwani, paid tribute to M. S. Subbulakshmi. The ...
    Fine sruti alignment
    THE RECITAL of Gayatri Girish at Krishna Gana Sabha was marked by good sruti alignment, clarity of expression in all the octaves and good command over laya. "Neranammiti" (Ata tala varnam - Kanada) provided a bright start. Swati Tirunal's "Deva ...


    Enchanting dance recitals
    EVEN THE concluding Dasavatharam, ``Paarkadal Alai Mel" in raagamalika, Adi taalam, sung by M. L. Vasanthakumari in the movie ``Raja Desingu," though performed at a frenetic pace was enough to sum up Shreelatha Suresh's dancing skills. She has a ...
    Message of hope and survival
    WHEN SOMETHING like the tsunami hits, it affects almost everyone — in different ways. While many have gone about trying to help the victims, there are many who keep a minute's silence to grieve for the dead and the missing. While there are ...
    Emotions captured well
    ADHERENCE TO the style taught, devotion to the art form inherited and temperance in movements that were graceful yet emphatic, made Keiko Watanbe's Kuchipudi recital for the Brahma Gana Sabha at the Sivagami Pethachi auditorium remarkable and ...
    An enviable performance
    CONSIDERING DR. Krishna Raman's recommendation of wooden flooring for dancers at this season's Natya Kala Conference, Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha's beautiful stages come as a bonus for those performing there. One such beneficiary was Smitha ...
    Brisk jati and good footwork
    VARSHA SURESH, disciple of K.J. Sarasa, presented Bharatanatyam recital at this year's dance festival of Brahma Gana Sabha. She began with brisk jatis and went on to do Abhinaya for two verses on Lord Siva `Kunitha Puruvamum' and `Thodudaiya ...
    Impressive nritta
    WITH A dignity of bearing acquired from playing the male lead in many of Kalakshetra's dance dramas, Sheejith Krishna cuts an impressive figure on stage. His strength and passion stem from the rhythmic nuances embedded in the structure of the ...
    Firm grip on tala
    AFTER AN invocatory item and a short piece, "Thathai Mozhiyaal," Priya Mohan performing for the Nungambakkam Cultural Academy presented the Shanmukhapriya varnam, "Kola Mayil Vaahanane," composed by Madurai N. Krishnan, in Adi talam. Here, the ...


    Time for introspection
    ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS are the order of the day in Chennai and the Thespian en celebrated their tenth year of theatre with Jean Paul Sartre's ``Nekrassov." The play has been in rehearsal for a while now and select scenes were on preview for the ...

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    Gorgeous Andhra fair
    COLOUR, CREATIVITY and innovative design combine to add appeal to Lepakshi's exhibition of `Crafts of Andhra Pradesh.' The crafts fair has immense variety to suit every pocket. A micro-sized Kondapalli elephant that one picks up will have a ...


    The special charm of Palani
    Thaipoosam falls on January 25 when all Murugan abodes will wear a festive look. Especially the hill shrine of Palani, destination for thousands of devotees, many of whom will carry the Kavadi. V. S. KRISHNAN writes...


    Known for devotion and determination
    Sri Embar's Avatara Utsavam is being celebrated from January 15 to 25. K. L. SAMPATH writes on the Swami of Madura Mangalam.


    Past but immortal
    "THE WAY he romps about on stage with absolutely no inhibitions is amazing," said Saroja Devi, the yesteryear queen of Tamil cinema, one of the chief guests at the function, organised to honour two nightingales of the movies of the past — ...


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