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Now on an academic mission
His oeuvre of films is impressive, so are the awards. Yet he left it all to promote education. He was in India recently in this regard. Sir David Puttnam in conversation with SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY.

Veteran on a rewind
KNOWN FOR his powerful and subtle acting and impressive dialogue delivery, Rajesh has completed 25 years in cinema. His first film, "Kanni Paruvathilae," was released in 1979, the landmark movies being "Achamillai Achamillai," "Sirai," "Andha ...

A labour of love
"Born into Brothels" has a sordid subject. But Zana Briski and Ross Kauffmann's effort is outstanding as it shows the light behind the shadows. The Oscar they received proves it, says LEKHA J. SHANKAR.

"Kasturi Maan" frisks in from Kerala
FILMMAKER LOHITADAS who enters the Tamil arena with "Kasturi Maan" has an impressive success record in Malayalam cinema. Out of the 56 films he's written the story and dialogue for, 50 have been hits, you hear. His oeuvre includes famous ...
Learning a few facts from fiction
It was an interesting experience to watch ``Page Three" with journalism students, says teacher and writer V. GANGADHAR.
Film Review

TEEMING WITH known faces and packed with incidents, Spice Team Entertainment's "London" (U/A), presented by Inspired Movies U. K., is an assortment of levity and sentiment. Siva (Prashanth) secures a job in London for which he has to shell out ...
SIMRAN, THE actress, being kidnapped in "Pithamagan" was in itself not a very original line of thought. Much earlier in "Vaanamae Ellai," Banupriya was carried away by a group of young men who just wanted her to sing and dance for them. Now the ...
WHEN RAY Charles died in June, he had ascended to the most rarefied level of fame; no longer merely a celebrity, he had become an institution. There is no doubt that he deserved this status, or that he enjoyed it, but universal esteem is not ...

Steeped in Tyagaraja
Octogenarian Swaminatha Athreyan's bond with Tyagaraja is unique, as CHARUKESI discovers when he meets him. The writer shares his experience.
Magnificent spread of history
A topical collector, K. P. S. Narayanan Chettiar has compartmentalised stamps under more than 150 themes and also has a variety of ancient, rare coins. PREMA NANDAKUMAR peeps into his wonder world.
Enviable repertoire of slokas
WHAT DO you do when caught red-handed? Rack your brains for a plausible explanation. But Lord Krishna did not believe in such norms. Caught by a Gopika while stealing butter from her pot, he replied in all seriousness that he was looking for ...
Illustrious disciple of saint-poet
He would memorise Tyagaraja's kritis, and after returning home, put down the sahitya and the notations. Venkataramana Bhagavathar has composed slokas and songs in praise of deities and his guru. SUGANTHY KRISHNAMACHARI flips through the pages of his life history.

Purandaradasa day
AT THE vocal concert of Chethana Vrajanath Acharya organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore, the list of songs provided to the rasikas at the commencement of the cutcheri contained more songs of composers other than Purandaradasa. Thus, ...
Tyagaraja Aradhana at Ranipet
THE RANIPET Telugu Kala Samithi BHEL Township, organised the Sixth year Tyagaraja Aradhana on March 6 at Sri Venkatachalapathy temple mantapam in BHEL Township. Pancharatna Kritis were rendered by N. S. Kanaka, Parvathy Subramaniam, the ladies ...
Reflection of the Trinity's melodies
SRI KRISHNA Gana Sabha conducted for the whole day the Trinity Jayanti Utsavam enabled by an endowment by P. Obul Reddi. In the evening concert, Vasundhara Rajagopal used her rich clear voice with all its faculties to convey the excellence of ...
New executive officer for TTD
APVN Sharma was unanimously elected as president of Sri Tyagaraja Festival Committee at a meeting held in Tirupati recently. Rangaswami Iyengar and Srinivasan of Chennai felicitated him for his appointment as the Executive Officer of Tirumala ...
Lustrous gems of Carnatic music
Gita Cassettes GCT - CDCL - 239 - Carnatic classical vocal - Padams and Javalis - Dr. Subhashini Parthasarathy - Rs.125 PADAMS AND Javalis are lustrous gems in the discipline of Carnatic Music that find favour with dancers, ...

Dance homage marks Sivaratri
THE ANNUAL `Salangai Natyanjali' festival organised by the Salangai Academy of Indian Classical Arts at the Sri Akhilandeswari Jambukeswarar Temple, Tiruvanaikoil, Tiruchi, on the occasion of `Mahasivarathri,' proved an all-night music and dance ...
Dancing to the Yakshagana beat
Yakshagana Kendra in Manipal, nourishes and nurtures the ancient art form. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN pays a visit.
Endowed with divine talent
``One never stops learning, one practises all through life." — that sums up the remarkable tale of Madhavan Chakyar's accomplishment in the field of Koodiyattom. Chakyar and his disciple, G. Venu, were recently honoured by Dakshina Chitra. KAUSALYA SANTHANAM meets the award winners.
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Deity even demons worshipped
Captivating images of Lord Subramanya greet visitors to the temple at Seyyur, off Madurantakam. G. KRISHNARATNAM writes on the shrine that finds mention in Tiruppugazh.

Tansen of our time
Shehnai maestro, Bismillah Khan, turns 89 on March 21. RAJI GOPALAN, in this tribute, joins thousands of music lovers in greeting the Ustad.

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Madan's Thirai Paarvai
Watch out for this week's special episode that features an interview with a multi-faceted personality and one of the most eminent leaders of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi. Listen to him as he shares his experiences as a leader, stage artiste ...

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