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Heroes yes, but human
`Fantastic Four,' which releases today, shows that the superhero genre is here to stay.

Into his third, with hope and zeal
Ravikrishna is excited about his third film, `Ponniyin Selvan,' releasing today.

In the City


A message goes global
`Kamaraj' has been dubbed in English as `Kingmaker.' The film will be released on August 15.

I-Day bonanza for TV viewers
The specials chart runs like this: debate at 8 a.m. with Dindigul I. Leoni as moderator, interview with actor Surya at 9 a.m. followed by a face-to-face with Vikram at 10 a.m. Listen to maestro Ilayaraja as he talks about his latest music album, ...
`Chandramukhi' in South Africa
Chandramukhi completes its 100-day run in South Africa too.
Film Review

Sags after a promising start
Agathiyan, winner of the national award for best direction for "Kadhal Kottai" proves again that he has the potential to make films with mass appeal. Kalaivani Movie Makers' "Selvam" has a good screenplay and Agathiyan, the author, has guided ...
Not entirely for children
Cast: (voices) Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett- Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen
Storyline: City-bred zoo animals find they have to fend for themselves in the wild.
Bottomline: Visually pleasing, often laugh-outloud funny, ...
Four years too late
Storyline: About how four scientists and a rich businessman wield the extraordinary powers given by a mysterious cloud in space.
Bottomline: Mere cardboard cut-outs The film traces the origins of the ...
On Location

Intriguing love tale
Are they in love or not? Fazil's latest offering is all about emotions.

Speed, sound and song
It was a riotous confluence of mediums as Rajhesh Vaidhya's troupe paid musical obeisance to the Paramacharya.
Tranquil delights
Bombay Jayashree was at her mellifluous best for Krishna Gana Sabha.
Majestic and refreshing
The rasikas were treated to a wholesome fare as Gayathri Venkataraghavan rendered rare kritis.
Skilful delineation of ragas
Aesthetic sensitivity to the nuances of the ragas in alapanas, deep involvement and integration of sahitya, raga, laya and sruthi characterised the vocal recital of Neyveli Santhanagopalan under the aegis of Rajalakshmi Fine Arts, Coimbatore. ...
Vedas on CD
The bedrock of Hinduism is the Vedas whose chanting is said to spread vibrations of peace and good thought. The frenetic pace of modern life does not allow chanting of Vedic hymns let alone learning them. The next best way to reciting the mantras ...
Melodic and lyrical
The Master Recording Company, Sangeetha, that has entered the Guinness Book of World Records by recording more than 300 audiocassettes of Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna under its banner, has now released six audio CDs — five comprising Tyagaraja ...

Come, pick your layer
Mahesh Dattani's ``Dance Like A Man" is perfect for the harried urban audience of today.
Arts & Crafts

Innovative metalcraft
SIPA is a collective initiative that supports marginalised craftpersons directly by focussing on sustainable livelihood and income generation activities. Handcrafted metalcraft and basketry in many attractive and innovative designs are being ...

Architectural grandeur
The temples of Andal-Rangamannar and Lord Vatapatrasayee, Srivilliputhur, are rich in sculptural beauty.
Fascinating European collection
The series on the Thanjavur Sarasvati Mahal Library concludes with a look at Raja Serfoji's interest in the European languages.
Places Of Worship

Place for peace and solace
Gurunanak, on his return from Sri Lanka, is said to have stayed here.
Mozhaiyur is a small village in Nagapattinam district, on the bus route between Mayiladuthurai and Vaitheeswaran Koil (bus stop — Chozhachakranallur/Mozhaiyur Road) with two ancient temples built more than 400 years ago. The presiding ...
Ancient temple needs renovation
On the southern bank of the river Kudamuruty, a tributary of Cauvery, is a small village, Thillaiambur. It is near Valangiman, in Kumbakonam taluk of Thanjavur district. Home of many Sanskrit and Tamil scholars, the village is dotted with ...

Disability is not a handicap
The Rehabilitation Centre for Blind Women, Mannarpuram, Tiruchi, celebrated Founder's Day recently.
Homage through music and dance
Cultural programme was part of Ramana Jayanti observed in Madurai.
Dance fest
Arangham Trust will host `Attam,' a three-day dance festival from August 17-19 at Dr. Nalli Gana Vihar, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. The world premiere of Anita Ratnam's solo operatic creation, `Seven Graces' into aesthetic realms of Goddess Tara' ...

Tv Serials

Go patriotic
Doordarshan, Chennai, rolls out an exciting package on Independence Day, which begins with Mangala Isai at 5.30 a.m. A special episode of `Aha Paadalaam' at 9 a.m.; comedy skit at 10 a.m.; thematic programme featuring patriotic songs ...

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