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Chikku Bukku: Vijay TV, Saturday, 3 p.m.
Chikku Bukku: Vijay TV, Saturday, 3 p.m.

T here's plenty of entertainment awaiting TV viewers on MAKKAL TV for four continuous days from Bhogi to Kaanum Pongal.

January 14-17: The special shows kick off every day on a musical note with Nagaswara Isai, 6.03 a.m. This will be followed by Arul Maalai at 6.30 a.m. where spiritual aspects are discussed. Kaalai Vanakkam at 7 a.m. has interesting segments about music, astrology, cuisine and more. At 8.30 a.m., in Pongal Tamizh Pannisai, listen to traditional songs. Kallooriyil Kavidhai Thiruvizha at 9.02 a.m., promises to be a poetic feast. Pattimandram will be telecast at 10.30 a.m., presided over by Madurai Avani Madasami, Devakottai Appuji Sabapathi, Shanmuga- thirukumaran and Prof. Sankaranarayanan. Tamils living in other States will be featured in Vaergalai Thaedi, to be telecast on Jan 15 and 16, 11.30 a.m.

It's a trip down nostalgic lane in Kathaikelu Kathaikelu, to be telecast from Jan 14-17, 10.30 p.m., when story-teller Bharathidevi narrates fables. Tamil folk arts such as Villupattu, Therukoothu and Kaniyankoothu will be aired from 11 p.m. till dawn the following day, on all the four days in Makkal Kaalai Iravu.

For film buffs, Makkal TV will air four films. It begins with Tarzan The Ape Man (Jan 14, 4.02 p.m.). On Jan 15, 4.02 p.m., watch Ilakkanam. The adventure flick Tarzan Finds A Son! will be aired on Jan 16, 4.02 p.m. The last is the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds, on Jan 17, 4.02 p.m. The Alanganallur jallikattu will be telecast live in Kaanum Pongal Special on Jan 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Festive touch

To celebrate the harvest festival, VIJAY TV has lined-up some exciting shows on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Jan 15: The day begins with ‘Villu Paatu' at 6.30 a.m. and ‘ Anmeega Pattimandram' at 7 a.m.  At 8.30 a.m., get a sneak peek of ‘Thoonganagaram'.  At 9 a.m., in a special episode of ‘ Koffee with Anu,' actors Nagarjuna and Prakash Raj share fond memories with host Anu Hassan. At 11 a.m., actor Karthi shows with his funny side to viewers in ‘ Karthiyudan Oru Siruthai Pongal.' Accompanying him on this fun-filled programme are his ‘Siruthai' co-stars Tamannah and Santhanam. The topic for debate in ‘ Neeya Naana' at 1 p.m. is “Beauty – What is its definition in today's cinema?”

At 3 p.m., watch ‘ Chikku Bukku,' with Arya, Shriya Saran, Preetika Rao and Santhanam. At 6 p.m. ‘ Ilaignargalin Ilaignan' would be aired.  At 7 p.m., ‘ Adhu Idhu Yethu' will see director Samuthrakani, cinematographer Kadhir and choreographer Dinesh participate along with special guest director Sasikumar. At 8 p.m., in ‘Oru Varthai Oru Latcham,' small screen actors Srividhya and Sridhar team up against Meera Krishnan and Krishan.  Fifty five children from Don Bosco Anbu Illam will participate in Junior Super Stars (9 p.m.).  Devayani and husband Rajakumaran are the couple featured in ‘ Kadhal Meter' (10 p.m.).

Jan 16: At 9 a.m., it's a day out with actor Arya as he lets viewers into his life of football, food and friends!   At 3 p.m., watch ‘ Ayyanar' the hit film starring Aadhi, Meera Nandan, Jayaprakash and many others. 

Jan 17: At 7 a.m. it's time for classical music in ‘ Chennaiyyil Thiruvaiyyaru.'  At 11 a.m., ‘ Ore Kadal' starring Mammootty, Meera Jasmine, Ramya Krishnan and Narain will premiere. Watch the thriller ‘ Eeram' at 2 p.m.

Political debate

KALAIGNAR TV will telecast a debate on Saturday, (January 15), 9 a.m., which will be moderated by senior Minister K. Anbazhagan. The topic is ‘The Popularity and Rise of DMK is because of … the social service and outlook of Dr. Kalaignar or the literary contributions of Kalaignar or the administrative capacity of Kalaignar.' Ministers K. Veeramani, Jegathratchagan, Durai Murugan will participate along with Kanimozhi, Ponmudi, Suba. Veerapandian, Pudhukottai Vijaya, Peter Alphonse and Thamizhachi Thangapandian.

Music and more…

On Saturday, ZEE TAMIL viewers can begin the day at 6 a.m. with folk music by Thirubhuvanam Athmanaathan and group. Flute exponent Swaminathan and group will play film-based devotional songs at 6.30 a.m. This is followed by a two-hour Patti Mandram with Avani Madasami at 8.30 a.m. Actors Sachu, V.S. Ragavan and scholar Prof. Gnanasambandhan chat about their experiences at 1.30 p.m.

On Sunday, Kulathur Thulasidasan presents folk music at 8.30 a.m. At 10 a.m., Vimal, the budding actor, shares his experience on the sets of ‘Ethan.' He is joined by Sanuksha of ‘Renigunta.' At 12 noon, actor Suriya joins Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev in a special function. Watch ‘ Arumugam', starring Bharath, Priya Mani and Ramya Krishnan at 2.30 p.m.

A battle of wits

In JAYA TV's Jackpot: Season 2 Pongal Special, Sunday, 8 p.m., celebrity husbands will be pitted against equally talented wives. The men's team has Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Sriram, Mudhra Bhaskar and T.V. Ramprasad. On the other side are Anita Kuppusamy, Srilekha Parthasarathy, Radha Bhaskar and Indira Kadambi. Nadia is the anchor.


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