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ENTERTAINMENT A look at the line-up of programmes on television for the festival

Arumugam Zee Tamil, Sunday, 2.30 p.m.
Arumugam Zee Tamil, Sunday, 2.30 p.m.

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

January 14-17: The special shows kick off every day with Nagaswara Isai at 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 and cuisine. 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, Shanmugathirukumaran and Prof. Sankaranarayanan. Tamils living in other States will be featured in Vaergalai Thaedi, to be telecast on January 15 and 16, 11.30 a.m.

It's a trip down nostalgia lane in Kathaikelu Kathaikelu, to be telecast from January 14-17, 10.30 p.m., when storyteller 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 (January 14, 4.02 p.m.). On January 15, 4.02 p.m., watch Ilakkanam. The adventure flick Tarzan Finds A Son! will be aired on January 16, 4.02 p.m. The last is the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds, on January 17, 4.02 p.m. The Alanganallur jallikattu will be telecast live in Kaanum Pongal Special on January 17, 10 a.m. to 3 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 Pattimandram 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' fame. At 12 noon, actor Suriya joins 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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