Talk of the Town

IT IS musical notes through glass. The flute duo, brothers Raghu and Ravi are giving a `glassy' touch to their recitals. After long use of the bamboo flutes, they are now trying to create the same depth of sound with a non-traditional glass flute.

The test of the glass flute idea involves a two and a half pitch instrument. The two players do not just play the flute under the guidance of their father-cum-guru L. Sundaram, but also make it as well.

In time, the flutes will also be ``coloured'' to strike the right note with all players, say the two.

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ABBAS JOINED the constellation on the Information Superhighway, when he launched his website www.actorabbas.com recently.

And he got baptised, engrossing himself in a live chat with his fans from Madurai enabled through teleconferencing, sitting at the DBS Centre, Kodambakkam.

The internet-savvy star rushed to the city for the launch of his site and quickly flew back to Mumbai, where he was shooting for his Hindi project.

Abbas surely is bitten by the computer bug. On further investigation of the symptoms, it has been discovered that the star has been spending too much time on the sets of `Kadhal Virus'.

The reason we haven't seen him around too much after `Minnale' and `Anandam' is because Abbas is busy with his Hindi projects.

Talking of Minnale, Maddy is gearing up for the release of the Hindi remake `Rehna Hai Tere Dil Main'. The Maddy- Abbas rivalry now shifts to Bollywood.

Only that this time around, it is Saif Ali Khan who's playing Abbas' role in the Hindi version opposite Diya Mirza.

And that's only because Abbas is busy doing solo hero projects in Hindi.

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AT A meeting earlier this week, the Chief Minister Ms. Jayalaltihaa's vehicle number was noticed by many. It was the same number which the late Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran chose to have.

When she arrived at the Rajarathinam Stadium the scribes covering the function were quick to note that her vehicle had `4777' on the plates.

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THE HIGH profile TANSI case appeals is drawing huge crowds. The court hall presents a jam-packed look every morning as advocates and visitors strain themselves to hear every word of the arguments, especially those of noted senior counsel, Mr. K.K. Venugopal.

Seeing the difficulty that presspersons were having in covering the proceedings in the crowd, the Judge Mr. R. Balasubramanian, has asked the court staff to provide a few chairs in the front row. A welcome change for the mediapersons.

More importantly, despite the tension and expectations outside, the arguments are lively and jovial with even the Judge joining in light-hearted remarks on several occasions.

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THE CONGRESS-I President, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, airdashed to Chennai to pay homage to the departed Tamil Maanila Congress leader, G.K. Moopanar, by a special twin engine private Lear jet.

Owned by the Oberoi Group of companies, the white executive version plane transported Ms. Gandhi and the General Secretary of the party, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad to Chennai flying over two and a half hours.

The six seater plane, which was parked near the ceremonial lounge at the old Meenambakkam airport, took Ms. Gandhi back to the capital after a three hour visit.

By S. Shivakumar, T.S. Shankar, Sudhish Kamath and K. Ramachandran