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Julia Roberts's uneven success story peaked with "Erin Brockovich". UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA takes a look at what makes this `Pretty Woman' tick.
Cinema

Variety fare for Deepavali
TAMIL FILMS, generally, are released to coincide with festivals celebrated with enthusiasm by the people of the State. The best, however, is reserved for Deepavali. Movie lovers will not be disappointed this year with quite a few numbers hitting ...


A taste of Orissa at film festival
IT IS significant that the Kerala Government, in its newly-instituted festival of regional films, chose to screen a panorama of Oriya films. The festival, designed to be an annual affair, featured five Oriya films over three days (October 17-19) ...

Film Review


  • "Ottran"
  • "Finding Nemo"

    Personality

    More accolades for Iranian filmmaker
    Iraninan filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf `s "Five in the Afternoon" won the Golden Peacock at IFFI. It has also won the Jury Prize at Cannes this year. She talks to GOWRI RAMNARAYAN about her career and her father's influence on her work.
    A dirge for lost heritage
    "FIVE IN the Afternoon" (Iran, 2003), winner of the Golden Peacock at IFFI 2003, shows how Samira Makhmalbaf draws her ``strength from friends, music and poetry.'' The desolation of a fanatically ravaged land, its desertscapes and ruined ...

    Music

    A distinct tonal divide
    WELL-DESIGNED BEGADA alapana with enough rakti sancharas was the outstanding feature of the concert of Sumitra Vasudev under the auspices of Nada Inbam. A distinct tonal divide was perceptible in her musical perception - fullness in the ...
    Delightful raga exposition
    NATTAIKURANJI IS a fascinating raga that beautifully lends itself to dance. A. S. Murali's exposition of this raga was a delightful essay at Hamsadhwani. Equally pleasing was his espousal of Tyagaraja's "Manasu Vishaya" with a galore of ...
    Soaked in bhakti
    Sangeetha Crescendo - Sanskrit - devotional - Jayadeva - Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna - Ashtapadis. Price Rs. 45. THE ASHTAPADIS of Jayadeva on Lord Krishna are saturated with bhakti and listening to these divine verses, the ...

    Dance

    Ambassador of Indian dance
    WITH THE passing away of Ram Gopal in the U.K., the dance world loses one of the last of the old guard of dancers connected with the story of dance revival in India in the 1930s and later. Rukmini Devi Arundel, Balasaraswati, Uday Shankar, Madame ...
    School of Mohiniyattom
    CHENNAI HAS expanded its artistic horizons and is now a major destination for showcasing all forms of dance. Although the centre of attraction is Bharatanatyam, one gets to witness here both traditional and contemporary presentations throughout ...

    Places Of Worship

    On the lines of the Big Temple
    KING RAJENDRA Chozha (1012-44) was a great warrior, a good administrator and a patron of art and architecture, and his era was a golden period marked by all round development and progress. He established his military superiority in far off ...

    Leisure & Recreation

    Nostalgic trip
    COMING OUT after many years, the Deepavali volume of Ananda Vikatan is essentially reminiscent in content, beginning with words of homage to S. S. Vasan. Bharaneetharan recalls several occasions of his ecstatic meeting with Kanchi ...
    On Jaya TV
    To make the festival more special and entertaining, Jaya TV has planned to telecast an array of programmes anchored by Sneha, from October 23.
    On Vijay TV
    On this special day, Vijay TV lights up the television screen with a string of exclusives. The programmes kickstart from 5.00 with a Suprabadham recital by Tiruppanandal Mohandas, a Carnatic alaap in fusion with Western percussions. A carnatic ...
    On SS Music
    Celebrate this Diwali with your favourite stars as they come to your living room to share their experiences about their latest films. Meet Laila on "Say to Play" at 10.00. Meet the "Pithamagan" team at 11.00 and enjoy interviews with Vikram, ...

    Festivals

    Abhang festival celebrated
    FOR SEVEN days (Oct7-13), Ayodhya Mandapam, West Mambalam, reverberated with abhang namasankirtanam as Tukaram Ganapathi Maharaj of Kadayanallur and his troupe performed. It was organised under the auspices of Vittal Nama Prachara Sabha of ...
    Festival at Virupakshiswarar temple
    TUCKED AWAY in a narrow by-lane off Bazaar Road in Mylapore is an ancient little temple dedicated to Lord Siva worshipped here as Lord Virupakshiswarar. The main sanctum sanctorum that faces east with the Nandi and dwajasthambha in front ...
    Skanda - unique manifestation
    The six-day Maha Skanda Sashti festival begins tomorrow. LAKSHMI DEVNATH writes on the significance of the concept.

    Events

    Book release
    A BOOK titled, `Sarva Siddhi Nalgum Slokangal,' published by Indian Bank, was released on October 18, in Chennai, by Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal of the Kanchi Math, in the presence of Ranjana Kumar, chairperson and managing director of the ...
    Special festival programme
    INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Injambakkam (Ph: 2501 9147, 2501 9303) will be conducting a special Deepavali programme today at the ISKCON temple premises. The day starts with a special Mangala Aarti at 4.15 a.m., a ...
    RTP competition
    SANGEETHA PARISHATH-Mangalore, will conduct a national level Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi concert competition, in co-ordination with Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, on November 29 and 30, at Town Hall, Mangalore. Persons below the age of 25 can secure the ...
    Austerity sale
    ALMOST EVERYONE has something they don't need. Could be that extra sari, shirt or book. This is where sharing comes in. Parampara started a movement to create an environment where people, especially the youth, become responsible for ...
    Memorial concert
    THE KUNNAKKUDY School of Music is celebrating Kunnakudy Venkatarama Iyer Memorial Day on October 26 with the vocal concert of Dr. Narayanan. TVG presides over the function. Manakkal Rangarajan is Guest of Honour. The venue is at P.S. Higher ...
    Mandalabishekam
    THE MANDALABISHEKAM of Sri Oppiliappan at Srinivasan Salai, Ram Nagar North, Puzhidivakkam will be held on October 24 (today) at 11 a.m.


    Laksharchanai
    THE ARULMIGU Ettampadai Tiruvallikkeni Tirumurugan temple near Ice House will be conducting Skanda Sashti Laksharchanai from October 25 - 30. The Surasamharam will take place on October 30 followed by Deivanai Tirumanan and Tiruveedhi Ula on ...
    Kumbabhishekam
    THE CONSECRETION of Sri Karpaga Vinayakar Temple (77, Karneeswarar Koil Street, Mylapore) is to take place on Oct 29 between 7 and 9 a.m.


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