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`Story potential has to be tapped'
All the nine Hindi films of director Rajkumar Santoshi have made a mark at the national level. Now a Tamil movie for Sivaji Productions is on the cards, he tells S. R. ASHOK KUMAR.


The superman mantle falls on ...
TWENTY-FIVE year old Brandon Routh will be the next Man of Steel, according to Warner Bros. Pictures. This native of Iowa, who has acting experience in both television and film, has been cast in the Studio's upcoming Superman epic, to be ...
Entertainment

Does magic with mind
Alexander, popularly known as Alex, is an actor and a renowned magician with two Guinness Book of World Records under his belt. He is the first person to perform 24-hour non-stop magic in India. He did 3,442 items. In one of them, he made ...

Interview

The call of the Himalayas
For J. Ramanan, each trip to the Himalayas is an opportunity to take more pictures. He is keen that children should be taught mountaineering skills for a healthy outlook to life. KAUSALYA SANTHANAM writes
School with a difference
"I wish I were 20 years younger ... there's much to impart and a lot more to learn," laughs septuagenarian Padmavathy Ananthagopalan, veena exponent and vocal expert, who runs Sri Satguru Sangita Vidyalaya, (2626 9316; 2618 3636) in Anna Nagar ...

Cinema

A classic resurrected in true colours
The famous "Mughal-e-Azam" is all set for Deepavali release. In its new digital avatar, K. Asif's black and white dream epic will appear in colour, says V. GANGADHAR.

Film Review


  • Vishwa Thulasi
  • 7/G, Rainbow Colony
  • Flavors
  • Satya Bol

    On Location

    A Deepavali treat
    AJIT IS now in Romania for the shooting of "Attagaasam" produced by Vijayam Cine Combines. Pooja plays Ajit's ladylove. The film is slated for Deepavali release and Ajit is working in full swing. Certain stunt scenes were shot near the ...

    Personality

    A unique journey into Hinduism
    ENGROSSED IN a cassette, in which a lecture extolling the virtues of the sacred Tulsi plant is being delivered, are Sridhar and Hema Sridhar at their flat in Triplicane, Chennai. They run the monthly Namadhu Business magazine. ...
    Fountain of pure music
    SETHALAPATHI BALASUBRAMANIAN, "Balu Mama", as he was endearingly called, is one among the stalwarts that failed to make it into the pages of history. The scene does not fade — that Melthundu around his shoulders, vibuthi ...
    Lifetime fascination for Bharati
    Padmanabhan worked for vernacular dailies and magazines like Ananda Vikatan at an early age. He talks about his experiences to SUGANTHY KRISHNAMACHARI. Padmanabhan worked for vernacular dailies and magazines like Ananda Vikatan at an e arly age. He talks about his experiences to SUGANTHY KRISHNAMACHARI.
    Music gives the healing touch
    Sri Ganapati Sachidananda Swami has been effectively tapping the soothing properties of ragas. How does he do it? LAKSHMI DEVNATH explains. Sri Ganapati Sachidananda Swami has been effectively tapping the soothing properties of ragas. How does he do it? LAKSHMI DEVNATH explains.
    Reinvents herself for diverse roles
    Isabella Rossellini, the daughter of famous parents, put in stints as a teacher, translator, journalist and model before turning actress. She never let comparisons with her mother faze her as, she tells KAUSALYA SANTHANAM, her `style is different.'
    Bhakti poet of the masses
    Consequent to Portuguese rule in Kerala, Poonthanam laid a new emphasis on the doctrine of Bhakti. Poetry came in handy for him to preach and popularise the keertana form of Bhakti, writes C. S. KRISHNADAS. Consequent to Portuguese rule in Kerala, Poonthanam laid a new emphasis on the doctrine of Bhakti. Poetry came in handy for him to preach and popularise the keertana form of Bhakti, writes C. S. KRISHNADAS.

    Music

    Vintage Vasanthakumari
    Amudham Music Pvt. Ltd-AM5038-Carnatic Classical Vocal-VasanthaVani - M. L. Vasanthakumari-Rs.250. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 marks the 14th death anniversary of one of the legendary Carnatic musicians, Sangita Kalanidhi M. L. Vasantha Kumari. ...
    Baptism too early
    THE HULLABALOO of the December music season is just a month away. Who have been conferred titles, who have been promoted to the top slots, who have sneaked into the programme schedule and how and what off-shore forces have been at work in this ...

    Theatre

    The comedy of tension
    ``Clogged Arteries" captured well the absurdity of our own stressed lives chained to cell phones, observes ELIZABETH ROY.

    Arts & Crafts

    For that enticing sheen
    Brass becomes burnished gold at Smart Creations run by entrepreneur Pankaj Bhandari. MALATHI RANGARAJAN writes...
    Creative expression
    NEITHER THE multi-coloured glitz of electric lighting nor the romance of the candle has ever quite replaced the diya, especially during Diwali time when it can be seen dispelling darkness in myriad avatars, colours, shapes and sizes. Today, ...

    Religion

    Scholarly saint of an ancient math
    Sri Abhinava Ranganatha Swami, 33rd head of the Parakala Math, was a great scholar given to self-discipline of a high order. PREMA NANDAKUMAR writes...
    Ancient church on the shore
    FROM THE 16th to the 18th centuries A.D., Pulicat Lake and its opening into the adjacent Bay of Bengal were so deep that the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British ships were using the lake as a natural harbour for their trade in spices, diamonds, ...
    In commemoration of John Wesley
    THE METHODIST Church in India and the Madras Diocese of the Church of South India have joined the Wesleyan community of 75,000,000 Methodists in some 140 countries to celebrate the tercentenary of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist ...

    Places Of Worship

    Deity without a sanctum
    SRI LAKSHMI Narasimhar temple at Kavalakkudy, a hamlet about three kilometres east of Thirumathikkunnam railway station on the Tiruvarur-Thanjavur rail route, Tiruvarur district, is without a sanctum sanctorum for the deity. The ...

    Tribute

    The 3-D bedrock
    It is time to pay homage to Sangita Pitamaha Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer who passed away on October 31 last year.
    Nada soaked in bhakti
    AS IS common knowledge, in a Carnatic music concert, the main content is the compositions of great composers and these are the outpourings of their bhakti — devotion — towards the Almighty. The imaginative aspects of Carnatic music, ...
    The beloved screen `Maa'
    Sensitive and compassionate, Nirupa Roy lent the clichéd role of the mother dignity and charm, writes V. GANGADHAR in his tribute to the star who passed away recently.

    Miscellany


  • Children's day at KFA
  • Tribute to Kittappa Pillai
  • Annual day
  • Lec-dem
  • Tirtha Festival
  • In aid of charity
  • Mani foundation
  • Car festival in Paris
  • Yoga course
  • Doyen remembered

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