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Triumph of spirit
Of the three films, "Shwaas" (India), "Earth and Ashes" (Afghanistan) and "Yesterday" (South Africa), only the last made it to the short list. All of them deal with sorrow, disease and death. Yet they elevate us in a strange sort of way, says GAUTAM AN BHASKARAN.
Interview

The Prabhu magic always works
Talented son of an all-time cinema great, Prabhu is making news with the home production "Chandramukhi" starring Rajinikanth. The actor-producer has a chat with MALATHI RANGARAJAN ...
Film Review

"Page 3"
WHEN ANYONE thinks of the Page 3 of a newspaper, that too a popular one, there is a certain impression that persists — of popular people, happening stars, the wannabes, the stylish and the rich! But behind the glamour and glitter are ...


"Kisna — The Warrior Poet"
MAGNIFICENT VISUALS, vast expanses of dramatic landscapes and a built-in sense of romance, gives "Kisna ... " a feel of the "Last Samurai," "Cold Mountain" and "The Last Emperor" genre. When the conceptualisation and visualisation have been so ...
Devadhaiyai Kandaen
THIS IS probably the first Dhanush film that comes with a U certificate! And again presumably for the first time you come across a heroine who is practical — one who doesn't allow her heart to rule her head. Falling in love with a tea ...
Iyer IPS
HARIRAJAN, DIRECTOR of "Mangai," family soap, has ventured into big screen. He has produced and directed "Iyer IPS" for Priyanka Art Productions. He should have worked more on the script, his own, to make it neat and tight. As such it sags at ...
Elaan
TAKE A Bond kind of film — put in all ingredients like exotic locales, well shot chases, good looking protagonists, a pencil slim story line and some skin showing gyrating, sensual song picturisations and you get "Elaan." Vikram Bhatt is ...
Insan
WHY DO cops in Bollywood films chew gum all the time or incessantly smoke cigarettes? Or why do the smart, invincible ones walk around in mufti? And why do the good guys have to be so self-righteous and give speeches on secularism and ...
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
JUDE LAW, Gwyneth Paltrow Angelina Jolie star in this stylish and moody Paramount film, which is novel because of the innovative backdrop and a storyline that is comic book in nature. The director, Kerry Conran, obviously has a lot of ...
Personality

A star fades away
Parveen Babi was one of the top heroines for a decade. Like her relationships that soured, her date with fame also happened to be fleeting. Recently, the reclusive lady was found dead in her Mumbai apartment. V. GANGADHAR writes ...
Music

Tribute to M.S.
Artistes from the music field gathered together recently to pay homage to the legend, M. S. Subbulakshmi, during the Pongal music festival, organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore. B. RAMADEVI elaborates ...
Carnatic ragas in film songs
"IN THE song `Kannodu Kanbadellam' from the movie, `Jeans,' Nityashri Mahadevan begins with the ragam Suddha Dhanyasi, smoothly glides over to Abheri in the swaram and towards the finish in the line `Talaiva,' gives a cinematic touch to bring in ...
Peek into Hindustani
THE DOYENNE of Hindustani music Lakshmi Shanker, though living in the U.S. makes it a point to be in Chennai during the music season, year after year. Making use of her presence, Viswakala Sangama, led by Pt. Janardhan Mitta, conducted a ...
Resonant voice of Haridas Giri
"KALAU SANKEERTHYA Kesaram" says the Vishnupuranam. Meditation in Krutha Yuga, Penance in Tretha Yuga, Archana in Dwapara Yuga and the chanting of the divine names of Gods in the Kali Yuga are the royal paths that lead to salvation and a state of ...
Soul stirring rendition
SAV 108 - Subham Audio-Tamil Devotional - Thiruppavai - Vani Jairam - Price Rs. 40 THE THIRTY Tiruppavai songs of Andal of Srivilliputhur, who was ranked among the Azhwars, are outpourings of her being embedded in unparalleled ...
Deep and delicate
THE VIOLIN duet of Sriramkumar and Varadarajan for Nada Inbam was pleasingly conceived and cosily presented. Though their style of play was different, it could be seen only in the raga alapanas. Sriramkumar revealed himself as an artiste who has ...
Dance

A veritable delight
THE SYLLABLES rang out in combinations of nine as the alarippu in Sankirnam blossomed on stage, a veritable delight masking its complexity. Malini Srinivasan, the young dancer from the U.S. breezed through the tricky passages that could trip up ...
Full of grace
RESPLENDENT IN a beautiful blue costume that presented her willowy figure in the best light, Ganga Grace struck a fine figure impressing with her deep concentration and poetic movements during her performance for Natyanjali Trust. A disciple of ...
Commendable group work
PAYING HOMAGE TO the late Krishnaveni Lakshmanan of Kalakshetra, her daughter and disciple Gayatri Balagurunathan and V. Balagurunathan presented "Ayigiri Nandhini" under their home banner of the Krishnanjali Performing Group at the Bharata ...
Theatre

A beautiful work of art
Dr. M.G.R. Janaki College, in collaboration with Magic Lantern, staged "Samba Shiva." Excellent body language was one of the highlights of this interesting production, says ELIZABETH ROY.
Heritage

In memory of Tiruvalluvar
Tiruvalluvar Day is celebrated on January 16. PARUTHIYUR K. SANTHANARAMAN throws light on a temple dedicated to the Tamil poet in Mylapore, Chennai.
Images of stunning beauty
RUPA GOPAL is amazed by the striking resemblance the stone idols of the Sri Ramaswamy temple of Kumbakonam bears to the deities Tyagaraja worshipped.
Places Of Worship

Images of stunning grace
The idols worshipped by Tyagaraja are preserved in a house in Thanjavur. RUPA GOPAL is amazed by the striking resemblance the stone images of the Sri Ramaswamy temple of Kumbakonam bear to the saint's deities.
How the saint worshipped Rama
Tyagaraja worshipped Sri Rama through his divya nama kirtanas and unchavriti underlined a personality without ego.
Festivals

Celebrating with red
TRADITIONALLY CELEBRATED in February every year, for Chinese, it is a time for prayer and revelry, for rituals and parties. New clothes, new things for the home, and a new look are all the rage at this time of the year, and spending is done ...
Events

Year of the `biopic'
This year's Oscar nominations reveal a marked preference for fact over fiction: The top acting categories are dominated by true-life biographical portrayals.
NRI TV awards
THE FIRST NRI TV Film awards (www.NRITVFilmClub.com) function was aired all over the U.S. on Jan. 23 on TV Asia. Organised by the NRI TV Film Club and presented by H. R. Shah of TV Asia and Video Sound, ...
Felicitation

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