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Director's dream project
His oeuvre mixes powerful stories with messages, sugar-coated ... a buffet for film buffs. Filmmaker Shankar assures SREEDHAR PILLAI that "Anniyan," to be released soon, is a racy, fantasy thriller.

Devotion and music go hand in hand
As a genre, devotional music has always drawn the devout. And religious albums mean big business today. MALATHI RANGARAJAN talks to a few who have made a mark on the devotional music scene.

A veteran reminisces ...
One of the early scriptwriters "Vietnam Veedu" Sundaram is famous for his family-oriented storylines. He goes on a rewind trip in a conversation with S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

"Aanai" from Arjun
VASAN VISUAL Ventures, the makers of "Aanai," starring Arjun and Namitha, are experienced producers, who have made several successful films under the banner of Siva Sri Pictures. Selva, who directed Arjun in "Karna" and has completed the ...

``Chandramukhi" in Istanbul
THE UNIT of the most expected film of the year — Sivaji Films "Chandramukhi" — has just returned from Istanbul, after shooting a song sequence there. ``When I came to know that Sivaji Productions was eager to film a song in an ...
Film Review

"Kannaadi Pookal"
RARELY DO you come across a film that is sincere, gripping and suspenseful. Congrats to Team Work Productions for providing such worthy fare as "Kannaadi Pookal" (U/A). It is another emotion-driven role for Parthiban, after "Azhagi" — the ...
EVERYTHING ABOUT "Raam"(U/A) is different — admirably so. It's not often that you get to see a film worth your while — this Teamwork Production House creation is one such. Ameer, whose debut release, "Mounam Paesiyadhae," was a love ...
"Mannin Mainthan"
M. Karunanidhi believes in the latter and has written the screenplay and dialogue with much commitment, which shows. Action, comedy family sentiment and much more go into this film of Azhagar Films presented by Sree Thenandal Films. ...
HEARD OF this guy called Jag Mundra? He used to make some erotic thrillers with plenty of action, babes, guns, mystery, drama, comedy and so on. So in a way, it was value for money because you could actually pretend that you like Jag Mundra films ...
"Meet the Fockers"
A RENDEZVOUS with the alumni of "Meet the Parents" and their impressive add-ons awaits the fun loving filmgoer in the sequel that hits the screens this week. "Meet the Fockers" (A) a Universal studios and Dream Works production released by ...

Festival of Hindustani
SWAMI HARIDAS Sangeet Samaroh, a two-day Hindustani Music festival was held on February 24 and 25 under the auspices of Viswa Kala Sangama. The festival began with a shehnai recital by Ballesh, disciple of Ustad Bismillah Khan. His enunciation ...
Modified with melody
DR. KRISHNA Raghavendra is representative of an entire generation that was inspired by the music of the 1960s and 1970s. This bio-physicist by training is deeply rooted in the Carnatic tradition but equally disposed to assimilate new ideas. The ...
Commendable exposition
Sea Records SD CD CCV 2031— Carnatic Classical Vocal — Master Shankaran Namboodiri — Price not indicated. MASTER SHANKARAN Namboodiri, disciple of T. V. Gopalakrishnan, has blossomed into a full-fledged vocalist since ...
Tyagaraja's spell of bhakti
SRI TYAGARAJA aradhana celebrations by sabhas continue. No matter how shallow the pretended sincerity of homage to the saint composer either in the city or at Tiruvaiyaru, no matter how musicians mangle and mutilate his sahityas imposing on them ...

Discovering the eye for beauty
"THE ONLY true voyage of discovery is not to go to new places but to have the other eye," said Marcel Proust in ``Remembrance Of Things Past." One realised how true this is during the recently held Natya Sangraham camp for dance teachers ...

Risqué show on the Pune Highway
BEING BOLD and courageous may be all right but to be outrageously bold could convey a very different message on stage! The English/Hindi play "Pune Highway" (brought to Chennai by Madras Metro Round Table - 95) by Mumbai-based Rage ...
Arts & Crafts

From women, for the women
A `WOMEN'S Craft Bazaar' celebrating the creative and entrepreneurial skills of women of all ages is drawing huge crowds in the city. The Bazaar showcases products handcrafted by a wide spectrum of women engaged in small creative and business ...

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.
Panchalinga kshetra of Garden City
Located in Bangalore, this four-centuries-old Siva temple is a must on the visitor's itinerary, says T. K GANAPATHY.
Dilapidated state
SRI VEDHANARAYANAR Rajagopalaswami Kulasekara Azhwar temple is situated at Mannarkovil, two kilometres from Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli district. Built during the 10th Century A.D., Lord Vishnu is said to have appeared in three postures — ...

`Love leads to God'
Sri Ramakrishna's birth anniversary was celebrated on February 25. SRIDHAR-CHAAMA capture the essence of the saint's philosophy.
Serene and vibrant
The first church of Seventh Day Adventists in south India was organised in Prakasapuram in 1915. Though many families from this parish have migrated to the U. S., they still have their ties with the home church intact, observes SELINE AUGUSTINE.

Tv Serials

Pudhu Yugam
The story revolves round students pursuing their career in a college managed by a trust. Although the Principal is a straight-forward and amicable person, the teachers are corrupt and hence the students plan various strategies to reform them. ...
Iniya Illam
A special women-oriented programme, it discusses various topics of interest. Spread over three segments, each short pivots on various aspects like fashion designing, children's welfare, home tips, women entrepreneurs, talent watch, beauty ...
Hello Friend
Director S. J. Surya will be the guest for this week's programme. Known for his hit films viz., "Kushi," "Vaali" and "New," stay tuned to watch him interact with the contesting teams. Also listen to his experiences as a director and actor. ...

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