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The bottomline is Black
For cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran, the film has meant unprecedented recognition and opened new vistas for the future.
Celeb Speak

The role of criticism
The day an artist becomes a holy cow, the artistic process is adversely affected.
Know Your City

In the City

Cinema

Love across social divide
`Vedham Pudhidhu' Kannan turns director with `Amirdham,' releasing today.
Film Review

Faithfully formulaic
Usually it's the leading lady's dad who is a criminal. For a change, both the hero's and the heroine's fathers are bad men in Kavithalaya's `Idhaya Thirudan' (A). But they are two of the most inert, harmless villains you will come across in ...


Lurching in all directions
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Udita Goswami, Dino Morea, Tara Sharma Storyline: Emraan's character meets Udita's character and they do what they do best by the pool, on the stairs, in front of London Bridge, on a London bridge...
Bottomline: A sordid ...
Typically black-American
Storyline: Four brothers avenge their Mom's death, the woman who adopted and reformed them.
Bottomline: Great entertainment There's something absolutely endearing about black-American action flicks. They are slick, they are cool, they ooze ...
Lacklustre spoof
Storyline: Upwardly mobile Dick and Jane live the American dream, until the plug is pulled from their plasma TV, tossing them into the real world.
Bottomline: Neither here nor there As a film that sees the possibility for humour in the Enron ...
On Location

Friends will be friends
Even in the underworld, as `Naalai,' suggests.
Music


Obeisance to Tyagaraja
Sri Rama Gana Sabha, Tiruchi, conducted Tyaga Brahma Akhandam on January 26 at Bala Kala Vidhanam. Champa Kalkura, Saroja Nagarajan and Seetha Krishnamurthy started the Akhandam with a Tyagaraja kriti on Ganesha, while Padmanabhan, Ganesan and ...


Passion, emotion and melody
In a rare event, singers S. Janaki and P.B. Sreenivos joined hands to create music.
Of elegance and interpretation
A good concert should convey the singer's manodharma.
Monumental piece
S. Balachander, the veena vidwan who successfully established a unique style of his own, was undoubtedly a class apart. A self-taught veena artiste, he rose to great heights due to his innovative, brilliant mind and complete dedication to his ...
Dhrupad in different styles
Dhrupad festivals are not frequent happenings even in north India. But Chennai hosts its first dhrupad music feast (February 16-18), organised by Prakriti Foundation in association with the Sangeet Natak Akademi at heritage venue Museum Theatre. ...
Dance

Explosive mix of tune and tempo
Rhythm dominated `Akhanda Margam,' an exploration of Bharatanatyam.
Arts & Crafts

Poetry with pots
Earthen pots, created by Ramu Velar, are on display at Dakshinachitra.
Events

Music extends a healing touch
There's more to the seven notes of Carnatic music, Ganapati Sachidananda Swami explains.
Miscellany



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