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One hundred not out
K. Balachander's `Poi', his 101st film, is readying for release. What keeps him at the crease?

Humility is his hallmark
The 10th edition of Lights On with K. Viswanath and Suhasini Maniratnam, was a fiesta for film buffs.

Award for PBS
Siva Foundation (Ph: 2815 1516) is conferring the `Madhavapeddi Satyam Award' on playback singer P. B. Sreenivos and `Madhavapeddi Prabhavathi Award' on Indira Dutt, president, World Telugu Federation, on March 2, 6 p.m., at Ramarau Kala Mantap, ...

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Film Review

It has less gore, more fantasy
Cast: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson (voice of Aslan)
Storyline: Four children wander through a closet to Narnia and find they are part of a prophecy that will free the ...

If only the climax had been different
"Kalabak-k-Kadhalan" begins on a happy note. Young Arya marries the girl (Renuka Menon) he wants to. The zest with which the couple, absolutely in love with each other, approach life, the romance and intimacy make viewing a pleasure. But it is ...
Brain and brawn, Arjun style
Storyline: Revenge for his parents' murder in cold blood turns Kasi into a henchman and do-gooder at the same time!
Bottomline: Usual Arjun fare. Justifying the prefix — Action King — Arjun comes out with a stunt-filled show once ...
The agenda is new
Storyline: Madhavan wants to reform society and begins with the bad men he's familiar with.
Bottomline: A Utopian hero! He's an action hero with an impossible agenda. His mission is reformation, not revenge. Writer-director Seeman showcases ...
As an actor alone this time
From Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan to Kamal Haasan and Karthik, many actors have played with ιlan the role of a Casanova who gives up his philandering ways for true love. Director and actor S. J. Suryah tries out a similar subject in Dream ...
Tale poetically captured
Storyline: A girl sold to a geisha house becomes a slave and rises to become the most celebrated geisha.
Bottomline: Umrao Jaan, Japanese Flavour, Hollywood Packaging

The basics first: What or who is geisha? ``Geisha are not courtesans. And ...

Weighed down by messages
Storyline: A family is ruined by greedy usurers and the young daughter set out to take revenge.
Bottomline: Too preachy It is rather difficult for a debutant director to avoid the temptation of packing all his thoughts in his first venture. ...
On Location

Entertainer for the entire family
Will `Jithan' Ramesh find the magic touch in `Madhu?'

Marxist who made it good in movies
In the glamorous world of Hindi cinema, A. K. Hangal seemed a misfit. But his talent brought offers, trophies and the Padma Bhushan.

When it rained ragas
It was a torrential downpour as Kiranavali Vidyashankar packed 108 ragas in an RTP.
Finger on the audience pulse
Sriram and Anooradha made sure that their jugalbandi was enjoyed by everyone.
Dhrupad in vintage Dagar style
A strong Dagar influence pervaded the recitals heard at the Dhrupad festival held last week.
Steeped in sampradaya
Aesthetics and style marked the two violin concerts heard this past week.
In his master's voice
Endowed with a resonant saareeram, R. Suryaprakash, a disciple of T. V. Sankaranarayanan adheres to his guru's bani and mannerisms with great fidelity. He will do well to develop his own style of presentation. Though he revealed the depth of his ...
Lilting devotionals
A devotional album featuring singers Sikkil Gurucharan, G. V. Viswanathan, B. Balasubramaniam, Gayatri Sivaraman and Anuradha Sriram titled, `Sri Sabareesa' has songs on Ayyappa penned by S. S. VenkatRaman. The ...

Proficient and accurate
Performers at KFA impressed with their sincerity.
Godha, not entirely Andal
Digression diluted the flavour of Jothi Raghavan's dance presentation.
Arts & Crafts

An aesthetic showcase
The Handicrafts and Handlooms sector has organised a crafts fair at Ram Krushna Kalyana Mandapam, No. 29, Arunachalam Road (Besides Prasad Studio), Saligramam which is on till February 27 (10 a.m.-9 p.m.). About 60 artisans from different ...
Fusion furniture
The innovations of Sonadhar Poyan Vishwakarma, winner of the Kalashree and Kalanidhi awards, has brought a new dimension to the craft form. He was the first to create animal forms out of iron for which he won the national award.Now, he ...

School talent showcased
The students of Vedavalli Vidyalaya, Ranipet, celebrated the school anniversary day recently.

Tv Serials

Hitting a Century
`Malargal,' the on-going family drama, being aired on Sun TV, weekdays, 7.30 p.m. reaches its 100th episode this week. With gripping scenes and dialogue the 100th week is expected to keep the viewers glued to the seats. An ...
For music lovers
Vijay TV will roll out a new music programme, `Kovai Express,' for those in Coimbatore. The show will be held on February 26 at the Hindustan College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore. Playback singers, Harish Raghavendra, Tippu, ...
An all- new serial, beginning February 27, is about the trials and tribulations women face in life. Fifty year old Ranganayaki (Seetha), is the owner of a home needs company, `Kadamban Food Products.' Despite all odds, she is cheerful, taking ...
Then Kinnam
The programme which airs old hits reaches its 100th show with this week. The guest this week is AVM Saravanan.

Star hunt — One chance
Here is a chance for the talented. Star hunt - One chance, a mega programme to be aired on Fridays at 8.30 p.m.on MAA TV, sets out to find persons with extraordinary skills. The programme is being organised in selected places in ...

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