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Cinema

New audiences, new horizons
Classical narrative is much older than films and has survived in different forms in different eras. Technology may change but the storyteller shall remain, observes ANIL ZANKAR in defence of Cinema.


Most convincing and frightening
I READ "The Exorcist" in one horrified gulp in high school and since then have gone back to it several times to be scared, entertained and moved by it. William Peter Blatty wrote a good horror book and William Friedkin made it into a great horror ...
With fresh looks and hopes anew
Her "Om Jai Jagdish" may have come a cropper. But unfazed Urmila Matondkar awaits her next release, "Deewaangee". Here in conversation with SUBHASH K. JHA, she confirms that she is a heady mix of beauty and brains.
Film fete
A FESTIVAL of German films will be held between October 28 and 31 at the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce at 6.15 p.m. Organised by the Max Mueller Bhavan and The Madras Film Society (in celebration of their 45th anniversary) the line up ...

Film Review
On Location
Cool version of a superhit
IT IS not unusual to come across a director who is confident about the success of the film he is making. But R. Raghu Raj, director of ``Ice," is sure that his film will be an outstanding success. Afterall, he is making his own Telugu super hit ...

Music
Songs on Krishna
Music Today D 02030 / 02031 - Devotional - Krishna Seva - Various artistes - Price Rs.55 each. TWO AUDIO albums, titled Krishna Seva, released by Music Today, features traditional Haveli Sangit and comprises original devotional songs ...
For the discerning ear
SINCE KIRTANAS form the mainstay of a concert its excellence or flop depends on what the musician chooses to sing or play. No doubt there are thousands of songs composed by hundreds of vaggeyakaras past and present, but how many of them can be ...
Musician with lofty principles
ALL INDIA Radio broadcast a vocal recording by Mani Krishnaswami in its National Programme on October 20 as a tribute to the vidushi who passed away on July 12. The instrumental support was by Usha Rajagopalan on the violin and Kallidaikurichi ...
Shehnai is his soul
CHENNAI'S MUSIC lovers enjoyed an evening of pure delight on October 20. Ustad Bismillah Khan Sahib and his troupe performed for two hours to a full and appreciative audience at the Music Academy, thanks to the Amir Khusro Sangeet Academy. ...
Emotions through mridangam
WHEN RHYTHM makes its own music and when drums beat to their own soul, creation finds a life of its own. In eight ways or as Ashtaruchi! The mridangam plays out the emotions and even if you cannot hear the tunes describing them, you can feel them ...
Bhairavi well delineated
BHAIRAVI raga is most easily identifiable and offers vast scope to a musician with artistic and technical excellence, a trained voice (never mind even if it be a little on the thin side provided it has depth) and commendable manodharma. All these ...
He charmed young and old alike
He enjoyed his music and the rasikas went into raptures listening to him. Madura(i) Mani was indeed a real entertainer. A tribute by LAKSHMI DEVNATH, on his birth anniversary.
Anniversary celebrations
SRI THYAGA Brahma Gana Sabha will celebrate its 23rd Isai Iyal Nataka Vizha between December 24, 2002 and January 1, 2003 at its newly renovated auditorium. The artistes to be conferred the `Vani Kala Sudhakara' bridhu are Manorama (actress and ...
Award for Balamuralikrishna
THE Tamil Isai Sangam has chosen to honour eminent Carnatic vocalist M. Balamurali-krishna by conferring on him the prestigious `Tamil Isai Peraringnar' award for 2002. The singer will receive the award on the inaugural day of the Sangam's ...

Dance
Heart-warming performance
IT WAS heartening to see the tradition of Bharatanatyam in its authentic form well-preserved, while witnessing the recital of Narthaki Nataraj under the auspices of Natyarangam of Narada Gana Sabha recently. Narthaki, senior disciple of the doyen ...
Marked by subtlety and finesse
THE DANGERS of dance productions are many, especially those with mythological or historical backgrounds. The pressure to `enhance' the effect with garish period costumes and loud rhetoric must weigh heavily on the producers. Thankfully ...
Promising dancers
R. J. SHRUTHI and R. J. Abhinaya performed recently under the banner of Natya Sankalpa, headed by Urmila Satyanarayanan. Shruthi and Abhinaya, disciples of the vibrant Urmila, exhibited considerable skill and understanding of the technique as ...

Heritage
Shrines that Nammazhwar glorified
Beginning this week, PRADEEP CHAKRAVARTHY takes readers on a pilgrimage to the nine holy shrines, collectively known as Nava Tirupati. The journey begins at Azhwar Tirunagari...
Strewn sculptures tell a tale
AS WE drive from Chennai towards Chinglepet on the highway, just about a kilometre before we reach there is the village of Pulippakkam. On our right are hillocks, while on our left is the lake. If we take a right at the cutting of the median, we ...
Sanctity bestowed by the devotee
The Lord, in order to save His devotee, decided to turn a piece of wood into Linga. The legend of Tiruvappudaiyur, as narrated by T. A. SRINIVASAN.
A pilgrim's paradise
EXTOLLED AS the Tamil God, Lord Muruga is a favourite deity of many a devotee. Ardent worshippers undertake pilgrimages to the "Arupadaiveedu" in fulfilment of the vow taken by them. With the benediction of Sakthasri Sivalingeswara Swamigal of ...

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