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The Bond magic still works
When we go to watch James Bond, we know what we want. To see a superman, who vanquishes evil and conquers the beautiful. The latest, "Die Another Day," does not disappoint us, but has a few surprises in store, claims GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN.
Cinema
Refreshing look at the immigrant experience
WHY HASN'T the most accomplished Indian English film — "ABCD" by Krutin Patel — come to India yet? Made in 2001, it has been doing the festival rounds and was recently released in America to acclaim. Rumour has it that the film found ...


A blazing talent remembered
On December 13, 1986, Smita Patil breathed her last. Sixteen years later, some of her performances can still bring tears to our eyes. As in life, so in death. Truly she remains ours, says MONOJIT LAHIRI in this tribute.

Film Review

Music
Lively jugalbandi
HAMSADHWANI COMMENCED this year's series with a jugalbandhi by Kalpana Venkat (violin) and Sivaramakrishnan (sitar) along with Nagai Narayanan (mridangam) and Ganesh Rao (tabla). Although perfect blending of the violin and sitar could not be ...
Time-honoured technique
THE PERFORMING standard of T. M. Krishna has been steadily going up over the years. With a strong resonant expressive voice, good sruti alignment and clear diction, he regaled the rasikas with measured kalapramana, following time-honoured weighty ...
Festival time at Ayyappa Temple
Devotees can now offer "Irumudi Kaanikkai" for 41 days as in Sabarimala during the Mandala Pooja at the Rajah Annamalaipuram Ayyappa Temple, Adyar, says T. A. SRINIVASAN.
Enticing alapana
ON THE last day of the Thirupoonthuruthy Sri Narayana Thirtha's Namasankeerthana Tharangam festival on December 11, at Sringeri Pravachana Mandir, Maharajapuram S. Ramachandran's recital had an enticing alapana in Hamir Kalyani. He followed it ...
Sheer poetry
LEELA SAMSON'S Bharathanatyam performance at the Music Academy was a comprehensive treat of artistic excellence, expression and communication. Leela's performance brought alive the words of author C. S. Lakshmi, who, while speaking at the ...
Seshadri Swamigal Aradhana
SADHGURU SRI Seshadri Swamigal Trust and Sri Sakthi Peeta Ganapathy Trust will jointly conduct Sri Seshadri Swamigal Aradhana, for three days, from December 26, at Sri Krishnaswamy kalyana mandapam. The special pujas during the Aradhana ...
Serene and sublime
THERE IS a certain serenity and sublimity in Sushila Krishnamurthy's music which has come so naturally to her that she need not have to exhibit it in the form of gestures as some artistes do. The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan mini hall was fairly full ...
Flowing with majestic grace
UNNIKRISHNAN GAVE an outstanding recital, bringing out the essence of the ragas, and employing time-honoured phrases and gamakas. The Panthuvarali keerthana, "Vadera Deivamu" (Tyagaraja) was sung crisply with kalpanaswaras, after which Dhanyasi ...
Superficial brilliance
THAT CARNATIC music is more than just jugglery of a glorified glamorous voice was well confirmed in the cutcheri of K. J. Yesudas. The characteristic feature in his effort was the ostentatious vocal profligacy, which seemed to paralyse his ...
Clear and strong voice
IT WAS difficult to believe that such a frail-looking Mahalakshmi could have so clear and strong a voice. Her concert was quite appealing, beginning with a varnam in Kadanakuthoohalam. But within a short time she sang "Raghunatha Nannu,'' ...
Lilting swaras
T. S. SATHYAVATI, a Karnataka based artiste well known for her lucid discourses in Sanskrit, gave a good account of herself at the Music Academy in her morning concert on December 16. She presented a fluent version of Tiruvarur Ramaswamy ...
Overdose of narration
GETTING AWAY from the Krishna Gana Sabha activities, one was treated to the recital of Sarayu Sai, disciple of Chitra Visweswaran, at the Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan Kala Kendra. The dancer has a composed presence to which she adds good technique. ...
Margazhi Maha Utsavam
JAYA TV'S Margazhi Maha Utsavam, featuring Carnatic music concerts by eminent musicians, is being telecast everyday from 6.30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., from December 16. The programme, which will continue till January 3, ...
An evening of Odissi
A CHANGE from the Bharatanatyam routine was provided by an evening of Odissi at Kalakshetra's auditorium. All Odissi seen in Chennai has pertained to the form patented by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. For Kalakshetrans, it must have been a first ...
Challenges confronting art forms
How has the change in context affected the contemporary dancer's identity and her relation to tradition? LEELA VENKATARAMAN reports the opening day deliberations of Natya Kala Conference now on at Krishna Gana Sabha.
A cool green concert
THE HALL was far from full. But those who attended the recital of the Rudrapatnam Brothers at the Krishnagana Sabha were lucky to hear that vanishing kind of music called ``sowkhya sangitam." Not a single note or beat was out of step with ...
Promising talent
R. JANANI'S noon recital at the Naradagana Sabha showed that the young vocalist is on the threshold of developing into a sincere performer. Her alapanas short and long were seriously conceived. The execution needed more continuity and strength, ...
Facets of classicism
WITH THE conference president, Vidushi Sikkil. V. Kunjumani in the chair, the morning sessions of the 76th Conference of the Music Academy, got under way as the Brihad Kalyan Group of Brihaddhwani rendered Sri Ganesa Ghana raga Panchaka kritis of ...
Vintage stuff
THE EXUBERANCE and enthusiasm of the octogenarian musician Sangita Kalanidhi B. Rajam Iyer that was palpable in his vocal concert for Srutilaya Kendra on December 16 would put many a young artiste in the shade. His voice was as firm and steady as ...
Live musical recitals breed camaraderie
After her experience at the Edinburgh Festival 2002, GOWRI RAMNARAYAN feels that musical festivals make listening a community rite, for it provides an ambience which cannot ever be replicated elsewhere.
Suddhadanyasi well-handled
THE MUSIC season started off well for Parthasarathy Swami Sabha with Vijay Venkateshwar's vichitraveena recital that opened with Dikshitar's ``Sri Mahaganapathi" (Gowla). Madhyamakala Kalpanaswaras (Prakasa Karo) in Tisranadai were catchy. The ...
Ushering in a cheerful mood
STARTING HIS concert with a Tamil viruttam on Ganesha, T. V. Sankaranarayanan ushered in a cheerful mood to the evening. Accompanists V. V. Ravi on the violin, Srimushnam Raja Rao on the mridangam and Govindarajan on the ghatam also established ...
Fusion with a difference
THE KUMARA Raja Hall at the Chettinad Vidyashram was packed to capacity on December13 when Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, T. M. Tyagarajan, Seshadri and Viswanathan of Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai and Cleaveland Sundaram were felicitated by Maximum ...
Emphasis on melody
NOTWITHSTANDING THE compulsions of fame and modernity, there are certain music families that still stick to their own tradition. Lalgudi Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi prefer to tread only the path their father has paved with the emphasis on melody ...
Good grasp of raga
PALGHAT R RAMPRASAD is endowed with a robust voice and at this young age he knows how to exploit it to his advantage. In his concert, his raga exposition of Kedaragowla (`Tulasi bilva') and Kalyani (`Venkataramana pankaja charana') substantiated ...

Dance
Fine blend of nritta and abhinaya
AFTER A fairly prolonged awards function conferring the Nrityachoodamani and the Acharya Choodamani distinctions on Bharatanatyam dancer Priyadarshini Govind and Guru Sri Lakshmi Narayana of Udupi, Barghavi Gopal, disciple of K. J. Sarasa took ...
The joy of dance
ALARMEL VALLI has changed. Her dance this year seems to be quite different from what was seen earlier. There is deep music in her dance text, visualisation and movement pattern. Someone remarked after the performance for Bharat Kalachar: ``She is ...
Crisp choreography
MYTHOLOGY AND consequently the dance repertoire, abounds with tales of Siva and his progeny that have been told and retold countless times over. But the treatment of the legends in `Shiva-Sakthi-Vel' conveyed a sensitivity that belied this ...
Excellent varnam
AN ENJOYABLE amalgamation of the three compartments of Muthamizh — word, sound and image in the Bharatanatyam recital of Priyadarshini Govind for Kartik Fine Arts, proved to be a blissful experience for the audience. Lyricist Vijayaraghavan ...

Drama
A pantomime in perspective
With an uncomplicated script, a generous smattering of jokes, puns and dances, Little Theatre's pantomime, "Robin Hood Wanted For Good," was enjoyable, writes ELIZABETH ROY.

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