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The winsome brigade
At a time when runaway hits in Hindi cinema are a pipedream, the children's film, "Makdee", shows the sure way to success, states ZIYA US SALAM.
Film Review



Personality
A maker of celluloid poems on love
Yash Chopra as the choice for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award had been widely welcomed. In a world where violence has come to stay, this producer-director weaves the magic of love in his films, says V. GANGADHAR.

Music
MUSIC ACADEMY
Swirling sancharas
THE KUTCHERI of O. S. Thyagarajan stood for prosaic platitude of mechanical music well systematised. Interest of rasikas was sought to be tickled by a lengthy elaboration of Kambhoji followed by the kirtana, "O! Rangasayee." The raga alapana was ...
MUSIC ACADEMY
With the stamp of distinction
THAT THE exquisite and composite Carnatic music culture enshrined in the kritis of Sri Tyagaraja continues to inspire and lift up the standard of a performance was well realised by the Malladi Brothers when they included "Raa Nidhi" (Manirangu), ...
`Music transcends gharanas'
THERE WAS a detached intensity in Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. He glowed like a drop of fire when I met him at the residence of Ashim Sehanobis whom he referred to as ``my local guardian.'' Excerpts from the interview. What were the ...
KARTHIK FINE ARTS
Good for several reasons
THE CONCERT of Hyderabad Brothers was remarkable on several counts. Complete adherence to the traditional method of full-throated singing, with the emphasis on aesthetics, graces and nuances of Carnatic music, excellent gamakaprayoga and time ...
Feast of Hindusthani
THE VISWA KALA Sangama, which presented the Swami Haridas Sangeet Samaroh, a three- day Hindustani music festival, at the Narada Gana Sabha Mini hall, had many interesting concerts that not only provided a cross-section of artistes both from ...
He made garlands of music
AFTER THE expected rounds of applause, and some endearing comments by the chief guest, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna who said, ``Felicitating Ajoy is a joy,'' the programme to honour Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, classical vocalist from Kolkata, on his ...
MUDHRA
Feeling at home
MUDHRA'S NEW venue, the fully air-conditioned Freedom Hall, appears inviting and almost creates the ambience of a family get-together. The programme of Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and Party really meant it. Kunnakudi's accompanying artistes, seven in ...
Making a mark
WITH PERFECT shruti sudham and self-confidence, the mandolin duo, SreeUsha and Sreesha, made their mark as budding young artistes at Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, reminding one of Mandolin Srinivas. In the rendering of the kritis, ragas and ...
Touching an emotional chord
THE AUDIENCE at the Naada Inbam was lucky that violin vidwan T. N. Krishnan was present at the concert of Sanjay Subramaniam. But for his suggestion Sanjay would not have rendered that excellent alapana of Kambhoji preceding "Thiruvadicharanam'' ...
Fluid ragas
THE CURTAIN went up fifteen minutes after the scheduled time, with the fond hope of perhaps expecting a little more audience. Nevertheless, with the raising curtain, a waft of smooth Ritigowla prelude in flute drifted in. It caressed the ears of ...
Confident and enthusiastic
THAT THE Indian diaspora conserves and upholds tradition far more meticulously than those of us here who take it for granted, is by now a proven dictum. That it is preserved and painstakingly passed on to the next generation in its pristine form ...
Tamil Isai Sangam: Well-defined essay of Todi
THE AUDITORIUM reeked of fresh paint at Tamil Isai Sangam. The opening varnam by the singers was drowned in the din of the restive crowd. The singers, Bombay Sisters Saroja and Lalitha, religiously moved over to the next number, "Varanamukhava'' ...
THYAGA BRAHMA GANA SABHA
Majestic flow of sangatis
RADHA BHASKAR has a strong pleasant voice, covering the middle and the first half of the upper octave with clarity and adherence to sruthi, the sangatis flowing majestically. "Sree Maha Ganapathe" in Nattai was sung with tempo,with a string of ...
Bharat Kalachar: Frantic and aggressive
WITH ABHISHEK Raghuram at the centre of the stage at Bharat Kalachar, it is difficult to overcome the feeling that he is still a kid. Though he apes the antics of an adult musician, his restless posture, guileless grins, and unexpected ...
Semmangudi nostalgia
V. SUBRAMANIAM, one of the loyal torchbearers of the Semmangudi tradition, began his concert at the Music Academy on December 23 with the Narayanagowlai varnam in Ata tala by Veena Kuppair. Tyagaraja's "Merusamana" in Mayamalavagowla with a ...
NARADA GANA SABHA
Post-tani makes haunting impact
HIS UNDERSTANDING of the raga form is mature. His kalpana swara is marked by strong phrasing, varied rhythms and vigour, whether in ripe raga or rare, his kriti singing is sound in tradition from initial ``Devadeva kalayami," Mayamalavagowla, to ...
R.R. Sabha: The zest continues
THE BOMBAY Sisters (C. Saroja and C. Lalitha), the popular vocal duo, continue to be zestful as was partially evidenced in the concert at the Rasika Ranjani Sabha. Lalitha's alapana in Simhendramadhyamam was a laboured one and it was Mysore ...
Dignified quality
SITA NARAYANAN'S vocal recital at the Music Academy on December 21 was marked with a quite dignified quality. Her renderings of Dikshitar's "Shri Maha Ganapathi" in Gowlai and "Ilalo Pranatharthihara" of Tyagaraja in Atana were tidy versions. ...
Hamsadhwani: Intricately woven violin duet
ADHERING STRICTLY to sampradaya, the violin duo Lalgudi Srimathi and Anuradha Sridhar presented a melodious concert at Hamsadhwani. "Nee Bhajana" (Nayaki) with madhyamakala swaras found instant rapport. In "Evarura" (Mohanam), neraval ...

Dance
KARTHIK FINE ARTS
Kootiyattom steals the show
IT IS debatable if the Dance Drama and Group presentations can be classified under one banner of `Natya Darshan', the theme of a three-day seminar cum performance event mounted by Kartik Fine Arts at Sri Venkata auditorium of Bharatiya Vidya ...
Lasya in lyrical form
NEENA PRASAD'S performance of Mohiniyattom at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha did full justice to the style, which is lasya in its lyrical form. Rhythmical, seductive and full of grace is this lilting dance of the enchantress, which is the literal meaning ...
Depiction of outstanding women
THE NUNGAMBAKKAM Cultural Academy, which has lined up several dance performances this season, featured Srekala Bharat on December 16. Taking a slight deviation from the normal routine items that form the margam, Srekala went to a thematic ...
KARTHIK FINE ARTS
Pleasure for the viewer
IT IS always refreshing to see Meenakshi Chittaranjan's recital for two reasons; the relaxing atmosphere that is generated through the performance and secondly the charm of the tradition-bound approach, both of which give the viewer a sense of ...
KRISHNA GANA SABHA
Intricacies of teaching dance
``There is tension between ego and humility, and the teacher has to recognise talent and allow it to grow." ``The teacher cannot get lost in technique.' ``Through pure play so much can be discovered." These observations pertained to ...

Theatre
A welcome change
THE MAHALAKSHMI Ladies Drama Group has come out with yet another production, "Ellai Illatha Illaram." This is the 13th play of director-playwright Bombay Gnanam, the founder of this all-women troupe. Quite a remarkable feat considering that women ...

Heritage
New temple for Panchamukha Anjaneya
A 32 feet high Panchamukha Anjaneya idol is to be installed in the Sri Viswaroopa Panchamukha Anjaneyaswami Asramam, at Periyakuppam, in Thiruvallur, by the Viswaroopa Panchamukha Anjaneyaswami Foundation, headed by S. Venkatesa Bhattachar, in ...
Unsung but not forgotten
This time round PRADEEP CHAKRAVARTHY visits the little known temple of Lord Lakshminarayana, in Ananthakrishnapuram village, near Tirunelveli, which is also a haven for the traveller wanting to have glimpses of the `real' India.
Glorious synthesis of temple styles
Mukteswar Temple in Orissa is an exquisite storehouse of temple art that is a blend of the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain features in general and the Kalinga School of architecture in particular, writes G. BRINDHA.
A picture of neglect
The ancient Adi Narayana Temple at Kurumbur, in Tuticorin district, is in a dilapidated state and is in urgent need of repair, writes T. A. SRINIVASAN.

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