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Veena (veenai) international school is going to be established in trichy, chennai & coimbatore, to initiate & develop veena players in TN.

source: sun news channel




thanks for sharing the news prasanna sir :)


it is a must and welcome one for a place like Trichy which is a citadel of Arts and Culture and also the Cultural Capital of Tamil Nadu and a Golden Treasure of Heritage


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Veena (veenai) international school is going to be established in trichy, chennai & coimbatore, to initiate & develop veena players in TN.

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Recitals bring cheer

SYED MUTHAHAR SAQAF

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A treat Clockwise from Top left) Srirangam Susithra Sisters; Mayilattam presented by Revathi Muthuswamy and troupe; Bharatanatyam by students of Tiruchi Sri Sakram Dance School; Dance drama by Revathi Muthuswamy and troupe and Dindigul Nadhalaya Nattiya Kalalaya troupe’s Natha Laya Nattiyam.Photos: M. Moorthy, R.M. RAJARATHINAM and A. Muralitharan




Occasion A cultural event was held at Srirangam, Tiruchi, in connection with the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival. Syed Muthahar Saqaf
The three-day cultural event, which featured vocal concerts, dance drama, Bharatanatyam, Tamizhisai and other folk arts of the State, was held at Srirangam, Tiruchi, in connection with the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival and brought cheer to the devotees.


Jointly organised by the State Department of Art and Culture, South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, Regional Centre for Art and Culture and the Tiruchi District Kalai Manram, it was held in the open on West Chitra street.

The festival commenced with mangala isai by the students of Government Music School. Rasika Prasad troupe presented Tamizhisai, which was followed by another Tamizhisai concert by Srirangam Susithra sisters. The fourth and final programme of the opening day was a Bharatanatyam performance by Tiruchi Sivathani Kalakshetra troupe.

Srirangam Abirami Mandali troupe presented a vocal concert on the second day, followed by Tamizhisai by Kashyap Mahesh. Tiruchi Sri Sakram Dance School students and Mayur Natyalaya Devika Sukanthi troupe presented separate Bharatanatyam recitals.

Tiruchi Isaipalli Swaminathan and other students presented Layakolam programme on the final day. Tiruchi Sri Puranthari Dance School, Sri Vidya Sundaresan troupe presented a Bharatanaytam recital and Dindigul Nadhalaya Nattiya Kalalaya troupe presented Natha Laya Nattiyam. Mayilattam was staged by Revathi Muthuswamy and troupe of Srirangam Bharatha Natyalaya, which also presented a dance drama as a fitting finale.


source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-fridayreview/recitals-bring-cheer/article4270769.ece



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Kids showcase talents at fest

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A two-day children’s cultural festival organised by the Tamil Nadu Jawahar Bal Bhavan and South Zone Cultural Centre got underway at the Sringeri Vidhya Bhavan in Srirangam on Saturday.

Inaugurating the festival, N.R.Sivapathi, Minister for School Education, Law and Youth Welfare, said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was keen on ensuring welfare of folk artistes and has been implementing various welfare schemes for them. In Tiruchi district, about 2,480 folk artistes have been enrolled as members of the State Folk Artistes Welfare Board.

S.S.Jawahar, Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Arts and Culture, said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has allotted Rs.30 crore this year for promoting folk arts. Jawahar Bal Bhavans were functioning at 52 places across the State and were engaged in creating a platform for children to display their talents.

Earlier, artistes from Odisha, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu presented various dance and song performances.

P.Kumar, MP, Jayashree Muralidharan, Collector, M.Paranjothi, R.Manoharan, T.P.Poonatchi and D.Indira Gandhi, MLAs, and others were present.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 064044.ece


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On stage with zest

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The highlight of the seventh anniversary of the Tiruchi Mavatta Nataka Nadigargal Sangam was the conferring of the titles, ‘Kalai Semmal’ and ‘Valar Ilam Kalaignar’ on the senior and budding stage artists, respectively. Rasu Maduravan, film director, conferred the titles on them at a function held at the Rasika Ranjana Sabha auditorium in Tiruchi recently.

While ‘Kalai Semmal’ award was conferred on M.S. Jagan, Sinivasan, A.P.S. Manimaran and K. Varadharajan, ‘Valar Ilam Kalaignar’ award was conferred on K. Barakath Ali and A. Ahmed Ibrahim.

Jagan said that he left his house in Mayiladuthurai at a very young age due to his interest in theatre and joined the ‘Sri Vairam Drama Troupe,’ Chennai. He acted in all the plays staged by Kallal Ramanathan, husband of renowned comedian, Manorama. He had also acted in various plays starring yesteryear stars such as S.A. Natarajan, T.R. Ramachandran, Angamuthu, ‘Kuladeivam’ Rajagopal and ‘Kallapart’ Natarajan. He launched his own ‘Kalaivani Nataka Sabha’ and staged plays in various parts of the State. On spotting his talent, R.S. Manohar made him a member of his troupe. In the recent past he acted along with K. Bhagyaraj, Sangili Murugan, Goundamani and ‘Pasi’ Sathya.

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G. Sivan Srinivasan’s ‘Karumari Creations’ has staged plays across the State for the past three decades. His troupe has been recognised by the Government of India and his dramas, focused on creating an awareness, were staged more than 4,000 times. He also had the opportunity to stage a drama promoting national integration in the presence of the then President of India late R. Venkatraman. He was the recipient of Culcon Award, Malcolm Heritage award, Wisdom International award, Perunthalaivar Kamarak award, Puducherry Government award etc. He had also acted in Cho Ramaswamy’s ‘Enge Brahmanan’ and 990 episodes of the TV serial ‘Roja’ produced by AVM. At present he is acting in different serials being telecast by Jaya TV, Vijay TV, Zee TV, etc.

Manimaran launched his drama career along with a group of friends at the age of 22. Due to financial crisis, all his friends abandoned him. But he continued his quest and boldly staged the play ‘Thangaiah? Thaarama?, which was a big hit. Under the auspices of Muthamizh Kalai Mandram he staged more than 30 plays. Besides acting, he was also in charge of story, dialogue and direction. Some of his plays that were staged have won prizes in the competitions held in Thanjavur, Tiruchi, Neyveli, Puducherry, Erode, Nagapattinam, etc. His drama troupe ‘Tamizhannai Kalai Mandram,’ which he promoted later won the best drama award in the contest conducted by South Indian Film Actors Association. Manimaran, who is 75-years old, is still active in the drama field.

K. Varadarajan began his career in theatre in 1983 through the play, ‘Sumangali.’ He has staged more than 500 plays so far and scripted about 15 social plays. He launched many drama schools in Namakkal, Salem and Erode districts. He won the ‘Kalai kaavalar’ and ‘Kalaiperarasu’ awards.

K. Barakath Ali of Ramanathapuram district and A. Ahmed Ibrahim of Madurai, are disciples of Madurai Tipu Sulthan. Barakath Ali had acted as hero in the drama ‘Pudhu Kathal.’ This role fetched him the outstanding actor award. Ahmed Ibrahim is also a good cameraman.

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/theatre/on ... 054355.ece


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CM’s announcement comes as music to ears

The Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs.6 lakhs for providing musical instruments and costumes to about 100 folk and drama artistes in an effort to promote art and culture in the State.

The State Department of Art and Culture will implement this project through the six regional cultural centres in the State.

Steps have already been initiated for identifying the beneficiaries and the instruments and costumes will be provided within a month, said R.Gunasekaran, secretary, Folk Artistes Welfare Board, while speaking at the valediction of the drama competition organised by the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, State Department of Art and Culture and Tiruchi-based Annai Stage Creations at Rasika Ranjana Sabha auditorium in the city on Sunday evening.

Explaining the various programmes being implemented through the Board, Mr.Gunasekaran said welfare assistance of Rs.1,000 per month to 6,850 economically weaker folk and drama artistes was distributed.

The Chief Minister has increased the income ceiling for the sanctioning of welfare assistance from Rs.12,000 to Rs.60,000 per annum, he said.

The State government has also provided identity cards provided by the District Collector to more than 1 lakh folk and drama artistes all over the state and this will enable them in getting the benefits without any difficulty, he added.

R. Manoharan, MLA, was the chief guest and he said that the Chief Minister, herself being an artiste, has accorded top priority for the promotion of art and culture in the state. He gave away prizes to the outstanding dramas and the artistes. He also honoured six drama artistes with ‘Kalaithendral’ title.

M. S. Mohamed Masthan, general secretary of the Tiruchi Mavatta Nataka Nadigargal Sangam, pleaded with the government to hike the welfare assistance from the present Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,500.

R. Ramachandran, founder of the Annai Stage Creations, Muthu Velazhaga, drama producer and director and others offered felicitations.

Rs.6 lakhs has been allotted for providing music instruments and costumes to about 100 artistes

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 024792.ece


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A peek into the great Chola temple of Trichy

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Nestled in this cluster of green hills is a place of historical importance, Vijayalaya Choleeshwaram, one of the first Chola temples built in south India

Just a small drive away from the city lies Narthamalai, with its beautiful rock-cut Chola temples, for those interested in history and archaeology the temples and their inscriptions.

A cluster of small hills, Narthamalai lies 25 km from Tiruchi on the Tiruchi-Pudukottai route. A 9th century Pallava cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva lies in the southern area, and in front of this lies the Vijayalaya Choleeshwaram temple, a place of historical importance.

This Shiva temple is one of the earliest Chola creations. A glimpse of future artistic greatness can be seen in the beautiful figures of the dancers and carved dwara-palakas. Built by Vijayalaya, the inscriptions in the temple describe it as one of the first temples built by the Cholas. The two rock-cut temples are classic examples of how temple architecture styles were fusing in different parts of the country. The main temple is surrounded by smaller shrines along with a nandi bull.

The area was once capital of Mutharaiyar chieftains who had an upper hand in the polity of Tamil Nadu until the rise of the Cholas. Mythological legends surround the formation of the hills in which the temples lie. It is believed that Lord Hanuman, while carrying the hill with the Sanjeevini plant to the dyin Lakshmana, passed over the region. This, the legend goes, has caused the plants available in the area to have medicinal properties.

The walk up the hill and the view from the top of both the temple and the paddy fields below is breath taking. And, the monsoon and its attendent greenery make the place all the more beautiful at this time of year.

Apart from the main temple of interest there are other prominent places of interest close to the region which guarantees a great weekend getaway. For photography aficionados and for history buffs, this is one spot that must not be missed.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life ... 888930.cms


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‘Kalaisemmal’ award for four senior artistes

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Distribution of ‘Kalaisemmal’ awards to four senior artistes, ‘Valar ilam kalaignar’ awards to a couple of young artistes and a cheque of Rs.10,000 to the wife of a tabla exponent , marked the seventh anniversary celebrations of the Tiruchi Mavatta Nataka Nadigargal Sangam here on Saturday.

Rasu Mathuravan, film director and chief guest, gave away ‘Kalaisemmal’ awards to M.S.Jagana alias Jahangir of Madurai, G.Sivan Srinivasan of Chennai, A.P.S.Manimaran of Kuthalam near Mayiladuthurai and K.Varadharajan of Namakkal. He gave away ‘Valar ilam kalaignar’ awards to K.Barakath Ali and A.Ahmed Ibrahim, both of Madurai.

Jerad, actor, presented the cheque of Rs.10, 000 to S.Sebastiammal, wife of S.Selvaraj, a tabla artiste. The awards were given in recognition of the services rendered by them in promoting plays .

Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Rasu Mathuravan said plays formed the basis for entertainment industry. Legendary actors such as M.R.Radha, Sivaji Ganesan, and M.G.Ramachandran moved to the tinsel world from plays.

As drama artistes have a good acting background, a lot of film directors prefer to give them repeated chance. Referring to the comment of M.S.Mohamed Masthan, general secretary, Tiruchi Mavatta Nataka Nadigargal Sangam, that poor patronage is leading the drama industry to the verge of extinction, Mr.Mathuravan said nothing would halt the progress of drama field. It would flourish for ever and no one need have doubt about it, he added.

R.Gunasekaran, secretary, Folk Artistes Welfare Board, commended the Tiruchi Mavatta Nataka Nadigargal Sangam for initiating programmes in the interest of the drama artistes.

He said that the State government has recently hiked the annual income limit of drama artistes, who had crossed 55 years for getting the pension, from Rs.24, 000 to Rs.60, 000.

Mr.Gunasekaran explained the programmes implemented by the board and called upon artistes to enrol themselves as members of the board to enjoy the benefits offered by it.

Mr.Masthan explained the steps initiated by the association for promoting drama industry.

G.M.G.Mahendran, industrialist, P.Manivel, State president of the Indian National Human Rights Movement, Muthuvelazhagan, veteran director, S.R.Kathan, president of the sangam, and R.Ramachandran, honorary president, offered felicitations.


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Initiative to promote local artists kicks off with expo

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Ravi, a Tiruchi based artist has travelled to Chennai, Bangalore and New Delhi to exhibit his paintings but like the proverbial prophet he is not hailed in his own city. Shivakumar, a self-made artist with no professional training, wants to see his works up against the walls of city’s art lovers.

“Finally city based artists like me have a local gallery that displays and sells our art,” says Ravi, echoing the sentiments of his fellow artists, five of whose paintings are up at the art expo organised by Kalanjiyam, a six-month old gallery dealing with paintings exclusively done by local artists. The maiden expo featuring works of five artists from Pudukottai and Tiruchi has kept in mind the conservative spending habits and aesthetic tastes of local customers.

Affordable art

With over 500 works priced between Rs.600 and Rs.15, 000, the expo aims to create awareness that art is not always priced prohibitively. “We want to send the message that works of indigenous talent are available at affordable rate,” said A.Suresh, proprietor of Kalanjiyam. According to Mr.Suresh, not less than 20 upcoming artists have registered with the gallery.

The works of each artist is distinctive by the techniques and themes explored. Chinnappa’s art, akin to the cubism form, is like looking through a prism or stained glass. Themes like symbols of Tamil culture depicted through various means, including Bharathanatyam mudras are concealed by geometric patterns in bright colours.

With a mythological theme running through his works, Ravi’s art is a ‘blending of drawing and painting’. Bold lines made by the inverted end of a paintbrush brush are etched over paintings to give the impression of an engraving. D. Ramamoorthy’s charcoal paintings reflect his obsessions with crows. Why crows? “Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and crows are more interesting to observe than say peacocks; their habits are intriguing,” says Ramamoorthy whose works reflect his observation of the birds.

‘Village’ Mookaiya crayon sketches with wavy lines infuse a wild abandon in depictions of a puffing steam engine, wild bull at a jallikattu and a horse at the race course. Soft hues, water lilies and floral motifs in knife-cut paintings are Shivakumar’s forte. “A sketch of the Rockfort is guaranteed to sell. It is Tiruchi’s brand tag and everyone wants a piece for themselves. To capture this market, an artist has to balance creative instinct with popular taste. That is the only way I can ensure all my paintings are sold,” he admits candidly.

Creating appreciation

The gallery is an opportunity to experience art first-hand, says Ramamoorthy. “If children are brought here, it may inspire them to draw and discover their talent.” Adds Ravi, “our ultimate aim is to cultivate an appreciation for art in the city so that upcoming artists need not always flock to metros to find takers.”

Catch the expo at Jamal Building, 7th cross, Thillai Nagar, before September 26 anytime between 10 am and 8 pm.


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Kamban Vizha organised

Seminar on the verses composed by Azhwars, a poetry session on ‘Kamban’s perspective’ and a ‘patti mandram’ on ‘service-oriented character’ formed some of the sessions at the two-day ‘Kamban Vizha’ organised by Tiruchi Tamil Sangam here recently.

More @ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 834348.ece


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