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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.

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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.

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Reign of melody

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The Rasika Ranjana Sabha, Tiruchi, organised the 15 annual L.V. Memorial Music, Dance and Drama festival at its FGN Hall in the city from August 12 to 17.

The inaugural concert was by young Kashyap Mahesh (vocal) who was accompanied by AIR artists, N.C. Madhav on the violin, Salem Srinivasan on the mridangam, Alathur Rajaganesh on the ganjira and Vishnupuram Raghu on the morsing.

Starting with a fast Saveri varnam, he rendered a Dikshitar kriti, ‘Vallaba Nayakasya’ in Begada and followed it up with a melodious composition of Patnam Subramanya Iyer. He ended the concert with Papanasam Sivan’s ‘Srinivasa Thiruvenkatadamudaiyan’ in Hamsanandhi. The supportive artists gave an amazing performance throughout and the thani was absorbing.

Suguna Purushothaman with her daughter Kumudha, gave a mellifluous concert the next day. Suguna, a disciple of stalwarts such as Musiri Subramania Iyer, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Prof. Sambamoorthy, commenced with a fast-paced Varnam by Dikshitar in ragam Kannada and went on to deliver more kritis of Dikshitar and Tyagaraja. The accompanying violinist, Hemalatha, delighted the audience with her assertive delivery.

Thanjavur Kumar’s thani was sukham throughout and in tune with this veteran singer, who was known for her expertise in tala prayoga.

Ashok Ramani, grandson of the great composer Papanasam Sivan, presented a vocal concert on the third day. True to his ancestry, he sang ‘Enna Thavam Seidhanai’ in Kapi and ‘Karpagame Kanpaaraai’ in Madhyamavati (both by Papanasam Sivan) for his tukkadas, and rendered them beautifully. Mention should be made about the delectable rendition by violinist Nagai Sriram who stole the show that day.

The temperate mridangam of Ramadoss, a disciple of Palghat Mani Iyer, was superb throughout and his thani stood out.

It was melody throughout in the classic concert of flautist Prapancham Mukyaprana along with Pudukkottai Ambikaprasad on the violin, Koviladi Madhwaprasad on the mridangam and Andhanallur Renganathan on the ghatam. With a Sri raga Varnam the maestro presented a commanding Nattai and an enjoyable Ritigowla.

It was an enjoyable presentation on the violin by Ambika Prasad and the tala vidwans, Madhwaprasad and Renganathan made an impact, although unobstrusive.

The rhythmic and meticulous swaraprayoga and sargam throughout the concert by Sikkil Gurucharan, along with T.K.V. Ramanujacharyalu (violin) and Sankaranarayanan (mridangam) kept the audience captivated on the concluding day. He presented kritis of Tyagaraja, Papanasam Sivan and Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar.

With his versatility and experience Ramanujacharyalu made the concert heart-warming. The thani by young vidwan Sankaranarayanan was memorable.

The Rasika Ranjana Sabha conducted L.V. Memorial Carnatic music competition for school students. S. Swaminathan, from Chennai, emerged winner.

Suguna Purushothaman, presented the L.V. Memorial award at the inauguration of the music festival. She also gave away a purse to P. Rama Kausalya, founder - Marabu Foundation, and former principal of the Government Music College, Tiruvaiyaru, in recognition to her yeoman service to the promotion of art and culture.

N. Gopalaswamy, director, Dalmia Cements, and vice-president of R.R. Sabha, offered felicitations.


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Gotipua dancers capture students’ imagination

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An ancient art form that combines the grace of dance movements with the strength of acrobatics, the Gotipua dance staged at Alpha Group of Institutions was punctuated by bated breaths and incessant rounds of applause.

Abhinna Sundar Gotipua Nrutya Parishad, the dance group from Puri, Odisha, was brought down to Tiruchi by the institution to mark the inauguration of ‘Aakkam’, part of Aikya 6i- 360 degree learning programme, which hopes to combine six aspects of creative intelligence.

Dance of single boys

Specifically dedicated to inculcating interest into the students in classical dance forms, the event showcased Gotipua, which is said to have evolved from the Devadasi tradition.

Performed by eight boys aged below 13 years, the Gotipua (Goti-single; pua-boy) dance pieces staged included scenes from the Mahabharatha, the Dasavathar and the exploits of Lord Krishna.

The Bandha Nrutya, which is the presentation of yogic postures through acrobatics, was the most popular aspect of the performance.

Balancing acts of grace

While the live musical accompaniments set the tempo, the dancers dressed in female costumes, constructed human pyramids and structures by contorting their excessively flexible bodies. The hour-long show was characterised by sustained balancing acts that involved stunts like standing upright on shoulders, stomachs and thighs; radha-krishna poses composed with upending torsos and limb-locks; and over synchronised three-tier formations. The over 10 formations were choreographed in ways that lent the frames strength, with each dancer supporting as well as receiving support from another. Dressed in bright colours with painted faces, the dancers nimbly wound their way through the pieces. The event wound up with a brief introduction to Gotipua’s history and evolution.

Rooted in Bharathanatyam

Among the audience were students of dance from Kalaikaveri College of Fine Arts, who were invited by the school. “Not all of us can read and understand the Vedas and other ancient scriptures, the substance of which has been condensed into easily understood dance pieces,” said Madhan Kumar, an assistant professor of Bharathanatyam at Kalaikaveri.

Adding that Bharathanatyam was the first fully evolved dance form in these regions, Mr. Madhan said that Mohiniattam and Kuchipudi draw heavily from it.

Part of Alpha’s Aikya 6i- 360 degree learning programme, the inauguration of Aakkam is its penultimate aspect, according to R. Palani, correspondent, Alpha Group of Institutions.

“The other aspects such as Arogiyam (health), Anbu (love), Arivu (intelligence), and Atral (strength) have already been inaugurated with similar events,” he said. Aanmigam, the last aspect will be inaugurated soon.


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Focus on social issues

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The Tiruchi Karthikeswarar Kalaimanram presented a historical and social play ‘Bharati’ at the FGN hall of the Rasika Ranjana Sabha in Tiruchi recently.

The well-scripted story revolved round the national poet, Subramania Bharatiyar, and the present political scenario prevailing in the country.

After his demise, poet Bharathi and his wife Sellammal meet in heaven and render his famous patriotic song ‘Aaduvomae.. Pallu Paaduvomae.. Aanandha Sudhandhiram Adainthuvittom Endru…” Attracted by the song God appears before the couple and commends his patriotism.

Later God requests the poet and his wife to visit India again and render more poems on the selfless sacrifices rendered by the freedom fighters for attaining independence. God also directs Bharati to render poems on the present political scenario and the developments achieved by the country on different fronts.

Bharati and Sellammal happily return to India from heaven. Their joy turns out to be short-lived as they are utterly shocked to witness the various atrocities being committed by leaders and others with vested interests. Communal riots, caste clashes, corruption, irregularities in all fields shock them to the core. Unable to bear the prevailing bad situation, Bharati composes the poem ‘Nenju Porukkudhilaiyae… Indha Nilai Ketta Manidharai Ninaithu Vittaal’ and once again leaves for heaven to meet God.

However, God consoles Bharati by saying he need not bother much about the atrocities taking place in India. He further says, “As per your wishes, democracy will flourish in its true sense and the human rights will be established. Then you can visit your much-loved country again.”

Till then God directs Bharati to lead a peaceful and happy life in heaven by rendering his old patriotic songs which won him fame world over.

Poet Bharati accepts God’s views and renders the song ‘Paripoorananukkae Adimai Seidhu Vaazhvom,’ much to the delight of all those present in the heaven.

Arasangudi R. Bharathi Jothi was in charge of the story and director. He had also brought poet Bharati live by his impeccable portrayal of Bharati.


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Bhajan sammelanam

Tiruchi Sri Ram Bhajan Mandali has organised the annual Bhagavata Bhajan Sammelanam, from August 3 to 5, at Tiruchi Chintamani Chidambaram Mahal. Namasankirtanam, music concerts, upanyasam and Sita Kalyana mahotsavam will be held on the occasion.

The sammelanam begins on August 3, with Ganapathy homam. This will be followed by Thiruvidaimarudur Venkatarama Bhagavathar’s namasankirtanam and bhajan rendition by the women bhajan mandali from 1 p.m. Divyanama Sankirtanam by Villupuram Jayatheertha Bhagavathar and Unjal utsavam will also take place on the first day.

The second day will begin with Vishnu Sahasranama paarayanam and Ekadina Vishnu Sahasranama archanai, followedby the rendition of Thodayamangalam and Ashtapathi. Veda parayanam, namasankirtanam, upanyasam and music programmes will take place on the second and third day from 1 to 9 p.m.

Sita Kalyanam and the vocal concert of Varsha Ravikumar, from the U.S., will take place on the concluding day. The three-day event will end with divyanama sankirtanam followed by Anjaneya utsavam.

The function has been organised with the help of K. Sivaraman, president and N. Santhana Gopala Krishnan, general secretary, Bhagavatha Bhajan Sammelanam. For details call 9842472293.


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Nadhadweepam Trust: Anniversary celebrations and birth anniversary of Semmangudi R.Srinivasa Iyer, vocal concert by S.Mahathi & party, Sri Sringeri Vidya Bharathi Bhavanam, Amma Mandapam Road, Srirangam, 7 p.m.

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‘Nadhadweepa Kalanidhi’ title conferred on mridangam exponent

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Honouring 90-year-old mridangam exponent T.K.Murthy with the title ‘Nadhadweepa Kalanidhi’ marked the beginning of the 14th anniversary celebration of Nadhadweepam Trust, Srirangam, here on Friday.

‘Alathur’ S. Thiagarajan, secretary, Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Sabha, presented the title at a function held at the Sringeri Sankara Mutt, Srirangam. N.Gopalaswamy, director, Dalmia Cements, presented Mr.Murthy, a contemporary of legendary Mani Iyer, a gold coin and a purse.

The award was in recognition of the doyen’s contribution to Carnatic music over eight decades. Mr.Murthy had accompanied M.S.Subbulakshmi, the doyen of Carnatic music, for four decades in various concerts. He also had the honour of accompanying several great musicians , including Arikesanallur Muthiah Bagavathar, Alathur brothers, Tiger Varadachariar, Mazhavarayam Subbaraya Bagavathar, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, Maharajapuram Santhanam, and Flute Mali , the citation said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Thiagarajan said that the Nadhadweepam Trust was fortunate enough to honour the veteran artiste. He recalled the role played Mr.Murthy in the successful conduct of Tiruvaiyaru Thiagarajar Urchavam, when he was the treasurer of the organising committee.

‘Nagai’ R.Muralidharan, violin artiste, S.Gopalakrishnan of Agasthiar Publications, and Rajagopal, manager of the Srirangam branch of Canara Bank, offered felicitations. Nagai Muralidharan and Nagai R.Sriram presented violin duet at the end. They were accompanied by Mr.Murthy and Sivasubramanian on mridangam and Tiruchi S.Krishnaswamy on gatam.


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