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Probus Club honours women

Probus Club of Chennai, a Senior citizens' Association sponsored by the Rotary Club of Madras, celebrated Women's Day on March 9 at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture jointly with the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC). Kalaimamani Dr.Sarada Nambi Arooran , Information Commissioner was the chief guest. Probus Club honoured 77-year-old Dr R Kousalya Devi, social activist and managing trustee of Gandhi Gram Trust with Porbus Award of Excellence for her meritorious service to the rural people. While accepting the award, Dr. Kousalya Devi recalled her experiences, her love for social service and

how she was inspired by Gandhian philosophy. The Probus Club awarded the Probus Recognition Award to Dr V Balambal, former professor of history, University of Madras. She is a multi-fceted personality. She is social activist, educationist and past president of Probus Club of Chennai. She is also a researcher in historical study of Sangam and Chola age, bioethics and ageing. She has authored many books and is an ambassador of traditional Indian folk games in Indian and International forums. In her acceptance speech she remembered the influence of her father, mother and family members in her life and thanked the Probus Club for choosing h e r a s s e c r e t a r y,

vice- president and president to serve the senior citizens. Dr. Sarada in her address quoted the verses of Tiruvalluvar and Bharathiyar and told e women to balance work and family. “The cooperation of men was also needed for over all development,� she said. Probus Club honoured Mrs.Kannammal, a 102year-old woman on the occasion. Mr.Potopov, of RCSC greeted women for their achievements. Mrs. Kalpakam Srinivasamurthi presented a music programme titled Sakthi Malai. Vice president of the club, Mr. Audimoolam welcomed the gathering. Secretary Mr. Subharaj proposed a vote of thanks.

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Shri S.S Jain College for Women, T Nagar celebrated its first graduation day recently. K Ponmudi, Higher Education Minister was the chief guest J.Anbazhagan, former MLA and Shri Parasmull Chordia, former president, Shri S.S Jain Education Society were the guests of honour. Shri Parasmull Chordia unveiled the statues of Shankaralal and Sundarbai (parents of Abhay Kumar

Srisrimal, secretary of the college). The convocation report was given by, Dr. Devaki Krishnankumar, college principal. The college started functioning from 2005, with a mere strength of 105 students and in four years, the strength has gone up to 2200 students. The Department of Visual Communication brought glory to the institution by getting 3rd to 10th university ranks (Brindha , Aghalya , Divya.S , Channi Chaithali ,

Deepika Bhandhari bagged the ranks ). The college also has the credit of having 16 rank holders from the Department of Commerce, the report said. Mr. Ponmudi delivered the Graduation Day address and also awarded the degrees to the candidates belonging to Computer Science, Commerce and Visual Communication Departments. The first Alumni Meeting was also held in the college premises after the function.

Sai Nagar Women's Civic Exnora organised a meeting on March 11 to discuss about the importance of International Women's Day. A large number of women attended the meeting and participated in the discussions. Some of the topics of discussion were informatory and they included a talk on Clara Jetkin, the first woman to arrange the women's meeting in Germany. The participants of the aforesaid meeting were working

women and they were demanding equal rights, highlighted the meeting. In the next year meeting they declared March 8 as Women's Day and today world over, this day is being celebrated as Women's Day, said one of the members. The meeting discussed that Indian women got their rights to vote even before many western countries. The participants said that though women in our country have proved their capabilities in all fields, there is still a long way to go.

The meeting highlighted that in the field of education, health and welfare, we are yet to progress. The plight of women in villages was also came up for discussions. Women are still treated badly in many villages. The meeting discussed today's youngsters their talent and independent attitude. They also discussed about the need to improve interpersonal relationship. After other discussions, the meeting took a resolution to celebrate Women's Day every year.

Sri Rama Navami celebrations Shri Shirdi Sai Seva Samaj Sri Rama Navami celebrations and 27th anniversary of the Samj will be held on April 3 at Shri Shirdi Sai Seva Samaj, Old No 9, Jai Shankar Street, West Mambalam. As part of the celebrations, Ganapathy Homam,

abishekam, Vishnu sahasranama parayanam, procession of the Maharaj and annadanam will be conducted. On April 12, Ekadina Laksharchana will be held. Those who want to participate can register their names at the Samaj.

Sri Ram Samaj Sri Rama Navami celebrations will be held from March 15 to 19 at Ayodhya Mandapam. K r i s h n a Ya j u r V e d a Parayanam will be held at 3 pm and Sundarakanda Parayanam will be held at 6.30 pm on the above days.

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E D U C AT I O N A L F E AT U R E S Annual Day Celebrations

Learn, grow and excel

Sri Venkateswara Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Alwarthirunagar Annexe celebrated its annual day r e c e n t l y. K S C h i t r a , playback singer was the chief guest. Artist and c h o r e o g r a p h e r Thoothukudi fame Hari Kumar was the special

guest. Director Rajammal Jayaveera Pandian and correspondent J Subash welcomed the guests and audience. S Subbulakshmi, school principal presented the annual report. The guests distributed the prizes and cash awards to school toppers in class 10 and 12 examinations held in

2007-2008. Devi of class 10 and Surya Prabha of class 12 received the cash awards. The guests lauded the efforts of the management to nurture the talents of the students. A spectacular cultural programmes added colour to the event.

Aiming for all round development

Marthoma School in Sayee Nagar, Chinmaya Nagar caters to the educational needs of the children of the locality. The school focuses on the spiritual, intellectual and physical growth of the students. The school imparts knowledge using i n n o v a t i v e a n d sophisticated teaching techniques and uses modern equipments for physical fitness. The vision and mission of the founder of the school, Dr.Mar Aprem, Arch Bishop of the Chaldean Syrian Church of the East, a t h e o l o g i a n a n d educationist, author and administrator combined with the efforts of the highly

qualified and dedicated faculty, provides selfless service to the student community. The school leaves no stone unturned to provide the best facilities for the students to be on par with the intensely competitive and fast changing world. Computer aided education with a combination of technology based materials and face-to- face sessions accomplishes a blended learning. VSAT enabled Virtual Teaching is provided to the students. Marthoma Physical Fitness Centre has state of the art equipments such as motorized tread mill, Orbitrac, Magnetic Bike,

Stepper, Apro and so on to enable the students to develop physical fitness at the school itself. The school has a wellequipped laboratory to help students learn science through practical experiments. The school promotes extra curricular activities through C h e s s , Tab l e Ten n i s , Martial Arts, Scouts and Guides, RSP, Instrumental Music Classes (Keyboard, Guitar, Drums) and School Band. The three and a half decade old school holds a place of pride. Admissions are open for the academic year 2009 – 2010. For more details contact the school office.

Providing quality education

The new batch of admission for the year 2009-2010 is starting at Kids Play Zone. A s a s p e c i a l o f f e r, admission and registration fee will be waived off for the first 10 registrations at Kodambakkam and KK Nagar centre of the schools. Building on the legacy of their founder, Mrs Toral Anandkumar,Kids Play Zone has been a leader in providing commitment and

fundamental resources to children to succeed. The five C's (commitments) of KPZ stand as the highlight of the vision of the founder and the management. With a commitment to provide caring mentors, providing a safe and secure place, understanding the needs of kids and fulfilling them, providing effective and efficient education and assessing the children to

improve them mentally morally, every day is a new experience at Kids Play zone. With a goal to reach and establish Kids Play Zone in all parts of India, KPZ has launched an online resource center to engage, support, and recognise individuals and working to help young people succeed physically, morally and mentally.

A blend of tradition and contemporary

Oxford Matriculation Higher Secondary School is a coeducational institution run by Oxford English School society. The Society was registered in 1969 with the sole aim of establishing and running educational institutions to render service to the society by providing quality education. At present the school has a combined strength of 1300 students and is located at Aranganathan Subway, West Mambalam and has classes from PRE K G to class XII.

The school has become a full-fledged Higher Secondary School from the academic year 1999 – 2000. The following groups are offered at the Higher Secondary level. Part I Tamil / Hindi / French Part II English Part III a) Physics, Chemistry , Mathematics, Biology b) Physics, Chemistry , Mathematics, Computer Science

c) Physics, Chemistry , Botany and Zoology d) Physics, Chemistry , Biology, Micro Biology e) Physics, Chemistry , B i o l o g y, C o m p u t e r Science f) C o m m e r c e , A c c o u n t a n c y, Economics and Business Maths g) Commerce, Accountancy, Economics and Computer Science The school campus also has a Vinayagar temple.

GRT Mahalakshmi Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School occupies a place in the minds of parents and students alike for its academics, co-curricular, sports and fine arts. Situated in the heart of Chennai, the school is well known for blending tradition and modernisation in a unique way. The school has carved a niche for itself and is noted for providing academic excellence with the latest in educational technology being an integral part of its teaching – learning process. The school follows a flexible system,that does not compromise on value education and give stress on complete personality development. The school which had a humble beginning with 25

students today, in its second decade has 1500 students. The school trains the boys and girls for the Matriculation Higher Secondary Board and has the record of 100% result for both Std X and Std XII for the past seven consecutive years. Deeply committed to the cause of education, the school correspondent Jayasree Rajesh has developed the school by installing Plasma in all the class rooms. The virtual classrooms fulfill the need of technology based audiovisual interactive learning. A lot of importance has been given to sports, music, fine arts and yoga to help mould the character of each child. The school library is wellstocked with CD's, encyclopedia's and latest

reference books. Insight and Alma Mater sessions are conducted annually for students and teachers by eminent scholars and resource persons for guidance and counseling. The students are active members of NSS, Scouts and Guides and National Consumer Club. Principal, Vaidehi Krishnan, is a dynamic administrator believes that the school is a temple of learning. The teaching faculty is highly competent with expertise and experience. The atmosphere in the school is of learning and growing with the times. GRT School provides lifetimes exposure in learning and makes education a happy and wonderful experience.

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K O L LY W O O D Celebrating the Oscars

Vettaikaran launched

M.S Viswanathan and Madan Mohan and others have people's love, which is greater honour than the Oscars. Veteran Carnatic musician Balamurali Krishna, was the chief guest. Balamurali Krishna said, “The Oscars is a recognition of Rahman's musical creativity and hard work”.

The Cine Musicians Union celebrated the Oscar victory of their fraternity member AR Rahman on March 1 with a gala function. Rahman in his speech said that he was happy that God selected him to collect the Oscars “It's the aspiration of all the

musicians and God selected me to collect the award on their behalf. This award belongs to every person in the music industry,” said Rahman. He repeated 'Ella Pugazhum Iraivanuke' which he said at the Oscar awards ceremony earlier. Rahman said that Ilayaraja,

Music director Ilayaraja praised Rahman and said, “There are only a few who possess immense talent and still go on to make it big. Rahman is a phenomenal musician.” Ve t e r a n d i r e c t o r K Balachander, said that Rahman is a rare genius. MSV blessed Rahman to get many more such awards and said it was a new beginning for the Indian music industry. Rahman in his speech requested people not to create hatred. “ I have been seeing the hate mails flooding the net. I request my fans from degrading someone else's music, the music lovers should stop making such comments and using abusive languages,” he said. Ilayaraja presented Rahman a golden chain and Harris Jayaraj gifted him a golden ring.. Drummer Sivamani, T M Soundararajan, L R Eswari, Deva, Srikanth Deva, Yu v a n s h a n k a r R a j a , Karthik Raja, Vijay Anthony, D Imman, Shankar Ganesh and singers Chitra, Swarnalatha,Mano, Chinmayi and Tippu were there along with the organizers S A Rajkumar and Abu Gabriel.

The Pillayar Koil inside the AVM Studios was abuzz with activities o lat Sunday as Ilayathalapathi Vijay's, new movie pooja was held. The much awaiting movie is titled Vettaikaran and is being produced by AVM.

Ilayathalapathy Vijay along with his wife Sangeetha a n d f a t h e r S A Chandrasekar were present on the occasion. Other who participated in the function included p r o d u c e r s AV M

Balasubramanian and his son Gurunath Meiyappan, director of the film Babu Sivan, music d i r e c t o r Vijay Antony, cameraman Gopinath and guest Dharani.

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Mammootty and Arjun in Aruvadai

Recently the climax of Henry's Aruvadai was held at Red Hills. Aruvadai is a bilingual movie, which is being made in Malayalam too. Mammootty is doing

the role of an intelligence bureau official who on a tip off is all set to eliminate terrorist. Arjun as a police officer joins hands with him in the mission. Sneha is the

heroine of the movie. With a meaty and relevant subject, the movie is expected to woo the audience in both states.

Remember Sushmita Sen who sizzled in KT Kunjumon's Ratchagan. It almost 12 years since the movie with Nagarjuna in the lead released. She will be seen again in Tamil, in a

dubbed version of Chingaar. The movie is directed by Kalpana Lajmi and Sushmta got critical acclaim for her acting. The movie is titled Peyar Sandhya, Thozil Dasi.

The movie is based on the practice of Devadasi system and the exploitation of a sex worker by a village priest Mithun Chakravarthy plays the role of the priest.

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ARTS Arjunan Thabasu today

“Arjunan Thapasu” the play is written by N Muthuswamy, who was inspired by the brilliant dramatic elements present in the Mahabharatha Koothu ritual, where Arjuna, the Pandava prince, undertakes a rigorous journey and penance to r e c e i v e “Paasupathaasthra” from Lord Shiva. Right from Arjuna receiving the Kandeeva bow and Hanumath Dhwaja chariot from Lord Agni, (as narrated in the episode of the burning of the Kandava forest) and then receiving the “Paasupathaasthra” from Lord Shiva to the great eighteen day war fought with Duryodhana, the events that unfold in the epic Mahabharatha seem so relevant to incidents happening all over the world today. They only remind us that mankind has not changed much over the eras. Mankind has indulged in the Arms Race from time immemorial, and countries continue to horde weapons for war. This is what “Arjunan Thapasu” attempts to portray. The play in brief : The play starts from the point where Sage Vyasa visits the Pandavas, who are in their 14-year exile in the forest. The Sage

informs the Pandavas to p r e p a r e f o r w a r, a s Duryodhana is strongly against the Pandavas returning to their kingdom after the exile. He advises Dharma to send Arjuna on a journey to receive the Paasupathaasthra from Lord Shiva. Thus Arjuna starts a northward journey to the Himalayas, the abode of Lord Shiva. On the way, he faces many obstacles, which test his concentration and determination. He is wooed by the beautiful Mohini, and the lustful Perandi tries to seduce him. But he overcomes these and many more obstacles and reaches the Himalayas. Here Arjuna starts a rigorous penance, but again, Mookaasuran, a demon sent by Duryodhana arrives to disturb him. Then Lord Shiva, disguised as Perandan, also enters the scene chasing the demon. A twist in the tale occurs here when the disciples of Ekalavya, who are there to witness Arjuna's penance, kill the demon. These disciples argue with Lord Shiva that Arjuna should not be granted the weapon, as it is deadly and capable of destroying the entire world. They argue that Arjuna already acquired the Kandeeva bow from Lord Agni, after he destroyed the Kandeeva forest. They tell

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Lord Shiva that they would carry out a greater penance than Arjuna, and that they should be given the weapon, which they would immediately burn. The disciples even suggest that the Pandavas could make use of “Women's Scent”, a peaceful alternative to win the war. One of the disciples demonstrates how this scent works, and all the men, including Lord Shiva, start running behind her. Whereupon Draupadi enters, recalling her vow that the Kouravas be destroyed, and shuns the “Scent” alternative on moral grounds. Does common sense prevail or does Draupadi's angst win over Lord Shiva? Does he give the Paasupathaasthra to Arjuna? If so, why? These are the issues which are discussed in Mr N Muthuswamy's “Arjunan Thapasu”. The play will be staged today at 7 pm at Koothu-ppattarai, No 1, Vaikasi Street, Chinmaya Nagar Stage II, Virugambakkam, Chennai-600 092. Donor passes Rs. 50 available at the venue. For details contact Devi : 65373633 or 9941446543.

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T h e 1 0 t h w e e k celebrations of Music Festival organised by Vadapalani Times and Music World was a gala

Thiagarajan`s varnam in Thodi set to Adi thalam. Thiagaraja`s kruti Giriraja sudha in Bangala ragam set the mood for the concert. Pancharatna k r u t i - E n d a r o Mahanubhavulu in Sreeragam along with kalpanaswaram enthralled the audience. The Parur style was evident even in the way of

mridungam and khatam artistes' involvement. Katrinile varum geetham in Kaapi was melodious. Performers great grand father Parur Sundaram`s G u r u P a n d i t Vi s h n u Digambar Palushkar`s c o m p o s i t i o n Raghupathyraghava rajaram in dhwajawanthi raga set to adhi was special attraction of the


event with the violin duet of two youngsters from a prestigious family of great music lineage. P a r u r M . A . Ananthalakshmi, daughter of M.A. Krishnaswamy and Parur Ananthsree, daughter of M.A. Sundaresan performed violin duet concert in such a way that it highlighted the Parur style at the same time it also proved their talent a n d f l u e n c y. The selection of artists for the evening was apt for the occasion. The performers were from Parur family, which has traditional and specific bani in violin. Being grand daughters of l i v i n g l e g e n d M.S.Anantharaman, the young girls were able to follow the style and able to present it in an admiring way. Lalitha Subramanian, director of Rasigapriya Academy of Music, welcomed the gathering and highlighted the idea behind the Music Festival. She recalled her student days in Music College, w h e r e M . S . Anantharaman was her guru. The concert began with T i r u v o t r i y o o r

evening. Young ghatam vidwan Sreesairam, disciple of Vikku Vinayagam and mrudanaga vidwan Srinivasan, disciple of S.R.Jayaraman shared the calculations of rhythm and supported violinists with dedication. Yo u n g S a i r a m ' s performance`reminded of his guru`s touches at thaniavarthanam.

h a n d l i n g t h e b o w. Brovabharama in Panthuvarali conveyed the essence of raga. A l a p a n a o f Ananthalakshmi and Anathsree were good and appealing. Even the mannerism and grace of performers were interesting. Ananda natamaduvar thillai in Poorvikalyani composed by Neelakanta sivan , performed along with nireval charanam in distributive pattern was attractive. Karaharapriya, as main raga and kruti , Chakkani Rajamargamu was chosen as the main item. Anathsree's alapana for the same was c a p t i v a t i v e . Thaniavarthanam proved to be very interesting, because of the

KP Vijayakumar, EditorPublisher of Vadapalani Times presented the certificates and Lalitha Subramaniam distributed the mementoes to the artistes. Vijayakumar thanked Srinivasan of Sannithiyil Sangeetham who was instrumental in organising the concert.

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March 15, 2009

NEWS Thyagaraja Aradhana held

Mahathi Academy of Music & Dance, Virugambakkam in association with Stree Seva Mandir conducted Thyagaraja Aaradhana on March 1 at Shirdi Sai Baba temple, Saligramam. The programme started with " Chethulara" in Bhairavi raagam on the flute by Dr Prapancham Sitaraman. It was followed by the rendition of Pacharathana krithis by

vidwans and vidushis. K R Saranathan, N C soundravalli, S Mahathi,Thiruvidaimarudur Raadhakrishnan, Perambur Raajagopal, Kasthuri Rangan, Vijayaraghavan, Calcutta Shankar, Lalitha Mohan, Thapovanam Leelavathi, Bhavani Santhanam and B Sudha on violin, Arjun Bharathi & Papanasam Kumar on mrudangam and

High-voltage performances mark inter-college culturals

Kannan on the morsing participated. Thiruvaiyaru P Sekar and Vasanthi Sekar, directors of M a h a t h i A c a d e m y, N agamani Kondal Rao, Bhaskar and other members of Stree Seva Mandir honoured the artistes. Mahathi Academy Of Music & Dance can be contacted on 98416 98229 & 98841 97172.

Actor Shakthi, son of noted d i r e c t o r P. V a s u , inaugurated Astral 09, the Inter-Collegiate Cultural Festival hosted by Annai Veilankanni's College of Arts & Science (AVC) on March 5. Dev Anand, secretary, welcomed the gathering. A high-powered package of performances by AVC students and Flyerz Academy of dance

enthralled the spectators. Events like thespian arts, light music, variety entertainment, Footloose – Choreo were staged. Special judges for the occasion were Gokul (Mime Choreographer), Shiva K a r t h i k e y a n ( K a l a k a p o v a t h u Ya r u Champion), Prasanna (Playback Singer), George (actor), and celebrities

Shyam, Guna, Sathish and Sanjay added glitz to the two-day mega event. Many city colleges participated in Astral '09 e n t h u s i a s t i c a l l y. S t . Patrician College, Adayar bagged the Rolling Trophy. Devaraj, chairman, AVC presided over the valedictory function and actor Shanthanu Bhagyaraj gave away the prizes.

VADAPALANI TIMES Music Festival Vadapalani Times in association with Music World and Books & Beyond is organising Music Festival on Sunday 15 th , March 2009 at 6.30 pm 8.00

Whistle Wisard - Carnatic Whistle concert by

S.T.CHARUNYANATH (Disciple of Shri. Siva Prasad & Mrs. Radha Ragavan)

Mirudangam : Kumbakonam A. Ganesan

Violin : T.S. Babu Rao

Venue: Old No:8, New No: 29,Arunachalam Road, Saligramam, Chennai - 600 093 RSVP Vadapalani Times: 9841590399 Music World : 044-42193006/03

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