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MLA allocates funds to clear sewer blocks T N a g a r M L A , V. P. Kalairajan allotted Rs 20 lakhs from his constituency development fund to buy another 300-litre jet rodding machine for the use of Metrowater workers to clear sewer blocks. The High court has prohibited manual clearing of sewage blocks. The MLA told that a cheque for the amount was handed over to the Metrowater chairman last week. Kalairajan said that he has been receiving a number of complaints of sewage blocks from residents and hoped that with the machine, the grievance redressal will pick up more speed. The MLA can be contacted over the phone on 98403 37479.



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Know your diabetes

Rahu peyarchi at Thiru Nageswaram temple numbers …54 numbers …and so on, according to the position of Rahu in their horoscopes to mitigate kalathra dosham or puthra dosham or naga dosham as the case may be….. Well, after all, it is this faith or positive thinking that has kept the human race going through the ages, isn't it? And the temple authorities had made all arrangements to ensure that the devotees returned with a happy and peaceful mind after a blissful participation in the poojas connected with the Rahu peyarchhi on October 27.

Take control World Diabetes Day (WDD) is observed every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization, in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight. This year sees the first of a five-year campaign that will address the growing need for diabetes education and prevention programmes. World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the themed campaigns last the whole year, the day itself is celebrated on November 14, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting, who along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. Diabetes Education and Prevention is the World Diabetes Day theme for the period 2009-2013. The campaign slogan for 2009 is "Understand Diabetes and Take Control". Diabetes is a difficult condition. The disease imposes life-long demands on the 285 million people now living with diabetes and their families. People with diabetes must deliver 95% of their own care, so it is of paramount importance that they receive ongoing, high-quality diabetes education that is tailored to suit their needs and delivered by skilled health professionals. In addition, IDF estimates that over 344 million people worldwide are at a risk for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in the many cases by helping and encouraging those at risk to maintain a healthy weight and take regular exercise. The key messages for everyone are: Know the diabetes risks and know the warning signs Know how to respond to diabetes and who to turn to Know how to manage diabetes and take control It is always advisable to follow regular diet at regular timings along with regular medicines to avoid fluctuations in sugar levels and avoid complications.

For details, contact : Chendur Diabetes #72, 7th Avenue, Ashok Nagar,Chennai - 83. Ph : 9444484351.

The Rahu peyarchi, ie, the transit of planet Rahu from Makara rasi to Dhanur rasi was celebrated with great devotion and fervour on October 27 at the Thiru Nageswaram temple near the temple city of Kumbakonam. More than 50,000 devotees from all walks of life thronged the temple throughout the day especially during the 1 ½ hours of rahu kalam and participated in the poojas, archanas, abhishekams and the traditional lighting of lamps with the unshakeable faith that the pariharas performed at this Rahu Kshethra (one amongst the temples dedicated to the Navagrahas ) will certainly mitigate the ill effects of the transit with reference to one's individual horoscope. As every one would know, it is here that the abhishekam milk offered to the moolamoorty of Shri Rahu during rahu kalam turns blue when it trickles down the thiru meni of Rahu Bhagavan !! Indian

astrology goes to say that for hours together and

Rahu's position in one's horoscope determines to a great extent, marriage, health and married life as also children and good progeny. So it was that thousands and thousands of devotees were willing to pay Rs 500 for the palabhishekam tickets, wait

participate in the abhishekam of Sri Raghu Bagavan to ward off the ill effects of the latest transit. And in front of the Thiru Nageswara Sannidhi, men and women were jostling with each other to perform the traditional lighting of “agal vilakku “…21

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Ganesh Venkatram turns to action

The chocolate boy, Ganesh Venkatram is all set to do an action film for Kavithalaya. Titled Muriyadi, this will be Ganesh's third film in Tamil. The film is being directed by

Selva. Sathyaraj and Ramya Nambisan also play lead roles in the film. Recently his role as an encounter cop in Kamal starrer Unnaipol Oruvan

has bagged lot of appreciation. Ganesh made his Tamil debut through Trisha and Prakash Raj starrer in Abhiyum Naanum.

Siddhu+2 Ist Attempt by Bhagyaraj

The audio launch of Siddhu +2 1st Attempt was held recently at Sathyam Cinemas. Ilayathalapathy Vijay released the audio and Kalaipuli S Thanu received it. The trailer and two songs from the film

were screened on the occasion. Dharan has composed the music for the film. A new girl Chandni is debuting in the film by pairing opposite Shantanoo. Suhasini, Radhika,

Audio of Aval Peyar Tamil Arasi launched

The audio of Aval Peyar Tamil Arasi was launched at SAthyam Cinemas recently. Vijay antonym has scored music for the film and three songs and a trailer of the film were screened for the audience.

The film has Jai and Nandagi in the lead. Meera Kathiravan is the director and it is a rural love story. Hansraj Saxena of Sun Pictures, directors Balu Mahendra, Mahendran, Thangar Bachchan, S a s i k u m a r, P e r a r a s u ,

Mysskin, Ameer, Partipan, Pandiraj, Susindren, Sasi, Venkat Prabhu and actors Bharath, Ganja Karuppu along with Jai and Nandagi were present at the audio launch. The film is produced by G Dhananjayan.

Pandiaraj and director K Bhagyaraj were present on the occasion. Music director Dharan requested Vijay to allow him to score music for one of his future films, and the star readily agreed.

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Graceful presentation

Akhilandeswari, disciple of Koththapalli Padma and Narthanasala Director Sathyapriya Ramana presented a raceful kuchipudi dance recital at Mahalingapuram Ayyappan Temple.Her passion for the art form has made her to continue the training and present performances even after marriage. She justified her guru `s training through a successful presentation. She commenced with Ganesa Kowthvam in

Ragamalika set to Adi with apt poses and footwork according to the jathis rendered. Traditional item JayamuJayamu has performed in Ragamalika set to Adi duly depicting the greatness of Goddess Saraswathi. She continued with Saint Annamayya`s Paluku Thenela Thalli in Abheri set to Kandachapu, in which, she showed the essence of v aggeyakara`s intention through her abhinayam and dramatised narration.

The support received from Vidwan Vedantam Ramu on nattuvangam and vocal support along with Guru Sathyapriya and the support from Kuchipudi Kanakadurga on the vocal, P.V.Ramana on the flute and B.V.Ganesh on the mrudangam was commendable.

Good voice culture and clear diction




Beautiful rangapravesam

Bharatanatyam exponent Radha Prasanna performed her Kuchipudi rangapravesam under the able guidance of Guru Madhava Peddi Murthy at Rama Rao Kala mandapam. Aaacharya Choodamani Anitha Guha and Kuchipudi exponent Ve m p a t i R a v i S a n k a r graced the occasion. They both appreciated the efforts taken by Murthyand the caliber of Radha Prasanna. They highlighted the cooperation and support given by the accompanists and appreciated them. A suggestion was also given so that vocal support should adhere to the fixed format of

Kuchipudi so that the artiste can exhibit abhinaya in full form. The rangapravesam commenced with traditional Jayamu Jayamu in Ragamalika set to adi. Sivashtakam in Mohanam set to Kandachapu was enthralling. Oothukkadu's Maragadamani maya chela in Ragamalika was performed in the tharangam format, The nritta aspect on brass plate was traditional and amazing. In this Radha justified the training given by guru. Ranganadhude in Sowrashtram was impressive, and guru Moorthy has trained without spoiling the acharya

Vempati Chinnasathyam`s choreography which was filled with the nuances of abhinaya. In the dance, Nrusimha avatara and Krishna`s dance with gopikas were depicted with dramatised narration. Guru Moorthy has taken special interest in choreographing Annamayya`s Paluku Thenala Thalli in Abheri ragam set to Kandachapu. Dancer Radha also justified it through qualitative abhinayam. As she is an experienced artiste in bharathanatyam, the stage movements, foot work and body language were graceful except that she has to concentrate on lip movements of the sahithya. Rangapravesam was concluded with thillana followed by Aandal Pasuram. The entire show was supported by guru Moorthy (nattuvangam and c h o r e o g r a p h y ) , Umasankhar (vocal), B.V.Ganesh (mrudangam), G.R.S.Murthy (veena), Devarajan (flute), Rajagopal (special effects) a n d Va s a n t h a R a v i (comperer).

V.Bhargavi, disciple of Smt. Bhavani, performed a vocal concert with amazing voice culture and clear diction as part of Vadapalami Times' 52-Week Music Festival. The concert was held at Sankara Madam on November 1. Bhargavi, being IIIrd year student of B.Tech , has properly understood the techniques of Carnatic music. She commenced the concert with a Sree raga varnam in the traditional format and scored good impression from the audience. Her selection of Keerthanas on Goddess is apt to the vemue. Deekshithar`s Vaathapi Ganaapathim in Hamsadhwani was a good start. Most of the

keerthanas were composed by Deekshithar. Govardhana gireesam in Hindolam set to Roopakam and “Maheswara Maha Kalpa Maha thandava sakshine� a version from Lalitha Sahasranaamam in Hatana set to Roopakam were filled with devotion. Hemavathi ragam was chosen as the main item of the evening. A detailed alapana was performed along with kalpana swaram. Sree Kanthimatim in Hemavathi set to Adi was a special attraction and the response from the audience was extremely supportive. Sree Chakra Raja Simhasaneswari in Ragamalika was an example of rasanubhava. If

the vocalist concentrates on sahithya and its meaning, the rasanubhava can be maintained in a better manner. Kanden Kanden in Bagasree set to Tisra Nadai, as thukada was a pleasing one. Annamayya`s Brahmamokkate in Bowli depicted the essence of oneness. Mythrim Bhajathe in Ragamalika was appealing and was a good conclusion. She was supported by Harish on the violin and Gowri Shankar on the mrudangam. Both of them supported the vocalist in an understanding way and at the same time they proved themselves in the a l a p a n a a n d thaniavarthanam segments.

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Felicitations for S J Sharma

Zone chairperson of Lions District 324 A 1 celebrated the birthday of their leader Ln. Dr. S.J. Sharma on November 3 and offered felicitations. He was conferred a Honororary doctorate of philosophy in education for his contribution in the field of education to the society. In his reply Dr. Sharma took

oath with other zone chair person to make the lions district as number one district. Swami Brhama Yogananda of Yogashanthi Gurukulam, Chakrapani Street Extn, West Mambalam and his yoga students felicitated Lion. Dr. S.J. Sharma, secretary of Kalamandir MHSS, Ch- 33 and chief

patron of Yogashanthi on for receiving the doctorate. Swamiji recollected his close association with Sharma and his school, and appreciated his services. Sharma advised the students of the gurukulam to follow the advise of Swamiji to have a happy and peaceful life.

Music with mission Vasantha Memorial Trust which operates Vasantha Memorial Cancer Centre at Chennai has been providing quality care at highly subsidized rates and free treatments. Cancer is a disease of the community and the community has to put an act together to get rid of this from its fold. To gather the like-minded in the crusade against cancer the Trust has been employing music as its tool time and again. Si n ce th e ye a r 1 9 9 8 veterans in the field have lend their voices to raise the hopes of cancer affected. To k e e p t h i s e f f e c t sustained and reach deeper into the society, an album 'Music with mission' was conceived. Top ranking contemporary Carnatic musicians have rendered some excellent classical

pieces and also incorporated a message. While Nithyashree Mahadevan urges people to join in the fight against cancer, Unnikrishnan seeks Lord Murugan's blessing for the fight and Bombay Jayashri appeals for a season of everlasting spring in the lives of the cancer affected. The details of the album are as followed: Vasantha Niniaivu by Nithyashree Mahadevan is an audio recording of the excerpts of The Heart for Cancer Carnatic Nite - 3 held in year 2000 at Coimbatore. It contains compositions in simple language woven in appealing ragas which urge the common man to champion the cause of cancer. Vasantha Guhane is by P.

Unnikrishnan. In this album, Murugan, the god who symbolises beauty and is revered as an unparalleled savior, has been invoked through a garland of songs and appealed to save lives. Endrum Vasantham- Spring forever-is the promise to cancer victims - by Bombay Jayashri is an album of popular melodies and unsung melodies which sketches the life history of a cancer victim, the emotions he goes through and his joy of victory over the disease. Through this album of everlasting melodies the Trust aims to make it clear that there is life after cancer. The audio DVD is priced Rs 150. For more details, Ph : 24717871, 24717877, 98940-89370 / 9. vasanthamemorial@

CavinKare opens restaurant

Now there are more reason for us to visit Palimar at Gemini Parsn Manere in the city! The FMCG Major CavinKare recently announced the launch of Vegnation by its acquisition of 'Palimar' located near Gemini Flyover. M S Sundara Rajan, Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Bank inaugurated the new restaurant. Positioned as the finest vegetarian restaurant, the new 'Vegnation' will offer the customers with the delectable Indian cuisine by utilising the subtle flavours from the north to the spicy flavours of the south to give them the authentic taste. Offering plentiful options for

the vegetarian food lovers, the menu has an array of signature dishes including specialty salads like Summer Salad (cut papaya, mango and prune in sweet and sour dressing), Ve g n a t i o n R e f r e s h e r (lettuce, cherry tomatoes and walnut salad). Vegnation Special Falooda is topped with strawberries and blueberries and everyone is sure to love it. As starters, Vegnation offers Barwan Paneer Tikka (Paneer Sandwich with spicy masala), Cornflakes Paneer Finger, Jalapeno Cheese sticks, Mushroom Fantasy, Bindhi Jodhpuri. They also have mouth watering dishes like Kaju

Masala, Nargisi Kofta Curry and the sizzling Grilled Paneer Fajitas with Tortillas. Their specialty desserts include 'Dark and Light', Date Pancake with Ice cream, Fried Ice cream, Sizzling Brownie with Ice cream, Vanilla Bean Kesar Kulfi and so on. There is a separate place for mocktails at Vegnation which has speciality Apple Mojito, Green Eyes, Singapore Sling and Yellow Bird. Spread across 5500 sq.ft and 180 covers, Vegnation is considered to be one of the biggest restaurants in the city. The restaurant is open between 11 am to 11 pm.

Vadapalanitimes is organizing Music Festival for youngsters in the age group of 10 to 20 years. The candidates can perform vocal, music, instrumental music, Solo and group performances are allowed. Free stage and auditorium provided. Programme will be held on every Sunday between 6pm and 8pm at Kanchi Sankara Madam, West Mambalam. There is no registration fee.

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Rain of ragas

While it rained outside, it was raining ragas at the Narada Gana Sabha on November 5, as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, the sarod maestro enthralled Chennaiites with his exemplary music. The maestro who was in the city as part of the Bharat Sangeet Utsav floored the audience not only with his music but also by his humility. Saying that he belongs to the world of pure music, where there are no words, he said that he would love to visit the city at least once in a year. And the rasikas gave him a standing ovation even before he started his concert. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was bestowed with Bharat Sangeet Samrat award on the occasion. The award was handed over to h i m b y M r s Y G

P a r t h a s a r a t h y, educationist. Announcing that he is diverting from the usual way of playing one raga for two to three hours, Amjad Ali Khan started off with a beautiful composition in raga Shree. It was followed by a raga Shiv Kalyan and Durga. The maestro was at his best, sometimes jubilant, sometimes aggressive and at times meditative, taking the audience to the heights of ecstasy. And obviously his energetic playing electrified the audience and his flawless music mesmerized them. He also played a composition, Tarana, he composed as a tribute to the Sufi saint AmĂŽr Khusrow and the ragas Behag and Miyakhi Malhar with its fast rendition simply elated the

audience. His rendition of a composition set to 12.5 beats, were received by the audience with thumping round of applause. On audience demand, he also played raga Subbalakshmi, a raga he dedicated to his lovely wife Subbalakshmi much to the delight of the audience. The concluding pieces were a composition by R a b i n d r a n a t h Ta g o r e followed by an Assamese composition. And the maestro took the audience on a journey from Bengal to Assam duly describing the nature through music. And towards the end the audience not only joined him in putting the tala, but also stood up expressing their respect and appreciation through a standing ovation.

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