WEST MAMBALAM, ASHOK NAGAR, K.K. NAGAR, VADAPALANI, VIRUGAMBAKKAM NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWSPAPER Apr 25 - May 1, 2010 Vol.8 No.14
A move to save the environment Exnora International and Sri RKM Sarada Vidyalaya Model Hr.Sec.School, in its effort to reduce carbon footprint in the highly polluted T.Nagar area successfully launched the green T.Nagar campaign by planting Bhima bamboo saplings. Bhima Bamboo saplings are developed out of tissue culture can absorb two third of the carbon dioxide from the environment .Headmistress R.M.Namagiri, in her welcome address e x p l a i n e d t h e
characteristics of Bhima bamboo and how it helps to protect our environment. Chief Guest Sulochana Ramaseshan , president, Exnora International and R.Govindaraj , joint general s e c r e t a r y, E x n o r a International and Senthur Pari, secretary, TN State Exnora spoke about the importance of planting Bhima bamboo saplings to control carbon footprint. Kannaki Prabhakaran ,coordinator, NGC, Sri RKM Sarada Vidyalaya Model the students to join in this cleaner and greener. -VP Times Hr.Sec.School motivated movement to make T.Nagar
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T.S. Srinivasan Centre for Polytechnic and Advanced Training (CPAT) established in 1997 is a pioneer institute in providing high quality technical training to aspiring individuals, to further their advancement in today's competitive workplace. The institution promoted by the TVS E d u c a t i o n a l S o c i e t y, recently conducted `Placement Challenge 2010’, a unique paper presentation competition, at its campus. Final year students from Madras Institute of Technology (Affiliated to Anna University) Deepak Azhagar S.K and Sathish Kumar P won the coveted offer for placement from M/S Wheels India Ltd and M/S Lucas TVS, respectively. Cash prizes worth 60,000 were distributed to the finalists from St. Joseph’s College of Engineering; St. Peter’s Engineering College; Sri Ramnanujar Engineering College; Prince Shri Ve n k a t e s h w a r a Padmavathy Engineering
departments of major colleges from in and around Chennai participated in this competition. Of this 550 students, grouped into 275 teams, submitted technical papers on the above topics. Of this, 150 teams from across 40 colleges were short-listed for the preliminary round. After subsequent short-listings at every round, 14 teams were allowed to compete at the Grand Finale held at the campus recently.The panel of judges included S. V.
Rasal principal director, Institute for Design of Electrical Measuring Instruments (IDEMI), Mumbai; Dr. K. Narashiman, director, AUTVS Center for Quality Management; Anna University Chennai, and Dr. S. Satyanarayana, former principal director of Central Institute of Tool Design (CITD), Hyderabad and they adjudged the winners. V.K Subramanian, VP - HR of Wheels India Ltd gave away the prizes.
Free yoga classes at West Mambalam The Varahas Gurucool will conduct a free Yoga for ten days from April 26 at 6.30pm at Sri Veda Vidya Ashram, 63/42 Ellayamman Koil Street. The classes will also be held in the mornings at 6.30am at Adyar Kasturba Nagar Residents Association, 5, Third Cross Street, Kasturba Nagar, Adyar. The admission for
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the class is free. This 10day free course will cover Makara asana series, stretching and meditation, yoga asanas called postures, pranayama, sadhana, relaxation techniques, cooling down and meditation. The sequence of the demo is designed to maintain the right body temperature for
the hot summer. It will help beat the heat, keeping one fatigue free and also motivating one towards good health and h a p p i n e s s . T h e demonstration and lecture will be presented by Sastri Arunachala, For details contact, 99412 95549, 98412 14778. -VP Times
Golden jubilee celebrations Prime Point Foundation will be celebrating its golden jubilee edition by organising an award function. The event will be held on May 1 from 10 am onwards at Vinobha Hall, Thakkar Bapa Vi d y a l a y a , Ve n k a t a Narayana Road, T N a g a r. P r i m e P o i n t Foundation has been publishing an e-zine PR-eSense on one unique theme every month for the past four years. Many renowned personalities have guest edited and contributed to the e-zine. The e-ezine has also the distinction of being the media partner for
various International events on Communication and Management. The ezine has also won several awards and this is integrated with podcasts.In the golden jubilee edition, the e-zine will carry an exclusive interview with Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. It will also feature three national pride organisations (Election Commission, Indian Railways and India Post) and five NGOs as Unsung heroes. It will also feature two Members of Lok Sabha -- Hansraj and Ramasubbu for their top performances in the current
Lok Sabha. T S Krishnamurthy (former C h i e f E l e c t i o n Commissioner of India), chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai will be launching the 50th edition. N Gopalaswami (former C h i e f E l e c t i o n Commissioner of India) will release the CD containing the past 50 editions of the ezine, 50 editions of podcast and PRince cartoons. The foundation will also honour all the heads of the national pride organisations, unsung heroes, two MPs and cartoonist riambak Sharma. -VP Times
Pilgrimage tour Loka Dharma Seva Foundation trust, is conducting a pilgrimage tour to Karur and Nerur on May 22nd and 23rd. At
Karur there will be a visit to several temples including Pasupathinatheswarar temple and at Nerur the participants will attend
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April 25 - May 1, 2010
Prithiviraj's films in demand Two of Prithviraj's films in Malayalam, Puthiya Mugham and Robin Hood will be dubbed into Tamil. The actor had made a mark in Kollywood with his films like Mozhi and N i n a i t h a l e Inikkum.The Deepan directed Puthiya Mugham was a super hit in Malayalam and is an action entertainer with good music that gave Prithviraj a new identity as a superstar in Malayalam. The film also has Priyamani, Meera Nandan and Bala, who are familiar to Tamil audiences. Robin Hood, directed by Joshi has been named Naan N i n a i t h a t h a i Mudippavan. The film has Prithviraj, Narain and Bhavana.It is expected that Prithviraj will reach new heights with Mani Ratnam's Raavanan. Kalaivani audio launcheStars reigned the audio launch function of Kalaivani.
Mani Ratnam made an appearance at the Sathyam cinemas to launch the audio of Kalavani, Sherali Films maiden production. The film is produced by first time producer S Nazir who was formerly Mani Ratnam's production executive. Mani Ratnam was all praise for Nazir and congratulated him for making a film like Kalavani with new directors and new actors. He also said that his Nazir's success is like his own success to me. The audio CD was received by Sasikumar in the presence of Trisha, Saranya, Parthiban, Na Muthukumar, RK Selvamani, hero Vimal, heroine Oviya, director Vijay and new director Sargunam. The music for the film is by SS Kumaran who returns after a hiatus since his debut in Poo. The trailor and one montage song were screened along with a sound clipping of the song. The film is based in Thanjavur and the director has worked hard to get the local culture and dialect right.
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Pooja says 'yes' to films
Pooja, carved a niche for herself as an actress with Bala's Naan Kadavul. It has been heard that she has been on the look ou for more off-beat and meaty roles. However, recently a Tamil magazine has published her interview where she has talked about her wedding plans and quitting film industry.However, in a press release she has said that she had no plans to get married and would continue doing films. Says Pooja: “ I was away in Bengaluru taking care of my aged grand mother, and it was then these rumours of quitting the films have started doing the rounds. It is totally baseless and I will startg the shoot of my next project in June. As of now I want people to wait and see my special appearance in Drohi.”Pooja also made it clear that she has no plans to get married in the near future. Says Pooja: “Acting is my first love and passion. I have heard the script of a dozen films but has been waiting for the right roles. I will start work on two or three of them immediately.”
A complete entertainer for children Ramanarayanan, chief of Tamil Film Producers Council is all set to entertain children with Kutty Pisassu, a film which will have a speldid sprinkle of graphics and special effects. The film is produced and directed by the veteran himself and it will be his 120th film as a director.The trailer launch of Kutty Pisassu took place at Sathyam Cinemas on April 17 morning. The trailer was launched by directors Balachander and Bharathi Raja in the presence of Amirtham of Kalignar TV and director Shankar. Baby Keerthika is doing the main role in the film. It has Ramji, Sangeetha, Ramya Krishnan, Kaveri, Nasir, Riyaz Khan, Delhi Ganesh and Alex in the cast. Deva has scored music for the film.
Vijay Yesudas turns hero
The audio launch of AGS Entertainment's Bale Pandiya was held recently. The film is directed by debut director Siddharth Chandrasekar. The film stars Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu fame Vishnu and Goa girl Pia Bajpai along with Gibran (villain) who debuts with the film.Though the movie has the title of a yesteryear film, the movie is a complete love, action and romance one. Vishnu also does some leg shakes and stunts for the first time in this film and hopefully he will come out of the village boy image. Dr Burn has sung the song Ivan Thedal Vettai. The song Aaradha Kobamillai was shot in Phuket. One fight sequence was shot in a luxury yatch with over 100 technicians. The audio launch was also a unique way. After the trailer and two songs, a live song Happy was sung by around 14 playback singers who mingled with the audience before reaching the stage. The song had no instrumentation and was then screened for the viewers who watched it in delight. The music is by Devan Ekambaram, playback singer who has now turned music director with this film.The audio launch saw the presence of Vaali, Rama Narayana, VC Guhanathan, AR Murgadoss, KV Anand, Parthiban, Susindran, RK Selvamani, Kalaipuli Sekar, director Vijay, SP Jananathan, Thamarai, Venkat Prabhu and the hero and heroine. Also present were the producers Kalpathi S Aghoram. Thamarai and Vaali have penned the lyrics.Director Siddharth honoured his crew members by asking them to handover CDs to the dignitaries. Obviously FEFSI chief Guhanathan was touched by this gesture of honouring the technicians.
Young playback singer Vijay Yesudas is debuting as a hero in a Malayalam film, Avan. The film is directed by Nandan Kavil and veteran music director Rajamani and debutant Anil are composing the music. The film also has Bala in the lead. An highlight of the film is that while Vijay has sung two songs, his father Yesudas has sung one song for the film, which has been composed by music director Rajamani.
Sooran starts rolling Karan who is busy acting in four movies including 'Kandha' and 'Kanakavel Kaakka', has commenced shooting for his fifth movie in 'Sooran'. Produced by Arowana Pictures Private Limited, 'Sooran' is directed by debutant Balu Narayanan, a former associate of director G Kicha. The cast includes Manivannan, G M Kumar, Jagan and Singamuthu among others. The movie will have five songs composed by newcomer P V Balaji. M Sivakumar will handle the camera and Saleem will do the editing.
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April 25 - May 1, 2010
The fifth edition of Malabar Rampage, the annual autorickshaw rally had a colourful culmination on April 21 at hotel Savera. The evening was marked by a fashion show choreographed by Karun Raman and the costumes by Julie Varghese added an ethnic flavour. The show titled SAW- saris with attitude-had three rounds, the rural flavour, the royal affair and the cross-cultural event. The show was opened by young model Sree Chitra, who sashayed to the tunes of the song Maduraikkupokathadi… The show’s emcees were Paloma and Cary, who had the audience in splits with their witty and engaging way of compeering. The winners of the Malabar Rampage rickshaw challenge were Karim and Charles. The ‘rampage’, had participants from countries such as South Africa, Austria, England, Egypt, Singapore and Hungary and had covered about 2,800km across Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Starting from Chennai on April 4, the rally went through Tiruvannamalai, Coimbatore, Kochi, Alappuzha and explored the coastal villages, Thiruvananthapuram Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Madurai, Thanjavur and Pondicherry and finally concluded at Chennai. The rally was organized in partnership with Chennai Event Management Services and the proceeds would go to Love Care Centre in Kanchipuram.
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!Learn to paint Morning Bells Play School is conducting summer classes for kids. They have courses on creative art and crafts and origami for those in the age group of 6 to 10 years. Classes are also conducted for water colour painting, nib painting sand painting and fabric painting. The fees for each course are inclusive of the material cost. For details, mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!Personal grooming classes Personal grooming classes for teens in skincare, haircare, styling, and proper use of cosmetics will be conducted by Virgo Beauty Centre from April 26 onwards. Fitness and aerobics are also included. For more details, contact: 20, 54th st, Ashok nagar, Chennai -83. Ph- 24892798 / 99410 18210
Learning curve academy, an English language academy located at Natesa Nagar, Virugumbakkam is conducting a summer camp till May 21. A course for English communication through drama and acting will be conducted. It is a 20 hour programme for children in the age group of 7 to 14 years and will be held between 3.30 and 5.30 p.m. There are also power English and spoken English courses for all age groups. Creative minds is a 10 hour programme for children aged from 4 to 6 years. The programme commences on May 3 and will be held from 4.30p.m to 6p.m. A course for handwriting improvement will be conducted for all age groups along with the required writing materials in two batches. One batch is from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and the other is from 5 to 6 p.m. For more Contact : 044-4255 0668 / 98840 67427 !
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Disciple of mandolin maestros U.Srinivas and U. Rajesh and up coming musician S.Aravind Bhargav presented a mesmerising mandolin concert on behalf of Perambur Sangeetha Sabha at Sankaralayam on the occasion of the sabha‘s chittirai isai vizha . He commenced his concert with a varnam Sami Ninne in Sree ragam set to Adi talam with swaram. He could prove himself in his initial stage itself. He proceeded with Mahaganapathim in Nattai set to adi, a composition of Muthuswamy Dikshithar with alapana and swaram. His body language and mannerism reflected his gurus’ style. The flow in the alapana of Bindumalini was good. The tempo and clarity were commendable. He could score good response from rasikas for Entha Muddo Entha sogaso
of Saint Thiagaraja. The sthai sancharas and swara presentation stood as highlights of the programme. The support received from rasikas forced him to present Raghu Vamsa Sudha of Patnam Subramania Iyyer in Kadanakuthuhalam ragam and Bhargav was able to satisfy the senior citizens with his presentation of the song. Presenting the concert with a pleasant dispositions throughout and appreciating the supporting artist’s talent and encouraging them are good symptoms to become a successful artist. The rasikas, however felt that the artist should have managed his time efficiently. Bharghav selected Shanmugapriya raga to do the RTP with pallavi “ “Thirumalaivasa Govinda Un Padaame Saranam”. A detailed
alapana of Shanmugapriya and thanam by Bhargav and the violinist created a good impression in the minds of senior vidwans who were present there. The fluency shown in kalpana swara pattern was highly commendable. The innovative dimensions during kalpana swara mesmerized the audience. He concluded with Chandrasekara , a composition of Aanayam Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar in Sindhubhairavi. He is the son of Gnanaprasoona, disciple of Dr.M. Balamuralikrishna and grand son of N.M.Lakshmi, a veena artist. Bhargav was accompanied by Pakala Jayaprakash on the violin and Guru Raghavendra on the mrudangam and Harihara Subramanian on the ghatam . The accompanying vidwans too proved their mettle.
Koothu-p-Pattarai will be presenting their new Tamil play "Aattraamai", which is a compilation of 4 short stories. The 4 stories are Ku.Pa.Rajagopalan's "Aattraamai" which also lends its name for the whole p l a y , S u n d a r a R a m a s w a m y ' s - VP Times " P r a s a a d h a m " , N.Muthuswamy's "Karuvela maram", and " Jodhidapuli"Siranjeevi's translation of Somadevabutter's "Kadha d r a m a . A n e l a t e d Sarith Sagara". Koothu-pBalachander said that he Pattarai has chosen to do its was extremely happy to receive the award from K. Gopalaswamy on behalf of Krishna Gana Sabha and added that now he h a s a g r e a t e r responsibility to serve the d r a m a f i e l d . D.Balasundaram of Tamizharasan theatre received the rolling shield for the best troupe. He recollected the support received from 13 sabhas in the city and he said that this honour was dedicated to Dr.Nalli Kuppuswamy and M.Murali of Krishna Sweets who have been pillars of support to him. The felicitations offered by Kamal Haasan and Crazy drew the attention of drama lovers. Crazy Mohan`s Choclate Krishna received special appreciation from drama lovers.
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Sri Krishna Gana Sabha honoured Iyakkunar Thilagam K.Balachander w i t h t h e Naadagachoodamani award recently. K.Gopalaswamy, Chief Election Commissioner graced the function as the c h i e f g u e s t . A.V.M.Saravanan, Crazy
Mohan and Padmasree Kamal Haasan were the special guests. Nalli K u p p u s w a m y C h e t t y, president of the sabha welcomed the gathering. K.Gopalaswamy honoured K.Balachander with the award. The special guests felicitated Balachander for his services in the field of
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third series of short stories after two earlier ones in 2004 and 2006, both directed by Balakrishnan of National School of Drama. As in the earlier ones, in this series also the actors have chosen the plays they wanted to perform and also have cast themselves in the roles they wanted to explore thus keeping with the tradition introduced to Koothu-p-Pattarai by Bala. Muthuswamy along with the actors has dramatised and directed the play. He has
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April 25 - May 1, 2010
Antique bridal collection at Shree Gold Shree Jewellery changed its name to Shree Gold with effect from April 19 and the occasion also saw the launch of their antique bridal collection. The collection was unveiled by model Sree Chitra, who looked stunning in her traditional attire and endearing smile. The showroom which was renovated recently had a range of gold and diamond jewellery. They have introduced latest designs in lightweight collections, Minakaari works, filigiri designs with colour stones, ruby and emerald jewellery, and dosham free Belgium cut diamond jewellery and solitaire jewellery. Ashok Kumar Jain, managing director, Shree Gold lighted the kuthuvilakku and inaugurated the event. The jewellery doesnâ€™t use recycled gold for jewellery making. By adhering to the time-proven art and science of jewellery making adhering to religious sentiments and also by bringing out innovations in designer jewellery, Shree Gold has become a name to be reckoned with.As a special offer, the jewellery is offering Rs.600 off on one sovereign gold and 10% off on diamonds and Rs.1000 off on 1kg of silver.Also customers, who purchases for above Rs.5000 will be eligible to enter a Slogan Contest and best slogans will be rewarded upto 50 sovereign gold. Shree Gold is located at Bhairav Tower, New No. 148, Usman Road, T.Nagar. Chennai 600017, Ph: 2431 0074 / 75 / 76.O -VP Times
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