|Arts - Culture - Heritage
|"There are two things born from mountains, shining so brilliantly that the great bow down, driving darkness from earth circled by
roaring waters. One is the flaming sun, single wheel bright as lightning, the other is Tamil that has no like." — from the
taNTiyalankârum [Berkeley Tamil]
Dec 23-29, 2007
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Norway and Britain: Mistakes of Peace Making in Sri Lanka [TC]
By Muttukrishna Sarvananthan
I am not sure how and why Norway got involved in the Sri Lankan conflict.
However, I have read in a couple of academic articles that peacemaking in internal
conflicts is a cornerstone of the foreign policy of the Royal Norwegian Government.
A virtual bookstore [Hindu]
“Between the Covers” is the booksite for the
serious book collector in India.
Reading their knowledgeable, witty, detailed
description of each book is almost akin to fondling
a book in a bookstore or hearing a passionate,
literate booklover describe a highly desirable book.
Two Films by Ingmar Bergman [TW]
I would like to talk about two films I had seen at the
38th International Film Festival of India which
concluded on December 03 in Panaji, Goa.
The two films are by the late Swedish Director
Here, for the Indian experience [Hindu]
Learning A bunch of journalism students from the U.S. are in Chennai to study the
nuances of Carnatic music.
“The immense variety in Indian music is amazing. That’s what I like about
India - the variety.” - Steven Friedson.
In pictures: Lost world wildlife [BBC]
The area, known as the "lost world" because of the number of new species
discovered there, is also home to colourful birds, such as this Ornate Fruit-Dove.
In Pictures: Life in Bhutan [NY Times]
“Traveling many years, I have not yet seen a place as peaceful as Bhutan, or a
place affecting such peacefulness within myself,” the photographer Kenro Izu has
written. “If there is a place indeed named Utopia, this place may come the closest
to it.” Mr. Izu has been taking photographs of sacred places since the late
seventies, but Bhutan, an officially Buddhist country of 700,000 people nestled in
the Himalayas, has become his personal Shangri-La.
In Pictures: The Forgotten Soldiers [NY Times]
Ethnic Hmong relatives of C.I.A. Secret War veterans walked through the jungle in
the Vientiane province of Laos. The C.I.A. operation, from 1961 until 1975,
became known as the Secret War because the fighting to prevent a Communist
takeover in Laos was done by the C.I.A.'s mercenaries, most of whom were from
the Hmong, a hill-dwelling ethnic minority. Today, thousands of Hmong veterans
and their families remain in the jungle.
A sure-footed campaign against
Suriya, teaming up with Reach, a Chennai-based
NGO, is hoping do what Rajnikanth did for polio
Ever since Rajinikanth lent himself to the mid-80s
ad campaign to eradicate polio to an astounding
response, it has been clear in Tamil Nadu that star
power can truly swing a cause.
Animated film on Rajni to be released next
Come next December, superstar Rajnikant, the
'sultan' of the Tamil film industry, will create a
history, being the first Indian hero to be featured in
an animated film.
The 3D animated 'Sultan-The Warrior' will be an
action-gripped adventure movie, featuring Rajnikant
as a mythological and larger-than-life hero.
Maddy vs Baddies
“Evano Oruvan”, Madhavan’s best performance
yet, pits the actor against an inefficient system,
says Sudhish Kamath
Three minutes into the film, he knew he wanted
Nishikant Kamat’s Dombivli Fast to be part of his
repertoire. When you watch Evano Oruvan, you
Evano Oruvan’s protagonist Sridhar Vasudevan has
Madhavan possessed. Incidentally, the film marks
the actor’s entry into production.
What Madhavan would feel shy of admitting is that
Evano Oruvan is his best performance, up there
with Anbe Sivam but that’s maybe because he could
feel the rage against the system simmering in him
blast from the past
M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, K. Aswathamma,
Serukalathur Sama, L. Narayana Rao, Y. V. Rao
Bhagavathar’s first mega hit was Y. V. Rao’s
Chintamani, produced by one of the famous
institutions of South Indian cinema, founded by the
wealthy yarn merchants of Madurai - Rayal Talkie
Distributors. Rayal Talkie distributed, financed and
produced films, besides owning cinema houses.
Chintamani, one of the biggest grossers of Indian
cinema of its day, gave so much profit to Rayal
Talkie that a cinema appropriately named
Chintamani was built in that temple town.
Billa beats boredom
Technicians Nirav Shah (cinematography), William
Wong (stunts), Milan (art), Sreekar Prasad (editing)
and Anu Vardhan (costume) acquit themselves well
in the much-awaited Ajith fiesta, Ananda Pictures
Circuit & Ayngaran International’s Billa (U/A).
Otherwise the flaws of the earlier Billa have been
sincerely retained. Comparisons with Shah Rukh
Khan’s version don’t arise because Don doesn’t
follow the earlier Billa entirely.
The hero, described as highly astute, easily
succumbs to the seductive charm of Riya (Rose).
'Christmas hopes from Jaffna' [TC]
by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
“I have come to bring good news to the poor,
to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18)
As the bells toll around the globe - getting ready to
celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, a rare event of
sharing experience in Jaffna was initiated by two
individuals who visited Jaffna recently.
|The Birth of Jesus [MJ]
By: S. Raymond Rajabalan
We are now in the midst of
Christmas, a festive period
concerning the birth of a child
that altered the course of
history of mankind.