Posts Tagged ‘Arts and Entertainment’

Talent On Show Chithrakala Parishad

In India on March 11, 2014 at 09:29

I visited an Art Exhibition at The Chithrakala Parishad,Bangalore.

I generally avoid them because , in most cases, these are shows where people with very minimal talent trying to get exposure on the only qualifications they have ,Money and Influence.

This impression is because of my visit to some Arangetrams of Dance programmes.

I was proved wrong.

What was on display was a Collection of Paintings , belonging to various Genre,Pencil,Charcoal, Water Colors, Oil Painting.

Though not a connoisseur of Arts, I enjoy if some thing looks good.

Another interesting feature of this show is the fact that most of them are Amateurs, women with a Family to take are.

Lalith Kala Parishad,Exhibit

Art on display,Bangalore.


Shiva Painting

Chitrakala Parishad show.

Art Show.

Exhibit Bangalore

Corridor 3D

There was one pencil sketch of a child, which was vibrant with Life.

I shall try to get the image from the owner and post

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Vijay TV Super Singer 4 Finals Winner Final Excerpt

In lifestyle on February 2, 2014 at 08:43

The Finale of Vijay TV Super Singer was conducted  in the usual Stay Vijay style with pomp and show on 1 Feb,2014.

The winner is,


Second and third places went to Syed Subhan and Sarath Santosh respectively.

Sonia and Parvati were the fourth and fifth runners-up.

Diwakar proved that he is an entertainer by choosing songs that connected the audience to a jolly mood, the first song  being ‘Arabic kadaloram.

The second, ever popular, difficult to sing, Neeye Uunakku Endrum Nekaraanavan, from Bale Pandiya and he sang this with gutso with the TMS fluctuations and Bhava, with MR Radha‘ antic Jatis.

Syed sang emotionally but chose some emotional song, the first one Eelm Tamil’s agony, though it was excellent rendering did not connect as the ethos was, to be honest, alien to the audience.

Santosh also made the mistake of choosing such songs, though he sung well, that did not sway emotions to turn into votes.

Excerpts as available now.



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Vijay TV Super Singer Slick Final Live Link

In lifestyle on February 1, 2014 at 12:00

Vijay TV Tamil,Star Vijay, their programmes in general are quite entertaining.whether it it the Lollu Sabha,Comedy Shows, Adhu,Idhu Eduthu , Neeya Naana or Super Singer series, where they select the best singing Talent in Tamil.

Vijay Tv Super singer group

Vijay TV Super Singer 4

Some observations.

As a marketing man what struck me the most is the way the marketing team milks the Programme, whether it is the Talk Show Neeya Naana, or Super Singer.

Normally many channels would be content with ads and sponsorships.

Star Vijay ropes in appropriate people for the shows, whether it be a Sivamani on Drums,Nithyasree ,Chitra,Vairamuthu knowing the poular person at tht particular point of time.

They also do not forget the mass pull of Rajnikanth or Kamal Hassan!

Not to forget the oldies TMS,PBS,

They have their popular songs included  unobtrusively as a Rajnikanth round or Kamal Hassan round.

They had the ingenious idea of getting Guitar signed by Rajnikanth.

The families of the singers on stage are made to interact and sentimental scenes  are never in shortage.

Then to the singers themselves.

They are taken abroad for Live performances and they perform in Chennai Malls Live.

They seem to cover every segment of the consumers.

What is pleasing is the way they are done, unobtrusively.

Vijay TV is clear, it is in for Business and for entertainment as a means of earning.

But this is one subtly.

What is heartening is the fact that a good purpose is served as a byproduct as in bringing in social awareness through Neeya Naaana and good talent is unearthed in Super singer.

Today, February4,2014, Super Singer 4 is Live for selecting the winner of Super Singer 4.

Watch here.






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Seven Ages Of Man And Woman

In lifestyle, Tamils on January 6, 2014 at 20:50

Those who know English would not have missed  enjoying Shakespeare,.

If ever a Poet/Dramatist were to be found who could mirror emotions in simple powerful words it is the Bard of Avon.

I have some post on him.

The most famous of his lines in As You Like It‘ on the Stages of Man is a piece in itself.

I am reproducing this with out comments or explanations for in my view Shakespeare is best enjoyed with out some body disturbing.( excepting some like Bradley)

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

If Shakespeare could do it,Tamil could do it better, in classifying the Chronological Age of man and Woman.

Tamil , a Language of antiquity, alive and kicking well, has made Life into an Art by its literature and its classification of Life in its Grammar.

Tamils have divide Life into two parts, one that deals with external activities expressed outwards, like War,Arguments,Valor,Philanthropy, called Puram(The term means ‘outside’).

Another is Aham(inside) which deals with emotions like Love, Despair.

Under Aham the chronological Age of Man and Woman has been taken to classify Ages.

பெண்களின் ஏழு பருவங்கள்:-(Seven Ages of Woman)

* 1 வயது முதல் 8 வயது வரை – பேதை-1-8 Pedha, an age when one does not know to distinguish things.
* 9 வயது முதல் 10 வயது வரை – பெதும்பை-9-10,Pedhubmai, can differentiate but not very clear.
* 11 வயது முதல் 14 வயது வரை – மங்கை-10-14,Mangai, has attained womanhood, but yet to fall in Love.
* 15 வயது முதல் 18 வயது வரை – மடந்தை14-18,Madanthai. has started to develop feelings of Love.
* 19 வயது முதல் 24 வயது வரை – அரிவை-19-24Arivai,has attained an Age where one has gone through the process of Love,separation.
* 25 வயது முதல் 29 வயது வரை – தெரிவை-25-29,Therivai, has loved, successful, or lost but  knows Life.
* 30 வயதுக்கு மேல் – பேரிளம் பெண்-30+,has seen it all, either a Spinster,( mostly), mature.

ஆண்களின் ஏழு பருவங்கள்:(Seven Ages of Man).

* 1 வயது முதல் 7 வயது வரையிலான பருவம் – பாலன்-Balan,1-7 as in Woman.
* 8 வயது முதல் முதல் 10 வயது வரையிலான பருவம் – மீளி, Meeli,8-10 Forgetful yet can recall.
* 11 வயது முதல் 14 வயது வரையிலான பருவம் – மறவோன்11-14,Maravon,Fighter, does not forget.
*15 வயதிற்குண்டான பருவம் – திறவோன்-Thiravon,15 Years,Capable.
*16 வயதிற்குண்டான பருவம் – விடலை, Vidalai 16, Irresponsible in all walks of Life.
*17 வயது முதல் 30 வரையிலான பருவம் – காளை ,Kaalai, 16,Responsible in all affairs, including Life.
* 30 வயதுக்கு மேலான பருவம் – முதுமகன்.Mudhumagan,30+ .Mature.

Note that the stages of Man stops for Man after 14 Years and characteristics change year by year.

But women stay steadfast, relatively, which is a fact.

The names given to each stage expresses the meaning explained,

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6-5=2,Paranormal Slick Film Promoted By Social Media

In lifestyle, movie-hindi on December 24, 2013 at 20:13

Sometime back I came across a news item that,for the first time, a Kannada movie shot entirely by an amateur Videographer had gone viral in the Social Media and it has been made into a Film and it is running successfully.I decided to see the Film as it is reported to belong to thriller genre.

Fear of the unknown haunts us all.

The self-professed non believer professes to be so, shivering inside.

I belong to the majority of idiots who believe on things beyond us.

I have witnessed some of the paranormal phenomena and has posted some articles on them.

A horror or a thriller becomes effective when things are left to your imagination rather than trying to scare you with loud eerie Music and gory images.

Alfred Hitchcock has this magic of scaring you as in "Birds' or a blind Aubrey Hepburn make you scream when she leaps from near a refrigerator in a dark room with a Killer inside her house !

I can not resist seeing the film of this genre.

I saw the film with my friend and his wife.

It is reported to be original and real-time experience without any additions or deletions.
Kannada Horror Film 6-5+2


The Film is "6-5=2"

You are informed in the beginning of the Film that no editing was done to the Video recovered from a hilly terrain in Karnataka.

They also say that some editing was done only to enhance the quality of visual and Audio experience.

The story or Adventure starts with six youth,4 boys and two girls, go trekking in a dense forest .

One of them, as aspiring Movie cameraman, recorded every thing .

And this was the recovered Video which the film claims to have been released.

This Adventure was based on the news item in Kannada newspapers which claimed that of the six people who went trekking on 26.10.2010, three bodies were recovered, one is alive and two are untraceable.

On the third day of their trekking,some unusual things happen.

For no reason, their backpacks catch fire, their food destroyed,they hear voices,things get knocked down.
On Day four they are forced to pitch in a tent at a place, where they find a tree which had replicas of dead skulls instead of leaves.
They lose their way and after spending a whole night they return to the same spot they left.

(One of them has been left at the first camp)

The rest is interesting.

The film maker claims that the videos were by the dead man while the photographer of the fim says otherwise.
Read the news at the close of the post.

The film is so natural that one tends to believe it is real.

I still do not know whether it is a story taken slickly ,promoted through the Social Media.

There are no songs, fights,dance sequences, comedy track or even a back ground score .

It keeps you glued to your seat.

“A strange complaint has reached the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC)against the makers of the Kannada film 6-5=2. The horror film has caught the fancy of the audience, many of whom have believed the claims that the film is found footage from cameras of trekkers who died in 2010. The film also credits, ‘the late Ramesh’ one of the trekkers, as the cameraman of the film. Now, B K Magesh, a cinematographer from Chennai, has filed a complaint that he was the cinematographer of the film and not only have the film makers not given him his due credit, but also cheated him of his remuneration…

Speaking to BANGALORE MIRROR, Magesh, said, “I have been cheated by the filmmakers.They contacted me in December 2012 about the film. I shot the movie for 15 days in Madikeri in January this year. The idea for the film came from Hollywood ‘found footage’ films. It was a huge challenge and I proposed shooting only with natural light and using small artificial lights, which will not be evident. The director KS Ashok took advantage of me, learnt all the tricks and then dumped me. My remuneration was fixed at Rs 1.5 lakh. Payment of Rs 95,000 is still pending.” Magesh says that he will have to got to court if the issue is not solved by the film chamber. His complaint has arrived through the South Indian Cinematographers Association (SICA), Chennai.

In his complaint,Magesh says producer Krishna Chaitanya and director Ashok contacted him for the movie, and promised the remuneration. He was paid in small installments of Rs 5,000 and Rs10,000 during the shooting. After shooting was completed, his calls went unanswered. Magesh said, “A fictional dead man’s name was used for publicity.I donot mind if it benefits the film.But I am more concerned that they cheated me of my payment.”

6-5=2, a film inspired by the ‘found footage’ genre of Hollywood, does not reveal the actors and technicians of the film.



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