• தமிழ்

    Mother Tamil Anthem

    சில வருடங்கள் முன் வரை தமிழ்த்தாய் வாழ்த்து என்றால், நான் பள்ளியில் கற்ற மனோன்மணியம் பெ.சுந்தரனார் அவர்களின் ‘நீராருங் கடலுடுத்த நிலமடந்தைக் கெழிலொழுகும்’ தான் என்று நினைத்திருந்தேன். மலேசியா தமிழ் இணைய மாநாடு ஒன்றில் வேறு ஒரு பாடலை ஒலிக்கச் செய்தார்கள், அப்போது தான் தெரிந்தது, வேறு பல கவிஞர்களின் பாடல்களும் தமிழ் தாயை வாழ்த்த இருக்கிறது என்று, அந்தந்த அரசால்/நாட்டில் ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளப்பட்ட தமிழ் வாழ்த்துப்பாடல்களும் வேவ்வேறு என்று. தமிழ்நாட்டில் தமிழ் தாய் வாழ்த்து: ‘நீராருங் கடலுடுத்த நிலமடந்தைக் கெழிலொழுகும்’ – காணொளியில் குரல்: T.M.S. விக்கீப்பீடியா சொல்கிறது புதுச்சேரியில் கவிஞர் பாரதிதாசன் அவர்களின் “வாழ்வினில் செம்மையைச் செய்பவள் நீயே!” என்ற பாடல் அங்கே தமிழ் தாய் வாழ்த்தென்று. – காணொளியில் குரல்: Nithyashree Mahadevan மலேசியாவில் வழக்கில் (பிரபலமாக) இருப்பது கவிஞர் சீனி நைனா முகம்மது அவர்களின் “நிலைபெறநீ வாழியவே! ” பாடல். காணொளியில் குரல்: துருவன், பாபு லோகநாதன் ஶ்ரீலங்காவிலும், சிங்கப்பூரிலும் வழக்கில் இருப்பதாக நான் கேள்வி பட்டது, பாரதியாரின் பாடலான “வாழ்க நிரந்தரம் வாழ்க தமிழ்மொழி”.…

  • Chennai

    India Organic Fair 2018 in Chennai

    From time to time, the Mother Teresa Women’s complex, next to Valluvar Kottam, Chennai plays host to handicrafts and products made by women self-help group from around the country. Some years back I want for a Navarathri Exhibition that happened here. This week there an exhibition called India Organic Fair, organised by AIM for Seva, an NGO with the support of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. I went to the exhibition on its last day today with my wife. There were over 60 stalls showcasing agro-products (seeds, rice, spices), edibles (honey, tea), medicines (ayurvedic, tribal), handicrafts, handmade textiles, essential oils and so on. We bought…

  • சென்னையின் வண்ணங்கள் - தக்ஷின சித்ரா, கிழக்கு கடற்கரைச் சாலை
    Chennai

    Dakshina Chitra and Madras Week Painting Exhibition

    I have been to Dakshina Chitra a few times, mostly accompanying my clients  (Yes, I know, it sounds like a cliché) who visit from abroad as a pit stop on the way to Mahabalipuram. It is a living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India, presented in an enjoyable way – They certainly have succeeded in that mission. The place is convenient to visit from the city, well maintained – even the toilets here are super clean (Swachh Bharat!), a rarity in tourist places in India. It takes about an hour to reach from the city to Muttukadu, where the museum is present. You need…

  • Travel Review

     India’s largest public art programme is in an Airport

    Airports around the world tend to be unloving places – people of multi-ethnicity crisscrossing, not stopping for a smile – staff running around like machines – inhuman announcements calling names – food that taste lifeless and so on. There are few airports that make you feel warm and cheer you up after a tiring day. Many airport authorities are realising this, and, try to light up and add a soul to their properties. Chennai Airport, certainly not famous for being efficient or comfortable, has been working with Tamil Nadu state’s Handicraft company “Poompuhar”.  Today during a trip I noticed Mumbai’s T2 Terminal having a lot of interesting exhibits and paintings displayed throughout…

  • Chennai,  Events,  Lifestyle

    Craft Bazaar – works of Tamil Nadu Artisans

    Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd. through its brand Poompuhar has been promoting artisans around Tamil Nadu state and showcasing their works for sale. In cooperation with Ministry of Textiles, they are conducting an exhibition and sale, called Craft Bazaar. The exhibition is open until 15th March at Kalaivanar Arangam, Wallajah Road, Chepauk. Handicrafts and cotton textiles made by artisans are on display. Today I went to the exhibition with my wife – the items were so attractive and beautiful, that we bought over a dozen items.  Don’t miss it, encourage our artisans. தவறாமல் சென்று பாருங்கள் – சென்னை கலைவாணர் அரங்கத்தில் வரும் 15ஆம் தேதி வரை கைவினைப் பொருட்கள், கைத்தறி/பருத்தி துணி வகைகள் கண்காட்சி மற்றும் விற்பனை.…

  • Kaliyattam at the Pulikunnu Shree Ivar Bhagavathi temple
    Faith,  Travel Review

    Kerala’s Theyyam Festival

    Seeing online the colourful photographs of Theyyam festival that happens during winter months in Kerala, a few of my friends and I decided to travel there. Called “Dance of Gods”, the Theyyam celebrations mainly happen in the Northern Malabar regions of Kerala (Kasargod, Kannur Districts) across thousands of Temple in the area and beyond. The folk culture of Theyyam is believed to be over 800 years old. The musical dance act is performed with elaborate Headdresses, make-up, masks and accompanied by musical instruments include Chenda – parade celebrations bringing their offerings to the Goddess – and barefoot ritual fire walking. We travelled from Chennai by air to Mangalore, from where…

  • Dr Swanamalya Ganesh's Talk for Iyal Isai Museum
    Chennai,  Events

    Iyal Isai Museum

    Tamil Nadu Government’s Department of Museum has been celebrating UNESCO’s recognition of Chennai as ‘a Creative City for Music” with a series of events. For last two days, an edutainment series is happening at the Museum Theatre, titled aptly as “Iyal Isai Museum”. I attended the morning session today, which had brilliant talks by experts – got to learn so much about fields I had no knowledge. Dr Swanamalya Ganesh talked about Visual and Performing Arts (~ Dance) of 17th Century Tamil Nadu. She explained how the art form has developed over the centuries in Tamil Nadu with ample examples from sculptures and songs. Highlighted on how Bharathanatyam was an…

  • Chennai

    The Egmore Museum, Chennai

    The Government Museum, Chennai is a must place to go if you are in the city – till a few years ago, it was maintained poorly, but thanks to Government initiatives and capable officers, nowadays it is looking better. The museum is spread across six buildings and it houses a variety of galleries – Archaeology, Zoology, Numismatics, Natural History, Bronze, Paintings, Children, Culture, Music and more. Started in 1851, it is the second oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. You can check out the posts on my earlier visits to the museum in 2010 and 2014. The entry ticket is ₹30 and the ticket for using your…