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Madras Literary Society had hosted today an exhibition on Thirukkural (திருக்குறள்). Mr Dhanasekaran Muthu who is an eminent architect hailing from Thanjavur had drawn simple sketches for each of the 1330 Thirukkural couplets by classical Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar. The sketches were exhibited around the library, it was interesting to go around seeing the exhibits. Thank you Mr Dhanasekaran for making Thirukkural easier to approach for today’s kids, my son loved seeing and reading them.

A friend of mine living in Amsterdam recommended I watch this documentary “Tim’s Vermeer”. It turned out to be a good movie experience. After the movie I am left with questions on what’s art, what’s technology and is there a line dividing them? The movie is about a research on how  famous Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer could have painted such photo realistic paintings in early 17th century. The lighting and shades in his paintings and the details were unbelievable. The accuracy was unseen in any of Vermeer’s contemporary artists.  The research work was a personal obsession of a wealthy video…

I have noticed that countries with Islamic cultural influences tend to have beautiful patterns on their floor tiles. You can see these tiles not only in palaces or star hotels but in common pedestrian settings as well – in roads, malls, museums & pavements. Today while in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) I went to Central Market for some window shopping, I ended up buying a Batik shirt, but that is, for a different post. There are two levels in Central Market, where you get many art and craft items. While climbing the stairs (there are at least 4 of them at…

This is the final post in my mini series on visit to Tanjore – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4. After our visits to must go places in Tanjore – the Palace and Museum the next day after the wedding we went to another popular destination which is the PunnaiNallur Mariamman temple which is 5Kms from Tanjore. It is always crowded, we could get darshan in about 1 hour or so. Just like in every other temple in India you have shops selling everything for Pooja (Coconuts, Flowers, Turmeric, Kumkum, BeetleNuts, Banana), Pictures of the main deity,…

Yesterday we had a visual delight in the form of a Dance Ballet at Rama Rao Kala Mantap, T.Nagar titled “Siva Swaroopa Thandava Lahari” performed by Smt.Krishnakumari Narendran troupe. Music was scored by Rajesh Vaidya. The dance drama was about Lord Siva‘s divinity & his dance in the form of his Thandavams. There were five scenes or stories portrayed in the performance. To the benefit of audience like me, a brief story of the scene was read out in Tamil by Smt.Krishnakumari before the beginning of each scene. This really helped me to understand and explain it to my pestering…