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Dr M.G.Ramachandran (17 January 1917 – 24 December 1987), fondly called as MGR, is a legendary leader belonging to a category of his own. He was a super successful actor, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for well over a decade, and a philanthropist par excellence in his times. Such was his charisma, that three decades after his demise, Tamil people still remember him fondly and everything associated with him is viewed with a reverence – just go to MGR Memorial in Marina Beach to see scores of people even now placing their ears on his tomb trying to hear his…

நான் பிறந்ததிலிருந்து சென்னைவாசி, திருவல்லிக்கேணி ஸ்ரீ பார்த்தசாரதி கோயிலுக்கு பல முறை சென்றிருந்தாலும், அதன் அருகிலிருக்கும்  மகாகவி பாரதியார் நினைவு இல்லத்திற்குப் போன நினைவில்லை. இன்று இதற்காகவே கிளம்பிச் சென்று பார்த்தேன். மகிழ்ச்சியாக இருந்தது. மகாகவி பாரதியார் (Subramania Bharati, a renowned Tamil writer, poet and freedom fighter) சென்னையில் இருந்த போது அவர் வாழ்ந்த வீடு இது, அதைத் தமிழக அரசு 1991ஆம் ஆண்டு வாங்கி, புனரமைத்து 1993ஆம் ஆண்டு மக்கள் பார்வைக்குத் திறந்தது. நல்ல முயற்சி. ஆனால் வெறும் புகைப்படங்கள் மட்டும் தான் இங்கே இருக்கிறது. இந்த மாபெரும் கவிஞரின் எழுச்சிமிகு கவிதைகளைத் தேர்ந்தேடுத்து, பல உலக மொழிகளில் அதன் மொழி பெயர்ப்புகளையும் சேர்த்து, வரும் மக்கள் பார்வைக்குப் படங்களாகவும், புத்தகங்களாகவும், ஒலி ஒளி காட்சிகளாக வைத்திருந்தால் பயனாக இருந்திருக்கும். மகாகவி பாரதியார் நினைவு இல்லம் (Subramania Bharati Memorial Home) இருப்பது திருவல்லிக்கேணி துளசிங்கபெருமாள் கோயில் தெரு (Google map…

Padma Shree Prof M Anandakrishnan is an educator par excellence. The former IIT Kanpur Chairman, former Anna University Vice-Chancellor, former IT Advisor to Tamil Nadu Government is an institutional builder as well. So, it was our proud privilege to have got a chance to organize along with his family from the USA his 90th Birthday Celebrations last week. What started as a simple idea from Ananthan Chockalingam, turned out to be an unforgettable evening of wisdom on 16.06.2018 at Hyatt Regency Chennai – thanks to the hard work of Ananthan Chockalingam, Nedunchezhian Dhamotharan and Chellappan Palaniappan, who were joined by the other committee members including Kavitha S, A Elangovan, Mani…

Nadigaiyar Thilagam (2018) aka Mahanati (2018) in Telugu is a bi-lingual film starring Keerthy Suresh as Savitri & Dulquer Salmaan as Gemini Ganesan. It is a biopic about actress Savitri (1936 – 1981), a legend in Telugu and Tamil Cinema of the 1960s. Doing an interesting biopic about a person who is in a living generation’s memory is not easy, and on that Director Nag Ashwin has succeeded. Starting the narration from the last days of Savitri won our sympathy and got our attention. The film could’ve been a lot better had the screenplay had some elements from point of…

Today marks the first death anniversary of legendary writer Mr Ashokamitran, in his memory, there was the screening of a documentary about him – titled “Writer Ashokamitran” it was directed by Prasanna Ramaswamy. Walking out after the screening, I felt this film was a true tribute to the man. During one of his speeches, the writer says “See the truth of the tale and not the teller” and the documentary lives to that wish by not being a biography – it is a collection of his readers recalling how the works affected them individually. The 90 minutes film is interspersed…