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அனைவருக்கும் இனிய தைப் பொங்கல் 2019 நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்தி.ந.ச.வெங்கடரங்கன் Artists are everywhere around us. A morning walk in the area around my house treated me to beautiful kolams (hand drawing on the floor by using rice flour & chalk) to celebrate Pongal (Harvest Festival of the Tamilians). The collages in total have kolams from over 50 houses. See the variety of design and imagination. Pot, Sugarcane and Peacocks are common themes. From 25 Houses. From another 25 houses.…

There is something nice about going behind the Golu display steps. Sitting there reminds you of your childhood. I have played for hours under these steps despite my mom shouting me to come out for the fear of me kicking all dolls down. My 15-year-old son thinks I am being stupid and childish. He is asking me why all the ‘oldies’ (note the word your Honour) want to recollect their young days and act childish now,…

This week the 64th National Film Awards have been announced and three Tamil films have won awards under different categories. I am glad that the political satire Joker, by Raju Murugan has won the Best Tamil Film award, a well-deserved award for an under appreciated film. Kaviarasu Thiru.Vairamuthu has been given the best lyrics award for his song ” Kaviarasu Thiru.Vairamuthu has been given the best lyrics award for his song “Endha Pakkam” in the film…

Last few days Pongal, the harvest festival is celebrated across Tamil Nadu. Today it is Maatu Pongal where the cows which are sacred for Hindus are revered, decorated and celebrated.  It’s also the day in which varieties of rice are cooked and offered to crows, this is done to seek blessings from the Sun God for all the brothers and sons by the ladies in the family – it’s called Kannupidi (கண்ணுப்பிடி). In recent years commercial organizations have joined…

Today festival of lights and the triumph of good over evil is being celebrated as Deepavali festival across Tamil Nadu. Every year I look forward to Deepavali as you get to be with your extended family, burst crackers and eat loads of sweets and savouries without getting chastised by the wife. In the part of Chennai where we live we are lucky to get Nadaswaram musicians come to every doorstep and play classical songs – for…