Monthly Archives: April 2015

Actor Irrfan Khan extends support to Badanavalu movement

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who was felicitated by Mysore District Journalists' Association (MDJA) in city yesterday, is seen with (from left) MDJA President K. Deepak, Rangayana Director H. Janardhan, Irrfan's wife Sutapa Sikdar and MDJA General Secretary K. J. Lokesh Babu.
Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who was felicitated by Mysore District Journalists’ Association (MDJA) in city yesterday, is seen with (from left) MDJA President K. Deepak, Rangayana Director H. Janardhan, Irrfan’s wife Sutapa Sikdar and MDJA General Secretary K. J. Lokesh Babu.

Mysuru :

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan arrived in Mysuru yesterday along with his wife Sutapa Sikdar to extend his support to the Badanavalu Satyagraha, which has been promoting sustainable living and has gained momentum throughout the State.

Irrfan Khan also stayed overnight at Badanavalu with his guru Prasanna, former Rangayana Director. On his arrival, Irrfan had an interaction with media persons at Mysore District Journalists’ Association (MDJA) office on his association with the Badanavalu movement.

During his interaction, Irrfan Khan said that it was important to stop villagers from migrating to cities which are already overloaded with people and suffering from unplanned development. “If villagers leave their lands and come to cities, they will be left with nothing. In fact, they would be forced to work under someone,” he added.

Citing the example of Mahatma Gandhi’s support to cottage and small industries, the actor said that the villagers should become self-efficient in the interest of country’s development. “It is important to create awareness among the people that products from villages are important to us. Dependency on foreign products will grow if we do not support our own products,” said Irrfan Khan.

When asked about Badanavalu movement, the actor said that he was curious when he came to know about the movement. He added that he was eager to visit Badanavalu, the place which Gandhiji visited to witness the function of handloom industries. “It is a unique concept and such movements should happen to protect our tradition, instead of adopting the western culture which is a use-and-throw culture,” he said.

To a question related to Deepika Padukone’s much talked ‘My Choice’ video that has gone viral, Irrfan said, “Come out of it. It’s over. You only need give it the importance that it deserves. Watch ‘Piku’, my upcoming movie, in which I have acted with Deepika. You will enjoy.”

Continuing with ‘Piku’, Irrfan said that the movie had come out well and that people who watch the movie will start loving their parents and those with kids will start enjoying parenthood.

Irrfan also said that he would be off to the US soon, to shoot his upcoming Hollywood flick ‘Inferno’ in which he will be starring alongside Tom Hanks.

Later, he left for Badanavalu where he stayed overnight along with theatre person Prasanna and others involved in the Badanavalu movement. His wife Sutapa Sikdar, Rangayana Director H. Janardhan, MDJA President K. Deepak and General Secretary K. J. Lokesh Babu were present during the interaction at Pathrakarthara Bhavan.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Friday – April 10th, 2015

Actor Irrfan Khan kicks of Chinnara Mela


Mysuru :

The much-awaited Chinnara Mela summer camp organised by Rangayana got off to a colourful start at Vanaranga in Rangayana premises here this morning.

The camp was inaugurated by Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who was in city to extend his support to the ongoing Badanavalu Movement.

There was joyous moment at the venue on the arrival of the actor by around 400 children who cheered and shouted with joy on seeing the versatile actor.

Irrfan obliged his young fans by signing autographs and posing for pictures with them. He wished the children best of luck before leaving the premises.

Today being the first day of Chinnara Mela, children were seen arriving at the venue with their parents. They were in total excitement as they had no idea what was in store for them.

Around 400 children will be participating in the camp which concludes on May 4. Children will be treated with fun games and personality development activities. They will be divided into 40 groups headed by a mentor during the camp period.

On the occasion, Rangayana felicitated Irrfan Khan and his wife Sutapa Sikdar. Rangayana Director H. Janardhan, Chinnara Mela Co-ordinator Krishna Prasad and others were present.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Friday – April 10th, 2015

Appa is proud of me: Dulquer Salmaan

Actor Dulquer Salmaan. Photo: V. Ganesan. / The Hindu
Actor Dulquer Salmaan. Photo: V. Ganesan. / The Hindu

The son of actor Mammootty on his upcoming film release, style statement and more.

It’s a big week for Dulquer Salmaan. And he’s enjoying every minute of it.

This Friday, his film with Mani Ratnam — O Kadhal Kanmani — hits screens. And yesterday, he made many heads turn at the launch of men’s platinum jewellery by Prince Jewellery.

Actor Dulquer Salmaan launching platinum collections at Prince Jewellery, Cathedral Road. Photo: V. Ganesan. / The Hindu
Actor Dulquer Salmaan launching platinum collections at Prince Jewellery, Cathedral Road. Photo: V. Ganesan. / The Hindu

Not many know that this young actor, son of popular star Mammootty, is very much a Chennai boy. “I’ve done all my schooling at Chennai — it’s always home for me,” he told The Hindu Metroplus, “All my growing up years have been spent here and I have really fond memories associated with the city.”

His father, who has been a hot favourite in Malayalam cinema for many years, is very happy with his progress — both as an actor and a person. “He’s very proud and secure. He knows I’m finally doing something worthwhile with life!”

While Dulquer has been active in Mollywood for the past few years, he’s making in-roads into Tamil cinema in a big way now. After a good outing in Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, his biggie with Mani Ratnam has been the talk of the town. So, how did his father react when he bagged a Mani Ratnam project? “He reacted as a father and not as an actor. He knew I was in the best hands possible. He’s proud that I got an opportunity to act in such a prestigious film; he’s just basking in that.”

The young actor is a huge hit among youngsters and enjoys a massive female following. A lot of that stems from his style statement, which is considered simple and elegant. Ask him about that, and he says, “For me, style is all about confidence. What you wear, both in terms of clothing and jewellery, should add to your confidence.” And that’s exactly why he likes platinum.

“It isn’t loud. I might play characters that are loud in the movies, but in real life, I’m not loud in terms of personality. Platinum, I feel, is a bit like that.”

source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus / by Srinivasa Ramanajum / April 15th, 2015

T’puram, Navi Mumbai Tamil Sangams Feted

Chennai :

Tamil Sangams at Navi Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram have been chosen for the TN Government’s ‘Thamizh Thai’ award for the years 2014 and 2015 respectively. The awards carry a shield, certificate of appreciation and `5 lakh.

The announcement was made on Monday along with other awards instituted after Tamil scholars and poets as well as the Chief Minister’s Computer Tamil award.

For the year 2014, the following scholars have been chosen for the awards: A Lalithaa Sundaram (Kapilar award), Marudhu Azhagu Raja (U.Ve.Sa award), SV Shanmugam (Kambar award), Sudha Seshaiyyan (Sollin Selvar award), J Narayanasamy (GU Pope award) and SM Mohammed Ali (Umaruppulavar award).

2015 awardees : Poet Pirasoodan (Kapilar award), Kudavayil Subramanian ( U.Ve.Sa award), G Selvam (Kambar award), S Sathiyaseelan (Sollin Selvar award), Madurai Ilangavin (M Arokiasamy – GU Pope award), M Sayabu Maraikkayar (Umaruppulavar award) and Nirmala Mohan (Elangovadigal award). Prof.N Deivasundaram has been chosen for the Computer Tamil award for the year 2013 while Virubha Valartamil Nigandu T Kumaresan has bagged it for 2014. All these awardees will be presented with a GOLD medal, certificate of appreciation, a shawl and `1 lakh.

Jaya’s Greetings

AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Monday greeted the Tamils, living across the globe on the eve of Tamil New Year celebrations. Jayalalithaa said, “Let this New Year be a very prosperous one for the people of Tamil Nadu. Let this year bring health and wealth to you all.” She added, “In this new year, let us all vow to work unitedly to thwart all roadblocks and make Tamil Nadu a prosperous State.”

Governor K Rosaiah said “On the occasion of Tamil New Year, Vaisaki, Baisakhi and Vishu, I extend my best wishes to the people.”

source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by Express News Service / April 14th, 2015

‘Glad that Carnatic Land is Open to Hindustani Music’

Nazim Hussain on the tabla with Pandit S Ballesh on the shehnai
Nazim Hussain on the tabla with Pandit S Ballesh on the shehnai

Nazim Hussain, one of the sons of Shehnai exponent Bismillah Khan, is among the renowned tabla players in the country. Recently, for a tribute to his father in Chennai organised by Tansen Academy of Music, the tabla artiste visited the city.

Nazim Hussain, who has trained in playing the tabla since his childhood, solely to accompany his father in his performances, has also played the instrument for films, a major one among them being Sanaadi Appanna – a film considered to be a Kannada adaptation of Thillana Mohanambal. He has played in various concerts at Benares, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai as well. The tabla maestro recounts his experiences to City Express.

First Experience

I have visited the city several times. However, I haven’t kept a track of the number of times. The first time I came here was when I was 16 or 17 years old. It was a Sangeet Sammelan – a gathering of artistes of high calibre such as Pandit Bade Ghulam Ali and Vilayat Khan. I had performed alongside my father, who was playing the Shehnai at the concert. It was a rare and different experience.

Go-to places

Since I usually visit only when there are concerts, I barely step out to see places other than sabhas. However, sometimes I make it a point to visit the Saibaba Temple in Saligramam, because that is near my friend S Ballesh’s residence, where I visit each time I come to Chennai. I meditate there; the space gives me serene vibrations. I also visit the Parthasarathy temple in Triplicane sometimes.

Experiences with Tamil film musicians and Chennai audience

I have played some minor bits for Tamil films, but to recount something memorable, I should mention my recording experience in 1976 in Chennai, I think it was Sanaadi Appanna only. We had recorded in Gemini and Prasad studios for nine days in Chennai along with 100 other musicians. The music director was G K Venkatesh. Ilaiyaraaja was on the keyboard then.

One thing I must mention about the city as such, is the openness of people to Hindustani music. Although deep-rooted in Carnatic music, I like the way they appreciate Hindustani artistes as well.

Carnatic music and musicians

I was brought up listening to Hindustani music, so it was quite a shift being exposed to Carnatic music while on my visits to Chennai. Yes, the style gives more importance to structure and calculations, but one cannot help but marvel at the genius of the artistes. I personally admire the work of L Subrahmanyam for his skill. When he plays the violin, the notes produced elevate the spirit of the singer. The other singer I look up to is Balamuralikrishna.

Future visits to Chennai

There is a dearth of classically-trained tabla players here and I would be more than happy to come down and teach.

source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by Aparna Desikan / April 13th, 2015

In the company of writers


This photograph was taken in 1984 when the renowned Kannada poet, Prof KS Nisar Ahmed, was the president of  Karnataka Sahitya Academy. A felicitation function had been arranged for Masthi Venkatesha Iyengar, the  Kannada writer who had bagged the prestigious ‘Jnanapeetha Award’ for that year. 

It was a memorable  function in which many prominent writers  had participated. After the function, some of the close friends of Nisar Ahmed, including myself, gathered to congratulate him on arranging the function in a fitting manner. It was then that this photograph was taken.

Nisar Ahmed had started writing poetry in Kannada when he was studying MSc in Geology at the Central College  in the fifties. His poetry had caught the attention of his teacher and Kannada scholar GP Rajarathnam. He happened to read and correct his poetry and got it printed in the magazine of the Kannada Sangha of Central College. Later, poetry became his forte and he brought out one poetry collection after another.

He wrote prose too and translated two of Shakespeare’s plays. But he is recognised as a poet mainly as he has been writing poetry through all the literary movements of Kannada.Though his mother tongue is not Kannada, he has been writing in Kannada only.

Nisar Ahmed had also told the literary critics that he does not need any concession just because his mother tongue is not Kannada. He is also known as ‘Nithyostava Poet because his lyrics appeared in the first cassette of modern Kannada poetry under the same title. Since then, Nisar Ahmed has been a household name as one of the most popular among contemporary Kannada poets.

He was the president of the Karnataka Sahitya Academy between 1984 and 1987 and launched several programmes to take literature to the common people. In order to encourage young writers, many workshops were organised and lectures by eminent writers were arranged. He also organised a literary programme in every district and taluk head quarters and involved the local writers and the people  in creating awareness about the current literary trends. He started the English edition of the Academy’s quarterly journal ‘Aniketana’.

It was devoted to the English translation of Kannada literary pieces. Thus, it enabled the non-Kannada readers also to get an understanding of Kannada literature through translations. I remember that he had organised a seminar as the president of the Academy in Kanakapura of Bangalore Rural District in 1986 on the last quarter century of modern Kannada poetry in which stalwarts of Kannada literary world including Prof M Gopala Krishna Adiga, Prof  LS Seshagiri Rao, Dr Ramachandra Sharma, Dr Kamala Hampana had participated.

In the evening, there was a poets’ meet under the chairmanship of poet Dr Pu Thi Narasimhachar. It is worth mentioning that the seminar was attended by the people of Kanakapura in large numbers and actively participated in the interaction with the speakers of the seminar.

This photograph assumes importance for another reason. Two writers of yesteryears, namely the late Prof VM Inamdar and Prof Venugopala Soraba, are present in it.

source: / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> MetroLife / by Prof. M S Raghunath / DHNS – April 06th, 2015

Congress leader Ghulam Rasool Kar takes his last breath

Former union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde (right) with veteran Congress leader Ghulam Rasool Kar at a rally. File photo / The Hindu
Former union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde (right) with veteran Congress leader Ghulam Rasool Kar at a rally. File photo / The Hindu

Kar became a member of the Jammu and Kashmir Constituent Assembly in 1951.

Veteran Congress leader and former minister Ghulam Rasool Kar, who was a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1951, died here on Friday after brief illness. He was 96.

A noted Parliamentarian, Kar, who hails from Sopore town in North Kashmir, breathed his last at SKIMS Hospital, his family said. He is survived by his second wife, two sons and two daughters.

Kar became a member of the Jammu and Kashmir Constituent Assembly in 1951 and the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in 1957.

He served as a minister in the state government from 1965 to 1971 and 1972 to 1975. He was nominated as a member of Rajya Sabha in 1984 and elected to the Lok Sabha from North Kashmir Baramulla constituency in 1996.

He has also served as Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee President.

Senior National Conference leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah expressed grief over the death of the veteran leader.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Other States / PTI / Srinagar – April 10th, 2015

LC Mourns Demise of Ghulam Rasool Kar

Srinagar :

The State Legislative Council Friday condoled the demise of veteran politician of the State Ghulam Rasool Kar who passed away in the wee hours today.

According to an official statement, Minister for Education Naeem Akthar moved the resolution to mourn the death of senior Political leader Ghulam Rasool Kar. Various members of the House including Ghulam Nabi Monga, Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Sajad Ahmad Kichloo, Muzaffar Ahmad Parray and Dr. Bashir Ahmad Veeri spoke and shed light on the political career of Mr. Kar. They also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed to the soul.

Acting Chairman, Legislative Council, Jahangir Hussain Mir described late Kar as one of the tallest political leaders of the State who was responsible in transforming the political thought in the past years, the statement informed. The Legislators said that it was due to tireless efforts of people like Mr. Kar that masses of the Valley generated interest in politics and political activities of the State.

The House also observed 2 minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed leader, it added.

source: / Kashmir Life / Home> Latest News / KL Report / Friday – April 10th, 2015

Championship series National Tennis : City’s Iftikhar wins U-16 singles title

City’s tennis player Sheikh Mohammad Iftikhar is seen with the U-16 boys singles winners trophy he won in the Championship Series National Tennis Tournament held at Trivandrum yesterday.
City’s tennis player Sheikh Mohammad Iftikhar is seen with the U-16 boys singles winners trophy he won in the Championship Series National Tennis Tournament held at Trivandrum yesterday.


City’s upcoming tennis player Sheikh Mohammad Iftikhar taking part in the Championship Series AITA National Level U-16 Tennis Tournament at the Trivandrum Tennis Club from Mar.28 to Apr. 3 at Trivandrum on Friday, won the boys U-16 singles title.

Eighth seeded Sheikh Mohammad Iftikhar representing Karnataka beat G.S. Sanjay of Kerala 6-1, 6-0 in the final. In the semi-finals, Iftikhar beat J.Nitin of Kerala 6-2, 6-1. In the quarter-finals, Iftikhar beat Karnataka’s Harshit Shankar 6-2, 6-2. In the pre-quarterfinals Iftikhar got the better of Deepak Kumar of Tamil Nadu 6-3, 6-2. In the first round, Iftikhar beat Tamil Nadu’s Ajay Subash 6-0, 6-4.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / Saturday – April 04th, 2015