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Why land prices zoom in TN? Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Banning booze... The why of tax incentives A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Computation of GDP – conundrums continue An enemy’s enemy is a friend Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan EVM is tamper-proof A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… A professional at the helm of IRDA... Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Robber barons everywhere Noble nonagenarians... Protest masters... Secularism and anti-Hinduism Come elections, come advertisements... Making ‘my Amaravati’... Solar thermal shines… Strengthen the base... A yen for wastage… Cutting the nose to spite the face Rahman at CIC R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Tough task taking states together Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles A think tank for Chennai Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Readers' Mail The Gulf aviation boom Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Streamlining mandatory third party cover SoA @ 80 A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Mersal magnified Pharma – overdose of copying Tax agriculture Build close rapport with business leaders Boy, can you beat these? Gas is the way forward Convulsions in The Hindu Waning interest in public discussions… The few handicaps... Shale gas and its shallow future Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Five star activism stalls development activity An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Delhi is distant CII projects higher growth… Where a state respects its litterateurs… TGS- The king storyteller Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Muffled voices for merit… Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... 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London, London Narayan When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Gay abandon in pricing Multi-faceted Venkat Editor's Says Tribute – M V Murugappan IPL - no surprise this scam Modi and the lady Fortune for Indian Airlines New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Contrarian cousins Kudos to NDTV... Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Another Indian music maestro at the UN A glass full of corruption The balancing act The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Music happens Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Road development slows down CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Roaring Ro-Ro facility Paytm karo... TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Nuclear power at the nucleus Make standards certification mandatory... Delhi Chalo... Towards speedy justice Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Polls and promises Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked TIAM turns a full cycle Solar, solar everywhere … …and of a popular trade leader F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS
 
Music happens

Chennai has the unique reputation of getting immersed in music during December. Close to 500 sabhas and institutions in different parts of the metro vie with one another to organise discour-ses, demonstrations, presentation of research papers and music concerts throughout the day. These draw experts, musicians and rasikas from across the globe. This year there was a special recognition: UNESCO included Chennai in its list of creative cities network for its rich music tradition.  A postal cover with the picture of Music Academy in it was released at the inauguration of the Academy’s 91st annual conference and concerts by the reputed music composer Ilayaraja. 

The event also marked a departure from the convention: presenting for the first time one from the film world who shot to fame initially through his film music. Several of his compositions had a strong carnatic music base. The convention so far had been to present a renowned politician from the Centre or the state, a governor or a business tycoon. Ilayaraja, the Isai Gnani, is globally renowned for his rich contribution for composing music across several genres. For thousands, several of his creations have been classic treasures. In his address, he said: “music happens. It cannot be made.”

Raja presented this year’s MS Subbulakshmi Sangita Kalanidhi award instituted by The Hindu to the chitra veena prodigy Ravikiran.  Making effective use of Skype and other communication cum education tools, Ravikiran has a legion of disciples across the world. Of particular interest to me is his efforts in popularising the rich repertoire of Mahakavi Oothukadu Venkatasubbaiyar (I hail from this village!) Venkata Kavi (1700-32) had composed hundreds of soul-stirring compositions in Tamil and Sanskrit. Several of these resemble Subramania Bharathi’s simple, elegant Tamil poems. Needamangalam Krishnamurthy Bhagavatar brought these out with great dedication and effort. 


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