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Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Shipping woes of Chennai companies Come elections, come advertisements... A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science The power-full Hindujas Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Quality education through the PPP mode The sea- saw battle continues... More tributes to GR China invests in India Road development slows down Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research IPL - no surprise this scam Return to king coal for urea... The nuclear option When small is no larger beautiful.. When online building permits work…. Tatas moving out of urea production... The Swadeshi Trump Revive development banks... Editor's Says Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Building loyalty through the stomach Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital For whom the bell tolls? When nations steal growth from one another… MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Fortune for Indian Airlines Tax agriculture GNS - 100: our first subscriber Silver Years of Madras Musings A rich pool of talent not utilised…. A proud Madrasi How Air-India loses customs... Where a state respects its litterateurs… The balancing act Delhi returns to BJP Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Maximising the micro pricing … Parliament in paralysis... More heat than light Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL He continues the focus on social amelioration The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Five star activism stalls development activity Sri Lanka votes for change The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Cement prices continue to rise… Revving up the manufacturing sector Tatas moving out of urea production... Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... The star of Spencers is no more Vibrant Gujarat Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Multi-faceted Venkat Noble nonagenarians... Haul over the coal Kudos to NDTV... Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Boy, can you beat these? Modi and the lady Welcome focus on core competence Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad When the President was rendered homeless… London, London Narayan No engine for this car Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra This scant respect for Law Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Intellectual of rare qualities Delhi Chalo... Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Making ‘my Amaravati’... Paytm karo... SoA @ 80 Preserving for the future CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... 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Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Roaring Ro-Ro facility When Ratan Tata visited SRM The why of tax incentives Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Towards speedy justice Protest masters...
 
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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