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Tribute – M V Murugappan Permanent secretariat for TN GIM A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Five star activism stalls development activity Editor's Notes Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities He continues the focus on social amelioration Why land prices zoom in TN? Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Make standards certification mandatory... L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Making ‘my Amaravati’... Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Sri Lanka votes for change A proud Madrasi Pharma – overdose of copying The star of Spencers is no more A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Put expensive assets created to use... Waning interest in public discussions… Tax agriculture Paytm karo... Discoms deserve better… Quality education through the PPP mode Which side are you, Montek? Solar thermal shines… Where is Rajaji? CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... IPL type auction for VCs? The Swadeshi Trump Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad A friendly business group The balancing act Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara An inexplicable neglect Tough task taking states together No Maha Koottani in TN... Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Should we change the official year? Things happen by accident and not by design... The why of tax incentives More tributes to GR More heat than light The rise and rise of KCP Align crops to agro climate endowments… Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Delhi returns to BJP 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. 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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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