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GNS - 100: our first subscriber Preserving for the future Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Waning interest in public discussions… Modi and the lady Fuel for thought Modi storms Silicon Valley Delhi Chalo... Gay abandon in pricing The balancing act TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership How Air-India loses customs... A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Poor quality of university VCs EEC at the National Media Centre A glass full of corruption Roaring Ro-Ro facility Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Welcome GST Banning booze... Intellectual of rare qualities Gas is the way forward More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Computation of GDP – conundrums continue An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Silver Years of Madras Musings Come elections, come advertisements... The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more The brown list of Venkitaramanan Should we change the official year? Revving up the manufacturing sector The Gulf aviation boom Fortune for Indian Airlines When nations steal growth from one another… Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Russi Mody – a tribute He continues the focus on social amelioration SoA @ 80 Where is Rajaji? TELANGANA at last…BUT Make standards certification mandatory... Streamlining mandatory third party cover Secularism and anti-Hinduism Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Robber barons everywhere Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Sweet news for TN sugar mills An inexplicable neglect Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! The star of Spencers is no more A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Making ‘my Amaravati’... Breaththrough in malaria control Paytm karo... Delhi returns to BJP CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Building loyalty through the stomach A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Muffled voices for merit… Editor's Says When small is no larger beautiful.. Delhi is distant… For whom the bell tolls? Demise of a media baron... L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Adharma of opposition politics A proud Madrasi …and of a popular trade leader Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy The Swadeshi Trump When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's Lalu’s envy, India’s pride F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Contrarian cousins Plummeting profits of PSBs Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu IPL - no surprise this scam Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Editor's Notes PC’s preference for professionals Quality silica from Neyveli No Maha Koottani in TN... Boy, can you beat these? When the President was rendered homeless… An enemy’s enemy is a friend Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Why this malaise in medical education? Small units prefers to remain small... The rise and rise of KCP Valli, they are more marginalised A welcome initiative by the judiciary 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 Pharma – overdose of copying IAS invades NDDB... Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Things happen by accident and not by design... The Jan Dhan bonanza TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... China invests in India Tough task taking states together Tribute – M V Murugappan The why of tax incentives Why land prices zoom in TN? Sri Lanka votes for change Music happens Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Tatas moving out of urea production... There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! A friendly business group A more liberated TN… More tributes to GR S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Delhi is distant The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Another Indian music maestro at the UN Road development slows down Quality education through the PPP mode Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Noble nonagenarians... Convulsions in The Hindu ONGC at KG Basin Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Strengthen the base... Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Align crops to agro climate endowments… Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik TGS- The king storyteller No engine for this car GM Technology at last! Multi-faceted Venkat Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Cement prices continue to rise… Mu Sigma – is no more The nuclear option Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Parliament in paralysis... A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… When online building permits work…. A yen for wastage… Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Kudos to NDTV... Auto components surge… Nuclear power at the nucleus WTO Meet: resolved to meet again Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai B H Kothari - a tribute Cutting the nose to spite the face MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways When Ratan Tata visited SRM Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan The few handicaps... Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Shanti and Sadhana through Music Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Welcome focus on core competence Put expensive assets created to use... Protest masters... Build close rapport with business leaders Solar, solar everywhere … Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model A professional at the helm of IRDA... Wise Presidents Tribute The power-full Hindujas R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital This scant respect for Law Rahman at CIC Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Towards speedy justice Haul over the coal Telangana in top gear… Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Marketing expert Balagopal is no more L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… More heat than light Moily’s bold thrust S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist IPL type auction for VCs? All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Medical costs hit the roof... Maximising the micro pricing … London, London Narayan Shale gas and its shallow future PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Solar thermal shines… Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked West Bengal: mindless malignancy Engineering seats go abegging Tatas moving out of urea production... Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Return to king coal for urea... Sweeter prospects for sugar Vibrant Gujarat Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Don’t seem to feel the pulse… A think tank for Chennai He saved millions from starvation... Which side are you, Montek? New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research CII projects higher growth… The sea- saw battle continues... TIAM turns a full cycle Shipping woes of Chennai companies Tax agriculture Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Funding the un-funded Revive development banks... Kulandai was a giant Polls and promises Mersal magnified Airlines in India: cost and space CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Where a state respects its litterateurs… Readers' Mail The rise and fall of Annamalai University For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Discoms deserve better… Fortune 500 review Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ EVM is tamper-proof CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Five star activism stalls development activity The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Kinetic Karnataka
 
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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