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PC’s preference for professionals Poor quality of university VCs TGS- The king storyteller Things happen by accident and not by design... Cement prices continue to rise… This scant respect for Law London, London Narayan Editor's Says Cutting the nose to spite the face Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Muffled voices for merit… Mersal magnified Polls and promises A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Secularism and anti-Hinduism Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Fuel for thought Music happens The why of tax incentives No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Auto components surge… CII projects higher growth… How Air-India loses customs... Contrarian cousins Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW Make standards certification mandatory... IPL type auction for VCs? Making ‘my Amaravati’... When the President was rendered homeless… Tough task taking states together Kinetic Karnataka Shale gas and its shallow future Sweeter prospects for sugar Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Medical costs hit the roof... Align crops to agro climate endowments… Sweet news for TN sugar mills Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Robber barons everywhere The brown list of Venkitaramanan Welcome focus on core competence L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… Kulandai was a giant A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Adharma of opposition politics F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Revving up the manufacturing sector Delhi is distant TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Gay abandon in pricing Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Demise of a media baron... 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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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