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Kala Madhyam - Folk and Tribal art, craft exhibition
craft exhibition | Performances | Food

At: Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
Kumarakrupa Road (near the Lalit Ashok), Bengaluru - 560001
December 3-12, 2010, 10am - 8pm
Contact: 9845510870 ;

"SATORI", paintings of Buddha, The Enlightened One by Chelian presented by Forum Art Gallery from 23rd Oct to 10th Nov, 10.30am-6.30pm at 57, Padmanabha Nagar, 5th street, Adyar, Chennai 20.

Ph: 42115596 / 97

The Crafts Council of India presented EMBROIDERIES OF INDIA-2010, a thematic exhibition cum sale of over 15 artisans from different parts of the country.

at The Lalit Kala Akademi, 4 Greams Road, Chennai
Oct 25th - 31st, 11 am - 8pm

The South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur organised "Thanjavur Festival" at Thanjavur Big Temple from 08.10.10 to 17.10.10 during Navaratri in continuation with the Millennium Celebrations of the Temple.
Contact: S.Muthukumar, Secretary, Forum of Friends, SZCC, Thanjavur ; M: +91 98424 55765

"Brhan-Natya Yagna" (brhan in Sanskrit means big) jointly organised by the Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India (ABHAI) and the Brhan Natyanjali Trust, Thanjavur to celebrate the 1,000th year of the Peria Koil built by Raja Raja Chola, 1000 dancers from different parts of India and abroad performed Bharatanatyam to music and choreography by Padma Subrahmanyam.

Preparations for the event

British Council, Madras Naturalists’ Society and WWF-India Tamil Nadu State Office together celebrated the Wildlife Week with the theme of Biodiversity from 30 September to 7 October 2010. As part of this week long celebration, they organised a number events like exhibitions, film screenings, seminars, competitions, quizzes and much more. The United Nations has declared the year 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity celebrating life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. Wildlife Week in the British Council was celebrated on this background.

Thanksgiving, religious ceremonies offered in many parts of the world to Mother Teresa on August 26, 2010, her birth centenary.

Image from
Hindu report

Paintings in Tamil Nadu - A History

By Prof. Job Thomas of Davidson College, North Carolina
This book covers ancient rock art in Tamil Nadu, and takes a look at the paintings during the Pallava, Pandya, Chola, Vijayanagar, Nayak, Maratha, East India Company and British period.
The book (Demy 1/8) is 256 pages + 32 colour pages of photos.
Cost: Rs. 300

A report about two great souls who are setting an example to the world through their actions.
Nagarajan from Kanjikoil near Erode and Ayyasaami from Ezhoor near Sathyamangalam have dedicated their lives to growing and maintaining the trees.
Details About Ayyasami by Muralikumar Padmanabhan
Blog report

CD Release

Maamava Pattaabhiraamaa
Diverse strains, One Salutation
Vina and Vocal by K.G.Vijayakrishnan, Mridangam by Tanjavur Kumar

Pogo Amazing Kids Awards, Children below 14 years of age

Pogo Kids Awards December 2010 In an attempt to recognize and honor child talent across the country, Pogo Entertainment annually awards children with outstanding achievements in various categories across the country.

Fort is an important landmark of the Chennai city and the museum it houses holds precious history, maintained excellently by ASI. Sriraman is presently in-charge of the Fort Museum and has carried out extensive work in it to make the visit to the Museum memorable. In order to make the Museum visible and also participate in its development, Friends of Fort Museum is formed by ASI. Fort Museum is housed in the historic Exchange Building within the Fort St. George. It is a period museum maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. It was established in 1948 by Col. D.M.Read to preserve the relics of the Raj that was scattered in around the fort. Later, many citizens and institutions of Madras enriched the collection of the museum by donating objects of colonial period. Select objects from the collection are on display reminding the visitors of the colonial heritage of the city. For the past few years, ASI has taken efforts to reorganising the galleries of the museum. Friends of Fort Museum (FoFM) forum
* To create a platform where the friends of the museum and others can interact among themselves and with the museum.
* To provide an opportunity to the friends to participate in the museum activities
* To provide voluntary services, if required
* To create an awareness about museums and heritage among public

May 19 - 27, 2010 Melattur, Tamilnadu

The 70THYEAR BHAGAVATA MELA NATAKA MAHOTSAV, a unique blend of bhakti, music, dance and drama, was held on and from the 19th May 2010. The centuries old Utsav is held annually with religious fervour in the sannidhi of Lord Sri Varadaraja, the presiding deity of Melattur, as part of celebration of Sri Nrusimha Jayanti. The ritualistic Bhagavata Mela tradition, a Telugu Heritage nurtured in Tamil country, richly deserves a vast support from the art-world. Came into being as a result of Bhakti movement about 450 years ago, it is not far different from the Kuchipudi Bhagavata Mela. The Bhagavata Mela Mahotsav-2010 features not only Bhagavata Mela Natakas, composed by Melattur Venkatarama Sastry (1743 - 1809 A.D), but also many fitting events akin to it.
Added Feature in 2010 Year Utsav - For the past 20 to 35 years, the dancers, supporting artists and the men behind federate in votary and veneration to the tradition with no per diem. Added to this, S Natarajan, as a dancer, director and patron, completed his 63 years of yeomen service for the cause of Bhagavata Mela. Furthermore, in May 2010, hecompleted 52 glorious years of donning the challenging heroine role of Chandramati in the Bhagavata Mela natakam 'Harischadra.'

Learn more about the classical music of South India, its traditions and present role in world music. For this purpose, the e-learning course "The Music of South India" offers personalized interaction and practical exercises. New features and individual choices
- Media contents also viewable on modern handheld devices with internet access such as the iPhone
- Support also in German and Dutch in addition to English, the shared language for participants and tutors
- Interaction through private messaging as well as forum discussions
- Explore Carnatic music in a personalized manner
- Privacy assured throughout, free from advertising and independent of sponsors
- Professional server used for Moodle course management system
- Participants set their own pace and priorities
- Option to pick up from where you left in an earlier course; or start all over again when rejoining the course for a nominal contribution

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship and Awards announced on 15 Feb, 2010
The list of awardees

Nritya Bharati-Festival of Indian classical Dance - Feb 27 and 28, 2010

Presented by: Sri Geetagovinda Pratisthana, Puducherry
Collaboration: Sangeet Natak Academi, Delhi, Department of Tourism, Puducherry.

Senior musician, musicologist, painter S. Rajam passed away on Friday, 29 Jan, 2010. He was 91 and survived by two sons and two daughters.
Extraordinary life
By Gowri Ramnarayan
featured in The Hindu, Friday, Feb 05, 2010
The Hindu article

Rajam's romance with cinema
By Randor Guy
featured in The Hindu, Friday, Feb 05, 2010
The Hindu article

Legacy of Chitrasutra- Shri S Rajam
By Sreenivasarao S Subbanna,

Padma Awards
, the country’s highest civilian awards, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The awards are given in all disciplines/ fields of activities, viz. art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
2. The awards are conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan sometime around March/ April. In 2010, the President has approved 130 awards including 13 in the category of Foreigners/ NRIs/ PIOs. These comprise 6 Padma Vibhushan, 43 Padma Bhushan and 81 Padma Shri awards. There are 17 ladies among the awardees. Padma Awards 2010
Press note released by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India

Padma Awards (1954-2009)

Mysore Masters an exhibition of paintings by bygone artists of Mysore was held from 23-12-2009 to 3-1-2010
Venue: Pratima Gallery
1160, Ramsons House, in front of Zoo, Mysore 570010
T: 0821-2443669. M: 9880111625