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Where music is in the air

It is that time of the year when Chennai resounds with strains of Carnatic music, classical arts performances and even Hindustani concerts. Aficionados, artistes and sponsors team up to offer a feast to music lovers.
T. S. Raman on the unique Chennai music festival, an occasion hard to come by elsewhere
Though veterans like Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan remain a major draw at the music festival, newcomers too get a chance to prove their mettle.
Though veterans like Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan remain a major draw at the music festival, newcomers too get a chance to prove their mettle. Photo by A.J. Philip

Chinese way to progress
Maj Gen Himmat Singh Gill (Retd), who visited China recently on an invitation from the Chinese Writers Association, Beijing, writes about the many facets of the country worth emulating

A fine dining experience
Les Ambassadeurs is recognised as a symbol of the art and technique of grand hotel cuisine and offers a treat to all the five senses, writes Inder Raj Ahluwalia

Royal let-down
Ervell E. Menezes
Based on Antonia Fraserís novel on the ill-fated French Queen, this film attempts to give a contemporary story of the woman behind the "if thereís no bread, eat cake," statement.

Story for the season
Itís a Wonderful Life is popularly regarded as the ultimate Christmas classic.
Vikramdeep Johal pays tribute to the film on its 60th anniversary

Kangana arrives with a bang
Subhash K. Jha
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut is on cloud nine after bagging the best actress award for her role in her debut vehicle, Gangster - A Love Story, at the Asian Festival Of First Films in Singapore.

Momís turn now
Heís played a son to his father in more films than one. Now itís momís turn. Jaya Bachchan has so far not had an opportunity to play screen mother to son Abhishek in any film barring the Bengali film Desh where Abhishek put in a very special appearance as Jayaís NRI son.

ĎThank God, I quit Umrao Jaaní
Saroj Khan the master choreographer of Bollywood films, who had opted out of doing Ashís Umrao Jaan, saw the picture with director Vipul Shah in Chandigarh.

Lage raho for justice
Movies like Munnabhai and Rang De might act as reel catalysts but we need real-life people to take on the role of fighting for social justice, observes Shakuntala Rao

COLUMNS

'ART & SOUL: Othello in Kathakali
by B.N. Goswamy

Food Talk: Make waves with this dish
by Pushpesh Pant

Consumer rightsFoggy excuse for delayed flights
by Pushpa Girimaji

GARDEN LIFE: Scent of winter
by Kiran Narain

ULTA PULTA: Party business
by Jaspal Bhatti

BRIDGE
by David Bird

BOOKS

A search for identity
Rachna Singh
Mercy In Her Eyes: The Films of Mira Nair
by John Kenneth Muir.
Westland Books. Pages 290. Rs 295.

Books received: Punjabi

Inside cricket
Aditya Sharma
A Maidan View
by Mihir Bose. Penguin.
Pages 372. Rs 295.

Trials and tribulations of travel writing
Deepika Gurdev
The Lonely Planet Story
by Tony and Maureen Wheeler.
Periplus. Pages 375. $16.95.

Vision of a modern-day sage
Rekha Jhanji
Swami Vivekananda: The Living Vedanta
by Chaturvedi Badrinath. Penguin Books. Pages 452. Rs 375.

Diaspora documented
Angad B. Sodhi
Sikhs in Britain
by Gurharpal Singh and
Darshan Singh Tatla.
Routledge, Zed Books. £17.99.

Go Green
Subhakant Mohapatra
Ecological Security: The Foundation of Sustainable Development
ed. Samar Singh.
Shipra Publications, Delhi.
Pages XIV+208. Rs 495.

HINDI REVIEW
Fight to the finish for honourís sake
Harbans Singh

Izzat Ke Naam
by Mukhtar Mai in collaboration with Marie-Therese Cuny; Pages 107. Rs 100. Arvind Kumar Publishers, Gurgaon.

Audit of the emotional stock-room
James Urquhart
The Lay of the Land
by Richard Ford
Bloomsbury £17.99

Gift for Mandela

SHORT TAKES
Travails of a trailblazer
Randeep Wadehra
Gulab Bai
by Deepti Priya Mehrotra
Penguin. Pages: viii + 318. Rs 295.

Impact of Partition: Refuges in Pakistan
by Amtul Hassan.
Manohar. Pages 141. Rs 260
Path to Nirvana
by Gursharn S Zal
Trafford, Canada. Pages 209.
Price unstated.





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