Under the sun

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Ooh La La La

Been checking out Rahman's talent hunt show every Sunday night on Sun TV. A pretty decent show. Every week 3 bands participate and jam for 2 rounds. One round is for cover versions (strangely, they use the word remix!) and the other is the own comp(osition) round. One band goes through to the next stage. Thankfully, each of the judges Paul Jacob, Vasundhara Das and Sivamani is/was part of bands and understandably, they are not the typical "attitude/expression" freaks. Atleast not yet.
While some of the music may be tagged as confusion, the standard has been good overall. The production of the show itself looks so unlike Sun TV.
In the last episode i watched, the band lead by singer Kalyani performed a very interesting cover of "Nee Paartha Paarvaikkoru Nandri", but lost out by a whisker as the ending of the song was rather abrupt.
Its heartening to see bands like these from Chennai. I thought the only jamming we get these days in Chennai/Bangalore is of the head-banging brain dead modern metal kind.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Independence Day Narpani

Fans of Aandavar Padmashree Dr.Kamal HaasaR conducted a free eye testing camp at Adu Thotti , North Madras as part of the Independence Day welfare activities.


Speech by K.K Nagar Tsunami "Kamal" Jeeva, the saga who was the main catalyst in my conversion from a fanatic to a devotee.

P.S: The point (if any) is not in the "details" :)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Naming Convention

தமிழ் ப்ராமணர்கள் தங்களது குழந்தைகளுக்கு அதி"நவீனத்தனமான" வடமொழிப்பெயர்கள் சூட்டுவதே சற்று வெறுப்படயச்செய்யும் வழக்கம் என்ற நிலையில், முதலியார்களும், செட்டியார்களும், வெள்ளாளர்களும் போட்டி போட்டுக்கொண்டு சற்றும் பொருந்தாத பெயர்களை சூட்டுவது வேடிக்கை தான்!

Reminds me of a Kounder dialogue in Jai Hind(?)-he is a cop-, "Dei, ennada peru idhu? Ramsamy, Kuppusamy nu!! Police na oru 'James', 'David', 'Michael' nu style-a irukka venaam?"

Talking about names, the general Tamil practice of having only initials instead of surnames should be done away with - too many hassles arise because of that. May we all start following naming conventions, starting with our progeny!