Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The audio CD of the movie titled Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaayaa (Will you come across the sky?) was released in London by Oscar winning music composer:ARR

Tamil music launched in UK

By Swaminathan Natarajan
BBC Tamil service

It is the first time a music track of a South Indian movie launched outside India
For the first time in the history of South Indian films, a music launch of a film has taken place outside India.
The audio CD of the movie titled Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaayaa (Will you come across the sky?) was released in London by the Oscar winning music composer A R Rahman.

Over 200 selected guests turned up to watch the event which included a live performance by the singers at the prestigious BAFTA Hall.

The director of the movie, Gautham Menon says this is an effort to take Tamil films to a global audience.

"Overseas markets bring us lots of revenue. We need to understand the market. When it comes to marketing we are at least 10 years behind Hindi cinema. They have moved far ahead and are doing movies aimed at overseas markets. We want to do the same,” says Menon.

US premier

He plans to have a premier for the movie in the US. He says that the movie will be released overseas with English sub-titles for the benefit of international audience.

For decades, Tamil movie makers have gone to different parts of the world to shoot song and dance sequences. But not much effort has been made to engage western audiences.

Overseas markets bring us lots of revenue. We need to understand the market. When it comes to marketing we are at least 10 years behind Hindi cinema

Director Gautham Menon

Tamil-speaking population of Sri Lankan and Indian origin, living in Western Europe, North America, South East Asia and the Middle East constitute the traditional foreign market for the Tamil industry.

The London music launch is billed as an attempt to take this movie beyond this group.

"This is a good beginning because in the West people equate Bollywood (Hindi film industry) with the whole of Indian film industry. We have so many languages. We have well established film industries in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam etc. This type of events will help to establish the identity of Tamil cinema", said A R Rahman.

Over 100 Tamil films are made in the capital of Tamilnadu, Chennai, and every year.

First movie after Oscar

About 40 people who played key roles in the making of this movie, including the lead actors Silambarasan and Trisha were flown from Chennai for the special event.

The movie which is said to have been made with a budget of over four million dollars is considered as a big budget film, in the context of Tamil cinema.

"In the West people equate Bollywood with the whole of Indian film industry"

“I have not seen anything like this in my seven years experience. It is a great honour to walk on red carpet here. We are much exited. It gives us great publicity” says Trisha, who is the heroine of this film.

Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaayaa is scheduled to be released on 12 Feb.

This is A R Rahman's first Tamil movie after he won two Oscar awards earlier this year. Apart from composing music he has also sung a song in this movie.

"I feel at home when doing Tamil movies. Tamil audience are my dearest" He said amidst thundering applause.

Some feared A R Rahman may not accept many projects in India, as his stock in Hollywood is rising.

But, he continues to work with Indian film makers. In 2010 Tamil fans will hear him in at least in 4 big releases including Tamil super star Rajini kanth’s Robot.

"This year I got Oscar awards. I performed in White House before the Obamas and now I got nominated for Grammy. In terms of international exposure, you can say this is the best year in my life so far", says A R Rahman in a reflective mood.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Tamils are one among the most ancient civilizations of the world...!!!

From: raja rama
Date: Dec 28, 2009 9:26 PM
Subject: முள்ளிவாய்க்காலில் வைத்து வேலுப்பிள்ளை பிரபாகரன் சிங்களத்திற்கு வைத்த “இறுதியும்” அறுதியுமான “செக்” என்ன?
To: sutha Go

1.முள்ளிவாய்க்காலில் வைத்து வேலுப்பிள்ளை பிரபாகரன் சிங்களத்திற்கு வைத்த “இறுதியும்” அறுதியுமான “செக்” என்ன?
2.A scholar quoted that a nation can easily be defeated and captured without weapons, if the language of the nation is destroyed.
Tamils - A “Literal” identity crisis.

Tamils are one among the most ancient civilizations of the world. In the history of the world, Tamil population are the few among the world communities which named it’s people with title of their own language. For example the names like ‘Tamilarasi’, ‘Tamilselvan’, ‘Tamilmani’, ‘Tamilvendhan’ carries the title of the language. This indicates their immense love towards their language and culture. But this trend is not practiced anymore by the Tamils in India. Sadly, Tamils are gradually and steadily losing their identity. This is very evident if we make a research into the names of the people belonging to Tamil Nadu. Yes, this article is all about today’s trend in the names of the wide Tamil community.

I personally made a venture in interviewing a few Tamils in the urban areas. The results were just shocking when I came to know that out of 20 people I interviewed, none of them were carrying Tamil names. One of the couple I interviewed was from Erode. They recently gave birth to a girl baby and they named the girl as ‘Shamitha’. The first question I asked them was ‘who named the baby?’ Reply was immediate. They said that an astrologer named the baby. Second question I asked was, ‘do you know the meaning of this name and from which language this name was originated?’. The couple admitted that they don’t know the meaning and they are not really bothered to know that.

When I interviewed few more families, more or less I received the same reply. Hardly people realize that they are losing their identity. Names are the real identity of a community. A name can easily tell you from where you are coming. The names give a strong feeling of togetherness and integrity. It is an identity of a civilization, generation and clan. Names are not merely meant for calling. It promotes the essence of meaning which it carries along with. When I was working as a receptionist in a hotel in London, an American businessman saw my name badge which read ‘Raj Palaniswamy’. He immediately recognized that I was a Tamil and spoke to me in Tamil. We all know that ‘Palaniswamy’ is a name kept only by Tamils. If I myself happen to come across the names like ‘Senthil’, ‘Murugan,’ or ‘Sunderapandiyan’, I will certainly speak to them in Tamil without even asking them whether they are Tamil or not. That is to say that the names are the real address or identity for a person. I have never seen a North Indian or a person belonging to any other state other than Tamil Nadu having a Tamil name. But I wonder why Tamils have a fascination to have Hindi or Sanskrit names to their sons and daughters.

Well, this is not the case only in the urban areas. Even in the villages, Tamils are fancied to have non-Tamil names. I was taken aback when I came to know that my distant relatives in a village named their daughter as ‘Monica’. This name was neither a Hindi nor a Sanskrit name. They went a step ahead in having a European name. Another city couple named their daughter as ‘Chaya Sree’. Again this couple blinked when I asked about the meaning for the name. Ironically most of the parents have Tamil names like ‘Arivazhagan, ‘Poongkodi’, Muniappan or ‘Kalaiselvi’. But their sons and daughters have names like ‘Rahul’, ‘Sachin’, ‘Rohit’, ‘Sanjana’, ‘Akshay’, ‘Abishek’ or ‘Diya’ . These parents rarely know the meaning of these names. Even if they knew the meaning, they could rarely speak the language from which these names originated. Chinese and Japanese still they stick on to their indigenous names no matter how much they are exposed to fashion and modernism. Then why Tamils don’t stick on to their names?

If this trend continues, in another 20 years, we cannot find a single Tamil name inside the Tamil families. For name sake, people of Tamil Nadu can claim to be Tamils, but in reality they will be losing their identity in this global village. Late Czech scholar Kamil Zvebil said “There is no doubt that the culture of the Tamils belongs to the great and immortal treasures of the world’s civilisation’ . Further he adds that the Tamils are only surviving classical civilization on earth. But this classical civilization is slowing getting diluted in the waters of Indian Ocean. Yes they are diluted by the adverse effects of North Indians flooding into the state and mingling with the Tamil society. However, the losers are not North Indians as they stick to their names, but Tamils are indeed losing their identity.

Now I am wondering about the cause. What made Tamils to think that their Tamil names are not good enough to suit their kids? One thing I realized that most of them, who have non-Tamil names for their kids, have hardly read Tamil literature or Tamil history. In this post-modern society, Tamils have least time in researching about their own culture and language. This led to the decline of Tamil names inside Tamil Nadu. For example T.Rajendran, a prominent personality of Tamil Nadu named his son as Silambarasan as opposed to actor Vijay who named his son as Sanjay. This was probably because T. Rajendran is a person who has read Tamil literature in-depth and has awareness about the history and culture of Tamils. Obviously actor Vijay would not have gone through Tamil literature or history and the end result was naming his son with a Sanskrit name.

In a contrast, my non –Tamil friend belonging to this generation who is a follower of a Tamil Saint Vallalar, named his boy baby as ‘Thooyavan’ which means ‘Man of Purity’. I asked him why he was not fascinated by Hindi names. He immediately replied that he wanted to his son to have a name with divine meaning and power of pure Tamil language. This was mainly because my friend was well versed in Thirukkural and Thiruvarutpa. To some extent, unlike the Western society, the knowledge of literature and history plays an important role in naming the kids. I feel that Tamils are lacking this knowledge and are not taking enough steps to know about the unique qualities of their own language and culture. This makes them lose pride in having Tamil names. Instead they take pride in having names of foreign origin.

Though this situation in Tamil Nadu is disappointing, I was relieved by a good news announced by the TN government. It said that the TN government would give one gold coin free per couple who names their child with a proper Tamil name. At least in the government hospitals, we could expect people to name their progeny in Tamil language for the sake of gold coin. Another achievement can be attributed to the TV channels like Makkal TV which continuously supports the revival of Tamil language. It holds Tamil language competition to give away gold coins if somebody wins. Also it constantly (every day) inform people about new Tamil names with meaning therefore encouraging Tamil people to name their kids in Tamil language. I end up with a small note. A scholar quoted that a nation can easily be defeated and captured without weapons, if the language of the nation is destroyed. Though language destruction is at the rapid pace in Tamil Nadu, but my concern is with names of the Tamils who have already lost their identity as Tamils. This is a wake-up call for all Tamils around the world. If Tamils don’t name their kids in their language, then who else would name their kids in Tamil? This beautiful Tamil language has got immense meaning and glory within itself. Tamils don’t need to borrow a foreign language for naming their kids.

3.'என் தேசத்து மண்ணே!
உனக்கு என் ரத்தத்தை தருவேன்.
இந்தக் கலவலரங்களுக்குப் பின் மிச்சமிருந்தால்...'

அலி சர்தாரியின் கவிதையை ஞாபகப்படுத்தினார் வேலுப்பிள்ளை பிரபாகரன். இறந்தாரா இல்லையானு மர்மம் ஈழத்தமிழர்களைத் தூங்க விடாம பண்ணிட்டிருக்கிற நேரத்தில் பிரபாகரன் எனக்கு எப்படி தொடுவானம் ஆனாருன்னு யோசிச்சேன். நாம தொடணும் நினைக்கிற, ஆனால் தொடமுடியாத வானமா இருக்கு, வேலுப்பிள்ளை பிரபாகரனின் வாழ்க்கை. சரி, தவறு முடிவுகளைத் தாண்டி பிரபாரகனின் வாழ்வுக்கும் அர்த்தம் இருக்கு. மரணத்துக்கும் பெருமை இருக்கு.

கன்னடாதான் எனக்கு தாய்மொழி. இந்தியாதான் என் தாய்நாடு. இலங்கையில் தமிழனா பொறந்திருந்தா, எனக்கும் பிரபாகரன்தான் ஹீரோவாகி இருக்க முடியும். அடக்கு முறை உங்களை எந்தத் திசையில் செலுத்தும்னு யாருக்கும் தெரியாது. எல்லா வசதிகளோடும், வாய்ப்புகளோடும் வாழுற நமக்கு நம்பிக்கையான நாலுபேரை சேர்க்கிறது எவ்ளோ கஷ்டமா இருக்கு. ஆனா, பிரபாகரன் பின்னால் உயிரை துச்சமா மதிக்கும் பெரிய இளைஞர் கூட்டம் சேர்ந்ததுக்கு முக்கியமான காரணம், அவர்கிட்டே இருந்த அர்ப்பணிப்பு உணர்வுதான். ஒரு பேட்டியில் முதன்முதலா நான் அவரை கவனிக்க ஆரம்பிச்சேன்.

''புல்லைக்கூட மிதிக்கக்கூடாது நினைக்கிற அப்பாவுக்கு மகனா பிறந்து நீங்க, வன்முறையைக் கையில் எடுக்கலாமா?''னு கேள்வி கேட்கிறார் நிருபர். 'புல்லும் துன்பப்படக்கூடாது'னு நினைக்கிறவருக்கு ஒரு பையன் எப்படி இருக்கணுமோ அப்படித்தான் நான் இருக்கிறேன்' என்பது பிரபாகரனின் பதில். சக மனிதர்கள் துன்பப்படும்போது அதைப் பொறுத்துக்கொள்ளாத இயல்புதான் அவரின் மாபெரும் கௌரவம். அதை சிந்தனையா மட்டும் வெச்சுக்காம உயிரைப் பணையம் வைத்து மக்களின் துன்பத்தை நீக்க போராடியது அவரின் பெருமிதம்.

குழந்தை இயேசுவை பிரதிபலித்த ஒரு முகம், முப்பது வருஷத்துக்குப் பிறகு, இயேசுவை சிலுவையில் அறைந்தவனின் கொடூர முகத்தை பிரதிபலித்ததுனு ஒரு கதை கேட்டிருக்கோம். துப்பாக்கி தூக்கி ஒரு வாழ்க்கை நடத்தணும்னு பிரபாகரனுக்கோ, ஆயுதம் தூக்கிய புலிகளுக்கோ பிறக்கும்போதே இலட்சியம் இருந்திருக்க முடியாது.

என் அம்மா தீவிரமான கிறிஸ்டியன். இப்பவும் இயேசுவைத் தவிர அவளுக்கு வேற உலகம் தெரியாது. தலைவலி வந்தாலும் இயேசு கிறிஸ்துதான் முதல் டாக்டர். வாரம் தவறாம சர்ச்க்குப் போறதும், நாள் தவறாம பிரார்த்தனைப் பண்றதும் எனக்கு பழக்கமான விஷயம். நியாயமா நானும் தீவிரமான கிறிஸ்டியனா மாறி இப்ப வாரம் தவறாம சர்ச்சுக்கு போகவேண்டியவன். ஆனா, சின்ன வயசுல ஏற்பட்ட அனுபவங்களால், சர்ச் எனக்கு அலர்ஜியாகிடுச்சு. நான் படிச்ச கிறித்துவ பள்ளியில் எனக்கு பாடம் சொல்லிக்கொடுத்த சிஸ்டரை எப்பவும் பெரிய மூங்கில் குச்சியோடுதான் பார்த்திருக்கேன். என்னுடைய சின்ன சின்ன தவறுகளுக்கு அவங்களுடைய முரட்டு அடி, என் பாதங்களில் பட்டி உயிர்ப்போகிற வலி தெறிக்கும். அடிச்சவங்ளே, 'அன்பான இயேசுவும் தூரமாகிட்டார். ஜெபமும் தூரமாகிடுச்சு.

எனக்கு ஏற்பட்ட சின்ன சின்ன கசப்பான அனுபவங்களே என் கடவுள் நம்பிக்கை தீர்மானித்து, இப்ப வரைக்கும் சர்ச் மேல அலர்ஜி இருக்கு.

நல்ல விஷயமோ, கெட்ட விஷயமோ எல்லாத்துக்குமே நாம சின்ன வயசில் கேட்டு வளர்கிற விஷயங்களுக்கு, நம்ம குணத்தைத் தீர்மானிக்கிற சக்தி உண்டு. காந்தி அதற்கு சிறந்த உதாரணம். துப்பாக்கி வெச்சிருந்த வெள்ளைக்காரங்களை காந்தி அகிம்சையால எதிர்க்கலையான்னு நிறையபேர் கேட்கிறாங்க. சின்ன வயசுல அரிச்சந்திரன் கதையைக் கேட்டு, 'உண்மையை மட்டும் பேசுவது' என்று முடிவெடுத்தார் காந்தினு படிக்கிறோம். ஒவ்வொருத்தரோட பால்ய வயதில் எந்த விஷயம் பாதிக்குமோ அதுவாகவே மாறிப்போகிறதுதான் இயற்கை. உலகம் முழுக்க லட்சக்கணக்கான உதாரணம் இருக்கு. மனிதர்களை மாடுமாதிரி வேலிப்போட்டு அடைத்து கதற கதற அடித்து கொன்ற ஜாலியன் வாலாபாக் கொடுமையை நேரடியா பார்த்து வளர்ந்த ஒரு சின்னப் பையன் பகத்சிங்கா மாறத்தான் செய்வான். உலகத்துக்கு அது நியாயமா இல்லையானு விவாதிக்கலாமே தவிர, பகத்சிங் உருவாவதை யாரும் தடுக்க முடியாது.

கேட்டு வளர்ந்த கதையே காந்தியைப் பாதிக்கும்போது, பிரபாகரன் பார்த்து வளர்ந்த துயரம் அவரைப் பாதிக்காதா? கண்ணுக்கு முன்னால ஒரு தவறும் செய்யாத கோயில் குருக்களை உயிரோடு எரித்ததைப் பார்த்த சின்னப் பையன் மனதில் வன்முறை விதைக்கப்படுவதை தடுக்க வேண்டியது யாருடைய பொறுப்பு? சாதாரண ஒரு ஃபுட்பால் மேட்சில் பிரான்ஸ் கால்பந்து வீரர் ஜிடேன், சக விளையாட்டு வீரரை தலையால் வன்மத்தோடு முட்டியதை நிறைய சின்னக் குழந்தைகள் பார்த்திருப்பாங்கன்னு அவங்ககிட்ட மன்னிப்பு கேட்டார். அந்த நிகழ்வால் பிள்ளைகள் மனதில் வன்முறை விதை விழும்னு உலகமே பதறுச்சு. 'அக்கா, அக்கா'னு பேசிக்கிட்டிருந்த ஒருத்தியை சீரழித்து கொலை செய்கிற காட்சியை ஒரு சிறுவன் பார்த்தா என்னா ஆகுமோ, அதுதான் பிரபாகரன். ஒரு பிரபாகரனை ஜெயிக்கிறதுக்காக ஆயிரக்கணக்கான அப்பாவி மக்களை கொன்று குவிச்சிருக்கு இலங்கை அரசு. உலகமே வேடிக்கைப் பார்க்க, விலங்குகளைவிட மோசமாக வேட்டையாடப்பட்டார்கள் ஈழத்தமிழர்கள். அதை பல சின்னக் குழந்தைகள் நேர்ல பார்த்திருக்காங்களே நினைக்கும்போது ஈரக்குலை அதிருது. இன்னும் நூறு பிரபாகரன்கள் உருவாக்கும் முயற்சியில் தொடர்ந்து ஈடுபடுகிற அரசாங்கத்தின் அதிகார அறியாமையை என்ன சொல்றது?

'ரொம்ப கொடூரமான சர்வாதிகாரி பிரபாகரன்'னு சொல்றாங்க. இனவெறியில் யூதர்களை கொன்று குவித்த ஹிட்லர் இல்லை அவர். இன மக்கள் துன்பப்படும்போது அவர்களுக்காக கடைசிவரை களத்தில் நிற்க நினைக்கிற போராளி. தாக்குதல் அல்ல பிரபாகரனின் நோக்கம். தற்காப்பு மட்டுமே. பாம்பின் விஷம்கூட தற்காப்புக்கான ஆயுதமா மாறும். விஷம் கொடுமையானது என்பதில் கருத்து வேறுபாடு யாருக்கும் இல்லை. சம உரிமையை இலங்கை தமிழர்களுக்கு உறுதி செய்திருந்தால் எதற்காக இந்த வன்முறை?

தனிப்பட்ட மனிதனின் கோபத்தில் நியாயம் இல்லாமல் இருக்க எல்லா வாய்ப்பும் இருக்கு. ஆனால், ஒரு சமூகத்தின் மொத்த கோபமும் ஒண்ணு சேருதுன்னா, அதில் நூறு சதவீதம் நியாயம் இருந்தே தீரணும். அதை ஆதாரங்கள் தேடி நிரூபிக்க வேண்டிய அவசியம் இல்லை. ஈழத்தமிழர்கள் வெளிநாடுகளில் அடிமட்ட வேலைகள் செய்து சேர்க்கும் காசுல, பெரிய பங்கை தன்னுடைய போராட்டத்துக்கு அனுப்பறாங்கன்னா அதில் எப்படி நியாயம் இல்லாம இருக்கும்?

ஆயுதம் தாங்கிய இயக்கம் எப்படி ராணுவம் மாதிரி எதிர்தாக்குதல் நடத்தலாம்னு கேட்கிறாங்க. அடிக்கிறதுதான் அராஜகம். திரும்பி அடிக்கிறது தற்காப்புதான். உலகம் முழுவதும் தன்னுடைய ராஜாங்கத்தை பரப்பி அதில் மன்னனா முடிசூடணும்னு நினைக்கிற வல்லரசு தோரணை பிரபாகரன்கிட்டயோ, அந்த போராட்டத்திலோ இல்லை. தன்னுடைய வேரை, அடையாளத்தைப் பாதுகாப்பதுதான் முதன்மை நோக்கம். அதில் வெறும் லட்சியவாதியாக மட்டும் இல்லாமல், தேர்ந்த செயல்வீரனாவும் இருந்தார் பிரபாகரன். சொந்த மண்ணில் வேரைக் காக்கும் போராட்டத்தில் இறந்து போறவங்களும் வேராகிடுறாங்க.

கொள்கைக்காக, லட்சியத்துக்காக சாகவும் தயாரா கழுத்தில் எப்பவும் சயனைடு குப்பியோடு இருந்த பிரபாகரன் இப்பவும் எப்பவும் இளைஞர்களுக்கு ரோல்மாடல்தான். என்னுடைய மகன் உயிரோடு இருந்தால், பிரபாகரன் கதை சொல்லி, 'உன்னுடைய ரோல்மாடலா அவ'னு சொல்ற அளவு நேர்மையான வாழ்க்கையை வாழ்ந்திருக்காரு. லட்சியத்துக்காக உயிரைத் துச்சமாக மதித்த சுபாஷ் சந்திரபோஸ், பகத்சிங், சுகதேவ் எல்லாமே நாம கேட்டு வளர்ந்த ஹீரோக்கள், பிரபாகரன் நாம பார்த்து வளர்ந்த ஹீரோ, ஒரு வேளை அவர் இறந்திருந்தால், அவரைபோன்றவர்கள் நம் கண் முன் இறந்துபோக சம்மதிச்சோம் என்பது நம்முடைய அவமானமே தவிர அவருக்கு அது வீர மரணம்தான்.

முப்பது வருஷத்துக்கு மேல் ஒரு இயக்கத்தை, அதுவும் உலகமே தடைவிதித்த ஒரு இயக்கத்தை கட்டிக் காத்ததும், வெற்றி பெற்றதும் சாதாரண காரியம் இல்லை. பிரபாகரனைப் போன்ற அர்ப்பணிப்பு உள்ள தலைவர்கள் பெற்றெடுக்கிற ஈரம், ஈழத்தமிழ் மண்ணுக்கு இருக்கிறதே பெருமையான விஷயம்.

''வன்னியில் நடந்த குண்டுப்வெடிப்பில்
ஐந்துபேர் பலியானார்கள்.
ஐம்பதுபேர் புலியானார்கள்''னு

ஒரு கவிதை படிச்சேன். அதில் இருக்கிற வார்த்தை நயங்களைவிட, கருத்து உண்மைகளுக்கு காந்தம் அதிகம். உண்மை கசப்பா இருந்தாலும் ஒத்துக்கிட்டுதான் ஆகணும். விரும்பி சுமந்த சிலுவை இயேசுநாதரை உருவாக்கலாம். திணிக்கப்பட்ட சிலுவைகள் பிரபாகரன்களைதான் உருவாக்கும். சும்மா, 'உச்' கொட்டிக்கிட்டே இல்லாம

"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."

-Malcolm X

A scholar quoted that a nation can easily be defeated and captured without weapons, if the language of the nation is destroyed.

Brothers and Sisters, let's stand up together and reclaim what's ours!!!

"We shall meet again in Tamil Eelam"

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Film Producer/Director: Chandran Rutnam at gala dinner honouring Spielberg..!!!

Rutnam at gala dinner honouring Spielberg

Producer/Director of the film, The Road from Elephant Pass(Alimankada)Chandran Rutnam, which being screened at the Regal Cinema and the CEL Circuit throughout the country, attended the gala dinner held on, December 9, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, honouring renowned dir- ector, Steven Spielberg, with America’s Democratic Legacy Award, presented by the Anti-Defamation League.

The organizers included Sid Sheinberg, former Chairman of Universal Studios, Harold Brown, Bruce Ramer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Robert Sugarman, Abraham Foxman and other industry giants. Over dinner, Richard Dreyfess, Drew Barrymore, Noa Dori, Kirk Douglas and Sid Sheinberg took turns at the podium to praise Spielberg for his work as a filmmaker and humanitarian.

“You have guided all of us in showing what kind of people we should be in the world through your filmmaking,” said Drew Barrymore, who starred in Spielberg’s “E.T.” In his remarks, Spielberg reminded people to pay attention, which he said could be a difficult task, “in this new and wildly expanding digital universe,” where multi-tasking is the rule.

“We e-mail, we hyperlink, we blog, and yet, xenophobia exists; bigotry endures, racism endures, anti-semitism endures,” he said. “They endure in societies and cultures all around the world, and they have found a new frightening home in cyber-space.

“Spielberg called bigotry and acquired condition that can be eradicated only through education, experience and, mindfulness, and accepted ADL’s highest honour, “in mutual recognition of our ambitions to dedicate ourselves to the defence of human dignity, human rights and human life - all human life.“Chandran was one of many invited guests at this important star-studded event.

Former recipients of this award include Henry Kissinger, U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Invited to sing the National Anthem of the United States was America’s hottest star of American Idol fame, Adam Lambert. Chandran’s friendship with Steven Spielberg goes back twenty-five years when “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” was filmed in Sri Lanka. Spielberg, who requested a personal viewing of Chandran’s new film, will pay a private visit to Sri Lanka next month as Chandran’s guest.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


The sand sculptures carved by Sudarsan Pattnaik....In PURI BEACH, ORISSA,INDIA..!!!

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From: shanmugappirabu nalliah
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To: Bas Baskaran


On Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 12:57 AM, Bas Baskaran wrote:

As an impoverished child, Sudarsan Pattnaik would go to his local beach and build sand castles. Little did the youngster from Orissa , India , realize his hobby would make him famous and wealthy. These pictures show some of the sand sculptures carved by Pattnaik.

He says that people gather round to watch him create sand sculptures on the beach at Puri. Encouraged by the interest of passers-by, Pattnaik would go to the beach everyday for three hours each in the morning and evening.

He has since won prizes at international sand sculpture festivals around the world.

His works are mostly based on current world issues, ranging from climate change to world peace.

“For last two years, everywhere I heard about the issues of global warming and climate change, so I started working on these issues,” he said.

He has produced several sand sculptures of US President Barack Obama. On November 2, 2008, he made a sand sculpture of US presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.

November 5, 2008: Sudarsan Patnaik created a sand sculpture congratulating President-elect Obama on his election victory.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A lesson from Michael Jackson for everyone....!!!

A lesson from Michael Jackson for everyone

By: Gerard D. Muttukumaru, Author, "Ten Simple Steps to make a marriage and family last” - a guide for intended and married couples".
Michael and I are from the same generation. I have spent half my life in Southern California a mere 45 minutes from Hollywood and three hours from Neverland Ranch, the "controversial" home of Michael, the adult who never really wanted to grow up! But grow up he did. His sudden death has preoccupied me. A part of me, to paraphrase the very talented Sri Lankan musician Sunil Perera, "does not know why"! Another part of me knows exactly why. Those of us who never met him, felt like we have always known him! Whether we liked it or not, he was part of our lives! To us, he was and will always be Michael.

A question that I had watching the unbelievable and moving memorial service for Michael at Staples Center in Los Angeles, which I drove past twice a week in Los Angeles for so many years, is " Why do we keep from really celebrating the living until it is too late....until they are dead"? Michael was a real exception. I don't really know what happened on Neverland Ranch several years ago with his high profile child molestation case. Did he or didn't he? The case was never proven. But he was found guilty in that other court, the "court of public opinion". As result, he was almost "persona non grata" in his own country and had to live overseas and in Bahrain. The world's greatest living superstar had disappeared from sight. Then suddenly he surfaced this year with all the hoopla about his "second coming", an almost herculean 50 concert tour. He was rehearsing at the same Staple Center just a day before he died. The drama of how he died and why he had to die will continue to unfold!

One does not have to like his music to recognize him as a superstar and perhaps the world's greatest living entertainer. He was a genius. But what really happened to him that no one knew about? Even those closest to him knew little or nothing. His sudden death shocked them all. Others like Deepak Chopra had warned him years ago about an overdependence on prescription medications. We are told that he was living with great emotional and physical pain and unable to sleep. Many of us may have done exactly what he did; try desperately and almost anything to bury or remove the pain. We just don't know.

Like so many geniuses before him, he was a tormented soul and even in this torment, he gave so much to the world. He told us that we must "Heal the World", that "We are the World" and that "We are not alone". He brought world hunger and poverty to our doorsteps. A very close friend of his recently told the world that he once looked into Michael's eyes, while they were alone, saw a tormented soul, and asked him; "Are you lonely Michael?". The superstar answered: "I am very lonely". Can you imagine the world's greatest living entertainer being lonely? One can only imagine him being surrounded by people all the time. So many of us are so lonely that we constantly want to have people around us; we want to be in a crowd. Others are in a crowd and in the public arena and still very lonely. Someone once said that New York could be the loneliest city in the world! We must learn to enjoy solitude, to be alone with ourselves and really cherish it. Loneliness and solitude are two totally different things. We must be our own best friend first! Only then can we be a real best friend to another person. I don't know if Michael understood this. But he has taught us this now. He has forced us to look deep into our own souls.

Michael also described in another interview the abuse from his father. He had a huge problem with self-esteem and the way he looked. Stories about this abound. Though he sang that "it did not matter if you are black or white", he seemed to have chosen to become white! He was really a twisted soul and yet such a beautiful one; a contradiction if there was one! People who think they are "normal" really don't accomplish what geniuses like Michael Jackson do! These "normal" people have the audacity to sit in judgment of geniuses like Michael!

One critical lesson to learn from the tragedy of Michael is that each one of us must examine our souls and honour and celebrate those closest to us while they are living. As Mike Rutherford sang in "The Living Years": "It is too late when we die; it's too bad we don't see eye to eye; I wasn't there that morning when my father passed away; I wish I could have told him all the things I had to say". I see so many people who show up at funerals who rarely or never visited the person who has passed away when he or she was living! My heart goes out to so many families which are in turmoil where husband and wife rarely or never speak to each other; where parent and child rarely or never speak to each other; where a grandchild rarely or never speaks or visits a grandparent often in the same town; where brothers and sisters rarely or never speak to each other; where in-laws rarely or never speak to each other; where close members of the family rarely or never speak to each other". Why do we say and do terrible things to each other in our own families? We are all each other's brothers and sisters as Michael reminded us.

Every faith or religion has at it's core unconditional love, forgiveness and reconciliation. The "next life" whatever we believe it to be, is contingent on how much we have loved, forgiven and reconciled ourselves with those we may have offended or those who have offended us. "It is too late when we die". Whatever we have to do, we must do today, this moment. The next moment, as we saw in the life of Michael, is not guaranteed to anyone. Running to churches, mosques, prayer meetings, pilgrimages or losing ourselves in causes, will not absolve or save us. One of the world's greatest spiritual teachers commanded us: "So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother (any person) has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother (the other person), and then come and offer your gift". The same teacher told us: "if you do not forgive one another and be reconciled to one another, neither will your father in heaven forgive you". Can anything be clearer?

Michael has reminded us that we all come with terrible flaws. The great sin is not adultery, but for any of us to sit in judgment of another human being. It is the sin of spiritual arrogance, pride and self righteousness.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson: King of Pop dies at 50.....!!!

King of Pop dies at 50:

Michael Jackson


Mega super star and pop legend Michael Jackson was silenced on Thursday (25) by a heart disease. He was pronounced dead yesterday at 2:26 pm(2126 GMT). He was 50.

The international King of Pop, was rushed to UCLA Medical Centre from his rented home in Los Angeles" Holmby Hills after he suffered a cardiac arrest. He died at UCLA medical centre, Los Angeles. The cause of death is yet to be determined.

Paramedics arrived at Jackson's Sunset Boulevard home after receiving a 911 call. Despite CPR being administered during the short ambulance ride, he arrived at the UCLA Medical Center in a coma.

The major news networks across the globe have made plans honour the super star with TV specials dedicated to him. The CNN announced that they will air Larry King Live on the death of the musician soon after the news confirming Jackson's death.,

ABC said it would air is one-hour special on the life of MJ from 9 to 10 p.m. CBS will air "The Life and Death of Michael Jackson" from 10 to 11 p.m. NBC will air a two-hour tribute from 9 to 11 p.m., honoring both Jackson and actress Farrah Fawcett who passed away this morning.

The MTV networks MTV, MTV2, MTV tr3s and mtvU will also air programs in honouring Michael Jackson featuring celebrity call-ins and various MJ music videos. All the International TV channels including FOX and BIO are well set o celebrate the King -Of-Pop this Saturday. Jackson, the winner of 13Grammy awards, was a musical pop icon and popularized the one sparkly glove, the moonwalk and other unique dance moves. Five of his albums "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous" and "HIStory" became global bestsellers.

Michael Jackson was the undisputed "Blood" on the Dance Floor" of all times in pop music throughout its history. Michael enthralled, excited, mystified and paralyzed audiences wherever he performed in the world.

He was a perfectionist. He once said , "I'm never pleased with anything, I'm a perfectionist, it's part of who I am." He joins among the artiste of the calibre of Elvis Presley and John Lennon whose influence is forever felt by anyone in the music world .

Michael Joseph Jackson was born Aug. 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He was the seventh of nine siblings that included Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy and Janet. His childhood was a rocky one, characterized by highs from his success with his brothers as The Jackson 5 and lows from physical and emotional abuse by his father Joe Jackson.

His solo career began concurrently with his time with The Jackson 5, and the songs "Ben" and "Rockin' Robin" became hits for the time. After playing the Scarecrow in "The Wiz," he formed a partnership with Quincy Jones that produced his first major solo album "Off the Wall."

Besides his fashions, vocals and choreography, Jackson's music videos became iconic. To this day, "Thriller" is so beloved and recognizable, people worldwide are still performing the ghoulish dance at the end of the video. Jackson's sudden death brought reactions from across the entertainment world.

As put it by president and CEO of the Recording Academy, Neil Prtnow, " rarely has the world received a gift with the magnitude of artistry, talent and vision as Michael Jackson. He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice,innovative dance moves , stunning musical versatility and sheer star power carried him from childhood to world-wide acclaim."

While reactions are destined to galore in appreciation of the King of Pop and the All Time Blood On the Dance Floor, Michael Jackson, let's ponder on to what Michael said about his life , being a celebrity musician and his personal existence. What did he believe in?

Michael Jackson said:
* If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.

* "I'm just like anyone. I cut and I bleed. And I embarrass easily."

* The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation".

* Yeah, Wacko Jacko, where did that come from? Some English tabloid.I have a heart and I have feelings. I feel that when you do that to me. It's not nice."

* Just because it's in print does not mean it's the gospel".

* And I remember going to the record studio and there was a park across the street and I'd see all the children playing and I would cry because it would make me sad that I would have to work instead."

* The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work."

* People write negatives things, cause they feel that's what sells. Good news to them, doesn't sell.

* I love my family very much. I wish I could see them a little more often than I do.

* And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.

Thursday, June 18, 2009