Health awareness campaign

International Hand Washing Day is a campaign to motivate people especially youngsters around the world to wash their hands with soap. It takes place on October 15 of each year. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of hand washing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention. To mark the occasion, International Hand Washing Day was held on 14th October 2014 at Leo Matriculation Higher Secondary School, East Main Road, Anna Nagar West Extn, Chennai.

The function was jointly organised by Indian Community Welfare Organisation and Leo School to promote good health habits among the students. Dr.M.Baskaran, President-ICWO, welcomed the gathering. Honourable Justice Dr.T.N.Vallinayagam, Judge, Lok Adalad, Former Judge, Madras High Court inaugurated the function. Mr.A.J.Hariharan spoke on the health benefits of hand washing. Importance of hand washing and healthy surroundings were highlighted by Mr. S.Damodaran, Founder Director and Dr.S.Amirthamathi, Monitoring Officer- Gramalaya, Trichy. Mr.V.G.Jayaraman, Director and Hepzibah Solomon, Vice-Principal, Leo School encouraged students to spread awareness on hand washing.


City Bee

Diwali Shopping Festival
Visit the grand Diwali Shopping exhibition at the Chennai Trade Centre. There will be stalls and stalls of clothes, accessories, food, Diwali special lights, diyas, fire crackers and much more. The three day exhibition promises to be a one stop shop for all your Diwali needs. The show is on till 19th October 2014.

Music Concert
Euphony presents Marina, a musical concert as a tribute to Marina beach and the city of Madras. This concert is in view of the city’s 375th birthday celebrations. It will feature world class musicians Guitar Prasanna and Sikkil Gurucharan on the vocals, Keith Peters on the bass, Navneet Sundar on the piano, Navin Iyer on the flute, Jeoraj George on the drums and Vikram Rozario on the percussions. The event takes place on n Saturday, October 18th at Music Academy.

Skill training
SCARF- Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India) has been identified as one among the organization to conduct tailoring and embroidery as primary skill training program for the mentally ill clients. SCARF- Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India) functions at R-7A, North Main Road, Anna Nagar West (Extn),Chennai. For details contact 2615 3971.

Group Art Show
An art show titled “The Passion of Paper, showcases the best of new emerging works on paper” featuring Chantal, Dhasan, Diane de Valou, Mainaz Bano, Mukta Wadhwa, Nataraj, Neeta Gajam, Parul Pattani, Pravin Sawarkar, Rajesh Patil, Rohini Singh, Sanjeeva Rao, Srinivasa Reddy. The show is on till 26th October, 2014 at Apparao Galleries, No-7, Wallace Garden, Nungambakkam, Chennai. For details contact : 9941012386, 9841022477.

Dance programme
Danseuse Medha Hari will be performing at The Music Academy on Friday, Oct 17, 2014. She is a disciple of Anita Guha and has won a lot of appreciation in the field of dance. She has performed in many sabhas and events in the city

Special Tribute Concert
The Bluebirds is all set to pay a tribute to two legendary bands Scorpions and Rolling Stones. The line-up will feature Timothy Madhukar, Kavita Thomas and Rajasekaran. The concert will be held at Music Academy on Saturday, 18th October 2014.


Diwali Celebration at Anbu Karangal

Diwali celebration at Anbu karangal18Lakshmi, Founder of Anbu Karangal (1/216, Vivekanander Street, Kottivakkam) an orphanage and old age appeals for new clothes, sweets and crackers for Diwali celebrations on 22nd October 2014.
There are more than 50 inmates studying school and colleges and 27 old age persons. Anbu Karangal provides free shelter, food, education and medical assistances for the inmates. Lakshmi told that Anbu Karangal is run with donations from individuals, organizations and philanthropists. For details contact 2492 8282 /8383, 2474 1003 and 94444 31495.


Book launch function by Probus Club

Probus Club of Chennai organised the “International Elders Day” Celebrations jointly with the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) at the RCSC, Kasturi Ranga Road, Chennai-18 on 1st October, 2014. Former Supreme Court Judge and Former Chairman, Law Commission of India, Dr. AR. Lakshmanan was the Chief Guest. A book titled “Probus Way to Graceful Ageing” was released during the function. The first copy was received by Sri S.N. Srikanth, President, Rotary Club of Madras. Mr. Mikhail Gorbatov, Director, RCSC also addressed the gathering. The book would give the senior citizens an awareness of the problems of old age and how to equip themselves for facing it happily and successfully.The Chief Guest, Dr. AR. Lakshmanan lauded the Probus Club for having sent its suggestions for consideration on the Bill, “The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act-2007” before the Bill is introduced in the Parliament.

Book launchThe Probus Award of Excellence was awarded to Shri M. Radhakrishnan, Founder & Managing Trustee, Sri Rajeswari Radhakrishnan Charitable Trust, Nanganallur, Chennai in recognition of his exemplary services rendered to the poor and visually challenged. The Probus Club also awarded Probus Recognition Awards to two of its Past Probian Presidents, Shri R. Manickam and Sri V. Audimoolam by the President, Rotary Club of Chennai. Ms. Jyoti Agarwal, President, Inner Wheel Club distributed prizes to the winners. Shri K. Lakshmipathi, Secretary proposed a vote of thanks.For book copies and donations contact Shri B. Ranganathan, Treasurer, 9962644468 and K. Lakshmipathi on 9840706015 (or) Dr. P.P. Ramaswami on 9841280256.


Wining a Bronze medal for India

Varsha and Aishwarya given a grand welcome at the New Delhi airport by the Yachting Association of India and Chennai Airport by the Tamil Nadu Sailing Association. by becoming the first ever Indian women to win a Bronze medal for India in sailing at the Asian Games. Varsha Gautham at 16 years of age, also made it to the history books by becoming the youngest athlete from India amongst the Indian medal winners at this Asian Games. The competition for the top positions was fierce and the difference in points between the three top positions is minimal.Aishwarya, who is 18 years old, is now in MOP Vaishnav college and is fully supported by them, while Varsha has completed 10th with 82.4%.

Wining a BronzeThe team is now looking forward to qualifying for the Olympic 2016 in the 49er FX Class, which is the Olympic Women’s Skiff class.Varsha and Aishwarya thanked the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India, the Sports Authority of India, the Tamil Nadu Government, the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, the Yachting Association of India and the Tamil Nadu Sailing Association for the key role played by each of them in their winning this medal.

They both also thanked their coaches Peter David Conway and Captain Amish Ved, without whom this would not have been possible. Their performance has drawn the attention of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for the immediate need for setting up a ‘Sailing Centre of Excellence’, with state of the art facilities which are tailored to the specific needs of the sport, at a site in Chennai which launches directly into the sea and has excellent sailing conditions throughout the year. Once such a centre is set up in Chennai, it will develop the enormous potential our country has for sailing and Chennai will soon be the sailing capital of India.


Scottish Dance Theatre India Tour 2014

Scottish Dance Theatre, Scotland’s national contemporary dance company is touring India from 24th September to 21st October 2014 following sell out performances from a hugely successful 2012 tour. Scottish Dance Theatre is part of Dundee Rep Theatre which collaborates with both international and UK-based choreographers of outstanding calibre to produce high quality dance that is thought provoking and holds resonance in people’s lives. Scottish Dance Theatre contribute to a wealth of work made in Scotland and is highly regarded as an arts ambassador on a local, national and international level.

Scottish Dance Theatre“We were overwhelmed with the responses of the Indian audiences when we first toured the country in 2012” said Fleur Darkin, Artistic Director, Scottish Dance Theatre.Scottish Dance Theatre, with a highly acclaimed repertoire is constantly evolving, pushing boundaries and challenging expectations. Scottish Dance Theatre works as an intense, expressive community, under the brilliant and inspirational artistic direction of Fleur Darkin to produce spectacular and daring work that is propelled by the rhythm of the dancing body. Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India says : “British Council is delighted to once again partner with Scottish Dance Theatre after their debut in India two years ago.Scottish Dance Theatre’s performances in all four cities will feature work from three dynamic and talented choreographers from around the world in a compelling triple bill entitled Forces of Nature. Scottish Dance Theatre dancers are captivating and highly personable individuals.Scottish Dance Theatre is a Creative Scotland Foundation organisation and is funded by them to create and present high quality dance in Scotland, the UK and internationally. In addition to this regular support, they have supported this tour with an award from their International Fund. Scottish Dance Theatre performance was held on 1st October at Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao and Lady Andal Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.



Whistling her way to Success

Swetha, a resident of Postal Colony 2nd Street, West Mambalam had completed her 18 hours whistling world record on 5th October 2014 from 4.52 am to 10.52 pm with Sankar’s Saadhaga Paravaigal Troupe. It was a triple record attempt, her name has been featured in the books of Asia Book Records, India Book of Records and Tamilnadu Book of Record. She whistled 196 songs it includes classical, devotional, M. K. Thayagaraja Bhagavathar to M. S. Viswanathan, hindi old classics unplugged, A. R. Rahman to Anirudh, Ilayaraja hits and challenging songs.She is a multi-faceted personality with undisputable talent in multi various arts forms, she is an astute singer, semi classical dancer, film editor, sound designer and amazing whistler.

whistingArt forms and entertainment are intertwined in her nerves as she began to enthral audience from as early as age of 5.She took to many stages as singer and now she is performing as whistler. She has to credit award winning documentary. Swetha developed keen interest in whistling and joined Indian Whistlers Association to master the art further. Her Midas Touch continues in whistling too. She has completed performing 250 exclusive shows.  She has to her credit of having made whistling tributes to the tunes created by legendary music directors like M. S. Viswanathan, Illayaraja, A. R. Rahman, Vidyasagar, and other eminent music composers. She has also whistled some of the popular numbers of Sivaji Ganesan penned by Kannadasan.She has completed more than 1000 shows throughout Tamilnadu and performed before the Tamilnadu Governor, His Excellency Surjit Singh Barnala at the Raj Bhavan. She has also performed at international venues.Film music directors have used her whistling skills in feature films. Swetha has also rendered her whistling performance in few unreleased movies and couple of Telugu and Kannada movies of Music Director Arul Dev. She can be contacted on 97890 63548.


JK Tyre launched Steel Wheels showroom in Chennai

Further strengthening its presence in South India, JK Tyre & Industries Limited launched its new Steel Wheels showroom in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 8th October 2014. The Steel Wheels showroom will be a one-stop shop with tyre solutions and will offer a complete umbrella of tyre-specific services. Spread over an area of 900 square feet, this showroom showcases JK Tyre’s new retail identity for its exclusive stores.

JK TYRE 1The ambience of the store is designed in a manner that makes buying new tyres, alloys and accessories a complete factual experience for consumers. The display and information kiosk help consumers choose the most suitable product for their vehicle. All JK Steel Wheels showrooms are equipped with modern features such as wheel servicing equipment, computerized wheel alignment & wheel balancing, automated tyre changing, nitrogen inflation and air care in addition to offering the complete suite of JK Tyre products.

Inaugurating the showroom, Mr. V.A.J. Manikantan, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd. said, “We are extremely thrilled to launch the new Steel wheels showroom in the region.Also present at the inauguration, Mr. Nikesh Kumar, Proprietor, Indra Automotives said, “This has been a great association with one of India’s preferred tyre manufactures, JK Tyre. With the inauguration of this new facility, we expect to bring the high standards of services and product innovation from JK Tyre to consumer here and the adjoining area.”


World Last Week

Saturday 04th October

 The Queen Mary 2 is the largest ocean liner in the world. It is the first major ocean liner built since Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969.

 India’s Mars orbiter has sent a picture of regional dust storm activities over the northern hemisphere of the Red Planet.

 A new health study by medical researchers has found out that nighttime is the right time for cancer to grow and spread in the body.

 A 500-year-old banyan tree has been accorded tourist spot status at Sakhibata in Kendrapara district. The gigantic tree is spread across 1.3 acres.

Sunday 05th October

 Lake Baikal in southern Russia is the world’s deepest lake. It is 5,314 feet deep (1,637 meters) and it’s bottom is at 4,215 feet (1,285 meters) below sea level.

 Researchers from the Brain Mind Institute have found a fundamental synaptic mechanism that explains the relationship between chronic stress.

 The Oberoi in Gurgaon has been voted World’s Leading Luxury Hotel for the third consecutive year by the World Travel Awards held in Doha, Qatar.

 An adventure holiday gave Sydneysider Ashley Newland all the impetus he needed to invent the “world’s smallest washing machine”.

Monday 06th October

 The Watkins Glen International Raceway in New York is 3.4 miles in length and has only eleven turns, but makes for one of the most challenging.

 Tourists visiting Dhanushkodi, the southern-most tip of this holy island can now enjoy a four-wheel bike drive on the beach sands.

 Turkish archaeologists have discovered a 1,200-year-old wooden object which they claim is an ancient equivalent of a tablet computer.

 Typhoon Phanfone lashed Japan, causing 12 to 15 foot waves on the northwest coast.

Tuesday 07th October

 British-American researcher John O’Keefe won the Nobel Medicine Prize with a Norwegian couple, Edvard and May-Britt Moser.

 There are more gadgets in the world than there are people, including a growing number that only communicate, according to data at GSMA Intelligence.

 At least 300 tons of the old Bay Bridge will live on in California public art projects that could include anything from light poles or street benches to large sculptures.

 The device was found within the remains of one of the 37 ships unearthed in the Yenikapi area of Istanbul, the Turkish capital.

Wednesday 08th October

 Italian street artist Mimmo Rubino, transformed a concrete mixing truck into a vibrant work of mobile art.

 A pair of experimental, oral antiviral drugs is safe and highly effective in the treatment of hepatitis C, a liver-damaging infectious disease, scientists have found.

 A defective sense of smell appears to be a good predictor of dying within five years, a new study has found.

 Named after Japanese legend Ronin 47 series of motorcycles consists, naturally, of only and exactly 47 individually built bikes.

Thursday 09th October

 Artist Alex Chinneck created illusion by making a building at one of London’s busiest tourist districts hover in mid-air.

 The study, from the international Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) Consortium has revealed that more than half of the factors involved in determining height of a person.

 Eighty seven year old Johanna Quaas is a regular competitor in the amateur competition Landes-Seniorenspiele staged in Saxony, Germany.

 A recent study suggests that women whose personalities tend toward the neurotic run a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Friday 10th October

 Lip-reading computers that unlock with a word may soon become a possibility after a new study has found that every person moves their lips a little differently when they speak.

 China’s latest attraction is a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in Pingjiang county, in the province of Hunan, southern China.

 New scientific study shows the mind can stay active minutes after body shuts down, University of Southampton boffins claim.

 India along with Japan, the US, China and Canada will start work on the world’s biggest telescope on Hawaii Island.


Encouraging children to bring out their talents in art!!

A painting exhibition by Mrs.Meenakshi Gupta is on at “La Galerie D’Expression,” at Hotel Ambassador Pallava, till 15th October 2014. Mrs.Meenakshi Gupta is a proprietress and an art educator at ‘Creative Art Classes’, Anna Nagar East, Chennai. Meenakshi Gupta worked as arts and crafts teacher at Chennai Public School, handling classes from first to tenth standard. She has conducted art exhibitions at various levels. She is a trained art instructor from Malaysian art companies like Global Art India and world of colours. She worked as a merchandiser in Gokul Das Export, Bangalore and also helps her husband Mr. Ashish Gupta in his Florist and wedding decorations at “Greeen House Florist” at Ambassador Pallava hotel,Egmore, Chennai. Mrs.Meenakshi Gupta is a well trained and experienced Pidilite arts and crafts teacher.

Lady junctionShe did her Master of Art Education at Stella Maris College and also has a Bachelor degree in Home Science from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. and B.Ed from IGNOU. She did her diploma in Garment making, screen printing, tie-dye, batik art form and MS Office from S.C.S.Kothari Academy for Women, Kilpauk. She did a WEDP course from Canara Bank, Chennai. She attended a one day workshop on art therapy conducted by Ms.Seema Omar and a workshop at Illango Art Space. She has trained students from various schools. She had been an active member of a NGO Ladies Circle India. She has held posts like Chairperson of the Circle, Area Chairperson, National Treasurer and National Co-opted Trust treasurer.

She has undergone training from Dr.Reddys Foundation on Quality Education for Government and Government aided schools.She conducts summer and winter camps on arts and crafts .she was invited to Judge the AlI India Camlin 2013 Art contest at the zonal level held at various schools at Tamil Nadu.In January 2011 and February 2013, Meenakshi Gupta organized her first and second art exhibition along with her students at La Galerie D’Expressions, Hotel Ambassador Pallava, Egmore. Each art work of her students at Creative Art Classes is very unique ,inspired by nature.To encourage the cause, famous senior Artist, sculptor and art Educationist Mr. A.V.Ilango interacted with children of creative art classes on 5th October 2014.The proceeds from the sale of art works will be used for education of lesser privileged. Meenakshi can be contacted on 9941951515.