Youth: Winds of Change and Waves of Unrest

Youth is not a time of life. It is perennial stage of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees. It is a matter of unconquerable will, a quality of the imagination. A vigour of the emotion; it is the freshness of the deep and eternal springs of life.Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite for ceaseless adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a body of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our cherished goals.

youth-summit-lgYouth may wrinkle the skin, but to give up undying enthusiasm wrinkles our soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to the dust. Whether Sixty or Sixteen, there is every being’s heart the passionate lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike appetite of what’s next and the joy of game of living. In the centre of your heart and my heart there is a bewitching wireless station; so long as it receives Messages of beauty, hope, cheer courage and power from men and from the finite, so long you are young.

When the aerials are down, and spirit is covered with SNOWS OF CYNICISM AND THE ICE OF PESSIMISM, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up to catch up the reverberating waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young even at eighty. -by Dr.K.Thiagarajan


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A source of inspiration for those who protect Earth’s creatures

On April 3, 2014, Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-renowned primatologist (chimpanzee expert) conservationist and UN Messenger for Peace, turns 80.Dr. Jane Goodall has dedicated her entire life to learning and studying animals and motivating thousands in conservation programmes all over the world. She has become a source of inspiration to those who value conservation, peace and the protection of all of earth’s creatures.

Dr.Jane Goodall DBE and Dr Supraja,TREE FoundationFounded in 1981 by Dr. Jane Goodall, Roots & Shoots is a volunteer network that provides young people with the knowledge, tools and inspiration to improve the environment and the quality of life for people and animals. In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment. Inspired by the work of Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Supraja Dharini founded Tree Foundation in 2002 with the mission of Turtle Conservation and community development. Since its founding, Tree Foundation has rescued and treated 27 injured turtles. From its humble beginnings Tree Foundation has grown year by year to become a highly respected NGO in India.

Through its Community Based Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, to date they have successfully released over 421,000 hatchlings into the ocean. In January 2009, during Jane Goodall’s visit to Chennai, Tree Foundation had the an event where people of all ages, including children, got an opportunity to meet and interact with Dr. Goodall. The story of Dr. Jane Goodall, her life and mission, her passion and work, can be a source of inspiration to all. Tree Foundation and Roots & Shoots India conveys their best wishes Dr.Goodall. Tree Foundation can be contacted at 94443 06411.


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Saliyar Monthly Meeting
The monthly meeting of Saliyar Mahajan Sangh Chennai Branch will be held at 11am on 27th April 2014 at Door No-4, Tamil Nadu Housing Board Complex, Luz Corner, behind Vinayagar Temple) Mylapore, Chennai-4. For details contact A.Palanichamy on 9884603087.

Humour Club Meeting
Anna Nagar Humour Club is holding its monthly meeting on Sunday, 13th April 2014 at 4.00 p.m at Shri Krishnaswami Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Vaigai Colony (near Anna Nagar West Bus Depot), Anna Nagar West, Chennai. Mr. Lakshmi Avudai Nayagan, Humorist, will be the Chief Guests and speak on the topic “Good Humour for a Bright Future. All are welcome.

Grand Celebration
Sani Maha Pradhosham will be celebrated grandly on 12.4.2014 at the Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam, Selaiyur, Tambaram, Chennai-73. At 5.30 pm there will be an Abhishekam followed by alankaram and Deeparadanai. Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam, is atNo- 1 Kambar St, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Selaiyur, Tambaram, Chennai-73. For details contact 22290134/9444629570, 22293388.

Yellow Bus
Yellow Bus Play School in Besant Nagar is conducting its summer camp from April 15 to May 9 for children aged between three and 13 years. The activities include studio pottery, craft, science, chess, photography, storytelling, fireless cooking, dance, writing for animation and others. All the programmes will be held at E-35, Second Avenue, Besant Nagar. For details, contact Hema Chari at 98845 49688 /4551 1819.

Colourful Workshop
Forum Art Gallery presents a unique concocted arts oriented storytelling camp called Colorful Creations. The camp is held for kids between the age group of four to fourteen. Forum Art Gallery is at no-57, 5th Street Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar, Chennai.

Apparao Gallery
The art works of artist N.Ramachandran will be exhibited at Apparao Galleries, No. 7, Wallace Gardens 3rd Street, Nungambakkam.The exhibition will be on view from 7th April to 30th April.2014.The monthly Yarn club talk for the month of April 2014 by Annapurna Mamidipudi takes place on Saturday 12th of April at 5pm. For details contact 044- 28330726.


Metro Water work to prevent sewage overflow

DSC00974Latest equipment are now been used by the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) to undertake manhole cleaning in an effective way. In a bid to prevent frequent sewage blocks, Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) used a jet rodding machine to clear a blockage drainage spot along Paddy Field Road in Perambur.Metro Water officials said that they would be desilting manholes using jet rodding machinery to remove blocks and silt in the sewer lines. Chennai Metro Water is carrying out desilting works in various parts of Chennai city.


Very Innovative in using icons, objects and symbols!!

Meet talented artist N.Ramachandran. His art work derives inspiration from the hurried lives and fast moving world. Born and brought up in Chennai, the artist is a thinker, observer and conceptualiser. He translates his life, environment, memory and experience into a narrative that he conceptualizes in his own language and idiom. On a bus journey in route M49 in Chennai, he recorded all that he saw.When revisiting these words after some days the artist says, “it portrays the attitude of locating myself, but without any comment or bias.

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I don’t understand in whole the logistics, politics, or anything that constructed my environment, I was simply a witness. “His preoccupation with the gathering experiences of the journey of an idea in a material form is translated in his artworks.  Material is an important aspect of his work as he works with different kinds of papers including newspapers, tissues etc. What is prominent in his art is the method of paint application, the linear aesthetic and arrangement of forms.  He also uses photographs, silver and metal colours to bring in the effect of mass culture in his works. The use of photographs also reflects his love for the medium. The artist also tries to comment on the superstitious trends in society by  using silver Kavachas fashioned into different parts of the human body. The elusive nature of truth that is always in flux and like a shadow dependent on light is what N.Ramachandran tries to capture in his works.

Using a non-representational language he allows the viewer to interpret this truth in his/her own terms. This language according to the artist brings in the element of probability where one thing appears differently to different people. The urbanisation of the environment is seen in his slots of organised square with symbols that relate directly to the experience. He uses icons, objects and symbols all at once to bring the viewer into a relationship with him and his journey. Using a language derived from the immediate world of sensory experiences to dwell on the notion of immediacy, he uses a postmodernist vocabulary of collage, kitsch and found object assemblage to evoke the multi-layered reality of India where tradition and modernity exist in a happy mix.In order to communicate with the viewers he has discarded the clichéd abstract visual language and instead come up with a unique idiom.   There is an elemental sense of effortless play in the manner in which he is able to dive into space at any point and pick out elements that assert the invariable nature of the space continuum.

Space is treated as fragmented in segments, slices and planes, shards, slivers and other geometric abstractions which foreground differentiation.In this, his most recent body of work, he has gone back to the prescribed traditional aesthetic, the Shilpashastra, to create a meeting point and hook in his conversation with the viewer. The art works of N.Ramachandran is on at Apparao Galleries, No. 7, Wallace Gardens 3rd Street,Nungambakkam, Chennai. For details contact 044-28332226 / 28330726.


Students displayed interesting Science concepts

In order to encourage, popluarise and inculcate scientific concepts among children, a science expo was held at St.Mark’s Middle School, Vepery High Road. The participating students and the respective class teachers displayed their scientific talents through creative models and science exhibits. The aim of the science expo was to appreciate the role of science and create awareness on environmental issues and bring out innovative projects.


The chief guest Dr.Jacob Jamesraj, Cardiac surgeon, Madras Medical mission, accompanied by St.Marks Middle School Headmistress Mrs. J. D. Chalceydoney went around the exhibition and interacted with the students. Mr.T.V.Ravichandran, Superintendent, Department of School Education, Retd, cut the ribbon and opened the Kids Science Expo on 4th April 2014. Mr.Prince Jesudasan, Computer Engineer and a well wisher of the school, donated the prizes for the winners and also the consolation prizes to all the participants. The function concluded with a cultural dance performance followed by a prize distribution ceremony.


An angel for Homeless animals

TrishaBlueAngelAd300Chennai – Many people would say that Trisha Krishnan has been blessed with the looks of an angel. But now, the award-winning actor is asking her legions of fans to be angels for animals once again. That’s because Krishnan is featured wearing angel wings and a stunning white and gold ensemble by designer Chaitanya Rao in a brand-new ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.


Well appreciated for her Carnatic Vocal Concerts!!

Dr.Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam gave an excellent Carnatic vocal concert during the launch of the book titled “Temple Trips of South India’ at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai. The event was organized by Lonely Planet, the iconic travel information and publishing house. Dr.Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam is an eminent Carnatic music vocalist. As a student and performer of classical music for over three decades, she has performed extensively in India and abroad since the age of twelve. She has conducted numerous workshops and lecture demonstrations on the various aspects of Carnatic Music. She has presented papers at international conferences in many countries over the last decade.

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She is a serious researcher of music. In June 2007, she brought out a book “Apoorva Kriti Manjari”, a collection of twenty rare compositions of the Trinity of Carnatic Music. A doctorate in music, Vijayalakshmy was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Visiting Lecturer Fellowship in 2010. As part of the programme, she taught the subject ‘An Introduction to Indian Music’ at the Duke University, North Carolina, USA, as a visiting Fulbright fellow (Aug – Nov 2010). Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam started her training in Carnatic Music at the age of five under K. Padmanabhan, a disciple of Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar from the Swati Tirunal Academy, Trivandrum.

She has performed at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival in 2009 and 2006.She has performed at the KI Tropentheater, Amsterdam in 2005 – Concert Series in Belgium and Holland. She has participated in the Asia Pacific Music Festival, New Zealand, 1992. Vijayalakshmy is an ‘A’ grade artiste with the All India Radio. She has performed in the prestigious Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan concerts and sings regularly over the Chennai Station of All India Radio.

She has won many awards and honours including the Nada Bhushanam, Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, New Delhi in March 2012 and the M.S Subbulakshmi Award instituted by Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai in December 2010. She secured the ‘Best Vocalist’ award for the sub senior category from Madras Music Academy, Annual Music Festival, in 1996 and 1999. She is also a dedicated teacher and has groomed many students in vocal music.


Tiny Tots take the Center Stage


Kutties Play School held its annual day celebration on 27th March 2014 in a grand manner. The school children give a colourful performance on stage. Parents, grandparents of the students enjoyed watching their kids dancing and taking part in talent programmes. Thiru.C.Natarajan. Vice President, Apollo Hospitals and Lion Dr.R.Naesh Kumar ENT Equipment exporter participated in the function and distributed prizes to the children.

Lion.K.Srinivsan. Director of Kutties- The First Step Play School welcomed the gathering. The school has play group, pre group and day care facilities. Karate, dance, vocal, Hindi, hand writing classes are also available after school hours. More over from this year Montessori teacher Training has been introduced. Lion S.Padmavathi Srinivasan presented the vote of thanks. Kutties-The First Step Play School is located at W-740, 4th Avenue, D-Sector, Anna Nagar Western Extension. For details contact 9940646496 and 044 – 64626207.