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Award Presentation Function

The South India Social and Cultural Academy Awarded Guru.N.Sasi Kumaran the title ”NARTHANA SUDAROLI.” The award was presented in the presence of the chief guests Hon’ble District & Sessions Judge.Sri.S.Sethumurugan Boopathy and Versatile Film Actor Sri.V.S.Raghavan.

The event took place on 21.09.2013at Hotel Palmgrove,Chennai-34. Guru.N.Sasikumaran Sri Narthana Ganapathy Natyalaya, Urappakkam was established 12 years ago and running very successful by Guru “Bharata Kala Ratnam” “Narthana Sironmani” Guru Sasikumar. He is the disciple of Guru Swaminathan and made his arangetram. Narthana Sironmani Guru N.Sasikumar, M.A, is a talented and experienced personality in the field of Indian classical dance and music. He did his elementary education at St.Marks Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chromepet. He completed his high school education at Chennai Chromepet Government Boys Higher Secondary school. He did his MA at Annamalai University.

His aim in life is to become a successful and popular dance teacher. Nithya Selvar Guru S.R.Ravichandran told that N.Sasikumar is a dedicated student and has good chances to surely shine well. An important honour to be mentioned is that Sri Narthana Ganapathy Natyalaya got selected for the 2nd place during the Indiian Dance Festival 2013 held at Mahabalipuram.

Today Sri Narthana Ganapathy Natyalaya has given a new dimension to Classical dance. Guru N.Sasikumar and his students have got good applause and appreciation for their dancing skills and talent. Guru N.Sasikumar, a dedicated guru along with his students has performed at many renowned stages and events. He can be contacted on 9283186092.

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Honoured with the Saraswathi Award for Music-2013!

The Saraswathi Award for Music was conferred on Shri Maharajapuram Srinivasan, grandson of Sangita Kalanidhi Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer and son of Sangita Kalanidhi Mahatajaputam Santhanan, veterans in the field of carnatic music. Sangita Kalanidhi Dr.R.Vedavalli presented the Saraswathi Award for Music to Maharajapuram Srinivasan in the presence of vocalist Sumathi Krishnan and Dr.Nanditha Krishna, Hon Director of CP Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation.

The award presentation ceremony and Navaratri Music Festival took place on 3rd October 2013 at at CP Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, Eldams Road,Alwarpet. Maharajapuram Srinivasan has performed in leading and popular sabhas all over India.

He is a A grade artist and regular performs at Doordarshan and All India Radio. He is the trustee of Maharajapuram Viswantha Iyer Trust and Maharajapuram Santhanam Foundation, which are both aimed at encouraging Carnatic musicians and promoting classical music. He upholds his family traditions by living his life for the good cause of Carnatic music.

Saraswathi Award for Music 2013

In September 2011, in connection with Navaratri, C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation launched the first Annual Nanaratri Festival of music. The festival was inaugurated by Dr.P.V.Krishnamurthy, Director General (Retd), Doordarshan Kendra. The Saraswathi Award was conferred to Shri M.Chendrasekharan, Violin Maestro for his lifetime service in music. The Grove, the building where the foundation is situated was once a lively center of music. Great vidwans of Carnatic music have performed here for the benefit of Sir C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar and his famous guests. Smt.T.Mukta Ammal taught rare padams and javalis here in the 1970′s and many great musicians have performed in the Foundation’s famous kalyana koodam.

The Saraswathi Award has been instituted in honour of Smt Saraswathi Pattabhi Raman who along with her husband Shri C.R.Pattabhi Raman had donated the ancestral family property of The Grove which is situated at Eldams Road, Alwarpet, Chennai to the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation. An accomplished musician, Saraswathi Pattabhi Raman sand beautifully.

Besides her musical voice, she played six instruments, namely veena, violin, mridangam, harmonium, flute and the piano.She was trained in Western and Indian classical music. In 1977 she collected and published a book on traditional music for wedding, festivals and important events titled Gowri Kalyana Vaibhogame (published by LIFCO) which she set to classical notes. She found beauty in the most classical traditions of music. In 2012, the Saraswathi Award was presented to R.Vedavalli. Dr.Gopalakrishna Gandhi, Former Governor of West Bengal presented the award to R.Vedavalli. Felicitations were rendered by Smt Vyjayanthimala Bali.

A special award was constituted to Maharajapuram Ganesh Viswanathan, an alumni of Saraswathi Kendra Learning Center for Children. The C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation is located at No-1,Eldams Road, Teynampet,Chennai-18. For details call 24341778, 24346526.

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A interesting visit to Pammal Enviro Home

NSS Students of RKM Sharada Vidyalaya, Usman Road, T.Nagar had a fruitful experience, specially their visit to Pammal – the “Enviro Home” of Sri. Indrakumar turned out to be an eye opener and a realization, how simple it is to “Live with Nature”.

The girls expressed their happiness over the practices and have vowed to carryout it at their homes and impress their neighbors also to follow. Giving expression to what they have seen Selvi.M. Parvathi, G. Gayathri, P. Anusha and M. Aishwarya said that solution to garbage is in each one’s hand.

We have to be responsible in ‘not mixing’ garbage at home, introduce perishable waste at home for composting through simple – inexpensive composting through aerobic or vermin-composting methods and handing over recyclable wastes to rag-pickers (who make a living out of this) for appropriate recycling.

By doing so, accumulation of waste at streets is eliminated.By recycling waste water by a simple technique, water needs of the plants are fulfilled and helps retain moisture around the house. Similarly, by introducing an enzyme into septic tank, he eliminates foul smell and letting out the untreated, unhygienic water in open spaces. This water is also used to water the plants at his garden.

He has a wonderful rain water harvesting system in place which ensures every drop of water at his property and surrounding is effectively recharged. The most thrilling experience of their visit was the terrace garden with varieties of medicinal, flowering, vegetable & green plants for our day to day use in a small place.

The girls were reluctant to come away from the place.The programme was coordinated by Dr.(Smt). G. Vasundara, Programme Officer, NSS and Sri. R.Govindaraj, Joint General Secretary, Exnora International.

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Art Show Inaugurated At Mylapore

A painting exhibition by G.Suvedha titled Thoorigai Mozhi was inaugurated by Senior Artist Maruthi on 1st Occtober 2013 at Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, No-21/ 11, First Main Road, CIT Colony,Mylapore.

The lighting of the traditional lamp was by Kalaimamani Dr.S.Sunder, Founder Freedom Trust. The exhibition is on till 10th October 2013. It is open for public view from 11 am to 7 pm. For more details contact Suvedha Ganesan on 9841790119.Vinnyasa Premier Art Galery can be contacted on 24982515, 32533655.

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Saliyar Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting of Saliyar Mahajan Sangh Chennai Branch will be held on 27th October 2013 at Door No-4, Tamil Nadu Housing Board Complex, Luz Corner, behind Vinayagar Temple) Mylapore, Chennai-4. For details contact A.Palanichamy on 9884603087.

Feast Day Celebrations

The annual feast day celebrations of St.Luke’s Church, Anna Nagar and St.Teresa’s Church, Nungambakkam will start from 11th October 2013 and will conclude on 20th October 2013. The flag hoisting followed by Rosary, Novena Prayers and Holy Mass will take place at 6pm on 11th October at St.Luke’s Church and St.Teresa’s Church.

Musical Concert

Madras Musical Association and Green Meadows, Ethnic Resort, ECR, Pallavakkam presents a musical concert titled Over The Rainbow. The event takes place on the 12th and 13th October 2013 at Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore at 7pm. The music director is Augustine Paul. The show choreographer is Amrita Fredrick. Donor passes are available. For details call 28193607,28522780 and 24515554.

Kolu Exhibitions
A Kolu Toys Fair is on at Poompuhar Sales Showroom. No-108, Mount Road,Chennai till 14th October 2013. It is open from 10am to 8pm on all days. Special discounts are also offered. An all India Kolu doll expo is on at N0-37/7, North Mada Street, Mylapore. It is open on all days till 14 the October 2013. The Kolu exhibition center at Poompuhar in Mont Road can be contacted on 28520624. The Mylapore Kolu expo center can be reached on 24621040.

Innovative Programmes

The Yellow Bus, Playschool with a difference is organising innovative programmes for kids in sports, activity based learning, music etc based on the child’s age group. The Yellow Bus, Playschool with a difference is located at E35, Second Avenue, Besant Nagar, Chennai. For details contact 45511819.

Crafts Bazaar 2013

The Development Commission of Handicrafts under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and the Craft Council of India is jointly organising a Craft Bazaar 2013 which showcases traditional tribal and contemporary crafts of India. The exhibition is on till 6th October 2013 at Valluvar Kottam hall, Nungambakkam. It is open from 10am to 7.30pm on all days.

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Proud To Live On Luz Avenue

The Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Luz Avenue Residents Welfare Association was held on 28th September 2013. The chief guest for the function was Dr.Saidai Duraiswamy,Chennai Mayor.

Ms. R.Rajalakshmi, MLA presided over the function. A Directory of Residents and Birthday Calendar was released on the occasion. Mr.K.V.Mathew, Founder and President of Luz Avenue Residents Welfare Association welcomed the gathering. June Hedlund, Secretary of the Association in her speech titled A Treasure of Friendship made everyone to feel proud to reside at Luz Avenue.

Events like tree planting be children, keeping the streets neat and clean, a wonderful newsletter by children titled Luz Fragrance, Birthday Cards greetings and a candle light exchange programme on New Year eve are some of the special, unique and friendly activities of the association.

Luz Avenue Residents Welfare Association was formed on 3rd April 1988. The goals of the association are centered on fellowship among members, improving basic civic amenities and beautification projects and events.

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Back Into The Deep Blue Sea

Tree Foundations’ Sea Turtle Protection Force volunteers found an Olive Ridley turtle on 2nd February 2013. The female olive ridley turtle which was found entangled in a crab net off Cudaloor Chinna Kuppam, ECR with her left fore flipper seriously damaged, due to the entanglement. She was was brought to Tree Foundation Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre at Neelankarai.

After which the turtle was taken to Tamil Nadu Veterinary College, Vepery for a thorough examination for any internal injuries. On closer investigation, it was found, that she had lost 4 inches of her left fore flipper and had low vision in her left eye. The turtle was named ‘Nayani’ (which means sight in Sanskrit) as Tree Foundation Rescue and Rehabilitation members felt that she had regained her spirit and was ready to go back to her habitat. As she has fought back alongside us to a speedy recovery, the time came for her release. Dr.Uma Rani, Secretary -Animal Welfare Board of India, students, teachers from Sri Sankara Vidyashramam MHSS, Tiruvanmiyur and Primrose school, volunteers and well-wishers presided over the release event.

Dr.Uma Rani, Secretary -Animal Welfare Board of India, students, teachers from Sri Sankara Vidyashramam MHSS, Tiruvanmiyur and Primrose school, volunteers and well-wishers presided over the release event. ‘Nayani’ was taken on a boat 3 km off shore form Periya Neelankarai fishing village, into the sea and released near the rock formation where a wide variety of prey fish is always found, in order to make it easy for her to feed after being released off the coast of Neelankarai on 2nd October 2013.

The support of volunteers from WCC (Women’s Christian College),Tree Foundation’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre volunteers , Sea Turtle Protection Force Members and well-wishers was crucial for Nayani’s recovery. Tree Foundation acknowledged their support. The rapidly dwindling population of Olive Ridley sea turtles is a sign of the declining health of the ocean worldwide. Our South Indian coast is where many Olive Ridleys come to nest and the hatchlings emerge.

These waters are also important feeding grounds for juvenile green and hawksbill turtles.Helping this species is not only protecting a part of our environment but also helping the health of the oceans that we rely on for the fishing trade and to help keep our waters clean.‘Sea turtles face many obstacles to their survival, all created by humans – hunting for meat, accidental catches in nets of mechanized fishing boats and artificial illumination along the coast, to name a few. Also huge scale awareness should be given to fishermen and public at large, to grow more compassionate towards all life forms, said- Dr. Uma Rani, Secretary – Animal Welfare Board of India.Dr Supraja Dharini, Chairperson,Tree Foundation said ‘Through our 11 years of hard work, we have seen fishermen along Chennai and Kancheepuram coast turning into guardians of their main source of livelihoods, the sea! Rehabilitating injured turtles calls for more volunteers.

Tree Foundation is involved in Marine Biodiversity Conservation, focusing on Sea Turtle and Dolphin conservation. The community based conservation and research program is jointly carried out in the partnership with The Wildlife Wing of The Forest Department, The Fisheries Department and the Indian Coast Guard.

Tree Foundation runs a sea turtle ‘Rescue and Rehabilitation Center’ at Neelankarai in Chennai to facilitate rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea turtles back into the ocean. For details contact 94443 06411/ treerootsandshoots@gmail.com

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Exnora Members Discuss Remedies For Civic Issues

The Ayanavaram Exnora Innovators Club organized a meeting to discuss on civic issues by members from various streets and colonies, on 27th September 2013 at “Nambagam Hall” , No-155 Konnur High Road,Ayanavaram.

In his inaugural address Mr K Ramadoss President Ayanavaram EIC enlighten the gathering about the achievements so far made by civic bodies and pointed out the pending issues pertaining to metro water & sewerage board, Corporation of Chennai and TANGEDCO etc.

Mr.S.Devendran of P.A. Koil Street Civic Exnora alleged that unprecedented dust and air pollution continues due to lack of proper maintenance on main Konnur high road which experiences heavy traffic. The potholes are filled with debris become crushed and the fine dust engulfs the road besides affecting the residents and commercial establishments afflicting with allergy and lung infections. Mr. S.A.Adhikesavan of Venkatesapuram Colony Civic Exnora said that south street is in bad shape with many potholes for years with interruption of busy vehicular traffic which connects the Medavakkam tank road on the eastern side of the colony.

Mr. K. Saravanan P E Koil area lamented over the perennial overflow of sewage particularly near railway quarters bus stop. Mr.E.Purushothaman Vice-president Ayanavaram welfare association Civic Exnora had suggested the CMWSSB authorities to relay underground sewer pipes with replacing the yester year pipes to suit the present population besides planning for another modern sewage pumping station in Ayanavaram.

Mr V.C.A.Nathan from Solai Street complained that street lights are not properly maintained by the staff as the area is always plunged in darkness. Mr.K.Kanakasabapathi a member from Chakravarthy Nagar Ayanavaram , said that an EB transformer provided long time back in the nagar needs strengthening with more efficacy as the residents felt with deficiency of power.

Mr.Varthamaniah, Chief Manager IOB Ayanavaram was invited as special guest for the Exnora meeting. On the occasion has asked the members to focus their attention to create a clean and green environment and the Indian Overseas Bank will also extend its help towards the cause. He mentioned about the propose mega IOB Mela.

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World Heart Day ‘Walkathon’

To observe World Heart Day 2013, Frontier Lifeline Hospital (Dr. KM Cherian Heart Foundation) joined hands with Chennai Traffic Police and several Chennai schools to organize a ‘Walkathon’ to increase awareness on heart diseases.

The special guest was actor Surya. The walkathon was flagged off at Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Mogappair, by Mr. Arun (IPS), Joint Commissioner of Chennai Traffic Police. It concluded at Vellammal High School, Mogappair.

This year the theme for “World Heart Day” focused on the prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases in women and children. Dr. KM Cherian, Chairman & CEO, Frontier Lifeline Hospital said “The aim of this walkathon on World Heart Day is to increase the awareness about heart diseases.

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New Train For A Better Travelling Experience

The First Stainless Steel, Alternate Current-Electrical Multiple Unit (AC-EMU Train) with Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) based 3 phase Propulsion system was flagged off by Shri Rakesh Misra, General Manager of ICF and Shri Rakesh Saksena, Chairman and Managing Director of Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC)on 1st October 2013 at Integral Coach Factory, Furnishing Division, Chennai.

Shri.S.Sridhar,Chief Electrical Engineer,welcomed the gathering. Shri Pankaj Kumar, Chief Mechanical Engineer addressed the gathering and lauded the efforts of all the ICF employees for manufacturing the special newly designed 12 coach electric train.

The first AC-EMU train for Mumbai suburban network under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) phase-II, has been designed and manufactured at ICF,Chennai. The newly designed train will be added to the existing suburban fleet of trains in Mumbai.The train coaches have improved passenger amenities and will also provide better and comfortable travelling experience for the commuters.

Fluted panel for the roof, aerodynamic profile of driver cabin, forced ventilation system, passenger information system, PU foam cushioned first class the salient features of the train compartments. According to official Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation sources, Indian Railways, is a mammoth railway system that runs across the Indian subcontinent over 65000 kms of tracks, carrying 12 million passengers every day. In the commercial capital of India, namely Mumbai over 7.2 million users use the suburban railway system.

In order to meet the challenges and strengthen the railway network, a special purpose vehicle called Mumbai Vikas Corporation Ltd was set up on 12th July 1999. MRVC is responsible to execute the projects under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) as sanctioned by the Indian Railways.

MUTP projects are implemented in two phases namely, MUTP-I and MUTP-II. Under MUTP Phase-II, 72 twelve coach trains have been planned to be procured for Mumbai Suburban. A memorandum of understanding was signed between ICF and MRVC to manufacture AC-EMU trains with stainless steel car body and state of the art 3 phase propulsion with IGBT converter and three phase induction motor at ICF.

The first two prototype rakes are being turned out from ICF Chennai in 2013. ICF achieves yet another milestone adding a new chapter to its glorious past. The first AC-EMU train for Mumbai has been designed and manufactured by Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.