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Art & Culture

  • ‘Swami’ Dakshinamoorthy centenary ignored by Tamil film industry

    Friday, November 13, 2020 09:16 PM IST, Chennai

    'Malayalam' Dakshinamoorthy, as was called the famous music director, had composed for over 125 films including 13 in Tamil, and had groomed Ilayaraja, Yesudas, NC Vasanthakokilam, P Leela, P Susheela, Kalyani Menon and Bhavatharini among many other singers and music directors. Yet his birth centenary last year was totally ignored by the film industry in Chennai

  • The SPB statue story adds fuel to the myth that can’t be ‘busted’

    Saturday, October 24, 2020 04:04 PM IST, Chennai

    Is a statue for a living person unlucky? Does it bring in bad luck, bad days for such a person? Did it happen in the case of singer SPB who ordered a statue for himself? In a world full of superstitions even in the 21st century, such questions do crop up.

  • Arunagirinathar verses refer to Mayilapur in 15th century

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 04:52 PM IST, Chennai

    Chennai 2000 Plus Trust brings you verses from Thiruppugazh by saint Arunagirinathar in the 15th century. These verses (two in this the first report) refer to Mayilapur Kapaleeswarar temple at least two centuries before the British came to Chennai

  • Tevaram references from 7th century confirm Chennai is ancient

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 08:48 PM IST, Chennai

    The Shaivite Nayanmars provide plenty of evidence on ancient Chennai. The Tevaram references from the 7th century confirm that Chennai is truly an ancient city and not 380 years old as falsely claimed by some.

  • Alvars references from 5th century confirm Chennai is ancient

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 07:36 PM IST, Chennai

    The references by the Alvars to various places in Chennai, visited by them, proves the antiquity of Chennai, and the existence of the places at least from 5th CE. This shows that Chennai is not 380 years old but truly ancient. Bhuthath Alvar, Pey Alvar, Thirumazhisai Alvar and Thirumangai Alvar have visited these place and rendered hymns on them.

  • Velachery was the place where Shiva restored Yama’s Dhandam

    Wednesday, October 07, 2020 09:47 PM IST, Chennai

    Chennai Maadham Chennai Month series: The legend of ancient Dhandeeswarar temple in Velachery, after the fascinating duel between Yama and Markandeya, Yama's Dhandam was taken away by Lord Shiva. Velachery was the place where Shiva restored Yama’s Dhandam.

  • சென்னை மாதம் -- வேதச்சிரேணி எப்படி ஆனது வேளச்சேரி

    Tuesday, October 06, 2020 09:21 PM IST, Chennai

    பழமையான வேளச்சேரியை பற்றிய விவரங்கள் திருவான்மியூர் மருந்தீஸ்வரர் கோயில் தலபுராணத்தில் இடம் பெறுகின்றன. வேதச்சிரேணி இன்று வேளச்சேரி என அழைக்கப்படுகிறது.

  • Kodambakkam is Kodalambakkam, says ancient Tamil literature

    Tuesday, October 06, 2020 08:57 PM IST, Chennai

    The real name of Kodambakkam is Kodalambakkam (Kodal + pakkam)). Kodal is the name of a flower that grew in these parts, as recorded in ancient Tamil literature. The sthalapuranam of the Vengeeswarar temple in Kodambakkam (ancient name Puliyur) provides details of Kodalambakkam, and of Tamil scholars Vageesa Munivar and his guru Paramanandha Munivar, both of whom lived in Kodalambakkam

  • P K Muthusamy, lyricist in centenary year -- not a burden to mankind

    Sunday, October 04, 2020 12:53 AM IST, Chennai

    P K Muthusamy died at the age of 100 as a poor man, living all alone at his village near Rasipuram. He wrote about 60 Tamil film songs but also created a sensation by making a plagiarism charge against his former chief minister and film-world colleague M Karunanidhi

  • Over 20 inscriptions highlight antiquity of Velachery

    Saturday, October 03, 2020 09:48 PM IST, Chennai

    Velachery is an ancient place, with more than 20 inscriptions from 10th CE itself, more than 1,000 years ago. Chennai 2000 Plus Trust records here the first part of the articles on Velachery as part of the Chennai Maadham (Chennai Month) celebrations

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, செப். 30 சென்னை பிறந்த தினம்

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 10:38 AM IST, Chennai

    September 30 is the official birthday of Chennai, when Madras was renamed as Chennai (through a Government order) in keeping with the aspirations of the Tamil people, its culture, language and civilization.

  • Centenary of lyricist Ku Ma Balasubramaniam ignored

    Monday, August 24, 2020 08:11 PM IST, Chennai

    Ku Ma Ba, as he was later known, was actually proficient in writing chaste and classical Tamil and went on write over 600 film songs for leading music directors like G Ramanathan, KV Mahadevan, TG Lingappa, Sudarsanam, Salil Chowdhury and so on, in films starring MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, SS Rajendran, Vijayakanth among others. Born on May 13, 1920, at Velukkudi village in undivided Thanjavur district, in an agricultural family, his centenary too has been ignored

  • Balamurali Krishna 90th birth anniversary

    Monday, July 06, 2020 01:41 PM IST, Chennai

    கர்னாடக இசை உலகின் ஜாம்பவானாகத் திகழ்ந்த எம்.பாலமுரளி கிருஷ்ணா, 1930-ம் ஆண்டு ஆந்திர மாநிலம் கிழக்கு கோதாவரி மாவட்டத்தில் சங்கரகுப்தம் என்ற ஊரில் பிறந்தவர் (ஜூலை 6). தனது 6-வது வயதிலேயே இசைப் பயணத்தை தொடங்கியவர்.

  • Chennai 2000 Plus Ithihaasa Paathirangal lecture on Janakar

    Friday, April 17, 2020 08:11 PM IST, Chennai

    Chennai 2000 Plus Trust and Vivekananda Cultural Centre presented Ithihaasa Paathirangal monthly lecture on JANAKAR by Thiru Thiruppur Krishnan on Sunday, March 24, 2019,at Vivekananda Illam (Vivekananda House), near Marina.

  • Field visit to ancient inscription sites of Chennai

    Thursday, March 14, 2019 04:42 PM IST, Chennai

    Chennai 2000 Plus Trust invites participants to a field visit to view the 1,000 year-old inscriptions of Velachery, Tirusoolam and Adambakkam on March 17 morning, and Kundrathur, Mangadu and Koyambedu post-afternoon on March 17. The visit will be conducted by Dr M Chandramoorthy, former Deputy Director, State Archaeology department.

  • Ten Day Seminar on Ancient Chennai 2000 – Puliyur Kottam

    Friday, February 22, 2019 06:11 PM IST, Chennai

    A ten-day Seminar will be held on Ancient Chennai 2000 - Puliyur Kottam including field visits by Chennai 2000 Plus Trust from February 18 to 28, 2019, to highlight the historical and cultural treasures of Chennai which is over 2,000 years old. Epigraphists, Tamil scholars, experts in the field of archaeology and history, will take part in the seminar to be held at various venues.

  • Lecture on Seethai by Thiruppur Krishnan on Sunday

    Saturday, January 19, 2019 12:09 PM IST, Chennai

    Chennai 2000 Plus Trust and Vivekananda Cultural Centre present Ithihaasa Paathirangal lecture on SEETHAI by Tamil scholar Thiruppur Krishnan at Vivekananda House on Sunday

  • Do not reduce Chennai history from 2,000 years to 379: Rangaraj

    Tuesday, August 28, 2018 12:17 AM IST, Chennai

    For a city which has a history of over 2,000 years with its own culture, literature, music, dance, sculpture, trade and commerce, maritime activity, system of jurisprudence, effective administration, decentralized systems, elected local bodies, and what not, to be called 379 years old is the ultimate insult one can provide

  • July 21 marks 651st year of Madrasapatnam inscription establishing ancient Chennai

    Sunday, July 22, 2018 04:32 PM IST, Penneswaramadam

    July 21, 2018, that is today, marks the 651st anniversary of the Madrasapatnam inscription of Kamapana II at Penneswaramadam in Krishnaigir taluk, Krishnagiri district, on a rock surface near the Pennaiyar river dated July 21, 1367, which established that Madrasapatnam or Madras or ancient Chennai had been in existence for at least 651 years and that it was not a new town built or founded by the British on August 22, 1639.

  • Scintillating dance programme of Aadal Kaaneero by Mylapore Trio

    Saturday, July 07, 2018 05:31 PM IST, Chennai

    The Mylapore Trio – S.Amarnath, S.Surendranath and S.Aparna -- of “Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation”, Mylapore, presented a Classical Dance programme, “Aadal Kaaneero”, at Vengeeshwarar Temple, Vadapalani, Chennai

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