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 #7797  by Madurai Gilli
 November 29th, 2012, 9:15 am
Still rockin’

EVENT Rotary Downtown’s Go Green Concert saw Madurai’s only rock-n-roll star back on stage after 15 years

Rain cut the evening short on Saturday. But J.Rajasekaran rocked. Performing on home turf after a decade and a half, he was on a roll from the word go at the Go Green Concert organised by the Rotary Club of Madurai Downtown as a fund raiser for laying plastic roads in the city.

The Zeal Rock Band from Chennai, with Rajasekaran as the lead singer, had obviously planned a feast of sorts for rock music lovers to mark his homecoming. And at 64 Rajasekaran showed no signs of slowing down.

The band focussed on creating a retro experience. Lead guitarists Jude Reeves and V.K.Raghunathan, Rajan on bass guitar, drummer Mynard Grant, Dayam Selvin playing the keyboard and John Bernard as guest singer strummed for a memorable show.

The youthful Rajasekaran struck an instant rapport with the audience, many his old friends and fans. They were happy to see him hop and jump and shake his hips “like before” as he took to the microphone with his favourite Deep Purple song “Highway Star”.

“I am lucky because the guys you see here dancing to my tunes tonight are all bigwigs who liked my compositions and the songs I sang when they were young. They retain their interest in music of 60s and 70s and I am able to go on because of them,” he said.


Madurai had a rocking band culture through the 1970s and 80s, when Rajasekaran had his own band, the Bluebirds. Rock shows were being organised regularly but gradually faded from the city's music scene. “I want to revive the rock music culture and bring in some vibrancy," said Rajasekaran.

This evening too, he rolled out an energetic “Maman Magal Manju”, his 20-year-old Tamil folk rock composition, and the audience seemed to enjoy every bit of it.

Of late, Rajsekaran has been giving only solo performances for NGOs, schools and other charitable institutions in Madurai. He dreams of bringing back good old memories of Tamil rock. He is planning a show in Chennai after Pongal featuring 16 self-composed Tamil folk rocks with a few English songs thrown in. “It is time I get more into Tamil songs,” he smiles. “Of course, much will depend on crowd response, especially in my hometown.”

“I enjoy singing evergreen numbers,” says Rajasekaran. The soft rock and rock-n-roll combination, he says, gives him room to play around. And also the audience is satisfied because these hit songs are liked equally by a 70-year-old and a 40-year-old. “And if somebody does not like the same song, he or she will surely like a similar song from the same period. That is the advantage of sticking to popular genres,” he says.

Though the band came prepared with two dozen songs and another half-a-dozen in reserve, they dished out a dozen-odd before the skies opened up. They played all-time hits like John Denver’s “Country roads take me home”, The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women”, John Elton’s “Crocodile Rock” and Rajasekaran’s favourite, John Lennon’s “Imagine”. “‘Imagine there’s no heaven…’ has become a permanent feature for our band because the members insist I sing it each time we perform, wherever,” says Rajasekaran.

With his accent and action in place and his rich voice flowing, young and old members in the audience could not but help tap their feet and clap their hands while some rose to do a jig and the lead singer came down stage to join them. The band paid tribute to Led Zeppelin, Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Deep Purple. It was a decent turnout for a weekend night, and the crowd appeared to be in full form and in a mood to appreciate the band. It was nobody’s fault they were left wanting more. ... 144789.ece
 #7834  by Madurai Gilli
 December 3rd, 2012, 8:24 am
Youngsters in the city are taking to making short films irrespective of what their chosen field of profession is.

Trend changers are always tuned in with the film media. The recent blockbuster Kaadhalil Sothapuvathu Eppadi has inspired many youngsters to take up short filmmaking. It is increasingly becoming an industry of its own with social media playing a vital role. No wonder, short films are picking up speed, in terms of money and fame.

Quick turns
Short films are now gaining momentunm and attracting media professionals all around the world. A short film is now eligible for an entry ticket to the desired film industry. Sridhar Ramanujam, a media student says, "Film industry is the ultimate goal for any person who has a passion towards acting, directing or any other film related skills. Just five years back, everyone was busy finding their own route to enter the industry. Most of them were disappointed. Short films used to be a non-commercial medium. Social issues and awareness were more concentrated for this sector. It was closely treated as documentaries. But, the trend changed and short films gained the commercial element. Several works were acknowledged for being an entertainer and not for just social causes."

Teaming up
The most admirable quality of a short film maker is team work. Here, in Madurai, the crew consists of various talent belonging to different professions. Apart from the usual media students of the city, there is an active involvement from engineering students and also youngsters from the IT sector. Thangamani P, an IT professional says, "We have been making short films for two years now. Our team consists of my colleagues and also some of my school mates who are now mechanical engineers. We get together on weekends to design our script. Funds have not been a problem at all as we manage to chalk out a budget and we always share the work. Creating short films have really reduced our work stress and it give us that creative liberty as well." The most important thing they do not mix their professional and creative life. They allot specific time for this task alone. "Our team consists of five members. We developed this passion as we wanted to do something unique and also for entertainment. IT jobs tend to drain your brain. Something like this takes our minds off work and gives us a chance to enjoy the freedom of life!" adds Thangamani.

Accolades waiting
It's not just in the city but also at the national level that these films are gaining popularity. From regional fests to international fests, these indigenous films of Madurai filmmakers never fail to make a mark. Gopi, a student, says, "I have always been a part of the short films that are shot by our college juniors. They have been showcased in short film fests in Chennai, Mumbai and other metros. The most important fest that we concentrate on is the Queer Film Fest that is approaching soon. The festival is solely for short film on LGBT. So, we make it a point to send movies to this fest every year. We particularly concentrate on creating short films that emphasize on the issue and also at the same time making it suitable for a public watch. Also, we are aware that short films can give out a certain documentary feel so we refrain from doing that. It shouldn't look like a social awareness video right? We work on making films that send the public some important messages in a different way. After all, media is the perfect medium for communication." ... 485859.cms
 #10729  by Sundar
 December 19th, 2013, 6:30 pm

Great Indian Circus will conduct shows in Madurai for 40 days from Friday. Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa would inaugurate the first show at Krishnankovil Ground in Iyer Bungalow at 7 p.m. There would be three shows every day – at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Russian acrobat, Russian ring balance, gymnastics, gun shooting, sky-walk, balancing triple, knife balance, fire dance and stick juggling would be some of the stunts to be performed, a statement said. ... 476872.ece
 #10880  by arun_mdu
 January 11th, 2014, 9:17 am
Felt sad,when i found that mdu has only two malls and there
are no malls under construction, in wiki page
 #11180  by Sundar
 March 6th, 2014, 11:00 am
I heard like Maestro Ilayaraja going to conduct a concert in Madurai.
 #11181  by madurakarenda
 March 6th, 2014, 11:26 am
^^ Yes, I too read in a news.

They also specified in the news that Raja concert is going to happen in Madurai after so many years.
 #11187  by Sundar
 March 6th, 2014, 8:39 pm
சமீபத்தில் மலேசியாவில் கார்த்திக் ராஜா நடத்திய இசைக்கச்சேரியில் இசைஞானி இளையராஜா பங்கேற்பதாக இருந்தது. ஆனால் அவருக்கு ஏற்பட்ட திடீர் உடல்நலக்குறைவால் அவரால் பங்கேற்க முடியாமல் போனது. இருப்பினும் மலேசிய ரசிகர்களை மகிழ்விக்க வீடியோ கான்பரன்சிங் மூலம் சில பாடல்களை பாடியும் ரசிகர்களை மகிழ்வித்தார். இந்நிலையில் கார்த்திக் ராஜா அடுத்தப்படியாக மதுரையில் ஒரு பிரமாண்ட இசைக்கச்சேரி நடத்துகிறார். மதுரை தமுக்கம் மைதானத்தில் ஏப்ரல் 5ம் தேதி நடக்கும் இந்த இசை நிகழ்ச்சியில் இளையராஜாவும் பங்கேற்க உள்ளார்.

இதுதொடர்பான பிரஸ்மீட் நிகழ்ச்சி சென்னையில் நடந்தது. அப்போது செய்தியாளர்களிடம் பேசிய கார்த்திக் ராஜா, அப்பா உடல்நலம் சரியில்லாமல் போனபோது ஏகப்பட்ட போன் அழைப்புகள் வந்தது. குறிப்பாக முதல்போனே எங்களது சொந்த ஊரான பண்ணப்புரத்தில் இருந்து வந்தது. அதைத்தொடர்ந்து ஏகப்பட்ட போன் அழைப்புகள். அப்பா மீது அவர்கள் எவ்வளவு அன்பு வைத்திருக்கிறார்கள் என்பதை அன்று என்னால் உணர முடிந்தது. அவர்களுக்கு ஏதாவது செய்ய வேண்டும் என்று எண்ணியபோது இசைகச்சேரி நடத்தலாம் என்று அப்பாவிடம் சொன்னேன். கச்சேரியை பண்ணபுரத்திலேயே வைக்கலாம் என்று எண்ணினேன். ஆனால் அங்கு அவ்வளவு பேர் வந்து செல்ல சிரமமாக இருக்கும் என்பதால் மதுரையில் நடத்த சொல்லி அப்பா சொன்னார்.

அதன்படி மதுரை, தமுக்கம் மைதானத்தில் வருகிற ஏப்ரல் 5ம் தேதி பிரமாண்ட முறையில் இசை நிகழ்ச்சி நடைபெற இருக்கிறது. இந்த நிகழ்ச்சிக்கு ''ராஜாவின் சங்கீத திருநாள்'' என்று பெயர் வைத்துள்ளோம். நிகழ்ச்சியின் முதல்பாடலை அப்பாவே பாடி தொடங்கி வைக்கிறார். அதன் பிறகு நிறைய பாடல்களும் பாட உள்ளார். அவரோடு சேர்ந்து நான், பின்னணி பாடகர்கள் ஹரிஹரன், மனோ, சித்ரா, சாதனா, ஹரிச்சரண் உள்ளிட்ட பலரும் பங்கேற்க உள்ளோம். மேலும் இந்த இசை நிகழ்ச்சி மூலம் கிடைக்கும் தொகையை பண்ணபுரத்தில், எங்களது ஜீவா-இளையராஜா அறக்கட்டளை வாயிலாக அங்கு கட்டப்பட்டு வரும் பள்ளிக்கூடத்திற்கு நிதியுதவியாக வழங்க உள்ளோம் என்றார். ... adurai.htm
 #11194  by Sundar
 March 8th, 2014, 1:33 pm
A concert titled ‘Ilaiyaraajavin Sangeetha Thirunaal,’ in honour of music maestro Ilaiyaraaja, is to be held at the Tamukkam Grounds here in the evening of April 5.

Addressing a press conference, Ilaiyaraaja’s son and music director Karthik Raja said the concert would present some of the best of his father’s songs and it would be a treat for the maestro’s fans. “As my father hails from Pannaipuram in these parts, this concert is doubly special for him. As a show of gratitude for the support he received from people in his native place during his musical journey, those from Pannaipuram need not buy tickets for the concert,” he said.

Mr.Raja said the concert would feature singers Mano, Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam, Haricharan, Vijay Prakash and Chitra among others. The proceeds would go to Jeeva Ilaiyaraaja Educational Trust which will construct a school building at Pannaipuram. A fan club, ‘Ilaiyaraaja Fan Club,’ would be launched at the concert, he said.

Event coordinator Akansha Khanna said tickets would be sold online and at the venue in a few days. “We plan to present an experience to remember for Ilaiyaraaja’s fans by employing the best of technology,” Ms.Akansha said. ... 763120.ece
 #11195  by Jayvjay
 March 8th, 2014, 1:43 pm
Time for Tamil devotional songs

The second day of the Tamil Isai Vizha at Rajah Muthiah Mandram in Madurai began with an instrumental concert by veena exponent Shanthi Mahesh, the tenth in a long generation of Vainikas. She added lyrical power to her virtuosity by playing well-loved Tamil devotional songs such as ‘Alai payudhe,’ ‘Gana mazhai,’ Vadavarayai mathakki,’ along with Azhwar Pasurams and Thiruppugazh.

Her repertoire did well to highlight the theme of the festival — to recapitulate for a cosmopolitan audience the remarkable extent to which musical masterpieces in the Carnatic tradition were composed in Tamil. The prime time was reserved for professor of music vidwan Ranganatha Sharma who made good use of his first opportunity in Tamil Isai Sangam to sing entirely in Tamil. T.V. Ramanujacharulu provided accompaniment on the violin, while Palladam Ravi and Alathur Rajaganesh provided percussive rhythms on the mrudangam and ganjira.

The singer showcased Tamil kritis that lent themselves to depth and complex presentation even during the initial stage of the concert by selecting gems such as ‘Maa Ramanan’ in Hindolam and ‘Karpaga Manohara’ in Malaya Marudham, both by Papanasam Sivan. His main song in Purvi Kalyani was adorned with excellent phrases of alapana which were well supported by the violinists and percussionists to whom the singer gave ample time to express their stage craft. The song ‘Thillai Chidambaram’ by Gopala Krishna Bharathi has not been heard on this stage for quite some time.

The excellent team work was once again at work during the Chatur Ragamalika RTP, with the singer and violinist coursing through Sankarabharanam, Todi, Kalyani and Darbar, and the percussionists following suit with excellent solo performances.

The final pieces included ‘Enna thavam,’ ‘Irakkam varamal’ and Lalgudi Jayaraman’s Thillana in Desh.

The Sangam has utilised its stage propitiously by organising quality concerts in traditional music. :thanks: ... 763644.ece
 #12335  by Sundar
 December 18th, 2015, 12:47 pm
Initially they mentioned (official press conference) only Chennai & Coimbatore. Now BookMyShow showing Madurai with Venue. Lets wait and see!

 #12341  by M.Mohamed Rafi
 January 4th, 2016, 10:12 pm
what the heck will Madurai city benefit anyway? , let alone filling coffers for chennai. everybody befools Maduraiites and its a.r.r's turn now.
 #12344  by shyamnath
 January 5th, 2016, 8:56 pm
Music director Yuvan Shankar Raja has a special interest to entertain the live audience. Though he has been a busy composer for the past 13 years in Kollywood he has conducted a huge number of live concerts at various places.

In January Yuvan will be conducting two concerts in two prominent cities of Tamil Nadu and the concerts have been named as ‘Voice of Yuvan’. On January 23, 2016 the concert will take place in Hindustan Engineering College Ground, Coimbatore. And on January 26, 2016 which is also the Republic Day Holiday, he will lead a concert in Tamukkam grounds, Madurai. ... d-madurai/