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Vol. XXVIII No. 16, December 1-15, 2018

Archives: Vol. XXVIII No. 16, December 1-15, 2018


Can Carnatic music cope with ‘mic’less auditorium?

by The Associate Editor

CHENNAI, 22/10/2018: A view of recently inaugurated acoustically designed mic-free Auditorium at the Asian college campus in Taramani on Saturday 20th Oct 2018. The 342 seater auditorium is first of its kind in south India named after M.S. Subbulakshmi the legend of carnatic music is opened for public performance on Saturday, in Chennai. Photo: Shaju JohnThe M.S. Subbulakshmi Auditorium, Taramani.
Page 1-2Entrance to the auditorium with Asian College of Journalism at the rear. (Photo: R. Raja Pandiyan.)

October 20th saw the Asian College of Journalism inaugurate its state-of-the-art auditorium. Named after arguably the best-known name in Indian music – M.S. Subbulakshmi, it can seat 342 people. Located in the sylvan recesses of Taramani, the auditorium is also blessed with ample space for parking cars. But its most defining feature is that it is entirely without microphones. The question is, are our artistes and audiences capable of rising to such an environment?


A TN gas network before long

- S. Viswanathan

Gujarat and Maharashtra and later Delhi realised the value of gas and built vast sectors of consumption that flourished. These include fertiliser plants, petrochemical units, power plants, LPG gas-fractionation, ceramics, glass units, transportation and piped supplies for domestic use. Gujarat imports gas through special port facilities and accounts for close to 60 per cent of the gas consumed in the country to great profit.


The tree that chrome replaced

Anantanarayanan Raman

Page 3Senna auriculata watercolour illustration from William Roxburgh. Note the ear-like leafy structures at the bases of compound leaves, which provide the name ‘auriculata’ to this species. William Roxburgh formally described this species studying Indian populations of Senna auriculata.

Lost Landmarks of Chennai


The store that brought music into homes

Page 4Saraswathi Stores.

On its site stands a building, all multi-coloured plate glass and geometric patterns, that looks as though it is a UFO that has landed on Mount Road. Who would believe that here stood a landmark outlet that was synonymous with gramophone records? Ask any music-loving old-timer about Saraswathi Stores and you will get an idea about its popularity.