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Vol. XXXIII No. 21, February 16-29, 2024

Featured Articles

Park in Bloom: The Semmozhi Poonga Flower Show

-- Pictures by William Satish

Thrown open to the public on February 10, the Semmozhi Poonga flower show is the talk of town. Reported to comprise over 12 lakh plants, the park is a riot of colours from ­marigolds, roses, ­tulips, chrysanthemums and more in bloom. WilLiam Satish snapped a few pictures of the stunning topiary on display. Visitors can […]

Flower Shows at the Agri-Horticultural Society

-- by Sriram V

Semmozhi Poonga, located on Cathedral Road hosted a flower show last week. Events of this kind have become increasingly rare in our city but there was a time when the annual flower show was much looked forward to. It was of course best associated with the Corporation, which took over the hosting of it from […]

Navigating the Chennai Book Fair 2024

-- by S. Lashman

A celebration of diversity and pluralistic reading by BAPASI The 47th edition of the Chennai Book Fair took place at YMCA grounds, Nandanam, from January 3rd to the 21st. Organised by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI), the expansive fair, boasting 915 bookstalls this year, was inaugurated by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin. […]

A floral delight for Senior Citizens

-- by Vinita Sidhartha

I read with interest an article about the live flower show being organised at Chennai’s Semmozhi Poonga, a 20-acre botanical garden established in 2010. The flower show, the article said, would transform this botanical garden into a splash of colour with 12 lakh plants. The event, hosted by the Horticulture Department is open to visitors […]

Heritage Watch: Heritage in the Hinterland

Last fortnight, your Deputy Editor had to travel to the city’s outskirts. Having completed his errand, he found there was enough time to explore and so as he wandered about, he came upon what looked like a modern temple. The vast open-air setting of the place, and the waterbody by its side

The Kalikambal Temple and its legends

-- by Sriram v

I embark on this article with a sense of trepidation. I have debated on writing it for years and maybe put it off for too long. These are times when legend is increasingly being accepted as fact and I am sure what I write below will not be to the liking of many. But as […]

MGR at Pongal, and other times

G. Sakunthala is remembered chiefly for her role in the film Manthiri Kumari but there was a lot more to her than that. A stage and radio artiste who also acted in films (her cameo in Uyarntha Manithan as Pankajam is brilliant to say the least), she was an associate of MGR. The following memories […]

The changing cultural landscape

— Excerpt from Harnessing the potential of Creative Economy report co-produced by British Council India and Tamil Nadu Guidance. Tamil Nadu is home to one of the most flourishing musical ecosystems, spanning decades of tradition and cultural growth. The state has a long-standing tradition of music, characterised by unique classical music artforms and events, that continue to […]

Sumeet Saga

Business Houses of the South by Sushila Ravindranath

There was a time when Sumeet Mixer ruled the roost in the highly crowded domestic appliances market and was a household name in Madras. Though strictly not a Madras company, it had a major manufacturing unit in the city and in the 90’s, of every 100 mixers sold, 30 were made by Sumeet, the largest selling […]

TN hosts the sixth edition of Khelo India, emerges shining

-- by V. Venkataramana

The Central Government launched Khelo India, a special programme that aims to inspire the nation’s youth to play and excel at sports. The inaugural 2018 edition was the Khelo India School games, targeted at enticing children to regularly take part in sporting activities. This year, the sixth edition was allotted to Tamil Nadu, a State that […]

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