“Ring-a Ring-a Roses" A Play from 10th July to 12th July 2015 , 3 pm onwards @ 24, College Road, Near Cream Centre Cafe, Nungambakkam, Chennai. Contact: 9144282798030, +9144282714770

Thursday, 2 July 2015

MIDS Monthly Seminar

Malnutrition and Economic Growth: Sociological Observations
Professor of Sociology 
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
A. R. Venkatachalapathy
Date & Time: Monday, 6 July 2015, 3.30 pm
Venue: Adiseshiah Auditorium, MIDS
All are Welcome!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Pencil Portrait Workshop

Pencil Portrait Workshop
Aaakash Ramesh
Sunday, 19 July 2015, 10 am to 5 pm
Venue: IITMadras, Chennai
The session will focus on Pencil and Photo Realism
divided into various sessions.
Art material and Equipment will be provided during the event.
Contact: 9042503325

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Join us @ the Book Reading Club, BCL!

Youngsters discussing a book @ BCL
The British Council, Chennai conducts a book club every month. This is a forum for exchanging individual views on pre-selected books and discuss the various ways of “reading” a book. The Group will meet on the fourth Saturday of every month at British Council, Chennai. Members of Book Reading Club have to read the book selected for a month. In order to make it more effective, the sessions would be moderated by a facilitator from their end.

Date: Saturday, 27 June 2015 at 14.30 hrs.

Helen Oyeyemi’s work – Mr Fox will be discussed for the month of July. Contact Ms Susan at susan.chettri@britishcouncil.org / 044-42050656

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Images of Women in German Cinema

Images of Women in German Cinema

@ Goethe-Institut Auditorium

on Thursday, 25 June 2015 at 6.30 pm

This film, as part of a series, will focus on the question – what kind of images of strong women are drawn and reflected in the cinematic perspective. This is about ‘big values’ such as freedom, recognition, justice and humanity. At the same time it is about maintaining your own life in a world that prevents you somehow from expressing your ideas and ways of living.

Margarethe von Trotta studies art, German and Romanic languages before attending drama school in Munich. She first made a name for herself as an actress before her directorial debut in 1975 together with Volker Schlondorff. Many of her works are centered on strong female characters and she has established herself not just as a leading female filmmaker but also as a central figure of New German Cinema.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Third Edition of UGC-NET English - Released

Dear NET/JRF/SET Aspirants, 

The third Edition of UGC-NET ENGLISH for Papers II & III (Revised and Updated) book was released today (29 May 2015) by Winnerman Publications Pvt. Ltd., at a glittering function hosted by the Managing Director of Winnerman Publishers and Book Distributors, in their premises. [Report follows...]

Now UGC-NET ENGLISH is available on Flipkart and also on Amazon. Click HERE to order on Flipkart. Click HERE to order on Amazon.

This voluminous compilation of 700 pages, has been done by Dr. D. E. Benet, Professor of English, National College, Trichy, and Prof. Samuel Rufus, Asst. Professor of English, Madras Christian College, Chennai.

A completely revised and updated volume, this third edition - consisting of a period-wise Question Bank, Preparatory Tests, Solved NET Papers, Quiz, etc., with an added panoramic and simplified view of the various critical theories, has been published with a vibrant cover design and excellent typesetting, by Messrs. Winnerman Publishers Pvt. Ltd., Chennai. The Publishers have also taken the responsibility of arranging for delivery of the book at the quickest possible time. 

All queries can be addressed directly to the Publishers, at
Winnerman Publishers Pvt. Ltd, Chennai - 600 037 
Email: winnermanpublishers@gmail.com or by Mobile: 9176010908

Monday, 25 May 2015

Jazz Concert @ Museum Theatre

For more details, contact: 044-28522780 Email: info@museemusical.in

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Join us for the Chennai Coastal Clean-Up...

Chennai Coastal Clean-Up Sixth Edition
Sunday, 07 June 2015 at 6 am.
Jointly organized by
The Hindu
The Chennai Trekking Club
Schools, NGOs and individuals can participate free of cost 
(bags, gloves, refreshments will be sponsored).

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

NET/JRF Preparatory Classes @ Trichy!

Dear NET/SET Aspirants, 
The Annual NET/JRF [English] Intensive Preparatory Classes are back! 
It will be held at National College, Trichy, from 03 June 2015 to 10 June 2015. 
Registration Fee: Rs.1000/- for the entire week's course.
Accommodation available on Campus for a modest sum of Rs.100/- per day. 
Kindly bring your bedding.
For more details, contact: Dr. D. E. Benet @ 9443248012

Monday, 11 May 2015

Spring Music Recital 2015

Join S.A.M
in their 
Friday, 15 May 2015 at 5 pm
featuring various student, faculty and alumni performances
organised by Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music
Rani Seethai Hall
603, First Floor, Anna Salai, (near Gemini Flyover), 
Thousand Lights, Chennai
For details, contact 7299950087
Do watch out for the who's who of the Entertainment Industry come together 
to share their insights on how musicians are rocking the industry!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Call for Papers for a Special Volume on Canadian Literature

Dr. S. Armstrong, Professor & Head, Department of English, University of Madras, is planning to bring out a book on themes, issues and recent trends in Canadian Literature. The book aims to publish high quality academic work produced by scholars in the field of Canadian Literature.

Unpublished/original papers not currently under consideration by any other publisher are invited from both India and overseas. A brief author biography should also be included.

There is no charge whatsoever, either for submission or for publication.

The book will be published by a reputed publishing house in July/August 2015.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Monday, 4 May 2015

Vengaboys in townnn!

Don't miss out on this lovely chance to party with the band that got the world to grove with them! Yep! we couldn't have missed out on them during our school/college years! 
Now, they're in town. 
Catch the action live at Phoenix Marketcity 
on 9 May 2015 at 7 pm. 
Join us there! :-)

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

MIDS Monthly Seminar Series

On Thursday, 30 April 2015 at 3.30 pm
Venue: Adiseshiah Auditorium, MIDS.
Dr. Jacob Kurien
(Resident Professor of International Economics, Nanjing University, China)
speaks on
The Economic Transformation of China

All are cordially invited

Monday, 27 April 2015

Theatre Workshop by Salim Ghouse

Play Around
Theatre Workshop
Conducted by eminent film and theatre personality 
Salim Ghouse 
The Phoenix Players, Mumbai
From Saturday, 02 May 2015 to Sunday, 03 May 2015.
Ghouse who has acted in several films and plays, is coming to Chennai for a two-day workshop on theatre and kinesics. 
The 10 hour comprehensive course involves acting basics 
like callisthenics, movement, improvisation, character and scene study etc.

Folk Music & Dance Festival

Russian Centre of Science and Culture
"Folk Singing and Dance Performance"
on Friday, 01 May 2015
@ 74, Kasturi Ranga Road, Parthasarathypuram, Alwarpet, Chennai

Prepare to refresh your senses with this amazing Russian folk music and dance line-up dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the Great Patriotic War 1941 - 1945. 
The Volgograd city will administer the concert with Russian ballad troupes, harmonica player, musicians, orchestra and dancers performing to enlighten your day. 
All are welcome! For details, 044-24990050

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Guitar Performance in the City..!

The Madras Guitar Concert
Chennai Western Music Association
The Madras Guitar Ensemble
On Saturday, 25 April 2015 @ 7 pm
@ The Music Academy, Royapettah.

Chennai Western Musical Association showcases The Madras Guitar Ensemble (founded by the guitar veteran Thangadurai Samuel) and his students. 

It will be a complete western classical guitar performance by 12 guitarists. Come and witness a variety of styles and moods with a full ensemble of guitarists, quartet, trio, duo and solos! 

Catch the lively music action for FREE!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Tribute to Major Mukund Varadarajan

On Saturday, 25 April 2015 at 4 pm
At Chinmaya Heritage Centre, 
2, 13th Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetput, Chennai – 31.
The tribute to this great and illustrious alumnus of Madras Christian College, 
features a film screened in remembrance of his efforts and contributions to the country, 
followed by talks by eminent people from all walks of life.

All are Invited

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Shaastra Lecture Series

Ravi Venkateshan (Ex-MD, Microsoft, India)
speaks on 
“What I wish I knew when I was graduating from IIT”
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 – 7 – 8.30 pm
At IIT Madras, South Chennai.

All are welcome..!

Monday, 20 April 2015


K. Srinivasan, 
National Fellow, ICSSR,
speaks on
The Golden Cage: Stability of the Institution of Marriage in India
On Wednesday, 22 April, 3.30 pm
Adiseshiah Auditorium, MIDS

All are Invited..!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Book Fest @ Chennai

Chennai Book Festival @ YMCA Grounds (Royapettah)
Monday, 13 April 2015 to Thursday, 23 April 2015.

Periyar Self Respect Propaganda Institution along with National Book Trust, New Delhi will be organising a book fair featuring collections from various genres, ranging from literature to sports and economics.

Call for Papers

HuSS: International Journal of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
(Online) ISSN: 2349-8900
(Print) ISSN   :2349-4778

Focus & Scope

The International Peer-Reviewed Research Journal HuSS released from the portals of Vellalar College for Women provides space for scholars, researchers, academicians and litterateurs to share, interact and disseminate diverse perspectives of domain knowledge and niche-area specializations by way of promoting multi-disciplinary research culture and to contemplate new forays into hitherto uncharted areas of research dimensions. The focus of the journal is to open the floodgates of research possibilities to raise new issues and to voice new ways of thinking with a strong edge towards ground-breaking explorations thereby changing and challenging the frontiers of knowledge. Broadly speaking, HuSS spans Humanities and Social Sciences and is bent on roping in a wealth of trans-global input of innovative, inventive, applied and problem-solving ideas and initiatives on upcoming research areas. The aim is to connect and reach out to the scholars across geographical boundaries and thus, nullify the spatial and temporal hiatus in accessing the Eastern and the Western pool of research experience and expertise.   

About HuSS
Publication Frequency             : Biannual - June and December
Online version access website : i-scholar.in

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Online Photography Contest for April 2015

Ambitions4 Photography Academy is conducting a monthly online Photography contest to choose “Ambitions 4 Photography Academy’s Photographer of the Year 2015”
Theme for the month is: “Health is Wealth”
For detailed rules and regulations, click HERE

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Rediscover the New American Library, Chennai

50% Discounts on Annual Memberships.
9 April, 10.30 am: Library Tour and Orientation
2 pm: Info Session: Chat with a US Diplomat
10 April, 3 pm: Evam Standup Tamasha
11 April, 11 am: Saturday Movie Matinee, “Turbo”

Note: Visitors to the American Library must bring valid original Photo Identification 
to the Consulate General’s Cathedral Road entrance. 
No vehicle/two-wheeler parking is available at the Consulate premises.

Monday, 6 April 2015

National Conference for Research Scholars..!

School of Humanities
Tamil Nadu Open University
Invites all MPhil and PhD Research Scholars to present papers on the themes listed in tnou.ac.in
at the
National Conference on
Status and Prospects of English in the Digital Era
On 10 April 2015
At Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai.
All Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Participation free of cost along with Conference kit and refreshments.
Kindly register by sending in your names to sohnc2014@gmail.com, for making the necessary arrangements. Contact: Dr.R.Mahendran @ 9487700180

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Film Fest @ Chennai

Get ready for the European Union Film Festival, Chennai
from 31 March to 10 April, 2015. 
From Day 1 to Day 5, screenings will be conducted at Alliance Francaise of Madras, 
from Day 6 to Day 11, at Goethe-Institut, Chennai.

A total of 21 films will be screened. 
Some of the films that will be showcased at the festival include The Foreigner, Vis-à-vis, The Boy Upside Down, Committed, A Place called Home, Shanghai Gypsy, The Candidate, and A Woman’s Revenge.
For complete list of films, and screening details, click HERE

MIDS Monthly Seminar Series

MIDS Monthly Seminar Series
Monday, 06 April 2015 at 3:30 pm
Topic: Matrilocal Marriage in South India: A Fieldwork Report from Tamil Nadu and Kerala
Speaker: Professor Dennis McGilvray
Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Chairperson: A. R. Venkatachalapathy, Professor, MIDS

Venue: Adiseshiah Auditorium, MIDS

Monday, 30 March 2015

The fifth edition of World Theatre Day in Chennai 
featuring KICHADI THEATRE performances 
Elliot's Beach, Besant Nagar
Tuesday, March 31, @ 7.30 pm
Entry FREE

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Meet for the Visually Impaired

Rotaract Club of Dhristi and KVTC
[Empowerment through Employment for the Visually Impaired]
Invite you for their
Annual Get-together on
Sunday, 29 March 2015 at 3 pm
Mr.Raghu, (alumnus of MCC)
Coordinator, Karna Vidya Technology Centre
RR Towers III, Thiru-Vi-Ka Industrial Estate, Guindy, Chennai – 32

Ph: 98400 18012

Friday, 20 March 2015

Dr.Nirmal Rocks in Delhi..!

Dr. Nirmal Selvamony, [formerly with MCC] currently Professor with Central University of Tiruvarur, gave a talk on "Performability of CAGKAM Compositions" at the famous Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, on 19 March 2015 at 5.30 pm.

The essence of his talk is as follows: 

Although regarded as 'literature' per se, cagkam compositions, according to Dr. Selvamony, are performable musical compositions. He dwelt on their compositions, their performing practice and some basic conventions governing them. Dividing the composition into two basic domains, the akam (Inner) and puRam (Outer), he classified the former based on a master 'home narrative', and the latter, based on the various stages of combat, praise of patrons and the transience of life. 

The presentation brought out the dramatic nature of the Inner texts, by dwelling on two things—emoting, and addressorial conventions. 

The next segment of his presentation discussed the types of performers, dance, drama and music, and the musical modes. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

For more details, and for the rules & regulations, click HERE

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Congrats Manoj...!

The MCC family joins me in congratulating Mr. R. Manoj, of II BA Tamil, for having achieved a stupendous success in the World Silambam Championship 2015.

The third World Silambam Championship was held at Johor Bahru, Malaysia between 5 and 9 February 2015. The Indian contingent won more than 200 medals at the championship. 

Mr.R.Manoj, (II yr BA Tamil) of MCC, won a total of 7 medals [4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze]. He is the disciple of Mr.Power Pandian, a renowned Silambam exponent and stunt master who has trained many celebrity actors in the film industry.

We take pride in congratulating Mr. R. Manoj, for having accomplished this feat, and we also wish him many more laurels in the years to come.

Viva la MCC...!!!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Francophonie Day @ AF, Chennai

You are invited for a special screening of the famous comedy-drama Mobile Home
on the eve of Francophonie Day, @ AF, Chennai
on 20 March 2015 at 7 pm
Venue: Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Francaise of Madras
Mobile Home
 1 hr 35 min.

Leaving his job and girlfriend behind in the city, Simon returns to his native village where he reconnects with Julien, his old friend. The two unemployed thirty-year olds decide to revive an adolescent dream: set out on the road and take up seasonal jobs. They buy a caravan and are ready to set out but end up not leaving after all.  Yet somehow, a journey takes place even as they stay in one place, a journey that leads them to different destinations.!!!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

World Storytelling Day in Chennai

World Storytelling Institute, Chennai
Invites you for 
A Storytelling Session
World Storytelling Day
Friday, 20 March 2015 6pm to 7.30 pm
Venue: University of Madras (Campus at Wallajah Road and Marina)
Hall – F-50
Theme for this year: "Wishes"
Over 15 stories by Chennai Storytellers
- For people of all ages - 
Admission is free!
About World Storytelling Institute: Dr. Eric Miller, Director & co-founder of the World Storytelling 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Invites you for a lecture on The Political Ecology of Palk Bay Fisheries: Geographies of Capital, Fisher Conflict, Ethnicity, and the Nation State
By Ajit Menon, Associate Professor, MIDS
On 09 March 2015, 3:30 pm @ Adiseshiah Auditorium, MIDS.

Friday, 6 March 2015

'What Will People Say?' - A (P)review..:

When the lights were switched off at 7:15 pm this evening at the Museum Theatre, the announcer (who also happens to be the director Vaishwath Shankar), asked the audience to keep their mobiles in silent mode, and to laugh their hearts out!!!
Indeed, he really had meant what he said!!! The play was a laugh riot, by all means. The guy who got the most laughs was obviously Kamal Bose, who is mistaken for a producer by the kids in the apartment. Janaki Sabesh, a well-known name in Tamil and Telugu movies, plays Janu Aunty, and her English with the Tamil lingo intact, left the audience in splits. For once, almost all the characters played their own namesakes in the comedy too, making it much easier to gel at ease with the cast. While Vaidhya Sundar plays Vaidhya, Prasanna Venkatesh plays Prasanna, Shevaun Da Costa as Shevaun herself, (who performed her role with gusto), Amrithavarshini as Amritha also has a key role in the comedy and did it with elan! The guys literally gave us all huge belly cramps, by making us laugh our hearts out!!!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Choose the 'Right Fit' University...

The United States – India Educational Foundation is organising an informative session on “Choosing the ‘Right Fit’ Universities” On Saturday, 14 March 2015. 
This session will help aspiring students to understand the process of selecting universities that best fit them. 
Register HERE on or before 11 March 2015. 

Rendezvous with Nalan..!

There are movies that make us forget reality. Movies that live in our minds forever. Movies that we can describe shot by shot. Movies we can term as eye-openers. There are film makers who have stolen our hearts. Directors who have changed our ways of thinking and expressions. There are silver screen moments that define our day for us and shake our faith in reality. There are scenes that words fail to help us express.

Cinema Rendezvous is a date! A date to share such personal experiences, to debate our likes & dislikes and to stoke our romance with cinema.

Cinema Rendezvous also has workshops on Film Appreciation.  Prominent film personalities like Suhasini Maniratnam, Rohini, Sripriya, K.S.Ravikumar, Vettrimaran, Ram, Atlee, Samuthirakani, Bijoy Nambiar, Hariharan, Naga, Sudhish Kamath, Baradwaj Rangan, Anuradha Sriram and others are some of the special invitees for the Dates..!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Eshareh - Fusion Music

On 06 March 2015 @ The Ballroom – THE PARK, CHENNAI, 7 pm

Eshareh, (meaning allusion in Farsi – Persian Language), combines Indian sounds, chants of the Arab world and the Persian percussions, re-interpreting the musical and linguistic heritage of oral traditional songs from the Upper Brittany Countryside. Using the cultural heritage of an oral tradition, the group re-establishes a possible link between the Eastern and Western cultures.

Essay Writing Contest - 2015

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Janani in and as 'Amrapali'

Theatre Nisha presents Janani Narasimhan in and as Amrapali. Directed, designed and scripted by V. Balakrishnan, the show narrates the story of Amrapali, one of the most famous women of her times. She was a state’s courtesan who entertained men at her house with dance, music and poetry. The story is based at a time when Magadha, Vaishali, Kaushambi, Gandhara and Kosala were fighting for supremacy while Gautama Buddha and Mahavira were advocating a fresh path of life. 
Tickets are priced at Rs.150/- 
Contact info: 9677172897

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Laugh-out-Loud...:-) :-) :-)

“What will people say?” is a situational comedy set in Mumbai, revolving around the lives of six young aspiring actors living together in a studio apartment. In all innocence, they are doing this for economic security. They believe their apartment is immediately above that of an influential producer Kamal Bose, who, they believe, is about to cast a road company. They rehearse the play but how can they get him upstairs to see it? It happens that the so-called producer is a chef, and, right in the middle of  a culinary concoction, he runs out of oil. He comes upstairs to borrow some. At last the kids have him and they aren’t going to let him go until he sees some evidence of their ability so they stage a M**der. Having a knack for improvisation, they will stop at no end to convince him. It is so realistic that police swarm into the scene with hilarious results. A clean, bristling and outright laugh-out-loud comedy that has the kids asking themselves that very Indian question, “What will people say?!”

About ‘The Madras Players’

The oldest theatre group in India, The Madras Players celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Having staged more than 250 productions, they have performed the works of playwrights from India & abroad. The focus of the group is now more on Indian writing & Indian playwrights.

For more info, contact: Gopi Nair: 93819 11977

Saturday, 28 February 2015

MCC's Theatre No.59 Presents 'The Pillowman'

MCC’s Theatre No.59 
The Pillowman by Martin McDonough
Here’s a story about a simple writer and his short stories. 
But what if they were not stories anymore? 
What if what’s put to paper is put to practice as well?
What if the surreal is real?
Martin McDonough’s The Pillowman captures the sinister 
in the traditional act of story-telling.
Theatre No.59 from Madras Christian College, brings to stage
blood, coffins, apples, pigs – a perfect recipe of Black Comedy. 
You may giggle but you’ll cringe.
Day and Date: Saturday, 7 March 2015
Time: 2:30 pm
Venue: Music Academy Mini Hall
Tickets: Rs.200/-
For tickets, call: 96002 23456

Friday, 27 February 2015

Keeping the BeeGees Mania Alive..!

Come & be a part of Bee Geez!

As boys and girls, we all would have grown up with the beegees, and i'm sure almost all aspects of our lives would've had the colour and influence of the beegees almost 
every other day. Well, can we ever forget "It's only words.." or their famous 
albums like 'Monday's Rain', or 'Horizontal' or 'Ideas'... indeed... 
butterflies flutter all over when you're glued to them...
Yes, the band is sure to take you on a trip down 
memory lane, through all the greatest hits 
and more..! Come & Immerse yourself in 
the eternally classic & soulistic songs 
at Phoenix Market City. 
[and yes, i'll be there, too]
Date: Saturday, 28 February 2015
Time: 7 pm onwards
Venue: The Courtyard @ Phoenix MarketCity, 
142, Velachery Main Road, Velachery, Chennai – 42.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Moon City Poetry Award for budding poets…:

The Moon City Poetry Award is for an original, full-length collection of poetry composed in English by a single or collaborative author. Individual poems in the collection may be published in periodicals, online, or in a chapbook, but not yet collected and published in full-length manuscript form.

Open to all writers not associated with Moon City Press or its judges, past or present.

Manuscript should include a table of contents and acknowledgements page. Submissions need not be left anonymous. Manuscripts should be at least 48 pages long.

First Prize: $1000, publication by Moon City Press, (including international distribution through the University of Chicago Press, via the University of Arkansas Press), and a standard royalty contract. Ten additional finalists will be named and considered for publication.

Deadline: 01 May 2015. For more details on the guidelines, click HERE

Essay Writing Competition

The Royal Commonwealth Society is inviting young people to share their hopes and concerns for the future, thereby generating an important youth perspective and Commonwealth wide dialogue as the international community gathers to set development goals for the next 15 years.

The competition is open to young writers aged 18 and younger, who are living in, or a national of, a Commonwealth country or territory. All entries must be in English and are to be submitted online.

For more details on the competition, visit their guidelines page HERE

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Ibsen in Town..!!!

It indeed is quite heartening to see hordes of spectators making a beeline for one of the well-renowned theatre spaces in the city at Chetpet, well ahead of the scheduled time of 7 pm, for a German rendition of the popular playwright Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People”. Well, the early birds [this blogger included :-)] were catching up with their long-lost literary pals, cappuchino in hand, at the Coffee-Day joint in Campus, and around the shades of the huge banyan tree - that gives the venue its fascinating aura.

Thomas Ostermeier, the director of the play, and one of the most influential theatre directors worldwide, said that, when he first discovered Ibsen’s drama “Enemy of the People”, he didn’t really like it. But the subject made him direct it despite of that. So, together with his dramaturg Florian Borchmeyer he seems to have reworked the play to suit a contemporary audience with a contemporary context. “We also made the main character about 20 years younger – so it’s about the young generation of Berlin. A generation that seems to be politically engaged. They’re mostly vegetarian, they ride bikes instead of driving cars, and they all support various causes. But when it comes to political action or demanding change – it is getting obvious that this is not a strong generation”, he avers.

This is one of Ibsen’s prominent realistic plays, in which an individual’s hopes and dreams for his society are ostracised by the very society which he is trying to help.

Everything about the play was phenomenal. Be it the intricately made up stage design, or the aesthetic appeal of the costume design, or the foot-tapping music (which the characters played literally on stage, to perfection and to aplomb from the audience), or the role of the dramaturg in bringing out an awesome dramaturgy of the text, or the wall paintings which were so realistic, adding to the enhanced visual appeal, or the light designs, or the acting of the main characters Christoph Gawenda as Dr. Stockmann, Eva as Mrs.Stockmann, or the gentlemanly Hovstad, or Morten Kill, or Billing - the impact was immense..!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

"Education and Discipline" - Critical Summary


The essay “Education and Discipline” by the Nobel laureate Bertrand Russell, was first published in his collection of essays titled, In Praise of Idleness, in 1935. Educational theories generally focus on how learning occurs, and they seek to understand, analyse, and prescribe educational practices. According to Bertrand Russell, the real purpose of education is civilisation, which includes both individual and social aspects. On the individual front, it consists of intellectual and moral qualities, and, on the moral front, it consists of the virtues of impartiality, kindliness, and self-control. Moreover, civilisation also demands respect for the law, and the intelligent adaptation of means to the ends. If this is the purpose of education, then psychologists should consider how to realise them, and analyse the degree of freedom that is essential to make it more effective.

Three Main Schools of Thought on Freedom:

As far as the question of freedom in education is concerned, there are three main schools of thought. The first school of thought says that children should be completely free, however bad they may be. The second school of thought says that children should be completely subject to authority.The third school of thought says that children should be free, but in spite of freedom, they should be always good. According to Russell, complete liberty to the child, ignores the importance of knowledge to the child, and also the positive purpose of education.
At the same time, he also believes that, authoritative education turns the students into timid tyrants, incapable of either claiming or tolerating originality in word or deed. Too much authoritarianism can also lead to over-submissive and timid children or it can also make them rebels. Thus there is danger in both the extremes of liberty and authority.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Free NLP Session for College Students..!

Join the experts in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) for a free session exclusively for school and college students (till 28 February 2015).

Wanna stop bad habits? Stop addictions? Get over your phobias? Achieve your goals? Peak your performance? Get over depression? Forget unpleasant memories? Sleep well every night? Get over interview fears?

What addiction would you like to change now? Sweets? Chocolates? Watching TV, or Playing games for too long, Obsessive SMS/Whatsapp/FB checking, etc?

Choose some simple and powerful changes that will make a Big Difference in your Life…

What is NLP? NLP is something like an 'users manual' to use your brain! It has been variously described as the technology of the mind, the science of achievement and the study of success, by identifying the ingredients of

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Ibsen's Play in Chennai

Goethe-Institut Chennai /Max Mueller Bhavan
in association with Prakriti Foundation & Vivanta by Taj Connemara
An Enemy of the People 
by Henrik Ibsen
Version by: Florian Borchmeyer
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier 24 February 2015 | 7.00 p.m.
Venue: Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, 
13/1 Shenstone Park, Harrington Road, Chennai 600 031

With Schaubühne Berlin the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan brings one of the most reclaimed and innovative places for contemporary German theatre to Chennai.

About the Production: Dr. Stockmann discovers that the source of drinking and spa water is riddled with pathogenic micro-organisms caused by industrial effluence. Stockmann wants to publish the findings in the newspaper and demands that the city council re-route the water pipes. Influential citizens and local journalists promise their support. However, his

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Saturday Matinee @ American Library

American Library’s Saturday Film Matinee
The Littlest Rebel
The Littlest Rebel is a film about Virgie Cary, a young girl whose father goes to the War, while her mother falls ill. But when Virgie comes to know that her father, along with a few others, is to be executed, she takes off to meet President Lincoln and requests him to intervene. Duration: 73 minutes.
Date: Saturday, 21 February 2015, 11 am.
Venue: American Library, 220 Anna Salai, Near Gemini Circle
Phone: 044-28574000
Please carry valid photo ID Cards to the Venue.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Mime Theatre Fest @ Alwarpet

Mime Theatre Fest
Narada Gana Sabha, 314, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai
On Wednesday, 18 February 2015 (to Sunday, 22 February 2015)
A five-day festival, Mime Fest seeks to bring together mummers from across borders on a single stage. The first and second days will host school students performing a variety of mime art. On the third day, colleges will present their show. The fourth day corporates don the mantle, and on the last day, theatre groups from across the city will conclude the festival with a bang.! 

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Friday, 13 February 2015

"Mirror" – Sylvia Plath - Critical Summary


The Mirror was written by Sylvia Plath in 1961, but wasn’t published until 1971, eight years after her death by suicide. The poem is written from the perspective of a mirror and details what it sees and how it relates to the woman and other objects within its view. It symbolises the troubled self of the woman, especially the woman artist who has to reject the given masks imposed on her by the patriarchal society and see herself as an artist and an individual.  The mirror imagery in Plath’s poetry therefore, signifies the consciousness of the woman-speaker who verbalises the creative process of a woman artist in the domain of male-dominated literature. The woman artist has to resist the critical and judgemental male gaze to arrive at her own autonomous self-expression.

Mirror and Women’s Passivity:

Freedman believes that, “Plath uses mirror as a symbol of female passivity, subjection, and Plath’s own conflicted self-identity caused by social pressures to reconcile the competing obligations of artistic and domestic life”. The mirror represents the unfeeling male view of a woman and what is socially expected of her: possessing an idealised beauty and ever-lasting youth. As the persona ages over the years, the mirror cruelly reflects the changes in her appearance. Age becomes the persona’s defect and shortcoming and thus her source of anxiety and dismay. The mirror projects what is thought of as the woman as she grows older. It claims to reflect the truth, and by implication, the representation of the patriarchal perception of a woman’s existence, her worth only as a beautiful object,  and her worthlessness when she is no longer young and beautiful. Against the male’s definition of womanhood, which idealises beauty and youth, the persona looks inside to discover her true self, what she was as a person, and what she has become, maturing by age. The woman’s autonomous identity and perception of the self are, therefore in conflict with the stereotype of the dominant male society. The tension increases as the persona is perplexed by this identity crisis. If she chooses her inner self and her own independent definition of identity, when looking in the mirror, she no longer sees the beautiful girl, but the terrible fish.