Sunday, March 27, 2005

Madras Telugu Academy To Celebrate Silver Jubilee

From NewsToday:
"Chennai, Mar 27:Madras Telugu Academy will celebrate its silver jubilee 'Samaikya Bharath Gaurav Satkar' on 3 April at Music Academy, Chennai. Cine artistes Vikram and Meena, and singers K S Chithra, Unni Menon and Shankar Mahadevan would be among the 50 eminent personalities and child prodigies to receive the Samaikya Bharath Gaurav Satkar 2005 Award.

Scholarships of Rs 6,000 would be presented to each of the 10th std students from 28 States and seven Union Territories for getting first rank in the academic year 2003-2004, TVK Shastri, founder-chief and convenor, Madras Telugu Academy, told presspersons yesterday.

He also said dancer Jayanthi Subramaniam and Telugu writer and editor N R Chendur would be awarded the Samaikya Bharath Swarna Purashkar cash prize of Rs 1,01,116."

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Telugu actress attempts suicide

"Hyderabad, Popular Telugu film actress Aarti Agarwal attempted suicide early Wednesday, allegedly under depression over a failed love affair with a co-star.

Agarwal, who acted in several hit films, was admitted to a corporate hospital around 2.30 a.m. after she consumed disinfectant at her house in the posh Jubliee Hills neighborhood...Agarwal reportedly told the police that she attempted suicide because she was hurt by rumours of her love affair with a co-star and its impact on her career. The police have registered a case against the actress.

Movie sources, however, said she tried to kill herself as her parents were opposed to her desire to marry co-star Tharun. They together had acted in "Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu" "
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Gemini Ganesan Acted In Telugu Films, As Well

From Reuters:
"Tue March 22, 2005
BANGALORE (Reuters) - "Gemini" Ganesan, a veteran southern Indian movie star known for caring, romantic roles in an industry crowded with macho heroes, died after a prolonged illness on Tuesday aged 84, state television reported.

Ganesan, known as much for his off-screen affairs as for his on-screen passion, fathered one son and seven daughters, one of whom is the glamorous Bollywood actress Rekha.

The actor who started out as a production assistant earned the "Gemini" tag from the studio where he used to work, and starred in more than 200 films, mainly in Tamil but also in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada, and, rarely, Hindi.

Called in Tamil "Kadhal Mannan" (King of Romance), Ganesan had his heyday in the 1950s and 60s, but later played elderly characters that defied his eternally romantic screen image."

Monday, March 21, 2005

Chakri Tops List of Telugu Tunes

"Hyderabad, March 19 (IANS): Two albums of young music director Chakri figure in this fortnight's list of top five.

1. "Chakram": Two songs in the album - "Rangeli Holi" and "Kuncham Karanga" - have become a rage. "Jagamantha Kutumbam" is a masterpiece for its celebration of universal love. Chakri, very much in tune with young composers like Puri and Suryakiron, has lived up to the standards of Krishna Vamsi.

2. "Avunna Kadanna": The Teja-R.P. Patnaik duo, known for musical hits like "Nuvvu Nenu" and "Jayam", has come up with a youth-oriented album. "Gudigantala Navvutavela" and "Anaganaga Oka Oorilo" top the charts. Patnaik, who makes a comeback after 16 months, should be satisfied with the opening response.

3. "Soggudu": For the first time, composer Chakri teams up with the reputed Suresh Productions and has delivered a commendable album. The Tarun-Aarti starrer is a youthful love story and Chakri is adept in providing music for this genre of films.

4. "Radha Gopalam": The album is listed not for its huge sales, but for its creative excellence, which deserves kudos. Star composer Mani Sharma has always tried to utilise rare opportunities to dish out a different album and this is another such effort.

"Tholi Kodi Kusindi", "Grahanam Patina" and title track "Sathamaanam Bhavathi" are catchy.

5. "Sada Mee Sevalo": After musical hit "Missamma", director Neelakantha teams up again with Vandemataram Srinivas to come up with a melody-centric album. "Ee Dooram" and "Lub Dub" are catchy while other numbers are worth humming. Vandematrama yet again proves that he can provide soulful tunes."

Sikh Committee Targets Telugu Writer for Simplification of Guru

From Ludhiana Newsline:
"The committee has demanded a criminal case for ‘simplification’ of Guru Granth Sahib.

(Express News Service)

Ludhiana, March 18: VARIOUS Sikh organisations have formed the Gurmat Sikh Organisations’ Coordination Committee, and this committee has demanded the registration of a criminal case against a Telugu writer who has ‘simplified’ the Guru Granth Sahib.

These organisations allege that the simplification amounts to tampering with the scripture.

Addressing a press conference here today, the representatives of various Sikh organisations said they had formed this coordination committee to stop conspiracy-oriented attacks on Sikhism. They said Telugu writer Bhanu Murti, who is a non-Sikh, was given a project which was associated with Guru Granth Sahib.

They said Murti had insulted Sikhism by tampering with the original form of the Gurbani written in the Guru Granth Sahib. Warning against such anti-Sikh steps, these representatives demanded stern action against Murti and those who gave him this project."

University English Test, Written in Telugu

From The Telegraph (Calcutta, India)
"Pratispardhito yela meeru vyavaharistharu?

Samajam lo prati paurudu cheyalsina kartavyamulu yevi?

That’s English for you if you are in Guntur.

And that’s only two of the questions in the Communicative English paper that Bachelor of Education students faced in some parts of the Andhra Pradesh town.

Over 75 of them responded in like manner, writing answers in Telugu to questions in that language, like those given above that should have read:

How will you approach your opponent and win him over?

What are the basic duties of a citizen towards society?

Acharya Nagarjuna University of Guntur handed out the Telugu translation by mistake during the B.Ed final examinations that got over on Saturday.

The varsity has the practice of providing question papers in Telugu for all subjects other than a student’s main subject and the sciences. It has even allowed answers in Telugu in the Sanskrit and Hindi papers.

“The Telugu translation is given only to help students understand the questions. It was not meant that they should answer in Telugu,” said Suresh Alapati, a lecturer who is involved in the examination process.

The students maintained they did nothing wrong because the paper was in Telugu. “There was no mention of restrictions in the question paper on answering it in Telugu,” said Gopinath Rao, one of those who answered in their mother tongue.

The practice, according to senior faculty member Rammohan Rao, was restricted to non-English subjects.

“The answers in Telugu have defeated the very purpose of their studying Communicative English,” rued a professor of the university.

The subject was started two academic sessions ago for non-English-medium students in all courses so they could write their bio-data and correspondence in English, a senior faculty member told The Telegraph over phone.

The varsity’s other students who received the English version and answered in that language are worried about the fallout of the fiasco.

“We might lose marks along with those who wrote in their mother tongue,” said Prabhakar, a 21-year-old student of the local A.C. College.

The practice, however, is nothing new, according to Vedamurthy Gopalan, a lecturer of the university.

MA English students in most of Andhra’s universities are allowed to write answers in Telugu, he said.

“The practice continues even today to help students from the Telugu medium,” he added.

The B.Ed students have found support in Lok Satta, an NGO that champions people’s issues. It has urged the university to correct the error by passing all students who answered in Telugu."


Sunday, March 13, 2005

Drumming Up Taxes: Andhra Style

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Tax defaulters in southern India are being forced to face the music after city authorities hired drummers to play non-stop outside their homes until they pay up.

After many residents ignored repeated demands to settle overdue property taxes. authorities in a city in Andhra Pradesh state have sent 20 groups of drummers to play outside offenders' houses for the past week.

"They put up a spectacle outside the houses of defaulters, draw them out and explain their dues to them and the need to clear it at the earliest," said T.S.R. Anjaneyulu, municipal commissioner of Rajahmundry city.

"They don't stop until people agree to clear the dues."

The city, owed a total of 50 million rupees ($1.15 million), had been at its wits' end after sops like waiving interest and penalties had failed to recover the arrears.

The new method seems to be working, though. One week of incessant drumming has cleared 18 percent of the backlog.

Source: Reuters via Sify

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Tollywood Lures Gen-X

From the Times of India:

Directors, brimming over with fresh themes, give a new look to Telugu films

It's a brave and young phase for our industry. Over the last few months, slick flicks like Sye , Anand and Nuvvastaanante Nevaddantaana have ushered in a new beginning – that of urbane youngsters and non-Telugus who are increasingly watching Telugu movies. Young directors, a fresh approach, hatke ideas and great production values seem to be the reason behind this. Admits Suman Rao, a 23-yearold engineer, who's in town on a break from studies in the US, "Earlier, I wouldn't have dreamed of stepping into a theatre to watch a Telugu film. But many of my friends have been watching these movies and raving about them, so I gave NN a shot, and really liked it."

Says actor Prakash Rao, "I watch more Telugu movies now than I did before. Some of my friends, who are not related to the industry, are also taking to these movies. I think it's because directors are getting younger and are thinking out of the box."

One of the directors responsible for this trend is Rajamouli, who made Sye. He says, "Bold themes are the order of the day, but it doesn't mean it's the end of the day for conventional filmmaking. Moviemaking is about emotions, and you are a successful director if you can repackage emotions in a way that appeals to all audiences." Sye's theme of college students fighting for their institution through the game of rugby struck a chord with collegians.

Some industrywallahs temper this with caution. Says producer Gangaraju Gunnam, "For every Prabhudeva who makes a NN, there'll be a Lawrence who makes a massy film like Mass." But as Bollywood director E Niwas, who's from Andhra, wraps up, "It's a question of the industry evolving to suit younger audiences. To an extent, what multiplexes did for Bollywood, they can do for Tollywood too."

Friday, March 04, 2005

Film About Father- Son bonding Features Telugu Actors


"Varapogum Sooriyaney is yet another film on the bonding of the father and son. SK Samy, an assistant to Bhagyaraj, Vikram, V Sekar and Arjun, debuts as the director. He introduces Trivikram and Priyanjali from Tollywood as the lead pair. Ahudhi Prasad, the popular Telugu artiste, plays the role of the hero’s father while Seeta plays the mother."

Read more here.