Nedunchezhiyan: Dravidian movement’s fervid hero, but forgotten too soon

In popular perception, it is C N Annadurai who founded the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or DMK, the bedrock of Dravidian politics in Tamil Nadu.

Taboos and social norms surrounding menstruation: A pain for women

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New book brings to fore Mughal prince Dara Shukoh’s interest in Hindu texts

Dara Shukoh, the eldest son of Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal, had gone to the extent of identifying the Upanishads with the "hidden book" mentioned in the Quran, a new biography of the prince written by Supriya Gandhi, daughter of Rajmohan Gandhi, reveals.

Beyond East and West: A work of erudition, objective research

It is clearly an understatement to say that Suchethana Swaroop is well-served by his translator. NS Raghavan has accomplished a truly herculean task, finding an “answerable style” (to use Milton’s words) to the inwardness and scholarly depth of the Kannada original.

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne rescheduled to Oct amid COVID-19

Melbourne: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) has announced that the 2020 edition has been pushed ahead, with dates rescheduled from August to October due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Hope and positivity to guide the way in fight against COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, is challenging in ways we could never imagine, but there are some recognized solutions by which we can still remain positive in a pandemic and get through it

Marikozhundhu: A film that questioned the glamour surrounding fairness

The debate over racial discrimination recently prompted Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) to drop the word 'Fair' from the name of its popular fairness cream Fair & Lovely. Many advertisements promoting Fair & Lovely have made a lot of young women to feel inferior to those with a fair complexion. However, this topic has rarely been discus...

‘Mera Saaya’ to ‘Veer Zaara’: Timeless melodies Madan Mohan l...

The king of ghazals and an overlooked composer, Madan Mohan who would have turned 96 on June 25, lives on through his timeless music. When you see a playful Shyama dancing to Aye dil mujhe bata de (Bhai Bhai) or close your eyes in anguish, listening to Phir wohi shaam wohi gham (Jahan Ara) or feel the emptiness in Rang aur noor ki barat (Ghazal)...

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COVID cases pass 9-lakh mark in India; recovery rate increases to 63%

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Congress MLAs huddle in hotel as Gehlot leads power tussle

Jaipur/New Delhi: Congress MLAs were huddled to a resort near Jaipur on Monday after the morning meeting of its legislature party, during which the turning up of at least 100 party legislators served a respite to CM Ashok Gehlot, whose government is now under threat due an open rebellion by Sachin Pilot.

Retail inflation increases to 6.09% in June from 5.84% in March

The data released by the Union Ministry of Statistics on Monday (July 13) revealed that consumer price index (CPI) or retail inflation, an estimation of change in prices of a basket of goods and services, has increased to 6.09 per cent in June from 5.84 per cent in March.

Gullible and malleable: Pilot’s rebellion reveals Rahul’s tragic flaws

Why does Rahul Gandhi invariably get betrayed by the people who are his closest friends or aides? What is about him that has turned his life into a Julius Caesar-like tragedy with a Brutus in every act?

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COVID-19: Rekha’s bungalow sealed after guard tests positive

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Varavara Rao’s condition worsens in jail, family seeks medical care

The health condition of octogenarian human rights activist and poet Varavara Rao, who has been in jail for close to two years, has worsened. His family members are anxious about his deteriorating condition and have demanded that he be shifted to hospital immediately.

KCR opts out of LS race; TRS releases candidate list

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Over 100 Hindu inmates of prisons in Delhi join Muslims in observing roza

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HC nod to hold remembrance meet for Sterlite protestors

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Maverick RGV’s latest shocker: Caste violence gets an emotional makeover

By making pulp thrillers based on real-life incidents of caste killings, are movie directors ending up trivialising a serious social issue? Isn’t it morally repugnant to turn caste crimes into stories of familial love and portray them as family dramas? When a movie, based on a true incident of honour killing, attempts to tell the story as ‘pater...

Hit by lockdown, Pune’s food joints, trinket shops turn green grocers

Ismail Bagwan, owner of popular mutton joint Khwaja Garib Nawaz (KGN) in Pune city has turned his restaurant into a vegetable shop after his sales slumped due to the nationwide lockdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Bagwan is not the only one to shift from a trade, established over years, to another to make ends meet. Many traders like ...

From Sivaji to Rajini, Tamil filmi ‘cops’ cling to violence and glorify b...

From Sivaji Ganesan to his grandson Vikram Prabhu, Tamil actors over the past six decades, have fulfilled an unwritten obligation to play the quintessential cop at least once in their career – breaking bones, bringing wrongdoers to justice and saving damsels in distress – much to the rejoice of moviegoers. However, when the reel turns real, poli...

From a bus conductor to making award winning film on truck drivers

Guwahati: Amar Maibam's documentary Highways of Life has recently won the best film award in the international competition category in the Liberation DocFest in Bangladesh, competing with some of the best contemporary films from all across the globe.

‘There were two Gandhis’: Narendra Kaushik discusses Mahatma in celluloid

There were two Gandhis as far as the caste system is concerned, and the evolution of the former into an anti-caste crusader Mahatma has been depicted in films as well, according to Narendra Kaushik, whose latest book Mahatma Gandhi in Cinema analyses 100 years of Bollywood’s history and the Father of the Nation’s presence on the silver screen. Beg...

Bite it: Chilli chicken, schezwan noodles more ours than China’s

It is a common sight in a food street of any city, a small stall which says ‘Chineese Corner’ listing schezwan noodles, spring roll, chicken fried rice, gobi manchurian, and chilli chicken on its brief menu.

All eyes on Russel Crowe’s Unhinged as Hollywood theatres reopen

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe's road rage thriller 'Unhinged' is soon to hit the big screen on July 10 - after nearly three months of limbo due to coronavirus. With the release of the action film Hollywood hopes to start the process of 'recovery'. Theatres in the US were shut since mid-March, but whether the gamble of giving Crow's flick a th...

The filmy family trees of the south: A tale of clan, caste and star worship

Hyderabad/Chennai: South film industry is not bereft of the rot called nepotism that is said to have snuffed out a blazing talent like Rajput, who allegedly died by suicide on June 14, at his residence in Mumbai.

Gulabo Sitabo director Shoojit Sircar’s Instagram account hacked

Mumbai: Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar on Saturday (June 20) said that his Instagram account has been hacked. The "Gulabo Sitabo" director took to Twitter to share the news.

Strong cinematography but poor script: Penguin leaves viewers cold

Magnificent frames set the mood for a good mystery thriller, but a poor script leading to a shabby climax with a twist for the sake of it — in a nutshell, is Penguin — a movie which recently released on Amazon Prime Video.

AL Raghavan: A singer who soothed a generation with a variety of songs

Popular playback singer of the 60s, AL Raghavan, breathed his last in Chennai on June 19 due to cardiac arrest. He was 87 and is survived by actress wife MN Rajam, a son and a daughter. He had sung more than 500 songs in Tamil and Malayalam. Born in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur in 1933, Ayyampettai Lakshmanan Raghavan followed in his father's footstep...

Penguin more than just another thriller film: Producer Karthik Subbaraj

Penguin, the second Tamil film to premier on Amazon Prime Video, coincidentally, is a women-centric story. In a interview with The Federal, producer Karthik Subbaraj and director-writer Eashvar Karthic spoke about how Penguin is more than just another film from the thriller genre.

B Kannan, the Tamil cinematographer who redefined the art of film shooting

One of the most talented and well-known cinematographers in Tamil cinema, B. Kannan, breathed his last on Sunday at Chennai due to age-related illnesses.

‘Gulabo Sitabo:’ Juhi Chaturvedi, Shoojit Sircar deliver an endearing film

Spoiler alert! ‘Gulabo Sitabo,’ the first Hindi film to release since the pandemic-induced lockdown began, is a tragedy in close-ups. A set of people bickering and brawling over an archaic mansion in Lucknow, end up losing everything they’d been scrambling for. But it’s a comedy when seen from a distance. The characters — their shallowness, g...

COVID authors tale of despair and long wait in Pune’s red light district

Pune: At 3 in the afternoon, an old Bollywood song Saajan Saajan… blares out of a shady basement of one of the many deserted buildings in Pune’s red light area Budhwar Peth.

Father spent a year’s salary to buy flight ticket to US: Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai had a special message for the graduating class of 2020, urging them to be open, hopeful and "impatient", and exuded confidence that they have a "chance to change everything".

Bicycles dot Kolkata roads as wary residents shun crammed buses

Kolkata: Bicycles are trending on Kolkata’s streets as the city grapples to maintain social distancing in its public transportation system after the unlocking process started from June 1 amid a nationwide spurt in COVID-19 positive cases. The trend, the Kolkata Cycle Samaj (KCS), an organisation to promote the bicycle, feels, could be the answer to the c...

‘We Will Rise’: How a team of 117 filmmakers captured the locked-down Ind...

When the streets went silent and a blanket of overpowering stillness hung over the entire country, a feisty filmmaker swung into action. On March 26, while Indians hunkered down in their homes anxious about a fatal virus, well-known filmmaker Bharatbala of Vande Mataram and Maryan (Tamil film) fame, rounded up a team of 117 filmmakers and initiated...

Podcast: Aadhaar card makes a cut above the rest in TN hair salons

https://soundcloud.com/social-media-the-federal/podcast-how-your-hair-cutting-details-are-being-tracked Even before the lockdown restrictions were eased, opening hair salons was the most vehement demand among people. It was a sad summer with no one being able to get a summer haircut and sport a cool bob or undercut. With unlock 1.0, our hair-...

Eat healthy, build immunity, advises Chennai doctor who fought COVID-19

Chennai: From the time the news of his recovery and return to duty in less than three weeks was discussed in the media, Dr A Ravi, has become a hero in the eyes of the medical fraternity and all have turned to him for advice on coping with the disease.
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