Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Master Kishan Shrikanth is bringing more fame to India than any other youngster today. Born to the Shrikanth-Shylaja couple in Karnataka on January 6, 1996, this young chap is all set to enter the Guinness Book as the youngest film director at the age of 10.
Kishan is a well-known child actor in the Kannada film industry today. As of year 2006, he has a strong track record of having acted in 24 films and on a popular soap opera in Indian television.
This talented boy doesn't stop at acting and is pursuing a dream far and beyond his age, inspite of his next-door neighbor's kid looks.
He is all set to direct his first commercial film titled "C/o Footpath" (Care of Footpath). The story is about an orphaned boy who wants to go to school and make it big in life. Kishan's inspiration for this comes from wanting to do something for the orphan children he sees on the streets in Bangalore.
Besides, directing the project, Kishan is also playing the lead role. He has also written the story and is quite knowledgeable about calling shots from behind the camera. His cinematography and directional skills were acquired during his acting days from the age of 6.
C/o Footpath has Bollywood star Jackie Sheroff and a few other Kannada actors and is going to be shot in Kannada and will then be remade in Tamil and Hindi. This 135 minute film is being produced by Kishan's mother Shylaja who is a movie music director herself.
Kishan is planning an April 2006 summer holiday release and is busy juggling shooting schedules and issuing orders to the team as director.
As per current record, the youngest director of a professional film is Sydney Ling from Netherlans who directed the film "Lex the Wonderdog" at the age of 13.
If Kishan succeeds in his venture, he would break Sydney Ling's record and become the youngest director to direct a feature film.
Good Luck to Kishan for his directorial venture and in bringing glory to India!
Friday, January 27, 2006
South India Fine Arts (SIFA) is the premier organization in the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and presentation of South Indian fine arts.
On a similar basis to the famous Thiagaraja Aaradhana in Thiruvaiyaru, SIFA- Bay Area is also hosting Thiagaraja Aaradhana Day - 2006 on Saturday Feb. 4, 2006 at the Center for Employment Training (CET in San Jose). Please look for more details at the SIFA website (www.southindiafinearts.org)
Who says that there is no T-day in the US? Indeed, living in the Bay Area caters to the needs of several communities of people, including lots of Carnatic music lovers.
Enjoy Bay Area Carnatic Music Lovers and Bloggers..................
Happy Friday and have a nice weekend!
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
I was recently watching a commercial on TV, when guess who i saw grace the screens of Americal television? It was none other than the World's Most Beautiful Woman Aishwarya Rai, featuring in the L-oreal hair care product. She spoke with an American accent, though it was dubbed and she looks as smashing as always.
After a few days, i forgot about the whole thing. But, today, as i was reading an article on Woman's Roles and Images projected on media, this opened up a blog topic.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
More than a thousand students are involved in co-ordinating and perfecting their skills for this gala event. It is indeed a great show with a budget running close to a crore and the co-ordinators who put in their time, effort and energy into making this a grand time for all of the Chennai youth.
Indeed, everything is student managed and a lot of networking, making contacts with high level artists, community folks with amazing talents, finding sponsors, going after the advertisements etc all go into making this happen.
Just want to highlight this year's pro-show- Starting with the violin duo Ganesh-Kumaresh, and light music night featuring Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendosa, the ending event is going to be a rock show featuring Led Zepplica and Parikrama.
Apart from this, there will be the usual Speaking Events, Informals, Quizzes, Performances and Literary Events amidst several others.
I really had a good time enjoying SPB's light music performance at Saraang in 2000 when i was back in India. It was indeed a fun time with a bunch of us-college makkal, meeting fellow folks in the jam packed open air theatre and booing and screaming for SPB with our requests. The show lasted till 11 pm and SPB kept going on and on- Saarang is indeed a time for Chennai youths to have a bash of a time!!!
Finally, read that this year the IIT folks have decided to reach out to people all over the world by creating a blog dedicated to the making of Saarang, apart from the official site
For those of you in Chennai- Don't miss this event!!!
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Today's Hindu online's supplement section features an article on happening events in Chennai. Since, this event is popular because of my favorite hero-here goes today's blog on Maddie and his dosa making skills.
The Place: Planet Yumm in Ascendas Park, along the IT corridor, Chennai
The Occasion: Grand opening by Actor Madhavan and cricketers Balaji and Robin Singh
The Cause: Madhavan declaring that he would secure Rs. 2 lakhs out of his dosa making event to donate to The Banyan, a home run by actress Revathi as a non-profit institution for mentally ill and destitute women.
The Gala Event:
Then, the dosas are put up for auction. The pair of dosas opened for Rs.500 and while the crowd booed, Maddie yelled his price of Rs.2000. The auction kept mounting as women started to plunge in to overbid Maddie's price till it went upto Rs.12,000. Maddie who is now all rolled up into auctioning himself, quotes a firm Rs.20,000 for his hand made dosas. A bidder yelled Rs.25,000 and Maddie surprises everyone by announcing that he'd still add his 20,000 bucks.
Imagine- the price of 2 cold dosas now Rs.45,000 and sure Madhavan does melt hearts as well ashe makes melty dosas ends the applause.
The auction continued......Maddie then proceeded to make 2 cups of steaming mochas and sold it for Rs.25,000 to two girls who proudly told a stunned Maddie that they are the ones paying for this coffee.
Looks like the auction went on till a lot more money was collected and all credit goes to Madhavan.
Is this Maddie Madness at its fullest?
Hmmm..(sighing..................wish i was there to watch my favourite hero at this event)
Have a nice evening!!!
Friday, January 13, 2006
Wishing all Bloggers A Happy Pongal and Sankranthi......................................
Some websites that depict the spirit of Pongal and brings back memories of Pongal celebrated in India:
Pongalo Pongal................................Have a great Pongal weekend and Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day off for all those lucky folks out there who have a long weekend (like me).
Monday, January 09, 2006
Cartoon Picture Illustration by Roger Armstrong (INFJ)
Friday, January 06, 2006
During the XMas holidays, Special K and i took off to Mendocino, a coastal village that is nestled 4 hours north of San Francisco. Drving on Highway 1 along the coast is beautiful and scenic. We were lucky to have moderately good weather with the sun coming out on and off except on our way back when it started to pour.
There are several things about Mendocino that i like-
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Pictures taken from Business Week online.
Come, 9 pm every night and its Cramer Time at our place, yes, Mad Money is what i am talking about. One of the most popular guys on TV today is Jim Cramer. Kids, old people and youngsters who are all into stocks love this man and his show. Cramer is the definition of top spirited vigor and this red-faced character depicts obsessive behavior on news reports yelling and banging his fists off. His show starts with hsi favourite one liner that He wants to make you a lot of money and not friends. The man has a $450 million hedge fund and still prowls the floors of TheStreet.com Inc's headquarters on Wall Street.
His show runs for an hour with Jim revealing a hot stock to buy or about owning an unknown company stock tip during the first quarter of his show. Then, the calls start to come in from all over the country-Its Booyah Jimmy all the way and folks ask him a question and off he goes with his hand gestures and expressions, throwing around stuff and banging the chair while he attacks every question thrown at him with his spontaneous animated talks.
I wonder how his voice doesn't crack or how he manages to sustain such a hyper level of energy throughout. Articles say that Jim Cramer is the same kinda person off the screen, even at work and a most shrewd and articulate "Stock Guru" who is all for popularity and limelight. Jim gives his wife due credit for bringing him to this level by motivating him into stocks.
Finally, his new book Cramer's Real Money: Sane Investing in an Insane World is selling like crazy on amazon and shows that Cramer has brought a new meaning and hope to sensible investing for common folks who are actively trading.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Happy New Year to all
New Year Resolutions- A Date to Remember