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Memories of Madras Week

Took me a while to get my thoughts in order about all the events I had attended/heard about, and give a precis of what exactly happened during Madras Week 2007. Most events were interesting, some were repeats, while a few were outstanding. Be warned, you’re in for a long post.


In the beginning, it was a gathering of a few like-minded friends who cared a great deal about the city. Then, it grew to a series of meetings. More came to know of what transpired during these sessions, and signaled their interest to join. In 2006, it exploded into existence as one of the most happening occasions – and now it is the premier event of Chennai, eclipsing all else in August to the point of exclusion, with more than 60 events happening all over the city, put together by a number of organizations and Chennai-lovers. Le Madras Week, 2007.

Run for your wife

After a handful of successful productions, ASAP, a Chennai based theatre group, brings you what promises to be a bundle of laughs.

‘Run for your wife’ is the story of a cab driver John Smith. And quite like what’s well known about sailors and ports, this driver has a wife on each of his shifts. Mary and Barbara. Life is smooth sailing in the back seat till John has an accident. On the road.

Tete-a-Tete with a Firebrand – Part II

Continuing the interview with Leena Manimekalai…


Just as a recap, we stopped at her camp in the USSR, when she was 13 …

Flame of the Forest – A Review

Aloha, everyone.

A bit late, I know – but though I enjoyed the show and intended to post a review … getting down to keyboard and computer to write about it was like getting Posh Beckham to walk in a nightdress in LA. So. There you have it. Slightly lyrical tribute, mostly because of my own love for the novel. Pliss Echuse, hokey?

A dancer par perfection, whose expressive eyes beckon to her audience, transporting them from a mundane world to one filled with the divine beauty. A crown Prince smitten with her beauty and attainments, wavering on a course that is dangerously close to love rather than duty. An Emperor famed for his prowess in the arts as well as battle, with his heart irrevocably bound to the former – and a commander who connects this tangled historic web of characters and events.

Flame of the Forest is an attempt at capturing the quintessential flavour that is the essence of renowned writer Kalki R Krishnamurthy’s magnum opus, Sivagamiyin Sabadham (“Sivagami’s Vow.”)

Harry Potter the Musical

Potter mania is everywhere. Two days to go for the last book and all. Perfect timing for a musical based on the series. Here is what the Google grapevine threw up:


Scripted By: Manasi Subramaniam
Directed By: Aruna Ganesh Ram
Music Composed By: Ashwath
Choreography: Denver Nicholas
Set Design: Mithran Devanesan

DATES: 26, 27, 28 and 29 July at 7:15 pm
VENUE: Chinmaya Heritage Centre, Harrington Road

Landing Stage the only theatre group in India to have received the rights to stage the play.

For bulk booking, matinee show details and any other information, contact 9841302016. Donor passes will be available at Landmark (Nungambakkam, Citi Centre and Spencer Plaza) and will be priced at Rs. 400, Rs. 200 and Rs. 100 (balcony). There will also be four special matinee shows for school students (bulk booking must be done by the schools) at a subsidised rate of Rs. 100 per student for a minimum booking of 200 students.

For more.

Thiruvanmiyur on a Sunday

Where the helmets have gone?

With effect from June 1, 2007, the Government of Tamilnadu implemented the law for mandatory wearing of Helmets by the rider and the pillion rider. Within 2 days of introduction, the Government backtracked by saying that the police are not to implement the rule vigorously. Now the Government says that the person driving the two wheeler has to wear the helmet and the pillion riders, women and children are exempted from wearing the helmet. In Chennai nobody seems to worry about the present regulation on helmet wearing. The two wheeler riders without helmet spotted on Sunday, June 24, 2007 near Thiruvanmiyur Railway Station

Flame of the Forest

Flame of the Forest is an original play inspired by the ever green classic ‘Sivagamiyin Sabatham’ by Kalki. The play is staged by Just Us Repertory in association with The Madras Players. For more details click here.

US theatre group to stage play in Chennai

SEEDS AND FLOWERS will be staged in Chennai by a Bay Area theatre group on July 7.
Venue: Music Academy
Time 7.30pm
For tickets call DV Ramana on 93400 30933.

SYNOPSIS of SEEDS AND FLOWERS as sent to me by the director

It’s a story about Indian immigrants in US who have made it big and who have not. It’s a story about how women find identity for themselves in a new world and pursue their passion.

Seeds and Flowers is set in Bay Area and the theme comes to life through these powerful characters.

Raj and Priya – Raj, the breadwinner and Priya the homemaker struggle to decide between staying in the Bay Area and relocating to India. Raj has had 3 layoffs after moving to the US and is very skeptical about anything new. At least once a day they decide to move to India only to decide against it a little later.

Jay and Charu – Jay, the successful senior-executive in a technology company and his wife Charu. Charu has money but wants Jay to spend more time with her. But Jay has a different idea, as he believes that he can always find time to spend with the family but what is more important right now is being successful.

Kari – the egomaniacal Founder / CEO of a technology company who believes that everybody has a purpose in life, – that is to help him become successful.

The story is set in motion when Kari decides to do a M&A as an ego-trip and drives Jay to close it, which impacts Raj who is now laid off for the 4th time.

Charu, separates from Jay, while Jay is getting ready to travel to close the M&A.

Priya and Charu rise above their challenges and join forces to find their passion.

The play ends with a thought for the viewers, when Jay says – What I thought as success and what you thought as failure, has brought us to the same place… So which one is right???

For more details on the play please visit

LTTE attacks

Where LTTE is Love, This, That Etc. That’s the name of a play, produced by asap productions, and to be performed at Alliance Fracaise (Why are French words never pronounced the way they’re spelt?) this weekend.

I fibbed when I said LTTE is a play. I am sorry. It’s actually three plays in one performance. To quote the people behind the play:

LTTE – Love, This, That, Etc

Three short comedies about that Crazy li’l thing called Love

Miss Dolly Dilly from Walla Walla has a problem.
A big problem.
A 400 pound elephant of a problem.
Will the kind doctor be able to help?
Find out in ‘Gynaecologist’


Rita plots to save a relationship and polish her diamonds.
Is all love really fraudulent?
Are some thing better left unsaid?
Or is a full and frank ‘Confession’ the key to true love?


Father Joseph intervenes to help Sybil and Scotty.
Will his holiness be able to save Scotty before the pernicious Arabian Araq gets to him?
What will his habebe think?
Watch him tend to his flock in ‘Compulsion’

Take time out this weekend to join us for asap’s production of LTTE – Love, This, That Etc.

If you have the time, go attend, and have fun. It’s on, this weekend – that is – 5th and 6th May, 2007. At Top Storey, Alliance Francaise, between 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM.

Sathyam Cinemas – Online Reservation, An Update

Sathyam Cinema, Chennai

This is a follow up to my earlier post on “Sathyam Cinemas – Online Reservation”

Recently I logged into for buying tickets for MOZHI at Screen Santham. Tickets were not available for Saturday and Sunday. Decided to buy tickets for Monday (19032007) which was a holiday for “Ugadi”

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