People who show us the way
Paravstu ChinnaSuri was one of the most famous pandits of the 19th century. He is considered as one of the prominent figures of modern Andhra who worked for the development of Telugu language. He was born in 1807 in Perambur of Chengalpattu district and died in 1861. He was the son of Venkata Rangayya, who was a scholar in those days. Sri Chinnayasoori was a Telugu pandit in the Government college of Madras. He dedicated his entire life to the progress and promotion of Telugu language and literature. Sri Chinnayasoori wrote the Baala Vyaakaranamu in a new style after doing extensive research on “Andhra Grammar” which is the greatest gift to all of us. One can not come across any one who has not studied his grammar on the entire Andhra soil. Other well-known writings by Chinnayasoori are: Neetichandrika , Sootandhra Vyaakaranamu , Andhra Dhatumoola and , Neeti Sangrahamu.
Chinnayasoori translated ’Panchatantra’ written by Vishnu Sharma into Telugu.The Panchatantra is the most famous collection of fables in India and was one of the earliest Indian books to be translated into Western languages. He transalted ’Mitra Labham’ and ‘Mitra Bedham’ as “Neeti Chandrika”. Moonlight of Morals is the English meaning of the Telugu word Neeti Chandrika. More >
”For the past fifteen years, I have served in this cine industry. During my service, I have been interviewed by various magazines and dailies. But at that time the journalists asked only about my cinema career. This is the only weekly that has asked me to write an article about my family life. Because of this I am writing this article with pleasure”.
The article goes like this… Yes, Mrs.Padmini Ramachandran of Travancore sisters fame gave an introduction, in that magazine like this, in the year 1961.
Her family is an artiste’s family. Her sister Lalitha achieved the maximum glory in this field and settled peacefully as house wife. Padmini also rendered her service in this field and later settled as house wife. Following her, Ragini also settled in the family life. They belong to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala state. They belong to a traditionally respectable Royal family. They are brought up with care by their parents Mr. Thangappan Pillai and Mrs. Saraswathi Ammal.
Eventually, her family fame put hindrance to her passion as she was very much interested in fine arts. The Royal family didn’t permit the sisters to dance and put many hindrances for them to learn arts. The Royal family thought that More >
Cinema is not just for entertainment, it is a powerful medium to spread a social cause and also forward thinking in the minds of the populace watching cinema. There are very few film makers who believed it and Gudavalli Ramabrahmam was the pioneer for this trend in films which was later followed by the likes of R Narayana Murthy and Madala Ranga Rao.
There was a period before the independence when the era of silent movie ended and cinema learnt to speak a language during which the film makers of the time believed in bringing mythological stories onto the celluloid. But Gudavalli Ramabrahmam defied that trend and opted to utilise the powerful medium of cinema for a social cause and took the cine world and society by storm by creating a social masterpiece in the form of “Mala Pilla”. With one stroke, Gudavalli achieved the impossible of tackling a serious social issue with his film and made it acceptable to the masses as well. “Mala Pilla” produced and directed by himself in the year 1938 brought in a kind of revolution and made other film makers think of making social movies with relevant themes. In short Gudavalli brought revolution through screen.
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Sixty four years back at 5.36 PM on this day i.e Jan. 30, 1948, Nathuram Vinayak Godse, a rabid Hindu fundamentalist, shot Mahatma Gandhiji three times at point blank range. As the Mahatma died, he held his palms together in prayer and uttered the name of the Hindu Lord, “”Ram, Ram”". Witnesses report that he fixed his eyes on those of his assassin and whispered with his final breath, “”God bless you, my son.”"
Gandhiji has been described as the father of India; it is fair to say that the epithet has some validity. He managed to rally millions of people from wildly disparate cultures and religions to follow a shared vision of an India free of foreign oppression and at liberty to create her own destiny. His followers were Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Jews and atheists. They shared not only his vision of an India free of British rule, but his belief that such freedom could be attained while following his principles of non-violence and unflinching resistance to injustice.
During the peak of a campaign, his followers slept on cots in bamboo huts, he slept on a mat on the floor of a mud hut or, frequently, in a prison cell. More >
26th January is the Republic Day of India. Although India obtained its independence on August 15, 1947, The Constitution of India came into effect only on January 26, 1950. So Republic Day is a very special day in Indian history and the greatest festival celebrated in the country. It is celebrated every year on January 26, in New Delhi with great pomp, fanfare and pageant. While in the capitals of the States and other headquarters, it is marked with patriotic fervor. The most spectacular celebrations are marked by the Republic Day Parade that takes place in the capital of New Delhi at Rajpath. It includes march past of the three armed forces, massive parades, folk dances by tribal folk from different states in picturesque costumes marking the cultural unity of India. Further, the streak of jet planes of Indian Air Force, leaving a trial of colored smoke, marks the end of the festival.
It was the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress at midnight of December 31, 1929 – January 1, 1930, that the Tri-Color Flag was unfurled by the nationalists and a pledge was taken that on January 26 every year, “Republic Day” would be celebrated and that More >
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is a Noble selfless fighter against Imperialism and is a legendary figure in India even today. Subhas Chandra Bose was born on January 23, 1897. His father was Rai Bahadur Janakinath Bose, a prominent lawyer of Cuttack, Orissa. His mother was Prabhavati Bose, a remarkable example of Indian womanhood. Later, the world came to know him as Netaji. After completing his early studies at the European Protestant Collegiate School in Cuttack, he came to Calcutta to study at Presidency College in 1913. He completed his graduation with a first class in philosophy. He left India for England in 1919 to appear for the civil services examination. He was declared 4th in order of merit for the exam conducted in 1920. He was disturbed by the Jalianwallah Bagh massacre. So he left the apprenticeship of civil services midway in 1921. Thus he resigned and returned to India on the call of Chittaranjan Das.
Subhash Chandra Bose was very much influenced by the Mahatma Gandhi. So he joined the Congress party and even became President of Congress party in 1938 and 1939. He believed in the complete unconditional independence of India. The Congress party believed in achieving freedom in More >
Today marks one of the most important days of the year for our motherland.. The re-juvenator of Indian thought in modern times, Swami Vivekananda, was born 149 years ago on this day. Sri Swamiji’s 150th anniversary year celebrations start today till 12th Jan next year and with this continues the rise of glory of Bharat. A spiritual genius of commanding intellect and power, Vivekananda crammed immense labor and achievement into his short life, 1863-1902. Vivekananda is well known outside India due to his inspirational speech during the ”Parliament of Religions ” held at Chicago, America in 1893.
Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Datta on 12th January 1863 in the Datta family of Calcutta. The youthful Vivekananda embraced the agnostic philosophies of the Western mind along with the worship of science. He is considered to be the key figure in the introduction of Indian Philosophy and Yoga to the western world. He is said to be a major force in the revival of Hinduism in modern India. He is credited with raising interfaith awareness.
He showed an inclination towards spirituality and God realization even when he was a child. Vehement in his desire to know the truth about God, he questioned people More >
(In commemoration of Shri Vasant Desai’s 36th Death Anniversary on 22nd December, 2011 and his Birth Centenary on 9th June, 2012)
Vasant Desai (1912 - 1975) was one of the greatest music composers of Hindi and Marathi films. He was born on 9th June, 1912 in a wealthy family in Sonwad village, in the princely State of Sawantwadi (now in Maharashtra), then ruled by the Bhonsale clan. He grew up in Kudal, Sindhdurg district (of present day Maharashtra). (Some sources indicate that he was born in Kudal). He got an impression as a classist for most of his career, which made him not to come up in commercial films. He was limited mainly to mythological and historical films.
Vasantji was fascinated by music when he was living with his maternal uncle. He bought an old harmonium and started learning music. Fascinated by films, he went to Kolhapur where he met the legend V.Shantaram, who was then working in Prabhat Film Company.
Vasantji was associated with Prabhat Film Company in his early film career. He entered into films as an actor in Prabhat’s silent film Khooni Khanjar (1930). He worked as an assistant under music director Govindrao Tembe for Prabhat Co.’s first talkie ‘Ayodhyecha Raja (1932)’, which was the first Marathi talkie. The film was also made simultaneously in Hindi as Ayodhya Ka Raja (1932). After the 2003 More >
Dharam Dev Anand(26-Sep-1923-04-Dec-2011) better known as Dev Anand, is a popular Bollywood actor, film producer and director. Dev Anand is one of the Trio who ruled the Bollywood with several hit flicks along with Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor in the early fifties till mid sixties. He delighted his fans with his typical acting style and as a popular romantic hero who adorned the Hindi cinema with distinction. Dev was born in 1923 in Shakargarh Tehsil of undivided Punjab( Currently in Pakistan), India. Dev is the second of three brothers who were active in Hindi cinema field. His brothers are Chetan Anand and Vijay Anand. His sister Sheela Kanta Kapoor is the mother of renowned Hindi and English film director Shekhar Kapoor.
Dev Anand completed his graduation in English literature and started to work in the military censor office at Church gate, Bombay. Dev struck a friendship with another fellow legendary actor director Guru Dutt. They had decided between themselves that if one of the two becomes successful first in film industry then they would help the other to become successful. It was a mutual understanding between them that when Dev Anand produced a film, Guru Dutt would direct it and when More >
“Maitreem Bhajata Akhila Hrit Jaitrim” song was written by Jagadguru Sankaraachaarya Sri Chandra Sekhara Saraswathi Swami of Kanchi Kaamakoti Peetham who was famously known as ‘Periyavaa’ and ‘Paramaachaarya’. On the occasion of 50th anniversary of United Nations Organization, the Queen of Karnatic Music, Bharath Rathna Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi was invited to sing at UNO. Shri Achaarya wrote and gave her this Sanskrit song when she mentioned about the UNO invitation to Achaarya.
This is a benedictory song, composed in Sanskrit appealing for friendship that conquers all hearts, for non-violence, and tolerance to live and let-live, requesting to eschew aggression among people of all the nations of the world and to forsake unhealthy competition, aspiring for universal peace, and showering blessings of prosperity for the whole mankind. Sri Swami appeals to everyone to serve with the feeling of Friendliness and Compassion’. We have seen service done by some people with the sole intention of gaining name and fame. Some others are friendly and compassionate but do not do much service. Some others think donating to religious organizations means service. Service to humanity is service to God and that service needs to be done with the feeling of friendliness and compassion,not with pride or ego.
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