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    September 27th, 2016adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Chennai :

    Vocalist O S Arun is renowned in the field of Carnatic music. But only a few are aware of his mission to enrich the lives of the less privileged through music. Arun is organising the screening of the documentary, ‘Ratna Sangamam,’ in Chennai on September 30 to raise awareness about the work he is carrying out through his charitable organisation Alapana Trust.

    “The 28-minute documentary, directed by S P Kanthan, will showcase our community service projects,” says Arun, who established the trust in 1998.

    “We initially formed it to promote music. We have been regularly organising festivals of classical music and dance, youth festivals that give a platform to youngsters, workshops and lectures on music in different places,” says Arun, adding that eminent artistes such as Leela Samson, Chitra Visweswaran, Bombay Sisters, and the Hyderabad Brothers have performed for the trust in the past.

    However, three years ago, Arun and his wife felt that there was something missing. “After singing for more than 30 years, I wanted to give back to society and do something meaningful that gave me more satisfaction,” says Arun. So the couple approached old age homes, orphanages and organisations that worked with children with autism and Down syndrome as well as visually challenged children.

    “We wanted to go to these places and perform for them as it would be difficult for them not just to buy tickets for concerts but also transport people to the sabhas,” says Arun, who began the initiative by performing at Annai Illam, an old age home in Mylapore.

    “I had sung in many sabhas and for corporates, but I was initially nervous as to how the people would respond,” he says. “But to my surprise, everyone was very enthusiastic and even sang along.”

    The trust also tries to support each centre that they visit in whatever way they can. “We do an anna danam and feed people there. At Annai Illam, we also gave sarees to elderly women. In another centre near Trichy, we gave them gave an entire month’s provision. In another old age home in Thanjavur district, we gave mattresses to the elderly as theirs were worn out and we also repaired the roof of an orphanage in Chengalpet,” says Arun.

    However, funds are scarce as he has so far been doing it in an individual capacity. And that’s where the idea of ‘Ratna Sangamam’ took seed. “People told me that I should spread more awareness about the initiative so that more people can contribute. Since we already had video footage of all our events, we just had to script the documentary,” says Arun.

    ‘Ratna Sangamam’ will be screened at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium at 6:30pm on September 30. It will be followed by a concert by O S Arun at 7pm. “The show is free,” says Arun. “On the occasion, we will also be gifting musical instruments to a few autistic children from The Lotus Foundation.”

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> City News> Chennai / Priya Menon / September 27th, 2016

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    September 26th, 2016adminAmazing Feats, Education, Records, All

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    Erode :

    He holds a record that is not easy to beat. A lawyer based in Erode,  K K M Kesavan has to his credit, a PhD in Legal Aid, 14 master’s degrees and eight PG diplomas to his credit. And he is 75!

    Now, he is in the second year of a correspondence master’s programme, even as 2017 will mark the golden jubilee of his legal career. Among his degrees are MA in English, Political Science, History, Sociology, Economics, Public Administration, MCom, MSc in Education Management and MBA, besides his degree in lawfrom the universities of Periyar, Annamalai, Bharathiar and Alagappa.

    His success in life was achieved against the odds as his family was neither well off nor highly educated. Born to a small farmer in Arathil village in Kannur district of Kerala (then in the Madras Presidency), his mother died when he was just a year old.

    In 1959, Kesavan came to Erode and joined his uncle Sankar, who owned a small hotel. He got a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University through correspondence and then studied BL in Bangalore University.

    Kesavan joined as a junior advocate under V S Venkatrama Ayyar, who later became a High Court judge. He then worked under A P Chinnasamy. Later, he started his own practice.

    “As my seniors mostly handled civil cases, I have attended over 2,500 civil cases so far and won nearly 80 per cent of them,” he recalls.

    Of the 45 juniors who have worked with him, seven became magistrates and munsifs. There are now four juniors working with him.

    Kesavan’s quest for learning started at a young age and continued even after he started working as a lawyer, as per the advice of an uncle, Vasudevan, a school teacher in Erode.

    Practising actively in Erode, Kesavan has held the president’s post of advocate associations several times and is now the joint secretary of the AIADMK lawyers wing.

    His son K S Jeyaganesan is a Central government pleader in the Chennai High Court. His daughter, also based in Chennai, is a Bhartanatyam exponent. She had served as a college lecturer for a while.

    Proper use of time is the secret to his achievement. “All of us get the same 24 hours a day. How we utilise it, is important in coming up in life,” says Kesavan.

    His wife, Savithri, should also get some credit for it. As she took all responsibility for the family, he was able to focus completely on his work and studies. The author of many articles on law, Kesavan’s only pastime is reading.

    On the judiciary front, Kesavan suggests a National Judicial Academy to select judges for high courts. It should also conduct tests for the judges before elevating them to the Supreme Court.

    This method, along the lines of IAS selection, would end the present controversy over the collegium system, which is not transparent.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / by Express News Service / September 26th, 2016

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