December 5th, 2013Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Historical Links, Pre-Independence, Records, All, World Opinion
Ancient and rare rock murals reflecting the pre-historic character of the district have been discovered in the Tirumayyam Fort premises, an official said today.
The existence of rock paintings which depict dances that existed in 5000 BC was known earlier, historian and District Chief Educational Officer N Arulmurugan said.
The paintings, made with red colour painting material, were found during a study of the Fort by a team of historians, including himsef, he told reporters here.
“The rock paintings at the Fort reflect the pre-historic character of the district… They are older than the murals of Sithannavasal, painted between 7th and 9th AD,” he said.
The painting on one side of the cap shaped rock near the entrance of the fort had faded. But on the otherside one can see row of paintings including one depicting man and a woman lying down in reclining posture.
Another painting is a dance programme wherein a couple are playing some musical instruments and another couple dancing holding their hands. This type of dance was mentioned in ancient Tamil literature ‘Tolkapiam’ as “Undattu” (a dance), he said adding a spectator, probably the queen or the chief of the area, had been separately drawn in a big size.
On the northern side of rock also many images had been painted. One of them showed several men following a woman in a queue.
Paintings had also been found on the roof of the cave between the Shiva and Vishnu temples in the fort. Some paintings show about the use of animals as a mode of transport and use of weapons made from rock for hunting animals.
Arulmurugan urged the archaeological department to protect the paintings.
The district was one of home of pre-historic man. A very large number of burial sites have been found. In and around Pudukkottai, there are many vestiges of the oldest habitations of man and some of the lithic records known in the south.
source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> National> News / by Press Trust of India / Pudukottai (TN) / November 22nd, 2013
Chennai-based drugmaker Arvind Remedies has filed for patenting a new drug for treating chikungunya, chicken pox, and combating the herpes viruses such as Varivella Zoster Virus, and Human Herpes.
The drug, slated for clinical trials, will be formulated into a product with higher bio-availability and minimum side effects, according to a release by the company.
The company had signed agreements in 2010 with Presidency College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, and Indian Institute of Integrative Medicines, Jammu, for developing the drug.
source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com / Business Line / Home> Companies / Chennai – November 19th, 2013
City Union Bank Ltd has informed BSE that:
“we will be crossing yet another milestone in our branch expansion programme by opening of our 400th branch on the 22nd November, 2013 at 25/59 K B Dhasan Road, Teynampet, Chennai – 600018.
The Bank was started at the temple town of Kumbakonam as a part of Swadeshi Movement to support Local Agriculture and Commerce in the year 1904 and entered the 110th year of service to the nation on 31st October, 2013.
The 400th branch will be opened by the Veteran freedom fighter and personal Secretary of Mahatma Gandhiji, Shri. V. Kalyanam.
The bank proudly dedicates this milestone to the participants in the Swadeshi Movement, Freedom Fighters and Customers / Stake holders / Employees of the bank -past, present and future.”
source: http://www.moneycontrol.com / MoneyControl.com / Home> Markets> Announcements> Banks – Private Sector> Announcement / Source: BSE / November 20th, 2013
Ninth time BHEL Tiruchi unit is awarded the commendation certificate
BHEL, Tiruchi, has won the CII-EXIM Bank Commendation certificate for “Significant Achievements on the Journey Towards Excellence” for 2013 in the category of large organisation.
This was announced at the inaugural session of the 21st Quality Summit organised by the CII in Bangalore recently.
This is the ninth time that BHEL, Tiruchi, is awarded the CII-EXIM Commendation certificate for Business Excellence.
The CII-EXIM Awards are given to companies which are role models in Total Quality Management in each of the three categories (large, medium and small).
S. Dharmalingam, General Manager, Quality, J. Sankaran General Manager, Unit II and Sub-Contracting and Machining, S.R. Govinda Rajan, Additional General Manager, Quality Assurance and Business Excellence, K. Nagarajan, Additional General Manager, Valves, and M. Thiruneelakandan, Additional General Manager, Finance from BHEL, received the award from T. C. A. Ranganathan, Chairman and Managing Director, EXIM Bank.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Tiruchirapalli / by Special Correspondent / Tiruchi – November 17th, 2013
December 2nd, 2013Amazing Feats, Education, Historical Links, Pre-Independence, Inspiration/ Positive News and Features, Leaders, Records, All, World Opinion
There is no proposal either to rename Lady Wellington College after Singaravelar or to erect his statue on the campus, the Tamil Nadu government has informed the Madras high court.
In a counter-affidavit, filed in response to a PIL of A Gowthaman seeking renaming of the college after Singaravelar and construction of a memorial for the freedom fighter at the venue, which was his house, secretary, Tamil Development and Information (memorials) Department said: “The setting up of Singaravelar statue and renaming the college is a matter of policy to be decided by the Government and no such proposal is pending with the department.”
However, it told the bench comprising Chief Justice R K Agrawal and Justice M Sathyanarayanan that a bust-size statue of Singaravelar was to be erected in Singaravelar memorial in Royapuram.
Senior advocate A E Chelliah, who argued the PIL for Singaravelar memorial, had told the bench that the freedom fighter founded the first trade union in India and had vast swathes of land in several places including Thiruvanmiyur and Mylapore. His residence at Mylapore, is now known as Lady Wellington College. British governor Lord Wellington took over his property after Singaravelar participated in the freedom struggle.
In 2011, the government announced a memorial for Singaravelar at Foreshore Estate, but did not proceed due to Coastal Regulation Zone norms. The PIL wants a memorial adjacent to ‘Vivekanandar Illam’ and renaming of Lady Wellington College as ‘Sindhanai Sirpi Singaravelar Educational campus’.
The PIL is scheduled to be taken up for further hearing on November 21.
source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Chennai> TamilNadu / TNN / November 18th, 2013
Viswanathan Anand an Indian chess Grandmaster and is the current World Chess Champion was born on December 11, 1969 in Mayiladuthurai, a town in Tamil Nadu.
Anand at the age of 37, he became the world number one for the first time.
Recently Viswanathan Anand drew the third game with Magnus Carlsen a 22 year old Norwegian chess grandmaster.
Here are some 5 facts to know about him:
Viswanathan Anand has won the World Chess Championship five times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), and has been the undisputed World Champion since 2007.
Viswanathan Anand rates the late American chess prodigy, grandmaster, and the eleventh World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer as the best of all time.
Anand was the FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion in 2003, and is widely considered the strongest rapid player of his generation.
Anand became India’s first grandmaster in 1988. He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India’s highest sporting honour.
In 2007, he was awarded India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, and is the first sportsperson to receive the award in Indian history. Anand has won the Chess Oscar six times (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008).
source:http://www.indiancolleges.com / IndianColleges.com / Home> Articles / by Editorial Team / November 13th, 2013
November 26th, 2013Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Business & Economy, Historical Links, Pre-Independence, Nature, Records, All
Simrat Chadha brings alive the classic Kanchipuram sari, complete with near forgotten designs and colour combinations.
‘We are forward, Weave backward. Say the pitras as they sit by the loom’ – Rg Veda 130
To the rhythm of this unspoken bit of ancient poetry, countless weavers across India and across time have woven saris, upper cloths and veshtis of great beauty and elegance. In time, each region of the country came to excel in a particular set of motifs and designs in colours of Nature that blended to create unique saris with names which were bits of poetry in themselves.
The motifs of the Kanchipuram pattu sari, the pride of South India, had lyrical names such as tuthiripoo, bavanchu, kuyilkann, muthuchir, paalum pazhamum, oosivanam, vaizhapoo and simhasana. As Simrat Chadha, a South Indian pattu revivalist, puts it, “Ironically, the Kanchipuram sari itself is a misnomer. It came to be so called only because of the aggregation of saris and weavers in the city of Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram was actually a great veshti weaving centre! The “pattu” sari, or the Kanchipuram sari as it is commonly known, also owes its design soul less to Kanchipuram and more to the aggressive, spontaneous grace of Andhra’s design language and Karnataka’s staid yet graceful weaving patterns with Tamil Nadu’s structured textile philosophy. Every art form in Tamil Nadu follows strict structural formats. Even checks or lines whatever intricacy they wished to express followed structure. The exquisite Benarasi too came under Kanchipuram pattu sari’s structured patterning when the northern ‘hans’ became the ‘hamsam.’
Between 1820 and 1920, the pattu sari weaver began to absorb Benaras patterns such as ‘kinkab’ and ‘khilat’ in a Kanchipuram sari. In fact, so great was the popularity of the Benarasi saris that this writer’s mother’s nine-yard wedding sari – a nearly 100 year old heritage piece today – was a shot silk Benarasi silk spattered with woven bouquets of English flowers bunched in baskets.
What distinguishes a true blue Kanchipuram pattu whose history, according to Hobbes and Watson, goes back to a timeless yesterday while other textile historians give it no more than 500 years?
It has a defined design structure, is heavy in weight, with a warp and weft twist called ‘murukku petta,’ tested zari and a matte finish. It can be identified by ‘seeru’ stripes and ‘kattam’ checks, three shuttle korvai which is a plain interlocked joint or a ‘muggu’ temple spine, and patterned border, mundanai end piece and so on. The borders are wide and pallus defined by elephants and parrots, among other designs.
While the korvai has all but vanished, so have many of the other features of the classic Kanchipuram sari leaving behind a rather soulless coming together of colours, uninspired borders and trendy motifs.
Simrat’s passionate journey of revisiting and recreating the classic Kanchipuram was to stop “a bit of our culture and heritage from vanishing in front of our eyes. It was to entice the young person into appreciating and wearing the sari. It’s also my journey of responsibility. We are building pride of association at two ends – the customer and the weaver.”
“It all began with our collection of kodu and kattam cotton saris with korvai which was hugely popular. This convinced us to start our own pattu revival journey. I read all possible books on Kanchipuram saris and began collecting originals. All the old original Kanchipurams belong to mamis — friend’s mothers, aunts, grandmother and even great grandmothers! We then took a few of these originals and visited weavers and weaving centres in Kanchipuram, Salem and Madurai, to convince the weavers to replicate them.
The response varied. Why should they weave a korvai which was time and labour intensive or create such an intricate border? Sometimes, there would be excitement when an older weaver would identify an oosivanam or a mubaggam which he himself had woven in his younger days! There was a lot of travelling back and forth by the revivalist team, much persuasion and great creative excitement as looms were set up and the recreation process got under way.
The collection of 60 original Kanchipurams and 20 re-created ones mesmerises with ancient mellow beauty, mellifluous mingling of colours, and near-forgotten motifs. An old oosivanam in pink with stripes and a magical border sits besides its revised avatar. The same look and feel with perhaps a subtle difference? An old Vaira-oosi with red body stripes and yellow border is now re-created with yellow body and red border.
If original Korinads entice with their harmony of colours and texture so do the recreated ones in deep blue with red stripes and yellow border or in flaming orange. Part of the re-created saris is the ‘kallam puttani’, ‘kalaialangara pudavai’ and ‘moobhagam’ in a stunning intersection of purple and grey, black and grey and so on. Original black body and broad red border Kanchipurams stun with their design harmony.
Equally harmonious are black and shocking pink, off white with huge checks and ‘maanga’ borders, turquoise with yellow border, some with tiny checks, and much more…
Call 044-24997526 if you want to re-create old heritage saris.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> Firday Review> Art / by Pushpa Chari / November 14th, 2013
November 26th, 2013Business & Economy, Historical Links, Pre-Independence, Records, All, Science & Technologies
After over two decades, the Chennai lighthouse, overlooking the Marina beach, the second longest in the world, was today opened to visitors.
Shipping Minister G K Vasan opened the 46-metre tall heritage structure to visitors, which has been the first spot of sight for mariners approaching the commercial capital of south India from Bay of Bengal.
It was closed for visitors, following security threats during the early 90s, as the triangular structure painted in red and white, functioning since 1977 is located very close to Tamil Nadu DGP Office, Forensic Laboratory, All India Radio and holy shrine of Santhome Basilica.
Vasan said the Ministry has shortlisted 15 lighthouses, including Mamallapuram, Marakkanam, Kanyakumari and Rameswaram, in the country to be made tourist attractions. “Mamallapuram lighthouse will be opened in January next, while Marakkanam lighthouse will be opened on November 30,” he said.
Security arrangements have been made with cameras and smoke detectors installed at various spots and trained personnel being deployed in the campus on the Kamarajar Road.
Stainless steel fences have been erected on the 10th floor, till where the visitors are to be allowed.
The minister also laid the foundation for National Navtex Network intending to provide enhanced safety and security for maritime traffic. “It is a project of over Rs 20.25 crore and is expected to be completed by December 2014,” Vasan said.
NAVTEX is an international automated medium frequency direct printing service for delivery of navigational and meteorological warnings and forecast, search and rescue information and pirate warnings to ships.
The Indian Navtex Network would have seven transmitting stations including Veraval, Vengurla Point, Muttom Point, Porto Novo, Vakalpudi and Balasore — to broadcast maritime safety information to mariners up to 250 nautical miles.
An emergency NAVTEX Control Centre is also being established at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to ensure uninterrupted service to mariners.
The network would broadcast navigational warnings, meteorological warnings and forecasts for 10 minutes at regular intervals round the clock.
The Ministry would also have monitoring stations at Okha, Ratnagiri, Azhikode, Puducherrym Dolphin’s Nose, Sagar Island and Port Blair.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by PTI – Chennai / November 14th, 2013
The life of King Raja Raja Cholan and the history of Thanjavur district should be documented for the benefit of future generations, said District Collector N.Subbaiyan here on Sunday.
Inaugurating the 1028 Sadhaya Vizha(Coronation Day) of King Raja Raja Cholan, who built the Big Temple in Thanjavur, Mr.Subbaiyan said kings of yesteryears had recorded their history in the form of epigraphs and there was a need to document them now.
The Big Temple spoke volumes about the architectural skill, spirituality, and humanism of King Raja Raja Cholan. The temple remained the centre of administration and evidences in the form of epigraphs are available on the reforms initiated by the king in land administration and conduct of elections.
K.Thangamuthu, chairman, Sadhaya Vizha Committee, Babaji Rajah Bhonsle, Senior Prince and Hereditary Trustee of Palace Devasthanam, G.Dharmarajan, Superintendent of Police, Thanjavur district, participated.
A seminar on Raja Raja Cholan followed the inauguration. V.Latha, assistant professor of Sculpture, P.Jayakumar, Professor of Epigraphy, K.P.Nallasivam, assistant professor of Philosophy, M.Bhavani, assistant professor of Epigraphy, all from Tamil University, and K.Menaka, Assistant Professor, Department of History, AVC College, Mayiladuthurai, spoke on the various aspects of the king’s administration.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Tiruchirapalli / by Special Correspondent / Thanjavur, November 11th, 2013
Leading pump maker CRI Pumps has opened its sixth foreign subsidiary in China.
CRI Pumps Shanghai Co Ltd would become fully operational from next month, a company release said.
CRI was the first pump manufacturer from India to have its 100 per cent wholly-owned subsidiary company in China intended for manufacturing and marketing specific products, it said.
source: http://www.ptinews.com / Press Trust of India / Home> Business / Coimbatore – November 07th, 2013