'Enthiran' amazes as it delivers

The much anticipated Rajnikanth movie, Enthiran, hit the screens in early October, to wide spread acclaim and rave reviews from the fans. While some have been less than impressed with the clichéd story, all have had to accept that the technical wizardry and action sequences make this a movie to remember from 2010. The story is that of a robot, created by a scientist (both played by Rajnikanth), who falls in love with the lover of the scientist. The man versus machine story revolves around the drive to control the robot and to deal with the humanization of an automaton. Aishwarya Rai and Danny...

‘My Daughter: the terrorist’

The long awaited showing of a film following a pair of female Black Tigers at the sold out Frontline Club finds the audience in expectant mood given the controversy the film has drawn.

The incomparable Thirukkural on courage and love

The third of a three-part series looking at a Tamil treasure.

The Thirukkural: the householder and the nation’s wealth

The second of a three-part series looking at this Tamil treasure.

The Thirukkural

The first of a three-part series looking at a Tamil treasure.

An introduction to Auvaiyar’s Vinayagar Agaval

The Vinayagar Agaval (‘Song of Vinayaga’) is a stunning example of Tamil sacred poetry. It is thought to be the greatest poem of the Chola era poet Auvaiyar, written shortly before her death. The Chola dynasty, which emerged around the ninth century, went on to rule most of South India for the next four hundred years. The Cholas presided over an important renaissance in Tamil literature, art and architecture, particularly temple construction. The name Auvaiyar has been given to a number of important female poets, of whom three in particular stand out as literary giants. Whereas Auviayar I...