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 CURRENT ISSUE NOVEMBER 11, 2002  

NEWSNOTES: TABS ON TRIVIA

Q 1. To prepare for next year's assembly elections, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit...

a. Launched a populist employment scheme.
b. Brokered peace with dissidents in Congress.
c. Organised a Ram paath at her residence.

Q 2. Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Murasoli Maran has been chosen for...

a. India's Silent Performer and Thought Leader award.
b. Sun TV's Man of the Year award.
c. PM's Most Cooperative Minister award.

Q 3. In Kolkata, Sachin Tendulkar...

a. Met BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya.
b. Offered prayers at Kalighat temple.
c. Went to sample K.C. Das's famous rasgullas.

Answers: 1(c) 2(a) 3(b)

FANATICAL FANS
Bachchan Bungalows under Siege

HOUSE CALLS: Prateeksha

In three decades of superstardom, Amitabh Bachchan has changed house twice. In the 1970s, he moved to Prateeksha and then to Mansa, a bungalow that is now a landmark in Mumbai's star district Juhu.

Now Bachchan may well be contemplating a third change of residence. Last week, police arrested an 18-year-old migrant from Madhya Pradesh, Prakash Prasad Agnihotri, after he shinned up a tree near Mansa and slipped into Abhishek

HOUSE CALLS: Mansa

Bachchan's bedroom. All for a lunch with the superstar.

This was the third such intrusion and the second at Mansa. On October 5, six days before Amitabh's 60th birthday bash, police arrested Pappu Sharma, 22, from Uttar Pradesh who had scaled Prateeksha's walls for an audience with his idol. He didn't know that now only Bachchan's parents Harivanshrai and Teji live there.

-Sandeep Unnithan
 
SWAMPED: Bengal and his team reviewed 1,800 entries
SCRIPT CONTEST
The Write Angle

Bollywood produces 200-odd films every year, but there are only a handful of original scripts. In vogue are Hollywood rip-offs or recycled versions of the hit "formula". To reverse this trend, B4U Movies and sulekha.com organised a global script writing contest, Write Angle. The response was tremendous. Directors Shyam Benegal, Honey Irani, Mahesh Bhatt, Javed Akhtar, Santosh Sivan, Tanuja Chandra, John Mathew Mathan and Farrukh Dhondy waded through nearly 1,800 scripts sent from 22 countries before choosing the best three.

Praveen Madhukar Nayak, a computer engineer from Manipal, was adjudged the best writer for his romantic comedy Indian Beauty. Next in line was Anand Sivakumaran, with another comedy Yeh Shaadi Nahin Ho Sakti and Rajan Iyer with Trenches, a story about an Indian soldier fighting in World War I. Now whether these winning scripts make it to a theatre near you is up to the Bollywood bigwigs.

-Sandeep Unnithan
 
REVIEW
Courtly Splendour

DHRUPAD
(Virgin; Rs 65)

Dhrupad is the oldest existing form of Indian classical music, the Mewar court its royal patron through the ages. Maharana Bhagwat Singhji (1921-1984) had sponsored Khan Sahib Nasir Moinuddin Dagar and Aminuddin Dagar. The maharana's successor Arvind Singh Mewar has now taken up the task of digitally restoring this collection. The double albums feature ragas Miya ki Malhar, Megh and Kafi ki Hori-all monsoon melodies. Of particular note is the composition Aay hai ghata umad umad ghumad attributed to the legendary Dhrupad singer, Tansen. Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan's commentary can demystify things for the uninitiated. Vintage spiritual music.

-S. Sahaya Ranjit

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 CURRENT ISSUE NOVEMBER 11, 2002  

NEWSNOTES: TABS ON TRIVIA

Q 1. To prepare for next year's assembly elections, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit...

a. Launched a populist employment scheme.
b. Brokered peace with dissidents in Congress.
c. Organised a Ram paath at her residence.

Q 2. Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Murasoli Maran has been chosen for...

a. India's Silent Performer and Thought Leader award.
b. Sun TV's Man of the Year award.
c. PM's Most Cooperative Minister award.

Q 3. In Kolkata, Sachin Tendulkar...

a. Met BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya.
b. Offered prayers at Kalighat temple.
c. Went to sample K.C. Das's famous rasgullas.

Answers: 1(c) 2(a) 3(b)

FANATICAL FANS
Bachchan Bungalows under Siege

HOUSE CALLS: Prateeksha

In three decades of superstardom, Amitabh Bachchan has changed house twice. In the 1970s, he moved to Prateeksha and then to Mansa, a bungalow that is now a landmark in Mumbai's star district Juhu.

Now Bachchan may well be contemplating a third change of residence. Last week, police arrested an 18-year-old migrant from Madhya Pradesh, Prakash Prasad Agnihotri, after he shinned up a tree near Mansa and slipped into Abhishek

HOUSE CALLS: Mansa

Bachchan's bedroom. All for a lunch with the superstar.

This was the third such intrusion and the second at Mansa. On October 5, six days before Amitabh's 60th birthday bash, police arrested Pappu Sharma, 22, from Uttar Pradesh who had scaled Prateeksha's walls for an audience with his idol. He didn't know that now only Bachchan's parents Harivanshrai and Teji live there.

-Sandeep Unnithan
 
SWAMPED: Bengal and his team reviewed 1,800 entries
SCRIPT CONTEST
The Write Angle

Bollywood produces 200-odd films every year, but there are only a handful of original scripts. In vogue are Hollywood rip-offs or recycled versions of the hit "formula". To reverse this trend, B4U Movies and sulekha.com organised a global script writing contest, Write Angle. The response was tremendous. Directors Shyam Benegal, Honey Irani, Mahesh Bhatt, Javed Akhtar, Santosh Sivan, Tanuja Chandra, John Mathew Mathan and Farrukh Dhondy waded through nearly 1,800 scripts sent from 22 countries before choosing the best three.

Praveen Madhukar Nayak, a computer engineer from Manipal, was adjudged the best writer for his romantic comedy Indian Beauty. Next in line was Anand Sivakumaran, with another comedy Yeh Shaadi Nahin Ho Sakti and Rajan Iyer with Trenches, a story about an Indian soldier fighting in World War I. Now whether these winning scripts make it to a theatre near you is up to the Bollywood bigwigs.

-Sandeep Unnithan
 
REVIEW
Courtly Splendour

DHRUPAD
(Virgin; Rs 65)

Dhrupad is the oldest existing form of Indian classical music, the Mewar court its royal patron through the ages. Maharana Bhagwat Singhji (1921-1984) had sponsored Khan Sahib Nasir Moinuddin Dagar and Aminuddin Dagar. The maharana's successor Arvind Singh Mewar has now taken up the task of digitally restoring this collection. The double albums feature ragas Miya ki Malhar, Megh and Kafi ki Hori-all monsoon melodies. Of particular note is the composition Aay hai ghata umad umad ghumad attributed to the legendary Dhrupad singer, Tansen. Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan's commentary can demystify things for the uninitiated. Vintage spiritual music.

-S. Sahaya Ranjit

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