Groundwater Table in Chennai – Time to realize and act

Dr. Srinivasan Gopalakrishnan Depletion of groundwater in Chennai is occurring at an alarming rate and the situation is grave. The city’s metropolitan area, suburbs and the adjoining towns are facing a severe groundwater shortage every summer. According to a report, the combined storage in Chennai’s four water reservoirs: Chembarambakkam, Poondi, Red Hills and Cholavaram – recorded 833 mc....


The Ayyanar Trails : Terracotta Army of Tamil Nadu

Dr. Shan Eugene Palakkal Assistant Professor Department of History, Stella Maris College (Autonomous) He is a god less in himself than in the role he maintains in the village pantheon. In oral tradition, he was born from Shiva who was seduced by the feminine form that Vishnu had assumed, in order to free him from a threatening Asura. Ayyanar may be represented either as a warrior on foot or ri....

Squirrel in the House

Javanthi   Barely 6 inches long, with a striped body, beady eyes, pointed nose and a bushy tail, squirrels are fascinating to watch. And if you have been as lucky as I have to rear one for nearly two years, you will become a slave to their impish charm. Every tree abounds with squirrels. Jumping, leaping, hanging upside down, spiralling madly up and down and sometimes startling you by landi....

MUSIC IN SCULPTURES AND PAINTING – Part II

  Dr. M.B. Vedavalli Head, Department of Indian Music University of Madras. Wind Instruments The flute has been represented in almost all the sculptures. It is found in Amaravati sculptures and Ajanta paintings. Usually in flutes, the finger holes will be on the right side. But in a Siva temple at Araluguppe of Chalukyas, the flutist plays in the opposite direction, i.e. to the left si....