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    Visakhapatnam:

    City girl Sharanya Mudundi was crowned the ‘Little Miss Grand Sea Intercontinental’ at Grand Sea Universe-2017 held in Sofia, Bulgaria, recently. Adding feathers to her cap, she also won the titles ‘Little Miss Grand Sea Asia-2017’, ‘Miss Popularity’ and ‘Best Interview’ at the fashion pageant .

    Nine-year-old Sharanya represented India and competed with children from 30 countries. She also won the title ‘Little Model Earth India-2017’ and ‘Grand Prix Winner Model-2017’ at an international children’s pageant ‘Little Model Earth’ held at Johannesburg, South Africa, in March this year.

    Speaking to TOI, Sharanya said, “I was on cloud nine after I won the titles at Sofia. Although it was a challenging task, bagging these has boosted my confidence. The theme being ‘Beauty for a purpose’, there were different rounds during the contest including interview round, national costume round, talent round and evening gown round. I also showcased our rich Indian culture and traditions. I performed yoga in the talent round and it was one of my memorable experience at the global fashion stage.”

    Daughter of MSN Raju and M Swati, Sharanya is a Class-V student in Delhi Public School. Balancing both academics and fashion shows, she said that it is the support of her parents coupled with time management that helps her to focus on both.

    National Director of India Valentina Mishra, who hails from the city, said, “She is the only Indian girl child to represent India on the global map and to win at an international pageant twice this year.” Valentina was awarded the winner of best director of the year by MMSEA BG, an international agency.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Visakhapatnam News / TNN / July 08th, 2017

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    A file picture of the TU 142 aircraft. | Photo Credit: C_V_Subrahmanyam

    A file picture of the TU 142 aircraft. | Photo Credit: C_V_Subrahmanyam

    ‘Transporting disassembled parts of TU 142 to the site will be completed by weekend’

    Work on assembling the decommissioned TU 142 fighter aircraft to convert it into a museum is expected to begin soon at the site earmarked for it on the Beach Road, to inaugurate it by August 15.

    The inauguration was planned to coincide with the official Independence Day function of the state government proposed in the city.

    However, the Independence Day function is now being planned elsewhere, and the TU 142 inauguration is likely to take place ahead of it, it is learnt.

    Retired aircraft engineers and other personnel worked for nearly four weeks at the naval airbase, INS Dega, disassembling the aircraft. An internationally reputed agency had been awarded the work on the aircraft museum. The disassembling itself was said to have cost ₹3.5 crore.

    The aircraft, after its decommissioning, flew to Visakhapatnam after the Andhra Pradesh Government evinced interest in converting it into a museum. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu received it at a special function from the Naval authorities.

    “Only formal inauguration will take place and the remaining work will continue,” VUDA vice-chairman P. Basanth Kumar told The Hindu.

    “Transporting the disassembled parts to the site will be completed by this week-end after which assembling them will be taken up,” Mr. Basant Kumar said.

    After the formal inauguration, it would take another two to three months to complete the work.

    Escalator and aerobridge

    “We are planning to set up an escalator and an aerobridge for entry of visitors to the aircraft as it would be difficult to climb up to the elevation, and exit by a staircase,” he said.

    All the spares of TU 145 such as propellers and wings would be put on exhibition with an audio-visual show explaining it, he said.

    A souvenir shop, coffee shop, and video games would also be opened outside the aircraft.

    The museum is being set up by the Tourism Department at an estimated cost of ₹10 crore. VUDA has been assigned the supervising responsibilities.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by G.V. Prasada Sarma / Visakhapatnam – July 12th, 2017

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    C. Narayana Reddy won the Jnanpith award in 1988. | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

    C. Narayana Reddy won the Jnanpith award in 1988. | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

    CiNaRe was known for his use of Telugu in its pure form, and would not be swayed by filmmakers on the use of the language.

    Eminent poet, litterateur and Jnanpith awardee C. Narayana Reddy, popularly known as CiNaRe, passed away in the early hours of Monday, aged 85. He was taken to a hospital following health complications and was declared dead.

    CiNaRe, born on July 29, 1931 in Hanumajipet of erstwhile Karimnagar district, studied till his graduation in Urdu because Telugu as a medium was not available during the Nizam’s rule. However, because of his intense love for the language he taught himself Telugu and it was only during his degree that he took the option of Telugu as a paper. CiNaRe went on to do a post-graduate degree and a Ph.D on ‘Modern Traditions of Telugu’.

    It was the late N.T. Rama Rao, who wielded the megaphone in film Gulebakavali, who gave CiNaRe his break as a lyricist. He wrote all the songs in the film, including the hit ‘Nannu dochukunnavate .. Vannela Dorasani.’

    CiNaRe was known for his use of Telugu in its pure form, and would not be swayed by filmmakers on the use of the language.

    He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1977 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. His compilation of poems, titled ‘Viswambhara’, got him the Jnanpith award in 1988. In 1997, he was nominated as a Member of the Rajya Sabha. His academic distinctions include serving as a professor of Osmania University and as Vice Chancellor of the Telugu University.

    Former Governor K. Rosaiah pays homage to C Narayana Reddy in Hyderabad.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S Giri

    Former Governor K. Rosaiah pays homage to C Narayana Reddy in Hyderabad. | Photo Credit: K.V.S Giri

    Among those who condoled with the death of CiNaRe were Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, Ch. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Those who visited the family residence and paid their respects included former Governor of Tamil Nadu, K. Rosaiah, Ministers K.T. Rama Rao, G. Jagadheeshwar and actor Venkatesh.

    His last rites will be performed on Wednesday.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Books> Authors / by Suresh Krishnamoorthy / Hyderabad – June 12th, 2017

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    Visakhapatnam :

    At just 26 years of age, Vizagite Durugadda Harsha Vardhan has won the Rio Tinto Sculpture Award at the ‘Sculpture by the Sea-2017’ contest recently held in Australia. His work ‘Column of Sound’ has emerged as winner among works by 78 international sculptors and is now being showcased in Perth.

    Harsha’s creation ‘Column of Sound’ consists of two mild steel hemispheres and slices of marble (8 ft by 4 ft dimension) stacked in between. It is based on the visual dynamics of an audio wave where sound translates to tangible and eternal, rendering a paradigm shift of sensory experience. In Harsha’s words, “It’s a translation of sound into a visual form, in the same way we store images as memories, it’s actually my memory of a sound.”

    He was a student of St Francis School and Bullaya College in Vizag following which Harsha completed his B.Sc from Hyderabad and Masters in Visual Communication from Delhi. He also completed a course in arts and aesthetics from JNU. Eventually, he took up sculpting which has also been the profession of his father and grandfather.

    Harsha plans to participate in the next ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ contest to be held at Bondi in Sydney in October. Speaking about his next sculpture, he said, “Made with corten steel, it would be called ‘Fish Love’. This structure will showcase misinterpretation of love. Though, love is always talked about in great terms, it’s often self-gratification rather than a selfless emotion. True love should be always giving without thinking about the self.”

    “Vizag is blessed with the sea, which is a soother and contests and exhibitions by the sea can be held just like in Australia. But we need to create that environment and not ruin art by politicising the events. We need an organising committee for it with encouragement from well-to-do private patrons just like it’s in Australia. Vizag needs more galleries and more events as well as private patrons,” Harsha said.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Visakhapatnam News / by Sulogna Mehta / TNN / May 11th, 2017

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    May 8th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Shanmukhapriya From Vizag on Zee TV – SaReGaMaPa Li’l Champs 2017

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    BANGALORE, 23/12/2012: Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee K. Vishwanath at Media Conference as part of Bengaluru International Film Festival in Bangalore on December 23, 2012. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy   | Photo Credit: V Sreenivasa Murthy

    BANGALORE, 23/12/2012: Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee K. Vishwanath at Media Conference as part of Bengaluru International Film Festival in Bangalore on December 23, 2012. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy | Photo Credit: V Sreenivasa Murthy

    Four filmmakers discuss the impact of this year’s Dadasaheb Phalke award winner K Viswanath’s films on their writing and storytelling methods

    In the late 1970s and early 80s, Telugu cinema was witnessing a phase that wasn’t really earning it plaudits. Outlandish costumes and a pop of colour bombs in song sequences were becoming markers of popular cinema. The 80s were characterised by bell bottoms, oversized sunglasses and floral prints in other film industries as well.

    K Viswanath’s films stood out like a breath of fresh air. The characters in his films spoke like real people; they had concerns that mirrored real-life situations. Over the decades, any Telugu film aficionado would have heard and recounted tales of how Sankarabharanam (1979) opened to near-empty halls before it became a rage and ran to packed shows for over a year and its key actors Somayajulu and Manju Bhargavi enjoyed the popularity reserved for stars.

    Viswanath’s films cannot be slotted into what was then called ‘art’ or ‘parallel’ cinema, through he steered clear of mainstream excesses. His films drew audiences in droves, the music percolated well into popular realm and the stories and characters would be cherished for decades.

    When Viswanath chose stars like Kamal Haasan, Chiranjeevi, Jayaprada, Bhanupriya, Radhika, Venkatesh or Vijayashanti, he gave them a chance to better their craft and have the satisfaction of looking back at these films fondly years later. It’s befitting when an actor like Venkatesh today recollects how Swarnakamalam allowed him to be real and not resort to exaggerated expressions, or, when Kamal Haasan takes to Twitter to thank Viswanath for making him a part of Sagara Sangamam.

    Kamal Haasan was no stranger to films depicting realistic stories, thanks to working with directors like K Balachander and Bharatiraja in Tamil. Yet, Sagara Sangamam was a landmark film. It showed that the protagonist needn’t be young and charming through the film. He could be flawed and yet be revered.

    The best part of Viswanath’s films, as director Nandini Reddy points out, is that they remain rooted and effortless. “It didn’t look like he was setting out to make great cinema. He was just trying to tell a story in the best possible way he knew and it all seemed so organic and real,” she says. We nod in agreement.

    Nandini Reddy

    Writer/director

    “One of my earliest memories of Telugu cinema is watching Sankarabharanam. It was our Sound of Music. Everyone, age no barrier, loved that film. I was in school and when Manju Bhargavi made a visit, it was no less than a star visiting. Sankarabharanam is a beautiful amalgamation of story, music and performance. The narrative is fluid, which is a hallmark of Viswanath’s work. When we write a film, we mull over the placement of different segments and how it should build up to a climax. In Viswanath’s stories, it all seems to emerge naturally. His was a Zen method of filmmaking. Every musical note, every expression seems so well thought out and beautiful. The close-up shots of Jayaprada, Kamal Haasan or Radhika conveyed so much without words. He believed in brevity of dialogues. Actors lived their parts. I think Viswanath brought dignity and grace to Telugu cinema.”

    (Nandini Reddy is known for her rom-coms and family dramas like Ala Modalaindi and Kalyana Vaibhogame)

    Tharun Bhascker

    Writer/director

    One of Tharun’s childhood friends is K Viswanath’s grandson Mukund. Tharun remembers discussing cinema with Mukund and his friends, much before he knew Mukund’s lineage. For Tharun, the vivid childhood image of cinema stems from watching Sagara Sangamam.

    “The film showcased the aesthetics of dance in a non-commercial format. It was offbeat, yet created tremors in the industry and among the audience. In the beginning of the film, we see the protagonist, the hero, as an alcoholic and someone who had given up on his career. That flawed character, to me, announced that it wasn’t a usual film. It was courageous of Viswanath sir as a writer and filmmaker to do that. That kind of writing stuck with me when I grew interested in screenwriting. I have revisited the film on several occasions and with friends, have eagerly watched the song where Kamal Haasan stands on the well, inebriated. We have watched and discussed how an entire song can be choreographed thus and the shot constructions.”

    (Tharun Bhascker directed Pelli Choopulu, which won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu in 2016; he’s now working in his next — a coming-of-age buddy comedy with four youngsters, which he describes as “Dil Chahta Hai meets Hangover.)

    Srinivas Avasarala

    Writer/director/actor

    “Viswanath’s films gave me insights into on-screen dynamism, particularly the movement of people and the camera. Remember the scene where Kamal Haasan dances in a newspaper office in Sagara Sangamam? We see Sailaja on the right to begin with and as the scene progresses, she moves left to where her boyfriend is standing. It’s a scene where she needs psychological support and we see her moving to him. Similarly, in Swanakamalam when the father is against the son’s wishes to marry a girl of his choice, we see the mother entering and the son swiftly moves to stand near her. Again, it’s an example of psychological support. As a writer and filmmaker I’ve often asked myself if I would be able to write or make a film like he has. Deep within I know I cannot make a film on classical music or dance, because that requires a deep understanding of the art form and conviction. As a child, when I watched Sankarabharanam I was absorbed by what I saw on screen. This despite the fact that like most children, I wasn’t keen on classical music.

    (Srinivas Avasarala wrote and directed Oogalu Gusagusalade and Jo Achyutananda)

    Nag Ashwin

    Writer/director

    “We all grew up watching K Viswanath’s films and most filmmakers of today aspire to make films that are commercially viable, socially relevant and with a blend of humour, which came so easily to him. On a few occasions when I met him at film events and spoke about cinema, he would mention that a story or a movie came to him naturally and he was just a conduit to make it happen. That’s an approach I relate to. My favourites among his films are Swarnakamalam (1988) and Swatikiranam (1992). I’ve lost count of how many times I would have watched them for the nuances of filmmaking and fresh approach to storytelling. Until I watched Swatikiranam, I didn’t know it was possible to make such an impactful film about a guru getting jealous over a student’s success. As a child, I remember watching Aapadbandhavudu (1992). I was stunned at how it moved me emotionally. I remembered hearing that the film didn’t do well. I kept wondering how such a film didn’t find enough takers. Every few years I revisit this film to see if it was ahead of its time. The music is evergreen, as is the case with every film of Viswanath.”

    (Nag Ashwin debuted as a director with Yevade Subramanyam and is now making a biopic on late actress Savitri, titled Mahanati)

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Entertainment> Movies> Personality Movies / by Sangeetha Devi Dundoo / April 25th, 2017

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    Visakhapatnam is all set to create a record today when 7000 girl students from various Andhra Pradesh Residential Educational Institutions Society (APREIS)’s schools and colleges will perform Kuchipudi at RK Beach. The event that is being jointly conducted by APREIS and the Social Welfare department will be inaugurated by CM Chandrababu Naidu in the presence of several state ministers.

    The event is being held to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar. 7000 girl students performing Kuchipudi at the event are coming in from 21 Mahila Gurukhula Patashalas from Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. “We had provided accommodation in our schools at various places in the city and APSRTC had provided eight buses for transportation of the girls from the schools to the venue at the beach road. We are also providing food to the participants,’’ Coordinator of Organising Committee S Roopavathi reportedly said.

    Students taking part in the event have been trained in Kuchipudi for the last two months by professional dancers. The programme will start with three songs featuring the theme of the life story of BR Ambedkar. Initially, there were claims that students participating in the event were asked to pay for it.

    But Organising Secretary Col V Ramulu stated that no money was collected from the students for the costumes and makeup. In fact, the state government had even provided each school with Rs 4 lakh, apart from providing the required dresses and makeup kits. Each student participating in the performance were also given Rs 1000 each.

    source: http://www.yovizag.com / Yo!Vizag / Home> City / April 11th , 2017

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    February 28th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Education
    Reaching out:Children from Jalaripeta near the Fishing Habour reading books at the mobile library of the WNS Cares Foundation in Visakhapatnam on Monday.K.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK

    Reaching out:Children from Jalaripeta near the Fishing Habour reading books at the mobile library of the WNS Cares Foundation in Visakhapatnam on Monday.K.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK

    It is equipped with 4G internet facility to introduce digital tech to them

    Nine-year-old K. Sai, resident of Peda Jalaripeta, is a school dropout. Apart from helping his father in the fishing harbour, he dedicates three hours in a week to reading books in a colourful van. The van that arrives in his locality every week is the most awaited sight for Sai and many other children living in the fishing colony of Peda Jalaripeta. For, it is this bus that opens up a world of fantasy, scientific inventions and many magical historical chapters before them. Thanks to an initiative by WNS Cares Foundation (WCF), mobile library carrying more than 1,000 books, has been reaching out to children in slums in the city with an aim to bring about a transformation in the lives of the children from the underprivileged sections.

    This novel initiative was first started in Mumbai in 2014 and later expanded to cities such as Chennai, Pune, Visakhapatnam and Nasik. With a total fleet of eight vans across the cities, the mobile library has so far reached out to over 8000 children in underserved areas. In Visakhapatnam, the initiative that was launched four months ago has already covered areas like Madhurawada Kalanagar, Pedda Jalaripeta Ferry Road, Markavalasa, Port Area Jalirepeta, Madhurwada Wamway Colony and Jodigudapalem. A teacher travels with each mobile library to teach the basic academic concepts to children. WCF refurbishes old vans and converts them into ‘libraries on wheels’. In Visakhapatnam, Surendra Revu travels with the van to remote areas and turns the van into a mini school by teaching the kids the basics of various subjects.

    Speaking to The Hindu about the initiative, Shamini Murugesh, Honorary Chief Mentor, WNS Cares Foundation said: “The idea is to take education to the doorsteps of the children. Each mobile library is equipped with a solar inverter, fan and an umbrella for the kids to spread out. Children are also provided clean drinking water through water dispensers. In addition to this, the van also has a computer supported by a 4G Internet connection with the purpose of exposing the children to the world of technology and giving them access to more reading material. State Board course curriculum in a digital format is given in each of these vans to aid learning for children.”

    The children are encouraged to take the books home and return them during subsequent weekly visits of the van, just the way a library functions.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / Nivedita Ganguly / February 28th, 2017

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    February 26th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All
    A ritual being performed with the 360-cubit turban at Uma Rama Lingeswara temple at Ponduru, before it was sent to the Srisailam temple | Express

    A ritual being performed with the 360-cubit turban at Uma Rama Lingeswara temple at Ponduru, before it was sent to the Srisailam temple | Express

    Srikakulam :

    Apart form the reputation the khadi weavers from Ponduru has earned over the years for their fine craftsmanship, they have another reason to feel honoured on the eve of Mahasivarathri.

    Tradition has it that every year, the craftsmen prepare talapagas (turbans) for Mallikarjuna Swamy temple in Srisailam in Kurnool district for Mahasivarathri and the celebrations begin at the temple after the turban is offered to the presiding deity Mallikarjuna Swamy. The weavers also prepare khadi vastram for Goddess Bramarambha  and Lord Vigneswara too.

    This time, the weavers have prepared a turban measuring 360 cubits. Carrying the holy turban, a group of 15 people from Ponduru started journey to Srisailam on Wednesday in a mini bus. A celebration marked at the local Uma Rama Lingeswara Swamy temple prior to the group left for Srisailam.
    As for the tradition, a weaver’s family take the task of preparing the holy turban and this year, the onus was on the family of Balla Kumara Swamy of Laveti Street of Ponduru. It took three months to prepare the turban, says Balla Kumara Swamy.

    “The making of turban starts in the Khartika masam, which is said to be the favourite month of Lord Siva. We started the works on the day of Yekasadi. My entire family took deeksha. During the period of weaving, we eat only vegetarian food, take head bath every day and pray Lord Siva. We, the weavers, believe that our families are blessed ones, if we prepare the holy cloth for the Lord,” Kumar Swamay says.
    The endowment authorities pay some amount to the weavers for preparing the turban, but it is insufficient, say the weavers. Some Samaritans also donate for the holy turban too.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Express News Service / February 24th, 2017

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    Sizzling: Actor Pranita walking the ramp showcasing the collections designed by students at a fashion show in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. | Photo Credit: K_R_DEEPAK;K_R_DEEPAK -

    Sizzling: Actor Pranita walking the ramp showcasing the collections designed by students at a fashion show in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. | Photo Credit: K_R_DEEPAK;K_R_DEEPAK –

    Students showcase their collections at fashion show

    The mood was electrifying at the AU Convocation Hall as models, with smouldering eyes and sensuous smiles, sashayed onto the ramp. The evening was filled with creativity, artistic talent and fashion extravaganza on Saturday as students of Queenz Institute of Fashion displayed their work in the annual designer show. Organised in association with Kanchi Kamakshi, some 32 students of the advanced diploma and diploma courses in fashion design offered by the institute showcased their collections which were uniquely themed to reflect the rich handloom and handicraft tradition of AP.

    Creating a line that caught everybody’s eye the young designers added the much needed oomph factor to city’s fashion calendar. The event created a platform for aspiring fashion designers to think out of the box, come up with their own label and make a smart entry in the fashion circuit.

    This year, the students had their fashion pulse on exploring different traditional weaves and crafts of the State. Right from spending time with the weavers and craftsmen of villages like Mangalari, Machilipatnam, Dharmavaram and Chirala to creating a fusion of styles that brings out freshness in the fashion scene, the young designers have gone a step further in their pursuit of capturing a different fashion essence.

    “The students have spent more than six months in designing the creations. The main purpose of the show is to provide them a platform to innovate and tell the story of a rich textile and craft tradition of AP through the creations. Showcasing their work in the public domain gives them exposure,” said D. Satyaveni, faculty of the institute. The collection was showcased in groups which included cocktail wear, street wear, western party wear, indo-western, traditional drapes and saris. The Indo western collection designed by Sandhya, Padma and Deepti Patnaik was an ode to Dharmavaram silk. Draped in a bright orange and maroon ensemble, actor Pranita was the show-stopper of the sequence.

    The team of young designers Sravani, Nilima, Nirisha and Anisha brought out a cocktail wear designing dresses with the traditional Uppada fabric and crochet. Designers Manisha, Sirisha, Jai and Shanti Priya took the Kalamkari prints of Machilipatnam and designed it in Khadi. Street wear got a fresh look with a fusion of Khadi and Venkatgiri. The collections were fused with Kondapalli toys in handbags and footwear, which are worth a mention.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / Nivedita Ganguly / Visakhapatnam – February 25th, 2017

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