Bharatanatyam—A curtainraiser

Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular classical and traditional dances of India, originating from Balasaraswati which is nothing but a diversification of Natya Yoga. Its history dates back to almost 2000 years. The origin of Bharatnatyam is in Thanjavoor of Tamil Nadu inspired by the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram. Bharatanatyam brings forth into the practice the spiritual semblance through synchronized physical and emotional body movements.

The alternative name of Bharatnatayam is Daasiyattam. Earlier, Devdasis performed the natya in the ancient temple. The Devdasis were women who lived their life as dancers and worship to god by paying obeisance through their dance. The traditional form passed from one generation of Devdasis to another, generation by generation. As the dance form entered into the royal courts, the dancers were soon begin to be called as Rajanartakis, who had the expertise in perform the royal courts.

Bharatanatyam is  a dance form which makes use of the combination of Bhava, Raga, Tala and Natya. Its purpose is not just entertainment or seeking pleasure but an embodiment of several cosmic relationships and expressions emanating from all the seven worlds (according to Hindu mythology). The dance is pristine and has immense knowledge immersed in it but the most interesting fact being there is no barrier for learning this fabulous art form. Age, knowledge or gender will never stand in your way to learning if you have the real passion.

Jyothirgamaya salutes Ashraya and the entire team

Since its inception in 1999, Ashraya has been relentless in the pursuit of welfare of specially gifted girl children. The organisation has been instrumental in rehabilitating empowering and educating these children. This “Innovative Conceptualization of Ideas in Social work” award has been presented to Mr Venugopalan Nair and the entire team at Ashraya, honouring their efforts for the cause. Jyothirgamaya salutes the endeavour and spirit of everyone associated wth Ashraya.

അകലുന്ന ചിറകുകൾ…..

#‎APJAbdulKalam‬…. You’ll live in the heart of ‪#‎Indians‬

അഗ്നിയാളുന്നോരിരു ചിറകുകൾ,
എന്നേക്കുമായ് അടർന്നോരു പക്ഷിയായ്,
ഒരു ജനതയൊന്നാകെ വിതുമ്പുന്നു,
നവലോകം തേടി നീ അകൽന്നീടുമ്പോൾ.

ജനനമൊരു ദരിദ്രനായ് തോണിയേറി,
ഒടുവിലോ നാടിൻ പ്രഥമ പൗരനായ്,
മരണത്തിൽ ഒരു പ്രജ മാത്രമായ്,
പുനർജ്ജന്മം ഒരമൂല്യ ഭാരതരത്നമായ്.

ഒരു മതഭ്രാന്തും ജാതിവെറികളും,
പല വർണ്ണക്കൊടികളും കണ്ടില്ല പിന്നിൽ,
കണ്ടതീ നാടിൻ അതിജീവനത്തിൻ,
ഏഴഴകുള്ള കിനാക്കൾ മാത്രം.

പവിഴങ്ങൾ മുത്തുകൾ ഒക്കെയും കണ്ടേക്കാം,
വരും പല തലമുറകളിലൂടിനിയും,
എങ്കിലും കഴിയില്ലീ നഷ്ടം നികത്തിടാൻ,
ഈ മണ്ണിലും മാനവഹൃദയങ്ങളിലും….


Institutions offering Advertising and Entertainment Degree in Chennai

Arts or Humanities is a very diverse stream. The career horizon for those who belong to this stream of study is limit less. Students can choose from a range of career options such as teaching, social work, law, politics, business, television, journalism etc.

Also, the discipline has a lot to offer when it comes to undergraduate courses. Pathfinder is listing some institutions offering degree course for +2 students.

Today Pathfinder is listing down some institutions offering this course in Chennai as Pathfinder has listed some institutions in Bangalore in the last session.

AAT, Chennai
Advertising Club Care Centre, Chennai

Advertising Club Madras
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

AMAZE College of Animation and Technology
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Ambitions 4 Photography Academy, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Anna University, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Apollo Arts and Science College
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Arena Animation
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Asan Memorial College of Arts & Science
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

C.T.M. College of Arts and Science
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Chennai Film Industrial School
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Chennai Institute of Communication Advertising Club
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Department of Journalism and Communication-University of Madras
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication-SRM University
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Department of Visual Communication-SRM University
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty’s Hindu College
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute University
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Dwaraka Doss Goverdhan Doss Vaishnav College (Autonomous)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Guru Nanak College
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Indian Institute of Knowledge Management, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

International Council for Management Studies
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Higher Studies Options for +2 Humanities Students

Bachelor degree in any of the arts subjects is the best option for those interested in higher studies. Bachelor courses are available in the fields of advertising, fine arts, journalism, mass communication, media studies, business management, performing arts, travel and tourism, hotel management fashion technology, jewelry design, aviation, radio jockey, packaging or industrial design. Those interested in foreign languages can study languages of their interest like French, Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese or Chinese for opting
an interpreters job in the consulates and embassies.

After graduation, candidates can prepare for Civil Service Examination. Those with a flair for writing, can take up content writing as a career option. Ample short duration vocational courses are available in fields of computers, hospitality management, business administration etc. which rewards a promising career with great salary and job satisfaction.

Colleges which offer graduation Degrees in Advertising and Entertainment  in India.

Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication
New Delhi , Delhi NCR
Delhi School of Communication
New Delhi , Delhi NCR
TGC Animation And Multimedia
New Delhi , Delhi NCR
Aartissan Academy of Animation & Multimedia
Ahmedabad , Gujarat
Media, Films & Mass Communication Institutes in Bangalore
Arena Animation, Koramangala – Bangalore, Koramangala, Bangalore
Gems B School, Bangalore, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore
iPixio Animation College, Koramangala, Bangalore
AAT College, Malleswaram, Bangalore
Windworld Audio Media & Music Academy, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore
M. S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, M S R Nagar, Bangalore
Manipal University, Bangalore, Indiranagar,
( List to be continued)

Adieu, Our Grand Master

“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.”
                                          Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

abdul-KalamDear Sir,
Now we Indians are confident about atleast one bright star, when we look up, the brightest of all, which will never fail us. The one star which will conspire with all the powers of universe to fulfil the wishes of all those who dream and work, the one star which will always inspire us to dream, the one star which will inspire us to follow our dreams, the one star which will always be our confidence, the one star which will guide us along the dark orbits of this universe.

Dear Sir, never cease to be our inspiration, never cease to be the fountain of our confidence, never cease to be the master who taught us to dream… dream for our life, dream for our country, dream for our dear ones, dream for ourselves.

Oh our master dreamer… it is with a whimpering heart that we realise that today is the last day we can physically spend with you but we are quite confident that where ever you are your thoughts, your emotions and your intellect will always be eagerly hovering over us, correcting us, guiding us and as always dreaming about us. We know sir that we are not alone.

Adieu, our Grand Master

Anuradha Nayar

And that is what matters!


Is this a passing phase of my life? Even if it is not, even if it becomes a permanent phase in my life, I am only too happy. Right now, yes I am happy about this phase. And that is what matters!

I know many of these experienced, ardent lovers of serious reading may not approve of this phase. Many may think I am immature, so what? Many may think I am silly, so what? Many may think I am being childish, so what? Still I am enjoying and that is what matters!

Sorry, you must be surprised or should I use the word perplexed, I think that explains your emotion in a better manner, yes you must be perplexed about the phase in my life, which I am talking about. Hope you too won’t take it as silly, even if you take it that way I will say, I am enjoying it and that is what matters!monster-kids_web

Now I will come to the core matter. Nowadays I prefer children’s books,
I should say everything related to children’s books, the story, the narration, the characters, the scenario, the beginning,
the middle, the endthat-is-what-matters_webing and don’t know what not, to the so called heavy adult literature. Now do you think I am being insane, I will say I am enjoying it and that is what matters!

Till some days back, I too used to delve deep in to each and every word of the heavy books to find out the hard truths, the hard facts of life, the hard realities of life and to make out the meanings and if possible create my own meaning for those words. Was I hoping to find a solution for the bitter realities of human life through my interpretations of whatever I was reading? If that was so I should say that it was an unsuccessful attempt. Now you must be really thinking that I am insane. Then I will say, I am enjoying it and that is what matters!

The classical, neo classical, modern, ultra modern, what ever genre of literature I was reading till recently, I should frankly admit that, the alternate thinking strands they couldn’t provide, these what should I say, baby books or kids books has taken me to travel through those strands. Whatever is your opinion, I am enjoying it and that as what matters!

I am thoroughly enjoying Moin and the monsters, I am thoroughly enjoying Fun at Devlok, I am thoroughly enjoying Wonder, I am thoroughly enjoying the stories of Micheal  Morpugo and all the simple’ colourful, illustrated books for children. I am happy about it, I am thoroughly enjoying this phase and that is what matters!

Anuradha Nayar

Set it….Don’t stop it

A man who is contended is always happy, I know. But what is the definition of being contented? Or else when is a man contented? I would say I feel contented when I am in a situation, which I really want to be in. That means, when I could be in a situation of my liking, or in a situation which I want to be in. Does it have any connection  with my ambition? I think so!
Ambition, that reminds me,do we need to teach our children not to be ambitious? If so, why? Is ambition a negative emotion? I have my own reservations about it. Of course I am not an advocate of being over ambitious. But I think being ambitious of one’s own life, career or future is not an undesirable thing. A boy or a girl has the right to be ambitious. I think as parents or teachers our responsibility is to make them aware of the boundaries of their ambitions rather than putting tight boundaries for their ambitions itself. Teach them the synonyms of satisfaction and why it is important to be satisfies with waht you achieve. How miserable they will be if they do not practise this at an early stage of their life. So I think in stead of telling your child not to be ambitious, tell them not to be insatiable in their wants and needs.Gauge them to achieve their quite natural ambitions,but guard them from the pains of insatiable desires.


Happy Teacher’s Day to all the Teachers in the World

 The most memorable day in my teaching career was the day when I saw Amr reading a book. I was then the anchor teacher of Godavari, a mixed age group class in The School, Chennai. Amr was in fifth standard then. He was a child with dyxlexia. He couldn’t read at all. But he had a good rapport with me. Actually I had a very good rapport with all the children in my class. There were ten fron class 5 , ten from class 6 and ten from class 7. I used to read out stories for Amr while others used to read for themselves. I used to make him enact the incidents in the story to make sure that he understood it clearly. We both used to play spelling games to give him confidence in his spelling abilities. Everyday I used to sit with him for half an hour while I assigned work for the others.

After about four months, once while I was reading, he asked me to give the book to him. First he went through the pictures. Then he asked me whether he could try reading it. Then suddenly he started reading the book slowly, letter after letter, word after word. I just watched him without making even a small sound. Once he finished a paragraph we both looked at each other and found that we both were crying. Only thing we could do at that moment was to hug each other tightly.

I am sure no words can express what I really felt at that moment.

Even now, after three years, when I get birthday wishes from most of my children in Godavari, I feel confident about myself being a teacher, I feel happy that I got the opportunity to teach them.