Monday, November 21, 2011

Trichy Nehru Yuva Kendra celebrates Foundation Day, National Integration Day and District Level youth awards distribution

NYK Youth Coordinator enlightens the importance of the function

Trichy Nehru Yuva Kendra celebrated Foundation Day, National Integration Day and District Level youth awards distribution on the 21st November 2011 in District Collector office, Trichy. District Collector Ms.Jayashree Muralidaran congratulated the efforts of men club and young women club those who bagged the NYK District award for their outstanding performance in the District. District Collector also mentioned that the youth development activities information should reach across the District and the State. Ms.Jayashree Muralidaran added,” Youth development is a process that automatically involves all of the people around a youth—family and community. A young person will not be able to build essential skills and competencies and be able to feel safe; cared for, valued, useful, and spiritually grounded unless their family and community provide them with the supports and opportunities they need along the way. She appreciated the District unit of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Trichy for the involvement in youth development focusing district youth with a Sense of Safety and Structure, High Self-Worth and Self Esteem, Feeling of Mastery and Future, Belonging and Membership, Perception of Responsibility and Autonomy with the ability of Physical Health, Mental Health, Intellectual Health and employability”. Trichy Nehru Yuva Kendra coordinator Mr.K.Subramaniam earlier welcomed the gathering and enlightened the salient features of celebrated Foundation Day, National Integration Day and District level award distribution etc.Ms.T.Nagalakshimi and Mr.Mohanraj were awarded as outstanding youth of the District with cash award of Rs.5000 each with certificate in the esteemed presence of Dr.K.Govindaraju, Chairman of South Zone Board of Continuing Education, advisory committee members Ms.Rajamani and Mr.Nallasekar. Mr.Maheswaran proposed vote of thanks.-Govin

Thatched roof are poor friendly shelter- Dr.K.Govindaraju

A thatched shelter in Amoor constructed by SEVAI
Indian thatched house has a roof made from local coconut palm leaves. In villages this might be heather, but mostly it was reeds or straw. The thatch needed a lot of work to make sure it kept the water out. A person who thatched roofs were called a thatcher.The thatch had to be replaced after a number of years. Thatched homes can still be seen all over the country. Usually they are beautifully kept. Many cottages and small houses have good ventilation and this is important to let fresh air and light into the house. The tradition of thatching has been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years and numerous descriptions of the materials and methods used. Good thatch will not require frequent maintenance..The thickness of the thatch decreases over the years as the surface is gradually eroded. A thatched roof can be thought to be nearing replacement when the horizontal fixings of each course are close to the surface. “A roof is as good as the amount of correctly laid thatch covering the fixings.” The performance of thatch depends on roof shape and design, pitch of roof; position the quality of material and the expertise of the thatcher.Thatch has some natural properties that are advantageous to its performance. It is naturally weather-resistant, and when properly maintained does not absorb a lot of water. There should not be a significant increase to roof weight due to water retention. A roof pitch of at least 50 degrees allows precipitation to travel quickly down slope so that it runs off the roof before it can penetrate the structure. Thatch is also a natural insulator, and air pockets within straw thatch insulate a building in both warm and cold weather. A thatched roof will ensure that a building will be cool in summer and warm in winter. Thatch also has very good resistance to wind damage when applied correctly. Thatching materials range from plains grasses to waterproof leaves found in equatorial regions. It is the most common roofing material in the world, because the materials are readily available. Because thatch is lighter less timber is required in the roof that supports it. -Govin

Mahabharata through the ‘eyes’ of ‘Gandhari’- a superb drama script by Muthuvelalagar.

Muthuvel Alagar

Mahabharata through the ‘eyes’ of Gandhari — the unsung and perhaps the most suffered character of the epic.Muthuvelalagar, a noted dramatist and writer passionately narrated the story of Mahabharata and in it the pain of Gandhari with deep emotions. The artist Rani Jaya as Gandhari in the rehearsal showed no signs of jet lag or tiredness and straight away went into the characters she had to portray.Gandhari is a very prominent character of Mahabharata. The daughter of the King of Gandhar, Princess Gandhari is forced to marry the blind and much older king Dhrithrashtra. “Maryada Ke Bandhan” and the boon that she will bear 100 sons became the curse of her life.Gandhari blind-folded herself and vows to remain so for the rest of her life. Just imagine the pain of not being able to see her children and learning about them through the eyes of others. Rani Jaya displays such emotions very artistically. The pain wells up tears in her eyes. Says Rani Jaya,” If I don’t get tears in my eyes I even put off the rehearsals.” ‘She had done a commendable job displaying different emotions and delivering dialogues in various moods. She has done reasonably well justifying her character, Muthuvelalagar said. Asked about the anti-war theme, Muthuvelalagar says Gandhari tried to prevent the war by all means but she had to give in to the stubbornness of her husband and son Duryodhana who turns down the offer of giving away five villages to the five Pandava brothers. Helpless and subdued, Gandhari also rejects the disrobing of Draupadi. The relevance of the play in the contemporary world is that it highlights the anti-war theme and the role of women, especially the mother in educating the society to give up violence” says Muthuvelalagar who has been very actively involved in popularizing theatre in Trichy region. -Govin

‘Drama is so integral to the tradition of Tamil people”-Dr.K.Govindaraju


In his presidential speech of drama book release of “Gandhari” authored by noted drama director and play writer Muthvelalagar of Trichy, Dr.K.Govindaraju mentioned,Drama is so integral to the tradition that Tamil”. Dr.K.Govindaraju appreciated the excellent presentation of the character of “Gandhari” by Muthuvelalagar in his drama script and the speaker summed up as narrated by the dramatist Muthuvelalagar,the  key areas of this drama and said,”Gandhari was the daughter of Subala, the king of Gandhara. Her name has been derived from here and she is one of the important characters of the great Indian epic Mahabharata. Gandhari was married to Dhritarashtra, the eldest prince of the Kuru kingdom. As Dhritarashtra was blind, Gandhari blindfolded herself throughout her married life and did not wish to relish the pleasure of sight, which her husband could never realize. She was the mother of hundred sons known as the Kauravas and the mother of a daughter Dlushala, the wife of Jayadratha. The Kaurava, predominantly Duryodhana and Dushasana were the villains who were killed at the battle of Kurukshetra in the hands of their cousin brothers the Pandavas. In spite of Duryodhana and Dushasana`s immoral behavior with the Pandavas, Gandhari always told them to follow `dharma` and make peace with the Pandavas. She was very close to Kunti who treated her as an elder sister. Gandhari only opened her eyes to see Duryodhana exposing his entire body except his loins invincible to any enemy. Other than this, she was an ardent lover and worshipper of Lord Shiva. When she lost all her hundred sons, she cursed Krishna in effect ensuring the destruction of the Yadavas. Gandhari confronted Krishna and said, "You are the cause of death of my sons. You could have prevented the war but you did not. As a result the Kurus have been almost wiped out. I curse you that you shall die the death of an animal; your clan of Vrishni will perish in an internal strife. The cousins will fight and kill each other." The grief seeing all her son's dead had overwhelmed Gandhari. Draupadi's sons dead. She could not find the words to console the women lamenting at the loss of their sons and Krishna happened to come in the battlefield, where Gandhari was sitting with all other woman and trying to console her.Krishna gave his gentlest smile and said, "Mother you have relieved me of a burden. My clan cannot be destroyed by anyone in the world except by themselves. You have solved my problem. As to my death it is so ordained. I accept your curse by way of your blessings." Now Gandhari anger was abated fully. She became full of love for the Pandavas”.Indrajith released the drama book “Gandhari” and appreciated the efforts of Muthvelalagar.Noted writers Jawahar Arumugam,Sudir,Kappal Krishnamurthy,Kalaimamani Masthan felicitated. Noted Drama Artist Rani Jaya, Arsangaudi Jothi and several others started rehearsal of the Drama.Karmugil Kalai Mandaram proposes to stage this drama at the earliest said Muthvelalagar.-Govin

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"The unexamined life is not worth living."- Life Enrichment Education thoughts

"The unexamined life is not worth living."--an image

Life Enrichment Education is to enrich our life better in meaningful, tangible ways. It gives us a platform to make positive changes in our life, our community, our nation and our world as a whole. The ultimate goal is to be a force for goodness and togetherness in our world. One of Socrates' most famous quotes is, "The unexamined life is not worth living." So imagine that we sit down one day and really examine our life. We  take the time to look at every aspect of it... our relationships with our family and friends, our career, our finances, our education, our personality, our character, our health, our fitness, our charity, our politics, our causes, our hobbies, our sexuality, our virtues, our vices... We try to understand the things that make us happy and the things that displease us; the things that cause us to smile and the things that just aren't working; the things that bring joy and the things that bring terror in our life... everything. Having done that, we might ask ourselves: How can we make our life better? How can we improve? There are three aspects to consider: How can we be a better person, as in fixing problems in life that are holding us back or that don't fit with our mental image? For example, we might want to lose weight, get in shape, improve your finances, stop smoking, eliminate a bad habit, etc. How can we be better persons, as in adding new areas or new abilities to our life? It could be something big like changing our career, advancing in our current career or getting a college degree. Or it could be something simpler, like starting a new hobby or learning a new skill. How can we be a better person, as in being a good person? A good person is someone who is living the idea of helping others. As part of our self-examination process, we might find ourselves asking questions like these: How can our life be more fulfilling? What would give our life more meaning? What would make us happy, and how can we be happier? Chances are that we would find we are doing great in some areas, not so great in some others. That's true of all of us. What if we want to bring real improvement into our life and become the best human being we are capable of becoming? What if there was a community of people who get together on a regular basis to make their lives better - to become better human beings? Their goal is to be better in their own lives, and also to improve things for others as well. We need to go to one of their gathering places, either online or in your local area, and you are amazed at how happy these people are. Some of them have decided that they are tired of being fat, and they are working as a group to fix the problem. Some of them are tired of always being in debt, and they are taking a class in how to get their finances under control. Some of them are working on becoming better human beings by becoming better spouses, or better parents. Many talk openly about their values and their personal efforts to become more honest, more generous and so on. They all seem to have a well-defined purpose and understand the meaningful life.-Govin