Advertisement in cinema halls hailing Tamil Nadu CM as God removed: Minister

An advertisement that hailed Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami as God. which was being shown at cinema halls, has been removed, Finance Minister

Advertisement in cinema halls hailing CM as God removed: Minister

An advertisement that hailed Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami as God. which was being shown at cinema halls, has been removed, Finance Minister

Jazz maestro Frank Dubier no more




Tamil Nadu

Frank Dubier, the legendary jazz trumpeter, who also mastered the clarinet, flute, violin and saxophone and worked with music directors including Ilayaraja and M.S. Viswanathan as solo trumpet player, died in Bengaluru on Tuesday. He was 87.

Stephen Lazarus, his friend and a gospel trumpeter recollected, “He was always fun to to be with and an extremely talented jazz trumpeter. If my memory is right, we played for Enna di Meenatchi song in the film Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu, among many others. He was one of those few jovial and down-to-earth musicians I have known.”

Born in Madras in 1929, Dubier developed love for music as he watched his mother Beatrice play the piano. In an interview to The Hindu in 2002, Dubier said, “As a seven-year-old, I began playing with my three-member family band, with my father on the violin, mother at the piano and me with the trumpet, saxophones and all types of horn.”

Much later, he also told why he took to the trumpet over the other instruments. “It was a choice between the clarinet and the trumpet. I settled for the latter, because clarinet was going out of vogue and was more expensive. I was to play with a trumpet made in Meerut,” he told The Hindu.

Harry MacLure, his nephew and editor of the magazine Anglos in the Wind said, Dubier played during his teens for the Madras Governor’s Band and then at the Navy for four years before beginning to play for M. S. Viswanthan and then Ilayaraja. He had a great respect for Ilayaraja, he said.

“He considered him a genius. When he was playing for Ilayaraja, they had a great association but eventually with time, they lost touch,” Mr. MacLure said.

Dubier is survived by four children.

Three years back, in an interview to The Hindu, speaking of how jazz has been neglected in the city, on a sad note, he said, “Jazz is dead.”

HC quashes maintenance case filed against Dhanush




Tamil Nadu

The Madras High Court Bench here on Friday allowed a petition filed by actor Dhanush and quashed the case filed against him by an elderly couple, before a Judicial Magistrate at Melur near here in November last.

They sought a maintenance of ₹60,000 a month by claiming to be his biological parents.

Justice P.N. Prakash read out the operative portion of the order alone in the open court.

R. Kathiresan (65) and K. Meenakshi (53) of Melur near here had filed the maintenance case by claiming that Dhanush was their son K. Kalaichelvan who dropped out of Class XI in 2002 and went to Chennai to pursue his interest in acting. They claimed that he had changed his screen name to Dhanush and failed to take care of them.

However, denying their claim, the 33-year-old actor said that he was born to R. Krishnamoorthy and K. Vijayalakshmi in Chennai on July 28, 1983 and was named as R.K. Vengadesha Prabhu. He also claimed that his father and he had changed their names to Kasthoori Raja and Dhanush K. Raja respectively and notified it in the gazette.

Further, relying upon a copy of a ration card issued to his family in 2005, he pointed out it contains the names of his parents, brothers, sisters and himself. “My brother Selvaragavan is a renowned film director,” he added. The actor also suspected that someone was using the elderly couple as a proxy to extort money from him.

Opposing the couple’s plea for subjecting him to a DNA test, he said that his hesitation to undergo DNA test was not because he had something to hide but because his integrity and right to privacy should not be tested at the instance of people who file frivolous cases.