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    Golden spirals
    February 25 | That Madras Place
    City-artist Tammarah, in association with That Madras Place and Hindustan Trading Company, is organising a two-hour mandala workshop for beginners. The workshop will focus on basic strokes, creating intricate geometrical patterns and different techniques that go into designing mandalas. Limited registration. (All materials will be provided.) Rs 1,500. Details: 8939177621

    Strings attached
    February 25 | T Nagar
    The group Hansel and Gretel Kids is giving children a chance to explore their creativity at the Puppet Show Carnival. A group contest with a maximum of four participants, each entry should include the narration of a story with the use of handmade puppets and other props. Open to children aged between 4 to 8 years. From 4 pm to 6 pm. Details: 9840431549

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    February 24 | Adyar
    Playcoop is conducting a 45-day intensive theatre workshop for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. The course will focus on the basics of acting, voice modulation, and stress and intonation patterns. The graduating class will perform a 50-minute play, Ananandha Leela, written and directed by Playcoop, on April 17. Rs 1,250.
    Details: 9940514873.

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    February 25 | Rutland Gate
    Joshna Ramakrishnan and Holly Ann, bothAi?? certified yoga teachers, are conducting a one-of-a-kind yoga workshop. While Joshna will conduct an intense gravity-defying inversion practice session, Holly Annai??i??s special ai???sound bathai??i?? is designed for therapeutic and restorative relaxation through sound waves.
    7.30 am to 9 am. Rs 1,000 per guest.
    Details: 28330280

    Broad strokes
    March 2 | Harrington Road
    Learn the fundamentals of art like drawing, painting using different mediums, and perspectives. This four-week workshop for adults, hosted by Rainbow Fish Studios, will include theoretical sessions alongside practical classes. Rs 7,000 (Inclusive of materials).
    Limited registrations.
    Details: 24470438

    Learning curve
    February 26 | Taj Coromandel
    IDP Education India is conducting an education fair for students looking to pursue higher studies in the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand. The fair will feature over 80 universities, offering courses such as Business Management & Finance, Mass Communication, and Hospitality, among others. Entry free.
    Details: 66002827

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    February 24 | Phoenix Marketcity
    Catch debut author Krishna Trilok from the city at the release of his first novel Sharikrida, at Starmark. A piece of fantasy fiction set in the Indian subcontinent, the novel deals with a futuristic world, where the country has been split into six kingdoms fighting for power and existence.
    From 6 pm. Details: 30083560

    Beaded dreams
    February 24 | MaalGaadi
    The White Rainbow Projectai??i??s (WRP) One Handed Clap is an initiative that will have designer Laura Eastman Malcolm unveil her latest collection of beaded scarves at MaalGaadi.
    The scarves will be sold to raise funds for WRPai??i??s initiative in helping widows learn to upcycle beads and saris. Called Heart to Heart, the collection will be showcased at MaalGaadi from today. Details: shop.maalgaadistore.com

    A leaf out of life
    February 25 |
    Odyssey Book store
    Life coach and speaker ai???AVISai??i?? Vishwananthan is organising an evening of conversation featuring stage actor and director Freddy Koikaran and RJ Shyam Renganatha of Fever 91.9 FM. The event will feature inspirational stories and personal experiences from the lives of the guest speakers. Entry free. RSVP.
    Details: 24453191

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      Order eulexin and Author and sales guru Blair Singer says the toughest sale of all is selling yourself

      Forty-six-year-old Blair Singer doesnai??i??t consider himself to be a motivational speaker, but ai???a passionate teacher in the area of personal growth and businessai???. This weekend, Singer will conduct a workshop in the city for all those who want to sharpen their sales skills. The author of bestsellers such as Little Voice Mastery, Sales Dogs and Team Code of Honour is looking forward to meeting people who have ai???only scratched the surfaceAi?? of what they are truly capable of.ai??? On his maiden India visit, Singer shares with us, in his own words, someAi?? tricks of the trade, which are bound to resonate with both your personal and professional life.

      To walk the talk, one needs to be clear on their values first ai??i?? have a personal set of rules that you donai??i??t compromise on. Be open to making mistakes, admitting them and if need be, publicly correcting them. It is also important to know when to lead and when to support. However, never stop doing one or the other at any point.

      Attracting attention maybe easy, but holding it can be tough. To do this, one must first have a positive state of mind. Be involved in the other personai??i??s world ai??i?? donai??i??t hesitate to ask questions and be truly interested in what they have to say. Passion and empathy go a long way. If you feel you are losing out on the other partyai??i??s attention, make sure there is a change in the immediate environment, so as to gain back their attention.

      The toughest sale of all is selling you to you. One thing that stops people from success is that they are unable to overcome their fear about what other people think of them. There are many such tough lessons you learn along the way, and the toughest of them is how to learn to master the ai???little voice between your earsai??i??. Success in sales (and life) is mostly in our own head and in our own attitudes and behaviours.

      Blair Singer will conductAi?? the Sales Explosion Program on February 25 and 26 at The Westin Chennai Velachery. The workshop is priced at `1,40,000. Details: 7299027773.
      Visit: www.successgyan.com

      Forty-six-year-old Blair Singer doesnai??i??t consider himself to be a motivational speaker, but ai???a passionate teacher in the area of personal growth and businessai???. This weekend, Singer will conduct a workshop in the city for all those who want to sharpen their sales skills. The author of bestsellers such as Little Voice Mastery, Sales Dogs and Team Code of Honour is looking forward to meeting people who have ai???only scratched the surfaceAi?? of what they are truly capable of.ai??? On his maiden India visit, Singer shares with us, in his own words, someAi?? tricks of the trade, which are bound to resonate with both your personal and professional life.

      To walk the talk, one needs to be clear on their values first ai??i?? have a personal set of rules that you donai??i??t compromise on. Be open to making mistakes, admitting them and if need be, publicly correcting them. It is also important to know when to lead and when to support. However, never stop doing one or the other at any point.

      Attracting attention maybe easy, but holding it can be tough. To do this, one must first have a positive state of mind. Be involved in the other personai??i??s world ai??i?? donai??i??t hesitate to ask questions and be truly interested in what they have to say. Passion and empathy go a long way. If you feel you are losing out on the other partyai??i??s attention, make sure there is a change in the immediate environment, so as to gain back their attention.

      The toughest sale of all is selling you to you. One thing that stops people from success is that they are unable to overcome their fear about what other people think of them. There are many such tough lessons you learn along the way, and the toughest of them is how to learn to master the ai???little voice between your earsai??i??. Success in sales (and life) is mostly in our own head and in our own attitudes and behaviours.

      Blair Singer will conductAi?? the Sales Explosion Program on February 25 and 26 at The Westin Chennai Velachery. The workshop is priced at `1,40,000. Details: 7299027773.
      Visit: www.successgyan.com

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        Naveen Actoplus price John talks about counting down to the Asian Cycling Championships and desi squad goals

        Naveen John is going places on his cycle, faster than most on a plane. The Bengaluru boy who is Indiaai??i??s first pro cyclist was in the city recently to launch the countryai??i??s first Elite Amateur Racing Team of cyclists, of which he is both director and rider. Heai??i??s also counting down to the Asian Cycling Championships for which he will head to Bahrain at the end of the month. While on the business side, the athlete runs aAi?? coaching space called Wattbombs Coaching and a brand-agnostic project called the Indian Pro Cycling Project for training national-level cyclists. Interestingly enough, this passion-turned-full time career of his was discovered while Naveen was pursuing an Electrical Engineering course at Purdue University in the United States. Instead of doing homework, he and his friends would load their bikes on the roof of a station and drive to the next state for a race!
        Hereai??i??s a glimpse of the road ahead and how toAi?? handle those handlebars under pressure:
        Butterflies for Bahrain?
        Iai??i??ve done the work to be in the best shape I can possibly be in for the Asian Cycling Championships. Apart from training, I spend a lot of time visualising every minute leading-up and during the race, so everything seems like deja-vu on the day, and the calmness from that allows me to perform to my maximum.
        The world and beyond
        In 2016, I had the opportunity to ride with a professional racing team in Australia, as the first cyclist from India at the World Championships . There were a ton of challenges I had to navigate on my own ai??i?? from Visa paperwork, travel logistics, organising stay while abroad, sorting out travel/medical/racing insurance, fundraising, sponsor activation responsibilities. And while I enjoyed the challenges, it put a limit on how much I could commit to training and performing in my sport. So when Ciclo Cafe offered to support me and asked me if I’d be interested in directing and mentoring a crop of riders alongside my personal goals, it was an easy decision to make.
        Cycling in Indiana vs India
        Having ridden in the US, Australia, Europe , and in India, Iai??i??d say that cyclists in India are the most resilient cyclists anywhere. I mean, there are a million reasons not to ride your bike in an Indian city, but yet, thereai??i??s thousands of us these days in Tier 1 and 2 cities who find ways to make it happen ai??i?? waking-up before the sun comes out, donning our safety lights and cycling kits, navigating our cities, less than ideal infrastructure, knocking out 20-100+km before breakfast.
        5 am training days
        Building up to the Asian championships, I have been doing simulations of the race. That means a
        5 am wake-up call, and covering 100 km in about two hours 10 minutes, at an average of 47-48 kmph.Ai?? So thatai??i??s had me buckled. My
        typical training day is not very different. I train 15 to 25 hours a week, and off the bike, I also do strength training and yoga.

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          ai???Thanks to Ilami I got Padai Veeran,ai??? says Akhil. The Kalloori hero had played the antagonist in it and it seems to have worked to his
          advantage. His career, which was moving at a snailai??i??s pace, has since picked up. Padai Veeran directed by Bhana, a former assistant to Mani Ratnam, has Akhil playing a cop and sharing screen space with Vijay Yesudas (singer) and Bharatiraja. ai???It will take me to the next level in my career,ai??? the actor says confidently. Also on the floors is Alai Pesi with Anu Krishna, his co-star in Ilami.

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          Sanchita Shetty canai??i??t stop smiling these days. Last Friday, two of her films were released (Rum and Ennodu Vilayaadu), with Shetty
          getting substantial screen time in both. The handful of films she had acted in were all thrillers, including Pizza and Soodhu Kavvum. ai???Iai??i??m selective in my choice of scripts and so far Iai??i??ve been lucky,ai??? says the Bengaluru-based actress. Her upcoming films include a Kannada film and a Malayalam one.

          A new leaf
          ai???Iai??i??d heard the script about five years back. Back then I wasnai??i??t confident I could carry it off. And when it came to me a second time, I felt I was sufficiently equipped to tackle the complex role,ai??? says Vijay Antony about Yaman (releasing today). After Naan, this is Antonyai??i??s second outing with director Jeeva Shankar. The actor-composer reportedly has gone for a complete make-over in this political thriller. A take on contemporary politics, itai??i??s about an ordinary man who rises to the highest echelons of political power.

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            Saorise Ronan and Emory Cohenlend a touch of romance to Brooklyn

            DIRECTOR JOHNAi?? Crowleyai??i??s romantic drama Brooklyn, based on the novel of the same name by Irish author Colm TA?ibAi??n, was nominated for three Academy Awards last year ai??i?? for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Set in the early-1950s, it tells the story of Ellis Lacey, a young Irish woman moving to Brooklyn, where she falls in love. We chat with the lead
            actors Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen.

            How does the film reflect Colm TA?ibAi??nai??i??s book?
            Saorise Ronan: People really connect to Colmai??i??s writing. Itai??i??s very personal, and he writes women with so much detail, heart and understanding. If it was put in the right hands, which it was with Nick (Hornby; screenplay writer), and (producers) Finola (Dwyer) and Amanda (Posey), you could only bring something great like that to life in a lovely way.

            How did you relate with your character, Ellis?
            SR: You can look back and go, ai???Okay, I did it,ai??? like with Ellis ai??i?? she makes this entire journey, and itai??i??s
            tough and hard, and then sheai??i??s able to look back at the end and realise, ai???Oh, I did actually get through it.ai???

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            Emory Cohen: We kind of went into it, and allowing ourselves to play at being in-character-ish together.
            I was shy around her, very nervous, and I let myself be that way.

            How do you see the film resonating with todayai??i??s audiences?
            EC: Iai??i??d say, in terms of the romantic side of it, thereai??i??s this timeless desire for that kind of courtship, that kind of chivalry and intimacy. The same thing has to do with the homesickness side of the story, discovering who you are, having to go out in the world, be your own person, and all that.
            A lot of it resonates ai??i?? even in our double hashtag culture.

            A word on the costumes by the designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux?
            SR: Odile is good with that classic, romantic look. She puts so much consideration into the journey of this character, and her outfits, clothes and her look reflect that. It was a gradual thing, and you only notice when she goes home, how her fashion has started to change.

            Brooklyn premieres on Star Movies on February 25 at 6.30 pm.

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              James Spader on Raymond ai???Redai??? Reddington, and why he personally avoids watching TV Buy lady era reviews

              IN ITs fourth season, crime thriller series The Blacklist finds James Spaderai??i??s lead character of Raymond ai???Redai??? Reddington in grimly contemplative moods, when heai??i??s not sleuthing it with the FBI. Off the sets, meanwhile, Spader apparently canai??i??t be bothered with watching television.

              How has The Blacklist managed to keep cutting through all the noise?
              James Spader: The show is an odd mix of things, not only in its content, but even in the people that populate and inhabit the show, and not just the characters, but the people who make the show.
              The showai??i??s a strange animal, and in a strange way, itai??i??s unique in its conception and the way itai??i??s made. Weai??i??ve got writers in Los Angeles, and weai??i??re in New York, and weai??i??re sort of a country apart We donai??i??t even live our lives at the same hours of the day.
              The show is populated by this strange combination of characters. It is an oddity, and therefore it stands alone.Ai?? Tonally, the show is strange. At times, itai??i??s startling and very intensive, and yet it can also be irreverent and in other times, calm and volatile.
              The character Reddington that I play, heai??i??s a weird strange mix of things and, I think that permeates the show in general.

              Do you enjoy the character arc of Reddington?
              JS: Reddington is deceiving a little bit, because it looks like he may be in control of things when, very often, heai??i??s actually very calm and perfectly comfortable surrounded by chaos.
              Heai??i??s really faced with the sort of collateral effect that his life has had, even though he has felt, for a long time, that heai??i??s been responsible for himself, and has lived to a great degree a solitary life far away from people that he might have known at other times.
              Itai??i??s become clear to him, the effect that his life has had on others, often to the detriment of other peopleai??i??s lives. Heai??i??s sort of coming to terms during the last couple of years. Heai??i??s having to reckon with himself a little bit, and thatai??i??s always a very conflicted process, to say the least.

              You mentioned that you donai??i??t watch a lot of TV, and that donai??i??t have a TV in your house. Interesting paradox, donai??i??t you think?
              JS: Yes, I still donai??i??t have a TV in my house, but Iai??i??m moving fairly soon, so who knows? I spend an awful lot of time, a lot of hours out of the day and a lot of days out of the week and a lot of weeks out of the year, living within fictional television and fictional drama. Therefore, when Iai??i??m not working, I donai??i??t tend to be drawn towards that. When Iai??i??m not at work, I donai??i??t devote much of my time to television.

              The Blacklist Season 4 airs on Star World & Star World HD at 9pm every Friday

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                Cast: Rana Daggubati, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Om Puri, Nassar, Tapsee Indiaai??i??s first underwater war film, this one is all about the sinking of the PakistaniAi?? submarine PNS Ghazi during the Indo-Pak war. While the visuals and special effects are below average, the story seems to be the only saving grace. What the film lacks, however, is a solid performance to bring it home, and a touch of finesse.

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                  Director: Sai Bharath
                  Cast: Hrishikesh, Sanchita Shetty
                  A horror-comedy, this film is about the spooky events that take place in the bungalow of a rogue cop where a group of thieves take refuge. The first half is racy, with doses of comedy and horror. The plot later loses steam, but picks up momentum at the end. Vivekh peps things up with his one-liners. Hilarious as one of the thieves trapped in the bungalow, the actor is the show-stealer.

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                    Sayani Gupta on finding her true calling, and her Bollywood journey so far

                    HER PORTRAYAL of Khanum, Kalki Koechlinai??i??s fiery, blind girlfriend in Margarita With A Straw, made the Bollywood industry sit up and take notice of Sayani Gupta. Straying away from the mainstream, the 27-year-old went on to play sometimes small, but definitely significant roles, in films like Fan, Baar Baar Dekho, and more recently, Jolly LLB 2. Her next release is Anurag Basuai??i??s Jagga Jasoos, alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, where she plays a 14-year-old girl.
                    Shifting lanes
                    An outsider in the industry, Sayani was born and raised in Kolkata. A student of the arts (sheai??i??s a trained bharatanatyam dancer) she continued to participate in dance, drama, debates and music events when she moved to Delhi to pursue higher education. Realising her passion for art, she quit a cushy job in an infrastructure research firm to study cinema. Talking about what gave her the courage to pursue her true calling, she says, ai???When I quit, I had realised that earning a livelihood will not be a problem, but actually enjoying what you do, and being able to follow your calling, is what one should strive for. My calling was acting, and cinema. In fact, I remember I had a conversation with Naseerudin Shah once, where we both agreed that we could pay people to let us act!ai???
                    An education in films
                    On studying acting at the FTII, Pune, Sayani elaborates, ai???Going against family, making up my mind that I was ready to take on all these risks, then starting from scratch in a completely new industry without knowing a single person from it ai??i?? it all seemed very blurry. But I knew that studying there was the only logical, legitimate way of stepping into Bollywood.ai??? The actor tells us that her education there was more than just about acting and adds, ai???Itai??i??s a space that taught me cinema, filmmaking, exposed me to world cinema, formulated my views on politics, freedom to express and dissent.ai???
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                    Currently, the actress is busy shooting for Jagga Jasoos. ai???I feel Dada (Basu) is a genius. He has a peculiarly fascinating way of working with actors. We donai??i??t have the script and moreover, my character has changed drastically. I am playing a 14-year-old girl and I love Basu for casting me as a little girl in this film.ai??? Working with Katrina and Ranbir too has been quite the experience. ai???Ranbir is my favourite actor, because his capabilities are boundless. Kat and I have done two films now. She has this straight-faced Brit humour, which is actually hilarious,ai??? she shares.
                    Jagga Jasoos releases later this year.

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                      James McAvoy plays 23 personalities in Split, and makes itAi?? all seem like a piece of cake

                      When James McAvoy first met Manoj Night Shyamalan for a script reading of Split, the first thing he asked was the name of the character he would be portraying.Shyamalan refused to reveal the name, and asked him to read the script, instead.
                      McAvoy admits to immediately being intrigued with the storyai??i??s many twists and turns. ai???I read the first 10 pages and thought, ai???Wow, what is this?ai??i?? Then I read the next 10 pages and thought, ai???What is that?ai??i??ai??? he says, adding, ai???It felt like I was being continually confronted with something completely different. Thatai??i??s the joy of what Night does so well. He keeps the audience on their toes trying to figure out what the film is ai??i?? are we watching a thriller, a psychological drama, horror, sci-fi or something supernatural? This film is all of those genres.ai???
                      Shyamalan and McAvoy worked closely to ensure the actorai??i??s performance remained singular, even as he transformed into each role with authenticity. McAvoy says, ai???Night is demanding and almost forensic in what he wants you to do. He has a specific idea of what he wants, yet heai??i??s extremely collaborative and giving.ai???
                      Changing colours and characters, sometimes within the same shot, was particularly demanding. ai???You hope the audience will buy you as one character,ai??? McAvoy explains.ai???Then you need them to buy you as this next persona and make that transition interesting without alienating viewers.ai???
                      The role presented the seasoned actor with an extraordinary opportunity. ai???I enjoyed playing each character, because as an actor you rarely get the chance to do something like this. Itai??i??s exciting to radically change what youai??i??re thinking and who you are,ai???
                      he enthuses.
                      Split releases today.

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