Thursday, February 24, 2011


உச்சியில் மட்டுமல்ல 
 அடிவாரத்திலும் தான்..
இடம் பொறுத்தல்ல தனிமை
மனம் பொறுத்தது ...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

கவிதை கவசம்...மௌனம் ஆயுதம்...
நெருப்பு என் இனம்...நான் வல்லினம்.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Book release function with Mr.Stalin

The stage for the grand function

Mr. Jagatratchagan, Mr.Kumari Anandhan

The official release

Mr. Stalin and me

The King

Hon'ble former Deputy CM Stalin releases my books (The Hindu)

HIGHLIGHTING SOCIAL ISSUES: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, releasing the books authored by Andal Priyadarshini at a function in Chennai on Saturday. CPI leader Nallakannu recieved the first copy. . Sarada Nambi Arooran, Tamil scholar, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting S. Jagathratchagan, and Andal Priyadarshini are in the picture. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

 Stalin realised he had completed a year as Deputy CM only when reporters told him
Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said that he was not aware that he had completed one year in office as Deputy Chief Minister on Saturday till it was raised by reporters.
Participating in a function organised to release the books of Andal Priyadharshini that coincided with his completion of a year as Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Stalin said that when he had agreed to participate in the event he had no idea about it.
“Only when reporters asked about my performance in office today, I realised it. Then I obtained a shawl from someone and presented it to the Chief Minister,” he said.
Quoting a few lines from the poems of Andal Priyadharshini that speak about the social ostracism of transgenders, he said the State government had unveiled many schemes for their welfare, including a separate welfare board for them.
Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting S. Jagathratchagan received the first copies of the books, which include four poetry collections and a compilation of short stories.
Chairman of the State Minorities Commission Rev Fr Vincent Chinnadurai, State Information Commissioner Sarada Nambiarooran, industrialist Trishakti Sundarraman and writer Bharathi Krishnakumar participated.

Book release with Hon'ble former deputy CM Stalin

Kolattam (vallamai thaarayo)

Aayiram vaanavil song (vallamai thaarayo)

Music review of Acchamundu acchamundu songs(behind woods)

Parvai Vali Sumandhal---
Vocals: Rahul Nambiar
Lyrics: Andal Priyadarshini

Short but crisp lines from Andal Priyadarshini that reflect a nameless dread which is equally well reflected in the troubled voice of Rahul too. And the sharp notes add to it.

Kannil Thagam---
Vocals: Sowmya
Lyrics: Andal Priyadarshini

Quite a haunting and sophisticated number, this. Well sung by Sowmya too; so many subtle emotions- fear, anxiety, yearning and love have been gently conveyed here. The background music too is suitably sonorous but seductive and the unhurried rhythm works its own charm. A song with a difference! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

ஒரசிக்கோ(the train song)

என்னுயிரே(Jail song)

Sadu gudu gudu ( Raamar song)

Paarvai vali sumandhaal(acchamundu acchamundu song)

பார்த்ததும் கரைந்தேனடா (யாதுமாகி film)

Title song from Madhavi(tele-serial)

Kannil dhaagam theerumo(Acchamundu acchamundu)

Seminar snippet on my writings . . .(Madurai)

Madurai Exclusive News

. . . Madurai Kamaraj University: N. Gayatri speaks on ‘Social relations and thoughts in Andal Priyadarshini’s novels,’ Seminar Hall, Department of Islam and Islamic Tamil Studies, 11 a.m. . . .

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Laadli awards 2010 (Women empowerment UNICEF award)

‘Gender discourse has come a long way'
Staff Reporter
Laadli Media Awards given away to 22 persons

THE AWARDEES:Recipients of the Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity with actor Tara in Bangalore on Friday.
Bangalore: Gender discourse has come a long way and moved on to cover the other gender as well, said A.L. Sharada, programme director, Population First, at a function to give awaythe Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2010-11 (Southern Region) here on Friday.
This is the third edition of the awards that is supported by UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) and instituted by Population First, which is a non-governmental organisation working on population and health issues within the framework of women's rights and social development.
Twenty-two people, mostly journalists, were given the awards.
Changing the mindset
Speaking about the awards, Bobby Sista from Population First said the organisation has been working to make the world recognise the fact that women are equal and entitled to the same rights as men. “We launched Laadli Media Awards in 2007. We wanted to change a centuries-old mindset. We wanted people to realise that women, who have been under-valued, require an equal status in society,” he said.
Inclusive understanding

Ms. Sharada, addressing the gathering, said: “It is heartening that issues related to transgenders are being [covered] in both print and electronic media. This indicates a more inclusive and broader understanding of gender issues. There is now more coverage being given to gender issues, with far more understanding and better and more just perspectives.”
This year's award winners include Sangeetha Neeraja (The New Indian Express, Chennai), Sheela Ramanathan (Bangalore Mirror, Bangalore), Sangamesh Menasinakai (The New Indian Express, Belgaum), Yeshodha Raju (Kannada Prabha), Aloysius D. Fernandez (Organ for Radical Change), R. Sambhan (Deshabhimani, Thiruvananthapuram), Reji R. Nair (Mathrubhumi, Kozhikode), Pon. Dhanasekaran (Pudhiya Thalaimurai, Tamil Nadu), K.S. Velayuthan (Kumudham), S. Vijayakumar (Dinamani), Eppa Shobha Rani (Vartha), Nirmala Kondepudi (Bhumika Streevada Patrika), Farida Raj (Siasat), Andal Priyadarshini (Doordarshan, Chennai), Potluri Rajesh (Vanitha TV), N. Vishwanath (HMTV), Ramu Suravajjula (apmediakaburlu., Aarti Mohan (The Alternative, Bangalore), Swathi Shivanand (Offbeat e-zine, who was formerly with The Hindu, Bangalore).
ABN Andhra Jyoti, a Telugu news channel, won the award for its Save Girl Child campaign.
The Special Award for Contribution to Gender Sensitivity was given away to P.C. Ramakrishna, Chennai, while the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Sarah Joseph, Kerala.
‘Long way to go'

Actor Tara Venugopal, who was the chief guest, said: “While I am happy that women have achieved so much in varied fields, I also realise we still have a long way to go.”
Parvathi Menon, Chief of Bureau, The Hindu; Dolly Thakore, National Coordinator, Laadli Media Awards; and Susheela Nair, State Coordinator of the awards, were present.
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Short story review

The Hindu
H. Ramakrishnan
ANDAL PRIYADARSHINI SIRUKATHAIGAL: Andal Priyadarshini; Yegam Pathippagam, 3, Pillaiyar Koil Street, 2nd Lane, Triplicane, Chennai-600005. Rs. 550.
THIS RATHER bulky volume packs as many as 87short stories that present a colourful mosaic of multiple themes. Underlying almost all of the stories is the feminist perspective.
A poet, TV producer, film lyricist and essayist, Priyadarshini is a powerful writer, who does not mince words. If her storylines are diverse and imaginative, yet realistic, her style is down to earth.
A distinctive feature of her stories which have women's liberation as the central message is that, in most cases, Goddess Saraswathi figures as the key character. ‘Pariharam' revolves round a politician who is bent upon marrying a young girl, with her mother frantically appealing to all right-thinking people to save her. The author goes to the extent of justifying even murder in situations where humanism comes under serious threat and needs to be upheld. In ‘Thee,' the poet in the author comes to the fore where she speaks of a mother feeding her child for the last time. In ‘Perumoochin Neelam', she exposes the true face of a politician out of power.
Almost invariably, the characters in Priyadarshini's stories are very real, presumably because they are based on people she had met in her day-to-day life. This lends a touch of authenticity to her narrative, and the readers naturally get hooked on to her writings.