Month: August 2008

Super Star Nite in Abu Dhabi – Friday, 01st August 2008 – a memorable evening

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Super Star Nite in Abu Dhabi – Friday, 01st August 2008 – a memorable evening

Super Stars Nite in Abu Dhabi – inaugural ceremony – Chief guest – Smt KPAC Lalitha with sponsors and organisers of the event.

Sri Regi Mannel introducing the Super Stars to the audience.

Super Stars in UAE – Rashmi, Praveen, Latha, Ratheesh, Roopa and Anand.

Praveen on stage.

Roopa and Ratheesh.

Fully packed National Theatre Auditorium in Abu Dhabi.

Roopa and Praveen.

Super Stars interacting with children.

Super Stars rocking for the final time on stage with audience for this memorable evening. I am sure this will be the beginning of a series of successful programme for these young talents and may get to perform many more such packed venues in INDIA, UAE, OMAN, BAHRAIN, QATAR, KUWAIT and other parts of the world.

Let us look at the details of the show as it evolved.

Vow!!! Reality Stars in Real. Amazing performance by the team of Anand, Roopa, Ratheesh, Praveen, Latha and Rashmi.

The 2000 plus seat National Theatre Abu Dhabi was full – a surprise to many of us considering the summer holiday period. What would have been the scenario if this programme was held during normal time?.

Full round of applause to Anand and team for their good preparation and execution of the programme from start to end. Every one enjoyed the programme to the full.

A surprise was in store for them and for all when the show was inaugurated by Smt. KPAC Lalitha.

Sri Reji Mannel, famous radio presenter based in UAE compered the show.

Anand was the first one to be introduced, then followed by Rashmi Vijayan, Praveen, Latha Krishnan, Ratheesh and finally Roopa. The introduction itself brought variety as the singers mixed with the audience and came out from amongst them when introduced.

They sang 28 songs in the following order:

1. Ratheesh – Hrudaya sarassile

2. Roopa – Aa nimishathinte

3. Roopa/Ratheesh – Odakkuzhal Vilikketto

4. Latha – Maarghazhi Thinkallallava

5. Anand – Voh Lamhe

6. Praveen – Oru Pushpam Mathramen

7. Praveen/Roopa – Akale Akale Neelakasam

8. Rashmi – Chandralekha from Thiruda Thiruda

9. Ratheesh – Sankrutha pamakari

10. Roopa – Minsaara poove poove

11. Ratheesh/Praveen – Padakaali chembada from Yodha

12. Roopa/Anand – Muthumazha konchal pole

13. Praveen – Pramadhavanam

14. Rashmi – Rasikira vanra

15. Latha – Oo mama mama chanda mama

16. Roopa/Latha – Kasthoori Thailamittu vala kilukki

17. Ratheesh – Kadukkittu varuthoru from Hallo

18. Praveen/Rashmi – Muthal Murai Janal Thuranthathai

19. Anand / Roopa – Karuppanu kayyala

20.Ratheesh/Latha – Mambazhama mambazham

21. Roopa/Latha/Rashmi – Aarumukhan

22. Anand/Roopa/Ratheesh/Praveen/Latha/Rashmi – Pennale, Pennale, Karimeen Pennale from Chemmeen

23.Anand/Latha – Ram bam bam Ram bam bam perimbam

24. Rashmi – Mayya mayya. Too neel samundar hai

25. Anand/Rashmi – Theri ankhem bhool bholayya

26. Praveen/Latha – Madhuraikku pokamedi

27. Rashmi/Anand – Kannum kannum maafia

28. Final songs – Melodious medley of several hit Hindi/Tamil/Malayalam mix by all 6 Super Stars.

Irrespective of age, everybody was dancing – so much fun filled moments that when Rashmi announced her song Mayya mayya – audience replied by saying that Vayya vayya. Ratheesh and Roopa were applauded each time when they came on stage. Praveen and Latha mesmoriesd the audience with their numbers. Anand – a total leader – held on to the steering and controlled it very well. Not to leave out Rashmi – if you ask a question – who will be the next Usha Uthup – we have an answer – Rashmi Vijayan from UAE. Overall, it was a memorable musical evening which one and all present in the packed National Theatre Abu Dhabi auditorum will remember for ever.

A very big thanks to KERALA SOCIAL CENTRE organisers for inviting them to Abu Dhabi to perform in live and real. I am sure their objectives for social cause were also duly achieved by this event.

Let this be the golden beginning for these young talents and May God bless them all to give many more such venues and opportunities in future.

Ramesh Menon

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Chin up for a slender neck

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Chin up for a slender neck
By Bharat Thakur Published: July 25, 2008, 23:42

The double chin is one of the more common cosmetic problems today. It is caused by a layer of subcutaneous fat that accumulates around the neck.

This layer of fat sags and creates a wrinkle, giving the appearance of a second chin.

There are three main reasons why a double chin develops:

Excessive weight

Some double chins are caused by weakness in the muscles of the face, neck and jaw. Incorrect posture often results in such weakness.
Age is definitely a big factor. As a person starts ageing, his or her skin starts losing its elasticity. This leads to a double chin.
Simpler ways

Going under the surgeon’s knife is not the only way to get rid of this problem. A balanced diet and regular exercise are effective and less drastic.

In cases where bad posture is the cause, exercises and correction techniques can reduce the double chin. This is where yoga can help.

Yogic asanas strengthen and tighten the neck and jaw muscles, and help reduce the double chin.

Today’s article describes some asanas meant for the chin area.

The exercises stretch and contract the muscles connecting the chin to the neck. Your awareness of the chin area is key to getting results.

The intensity of the exercises, along with your focus, will remove that nagging double chin and enhance your facial features.

Ushtrasana (camel pose)

Kneel with knees a little apart, feet stretched out.
Lean back, place palms on soles of feet as shown. If difficult, hold right heel with right hand and then left heel with left hand.
Push the abdomen forward, drop head back and arch backwards to as far as you can.
Hold as long as comfortable, breathe normally.
Slowly release one hand, then other and return to start position.

Bhujangasana (cobra pose)

Lie on stomach, keep legs straight, feet together, soles pointing upwards, forehead on floor.
Place palms to side of shoulders, elbows tucked in close to body.
Inhale and slowly raise head and upper body, straighten arms as shown. Hold the position, breathing normally.
Exhale as you slowly return to start position.

Veerabhadrasana (warrior pose)

Stand with legs wide apart and hands on hips.
Turn one leg and upper body to one side and bend front knee.
Raise arms straight up over the head, palms held together.
Lower the hips and bend backwards as much as comfortable. Look up.
Hold for 10-30 seconds.
Repeat with other leg.

Neck exercises

Sit with legs stretched out, back straight.
Bend one leg, place ankle on opposite thigh close to groin. Bend other leg and place ankle on thigh of bent leg, close to groin. Place your hands on your knees.
If you find the above posture (Padmasana or lotus pose) difficult, sit comfortably with legs crossed.
Close eyes, keep body straight. Slowly drop your head towards left shoulder — don’t turn the head or lift the shoulders.
Raise the head and drop towards right shoulder as above.
Slowly move the head as far back as comfortable. Do not strain.
Slowly bring head up and move it forward so chin touches chest.
Gently turn the head left so chin is in line with the shoulders.
Now gently turn the head to the right as far as comfortable.
Slowly rotate the head clockwise down to chest, to the right, back, to left side in a relaxed, smooth, rhythmic, circular movement.
Now, gently rotate anti-clockwise — in opposite direction.
Note: Those who have severe back and shoulder conditions and people with peptic ulcers, hernia or hyperthyroidism should avoid these asanas. Pregnant women, too, should avoid these exercises.

Au revoir double chin! A beautiful and slender neck is now just a few asanas away.

— Bharat Thakur is the founder of Bharat Thakur’s Artistic Yoga. For questions on yoga, write to For more information, log on to