Tamil entertainment channel Raj TV turns 11 on October 14. A star-studded night is on the cards at Kamaraj Hall in Chennai to celebrate the occasion with the film fraternity in full attendance. Another event involving the film fraternity is scheduled for October 2 at Delhi to felicitate the Tamil Nadigar Sangam (Tamil Actors Union) for their commendable work over the last few years.
"To a large extent, our growth has been fueled by the film fraternity. We want to celebrate with them and express our gratitude," said B Shankar, VP-Sales & Marketing, Raj TV.
The anniversary event will be telecast on November 1, with Abdul Hameed playing emcee. The presence of stars and performances by various artistes, including Sada, Pooja and the like are expected to be the highlights.
The other event in Delhi, to be telecast on the channel on October 12, is designed to cater to the near 13 lakh Tamil population in the Capital. Raj TV with KMS Kalai Ulagam, a Delhi-based cultural organisation, is putting this event together.
K Muthuswamy, Director, KMS Kalai Ulagam, said, "The Delhi Tamil population is not treated to film-related shows and entertainment very often. So, we decided to create such events with a frequency of one or two a year."
Recently, the two organisers had put together an event where playback singer S Janaki had performed in Delhi. That event drew an audience of around 2,500 people and was telecast on the channel subsequently.
Dance performances by choreographer Kala, actress Madhumita, mimicry by comedian Mayilsamy, light music performance by playback singer Srilekha Parthasarathy and a skit by actor (and Member of Parliament) Sarath Kumar are expected to be the acts of the evening.
The Delhi event is expected to pull in at least 5,000 people and the organisers are hopeful of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit attending the event as the chief guest.
The channel has also announced a Kamal Haasan film fest around the star's birthday on November 7, and a superstar film fest around Rajnikant's birthday, which falls on December 12.
Irrespective of whether they enter politics, Tamil Nadu is a land where the stars of the silver screen rule.