ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011
Hype proves right for HBO’s new show
‘Game of Thrones’ has all the elements to lure viewers
By Tim Goodman all of the crowd-pleasing elements of beautiful, haunting, visual template of of Westeros, where various clans or sister, Princess Daenerys (Emilia there’s a tight grip on the storytelling
war, honor, pride, lust, power and, yes, vast expanses (Northern Ireland, Malta), houses — have lived and fought for gen- Clarke) to marry Khal Drogo (Jason and a real understanding of who each
B arely a few minutes into HBO’s epic
“Game of Thrones’’ series, it’s clear
that the hype was right and the wait was
even humor. Thrones has all of those in
spades and supports them with excep-
tional storytelling, strong writing,
white snow and dark shadows while also
allowing the visual effects to pack a wal-
erations in different realms, until the
Targaryens invaded and united the
Seven Kingdoms under the Iron Throne.
Momoa), who leads a tribe of vicious
person is traits that make the complexity
easier to bear.
It’s difficult to single out the most
worth it. superb acting and some stunning visual Fictional Now, years later, there’s a battle for the It’s actually not as confusing as it may accomplished parts of ‘’Thrones.’’ The
Based on the bestselling fantasy book effects. throne. sound. And there are more than a few ambition is immense, the fantasy world
series “A Song of Ice and Fire’’ by That kind of start to the 10-part series Right from the start, Thrones starts unexpected surprises and even humor-
Series was essential because “Game of exceptionally well-conceived, the writ-
George R.R. Martin often referred to as telling as many as four stories, involving ous detours (mostly provided by Peter ing and acting elevating the entire series
“the American Tolkien’’ HBO is betting Writers and executive producers Thrones’’ is a complicated story with the House Stark, run by Lord Eddard Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister whose
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will cer- numerous characters and a dense, inter- beyond contemporaries like “The
that fans of “The Lord of the Rings’’ will Stark (Sean Bean, who will be familiar whoring and drinking knows no
come to this for a sprawling, interwoven tainly have their hands full dealing with woven back-story. Though it demands Borgias’’ and ‘’Camelot,’’ and the visual
to “Lord of the Rings’’ fans); House bounds). A great series should challenge
tale of feuding families, swords, sex, die-hard fans on what they got right or attention, “Thrones’’ never once bogs Baratheon, run by King Robert viewers to pay attention, to connect dots appeal continues to surprise with each
carnage, beasts, frayed loyalties, decep- wrong (or left out or put in that may down. It’s the kind of drama where, Baratheon (the wonderful Mark Addy), and anticipate connections. “Thrones’’ episode.
tion, intrigue and the pursuit of power. have not been in the books), but they when the first episode ends, you wish House Lannister, which is linked to manages a superior complexity without What we have here is the successful
As well they should. “Game of have the backing of Martin, who worked the nine others were immediately avail- House Baratheon because Queen Cersei ever making you think that you’ve lost pairing of an acclaimed collection of
Thrones’’ has all the elements (many closely with the duo, and that should able. And that validates HBO’s notion Baratheon (Lena Headey) was born a the connection to the story. It’s paced fantasy books with a television series
described above) that lure viewers to count for a lot. Perhaps more important that television is the perfect medium for Lannister; and the exiled House with precision and the carefully crafted that illuminates and expands what’s on
shows like “The Sopranos,’’ et al. That to those people who haven’t read the a fantasy series done right. Getting Targaryen, where Prince Viserys assemblage of characters unspools at the page.
it’s a fantasy series shouldn’t scare any- books or heard much about this series, Martin’s “Thrones,’’ the gold-standard, Targaryen III (Harry Lloyd) wants to such a rate that you can keep up while Worth the wait? Absolutely. And even
one away, because like “Lord of the Benioff and Weiss kick things off imme- could end up landing HBO its next fran- reclaim the Iron Throne and all Seven keeping tabs on their ever changing if you have no idea what all the fuss is
Rings’’ there’s a real allure to costume- diately with action, blood-shed and eeri- chise. Kingdoms of Westeros. To do that, he’ll moods. about, you should get in from the start to
dramas that pair dense mythology with ness. Director Tim Van Patten creates a “Thrones’’ is set in the fictional land need an army, which is why he wants his What that means, essentially, is that absorb Martin’s fantastical tale. (RTRS)
Participants are categorized as shown
L.K.G & U.K.G (Kindergarten);
Standard 1-Standard 4 (Sub Juniors);
Latest Standard 5-Standard 8 (Juniors); Standard
9-Standard 12 (Seniors).
Continued from Page 25 Registrations can be done via the
respective schools or through Kala Centre.
Ajai Malhotra, the Indian Ambassador to Registration forms can also be down-
Kuwait at 6:30 pm on April 20, 2011. loaded from the official website of Kala,
Indo Arab Socio Cultural Association www.kalaonweb.com and the filled forms
(IASCO) under the patronage of Prof Dr should be mailed to the email address kala-
Rasha Al-Sabah and registered with the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indian Embassy in association with the For the success of the program a recep-
Higher Institute of Musical Arts College of tion committee was formed in which K.
the Ministry of Education in Kuwait proud- Vinod was selected as General Convenor.
ly presents an Indian traditional cultural fest Members who are in charge of various sub
featuring the living legends in Hindustani committees are as follows:- Sunil
vocal music and a dance program by (Program), Bineesh K. Babu (Registration),
Rhythm Dance Group to commemorate the Binu Rani Albert (Reception), Sunny
auspicious occasion of Kuwait’s 50th Saijesh (Stage), C. Krishnan (Food), Skaria
Anniversary of the Independence, The 20th John (Volunteer), K. Chandran (Publicity
anniversary of the liberation and the 5th and Souvenir) and R. Ramesh (Finance) .
Anniversary of His Highness the Amir’s For more details regarding the program
assumption of power. Also IASCO is contact 24317875 (Kala Centre), 66180229,
proudly celebrating its 10th year anniver- 97817100 or 66656642.
sary in Kuwait. A photo from the event
IASCO is acknowledged as the leading May 14
non-political and secular organization with
an objective to foster and fortify traditional
KUDA bids farewell to Indian ambassador AWARE Members Guided Tour:
and historical socio- cultural relationship Saturday, May 14, at The Arab
between Kuwaiti nationals and Indians in Advisory board and central committee the problems of Indian community, a affairs minister to Kuwait, the visit of Kalanad, Jacob Channapetta,Ommen Organizations Headquarters Building.
Kuwait through dialogue, alliance and cul- members of Kerala United Districts good impact and improvements in honarable Oil Minister of Kuwait to George and Sam.V.Thomas spoke on This tour is a marvel of innovative archi-
tural exchange. Many Dignitaries from the Association (KUDA)conducted a Indo- Kuwait relations, conducting India, giving air ticket cost to stranded the occasion. In his reply speech Sri tecture displaying modern technology com-
Kuwaiti community and prominent person- meeting to bid farewell to Sri Ajai cultural functions to bring the great Indian citizens who were needy and Ajai malhotra expressed his thanks bined with traditional artisan craftsmanship
alities from the Indian Community are Malhotra, the ambassador of India to Indian cultural heritage to Kuwait and unable to find fund, and arranging and great admiration for the co-opera- from Tunisia, Syria, Morocco, Egypt and
expected to attend the function. Kuwait. The Chairman Joy Mundakatt Arab world, Stopping the collection of special air fares with Air India Express tion received from KUDA during the contributions from Kuwaiti designers. This
“After the grand successes of our previ- presided over the function. KUDA contribution to the compulsory com- and Jet airways for Indian citizens past 2 years. is an Adult only tour. Registration deadline
ous programs we wanted to concentrate on greatly appreciated his diplomatic munity welfare fund with consular who wanted to avail the recent Secretary General Raju Zacharias is May 5.
a unique festival to celebrate the important excellences as the Ambassador of services, solving the power failure amnesty facilities declared by the welcomed the Ambassador and Joy For Reservations, Please contact
milestones in Kuwait’s history and also on India during the past 2 years. problems in Jleeb Shyoukh by con- Government of Kuwait are few high- John Thuruthikara proposed vote of AWARE
our own anniversary.” says the Chairman of Witnessing the tremendous improve- ducting series of meetings with lights of his tenure as the Ambassador thanks. Chairman presented a Tel: 2-5335280 - Fax : 2-5335230
IASCO. ments in all consular services in terms Minister and other high level officers of of India to Kuwait. memento as a token of love and E-mail: email@example.com
IASCO promises a night to remember of time and efficiency, timely interven- MEW, arranging the visit of the honor- M. Mathews. R.C. Sruresh. Pansily appreciation to the outgoing ambassa- We are online at www.aware.com.kw
for both the days (April 20 and 21) with tions and diplomatic skills in solving able vice-president and External Varkey,Sam Painumood, Salam dor. Working Hours: Sunday to Thursday
many musical programs and dance routines 9am-12:30pm and 4:30pm-9pm
from Indian and Kuwaiti troupes. A high- Villa 84, Surra Street, Block 3, Surra,
light of the programme will be the spectac- Kuwait
ular breath-taking show by the legendary
Pundit Ramesh Narayan and his troupe who May 15
will be rendering heart melting melodies TIES Arabic Course 3: TIES Center is
from Sufi music to popular Film songs. glad to announce the beginning of the class-
The entry for the show will start from 6 es for Arabic Course 3/2011, starting from
pm sharp and the gates will close at 6:30 May 15th to June 02nd 2011. We offer
pm on both days. Entry is open through classes for all levels, from beginners to
invitations only. For invitations and more advance level. The classes are tailored to
details please contact 99509952, 65939113, meet the needs and the requirement of the
90010060 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org students.
TIES Arabic classes are intended for all
April 21 expatriates who wish to learn Arabic for
Kool Kidz Club: The Kool Kidz Club of whatever purpose, be it for business purpos-
the British Academy of International Arts es, basic communication, as a second lan-
celebrates the British Royal Wedding in guage or simply as a hobby. At TIES
style with A TOP HAT and TIARA FUN Center, the Arabic classes are designed to
AFTERNOON on Thursday April 21. meet these requirements.
Games, fun and competitions. Wear your Throughout the course the students will
best prince and princess costumes and learn how to read, write and speak Arabic
design a plate of food fit for Royalty. Non in a friendly, relaxed and welcoming envi-
BAIA students can attend too! For details ronment.
and tickets please check the website
www.baia.com.kw and contact the BAIA
office at email@example.com
Children’s Art Workshop: This month
April 22 participants in the Children’s Art Workshop
TISOK free course: The Triskelion will be learning about architecture and how
International State of Kuwait (TISOK) will Islamic art and culture have influenced
be having a free course on MS Office 2007 building design and decoration. The chil-
for OFWs. Registration will be on Friday, dren will start from the very basic (shapes
April 22, from 9:00 am till 12 noon at the Bishop Kuriakose Mor Eusebios to lead Holy Week Services at Kuwait St George Syrian Orthodox Church Bishop Mor Eusebios arrived in Kuwait to lead this in buildings) and progress to more complex
Philippine Embassy Consular Section in year’s Holy Week Services at Kuwait St George Universal Syrian Orthodox Reesh Church. His Grace was received at the Kuwait International Airport by the ideas related to function as well as design.
Jabriya. Kindly bring two recent receipts of Parish Vicar Rev Father Sajan John and a number of faithful from the church. For more information and Holy Week program schedule, con tact Parsonage tel. At the end of the month, they will be visit-
Western Union on registration day. Classes 24341407. ing the Arab Organizations Headquarters
will start on April 29. Building (AKA Arab Fund Building),
which features examples inspired by tradi-
❑ ❑ ❑ 00965 66977036, 00965 99540323 clothes, baked goods or crafts, you are sure for the underprivileged school students in Pakistani schools in Kuwait. tional Islamic art and architecture.
4th Golden Era Club meeting: Log on to: www.karma- to find it here. Kuwait, sponsored by the Ministry of In order to avail this scholarship, appli- For more information on the Children’s
Origami or Acupressure? Seniors (60+) can entertainment.webs.com When: Saturday, April 30 from 10 am to Awqaf in association with Islam cants are requested to collect the applica- Art Workshop or to register your child,
judge for themselves, on Friday, April 22, or mail us on: firstname.lastname@example.org 7 pm. Where: Safir Residence Hotel, Fintas Presentation Committee (IPC), Friday tion forms from Al Taalib Office located in email email@example.com
which activity is more enjoyable!! Time: 5 For latest updates, visit our Facebook (exit 209). Forum and Pakistan Kuwait Welfare CAMS, Ahmed Al Jaber Street, Darwaza, ❑ ❑ ❑
to 7 pm. Venue: House #34, next to Abu- profile: Woogie Woogie Dance Association. These scholarships were given near Warba Insurance Co, Int’l Islamic
Tammam Intermediate School for Boys, May 10
to the needy students irrespective of their Charity Organization Building, 2nd floor, DAI Children’s workshop: Dar Al-
Sate Alhusari St, Block 2, Rumaithiya. April 28 religion or nationality. The process of Al Al Sharq. The duly filled application forms Athar Al-Islamiyyah has an exciting sched-
Registration/queries: Drop a line to golden- Easter celebrations 2011: Classic Al Taalib Scholarship 2011: Al Taalib Scholarship for the current academic shall be submitted to Al Taalib Office on or ule for 2011 and hope your child/children
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 97172788 or Taalib Scholarship is a financial aid scheme year, 2011-12, has begun for all Indian and before May 10 alongwith all supporting can join us. Attached is a schedule with
Events are all set to proudly present the specifics, but here’s an overview of the
66208183. The above contact details may most awaited event of the year, Easter “cel- documents specified in the application
also be used by talented volunteers willing form. remaining five months.
ebrations 2011’ on Thursday, April 28, 2011 For children 6-12, we will take up three
to conduct quality educational/entertain- at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Farwaniya. For more information, contact 22418934
ing/craft workshops during regular meet- (ext 204) or 55231711. new genres represented in Islamic art and
With 2 of Kuwait’s most stimulating revisit three of our most popular areas from
ings. The Golden Era Club is a non-profit, DJ’s (DJ Mario & DJ’s John/Marlon) in
voluntary setup meeting on the 2nd and 4th May 13 the previous years. Saturday mornings in
attendance, special inhouse guest DJ January, it’s all about wood and marquetry.
Friday of each month. ‘Stephen’ & the dynamic ‘2 Sharp’ will KALA to hold ‘Balakalamela’: The February, we celebrate 50/20 with music. In
glamour to the entertainment… yearly event “Balakalamela” conducted by March, in anticipation of Mother’s Day,
April 23 So ladies & gentlemen get your attire Kerala Art Lovers Association (Kala- we’ll look at Mughal Jewellery and the par-
Woogie Woogie 2011 audition: ready to compete for the illustrious title of Kuwait) for the students of all Indian ticipants will try their hands at making
Karma Entertainment announces the much ‘classic queen’ / ‘king’ and win fabulous schools in Kuwait for attaining the Benji
prizes including air tickets, hotel stay’s, gift memorable pieces. Glass decorating is on
awaited dance show ‘Woogie Woogie 2011’ Benson EverRolling Trophy has been the schedule for April. And, as has become
which will be held in Kuwait on May 6, hampers, sun glasses etc., scheduled for May 13th, Friday at Carmel
For more information, and invitation tradition, we’ll end the season with manu-
2011. It will be bigger, better and even School, Khaitan as informed by the Central scripts and a child-produced stage produc-
more exciting than ever before. Not only reservations please call Tony on 99729133, Committee of Kala.
Merwyn on 66998767, Mario on tion.
will we have our dancer stars of Kuwait The items that are included for the com- Over eight Wednesdays, the participants
participants, but also special celebrities to 66482826, Joseph 66132697 or Vinod on petition are Bharthnatyam, Mohiniyattam,
66845389. Hurry !!!! Entries limited…clos- will define a poetry project and work with
witness their talents! Oppana, MargamKali, Folk Dance, Group ‘guides’ to successfully complete their proj-
Audition will be held at AIS, Hawally ing soon. Dance, Fancy Dress, Mappilapaattu, ect.
for Classical and group dance performances Monoact, Light Music (Malayalam, Hindi), An eight-week calligraphy workshop for
on April 23, 2011. April 30 Group Song (Malayalam, Hindi), Classical the same age group will follow, starting
Final dance performance for the selected Annual Spring Gift Bazaar: Come Song, Poetry Recitation (English, Hindi, March 23. Again, guides; will be available
participant will be on May 6, 2011. one, come all to the event that everyone has Malayalam), Elocution (Malayalam, to help participants with their projects. At
Other information: Forms available at been waiting for. It’s time for the Annual Farewell party was given by Thirumarai Mandram, Kuwait to Mrs & Mr English), Essay Writing (English, the end of the season, the projects – poetry
Sanbouk Supermarket - Salmiya, Vibes - Spring Bazaar! Come out for an enjoyable Muragaiyan, at the AGM of City International Exchange Co, who are planning Malayalam), Story Writing (English, and calligraphy – will be included in an
Abbassiya and Honest Centre - Fahaheel. day of shopping and visiting with the ven- to return to India shortly. Wishing Mrs & Mr Murugaiyan good health, happy Malayalam), Poetry Writing (English,
For further information please contact: dors you know and love. Whether its and prosperous future. Malayalam) and Drawing. Continued on Page 29