Vizhuthugal- Samugathin Kural is a talk show that has been entertaining Astro viewers with thirst for current issues.
Here's a chat with moderators of the talk show, as they give their take on the program.
Please tell us about your experience as a moderator.
Selvamalar Selvaraju: Exciting! This is my first time being a moderator on this kind of show and mixing with people from all walks of life. At the beginning, I thought it would be easy, but it was totally, diﬀerent especially, when it came to a live show! The ﬁrst thing I had to manage is not the script, nor the panelists, or the crew and make-up, but the cameras! They are my best friends in the show. If you know how to manage them, half the battle is won. I'm learning every day, here. I am glad I can be part of the Vizhuthugal: Samugathin Kural’s team and contribute to the society as ‘Selvamalar’.
Elanjelian Venugopal: It is a new experience for me as I was previously involved in policy making and implementation, and fieldwork. Useful information should be told in an attention-grabbing way and I’m learning it.
Yiswaree Palansamy: It has been a really good ride to date. Although I have been in the media industry for 13 years now, I have not been a television presenter, and that too, in a very impactful Tamil media platform such as Vizhuthugal: Samugathin Kural. The impact television, and most importantly, Vizhuthugal: Samugathin Kural has on people is certainly huge and therefore, I have a heavy responsibility to ensure the facts and arguments presented are accurate and creates an impact on our community.
The topic plannings and discussions are a huge part of this show, which also relies on my journalistic experience. This makes me appreciate my role as a moderator even more, knowing that I can create an impact through this show.
Ilanttamil Maruthai: I've done a lot of shows before and I've been to live shows, but this is my first time moderating a live show, which makes it more exciting. Technology-oriented approaches give me a new experience. I am able to understand the importance of mastery no matter how knowledgeable we are.
Can you share your most memorable moments in this show?
Selvamalar Selvaraju: I have so many. The one that I will not forget is when I memorized the whole introduction script for my third or fourth show (can’t remember exactly), but it was probably about ‘water’. Then, I went totally blank when it came to mentioning both the panelists’ names, and ended up mentioning the wrong names. Oops… I was so embarrassed. And I thank the invention of earpieces which saved me. There are people to look after my appearance! That’s kind of cool. I have a stylist, make-up artist etc. Guess what? Some of my friends tune in to the show just to check out what am I wearing or how I look like. Thanks to Yogash and Thivya, the people behind the scene who work hard to ensure I look beautiful and presentable on the show (from the earrings to shoes that I’m wearing).
Elanjelian Venugopal: All new. Thus, every moment is a memorable one.
Yiswaree Palansamy: Every episode is a memorable one for me, as I have very capable and talented co-moderator colleagues. It is always a new experience for me with them with every passing show, as we learn from each other and grow together as better moderators.
Ilanttamil Maruthai: Every show is a new experience as we interview new people, which add more value to the new experience. The people who work there have built a great network. I can see how the network that has been built is benefiting them and the show.
What are some of your hopes for this show?
Selvamalar Selvaraju: Be as bold as we can. Aim to be the No 1 Tamil talk show in Malaysia. Inspire and empower all Malaysian Indians to tune in to Vizhuthugal: Samugathin Kural, live talk show on Astro Vaanavil HD (CH 201), every Monday-Friday, 9pm (at least three days a week). We also attempt to solve some of the problems or issues that involves our community, no matter how tough it is. We are preparing to feature ‘untouchable’ topics as I feel that our society needs to come out of the "cocoon"!
Elanjelian Venugopal: The local Indian community, which are not as politically and economically advanced, has to adapt news strategies and approaches to sustain and elevate themselves. I hope the Vizhuthugal: Samugathin Kural show would be the platform for that evolutionary change.
Yiswaree Palansamy: I hope more people will tune in to watch the shows and also share their thoughts and ideas with us. The show is after all, called Vizhuthugal: Samugathin Kural, for a reason. We hear you and want to keep hearing from you. This is your platform too. Of course, I hope the show would continue running, as we would definitely be bringing our viewers impactful topics regularly. There are very few talk show programmes such as Vizhuthugal: Samugathin Kural which aims to get our community to talk and think. So, the continuous support from our viewers would be a great asset to keep us going, for them.
Ilanttamil Maruthai: Everyone should strive to ensure the show’s quality. Thus, advices and help from different levels are required. The Tamil-speaking public should give importance to intellectual news and I believe they will. The community needs to be liberated from entertainment-based subjects and should move on to another level. Everyone should realize the need of knowing local and global current affairs in their native language. Speaking in the mother-tongue is literally as important as speaking to the mother.
Catch Vizhuthugal: Samugathin Kural every Monday to Friday, live at 9pm on TV and Astro GO, with an encore at 9.30am the following morning, and stream selected segments anytime on demand.
Mon Jan 18 2021