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The Madras Quiz – Aug. 30, 2020 (Regn. closed)

Online only. Open to individuals.
Free registration.
Prelims at noon. Finals – 3 pm.

This quiz is supported by the Murugappa Group. Quizmaster – Dr Sumanth Raman.

Contestants who sign up in advance will get an acknowledgment; just before prelims on Aug.30, each will get a web link to use – questions will roll out, one at a time – you submit answers in the limited time given to you.
Finalists will be intimated thereafter and the Quiz Final round will be held via Zoom, which will be webcast LIVE on YouTube from 3 pm onwards for all to watch!
Here is the weblink to register – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXqO49Y4ftsJVgoTzhSDRLImNdm7liBWvPSBpMI-QlwRB6cg/viewform?usp=sf_link  

(Registration closed)

The finals of The Madras Quiz will be live webcast at the following link:

https://www.livewebcast.in/madrasquiz

 

Online Quiz on Madras – Aug. 29, 2020

How much do you know about erstwhile Madras?

Register for the online quiz via http://bit.ly/madras-quiz-29aug
along with a payment of Rs. 49. A major portion of the fees will be donated to Swarga Foundation.

Fill up the Google form and share payment reference to receive the Quiz link. Screenshot can be shared to Whatsapp numbers provided below.

The quiz link will go live on Aug. 29, 2020. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (2 hours only)

Eligibility: Age 12 and above

Payment mode: GPAY to 9840881583.
Whatsapp numbers: 9790144584 or 9840881583. Email: suja_madhu@rediffmail.com

Quiz Master: Mr. Vignesh Raja

Hosted by You & I Consulting and Training.

Presentation: Sounds of Madras – Aug. 21, 2020

An auditory tour of Madras.

This event celebrates Madras through the auditory senses. Participants experience prominent Madras locations through audio snippets meticulously recorded and compiled by students of the School of Indian Film Music with a view to appreciate our city’s unique soundscape. The very talented playback singer B. V. Ramanan will also be singing in the event.

Facebook Live at 8 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/s/sounds-of-madras-online-event/3220025224712291/

Organised by School of Indian Film Music.

Online video series: Saints of Madras – Aug. 18, 2020 onwards

A short video series about the saints of Madras by Padmapriya T S.

Madras is an amalgam of several ancient villages that date back before the city was born. During Madras week every year, we touch upon primarily the British history, or the local heritage. I thought it is significant to also speak about the various saints who walked Madras through short youtube videos that can be accessed at convenience. These videos will be uploaded on my youtube channel – Padmapriya T S – (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVR2mXE-Sa2OrX4mlKhtq4w?view_as=subscriber ). A neighbourhood based approach will be used for this series – the first video to be launched this week is on the saints of Mylapore. This will be followed by Tiruvotriyur, Velachery, Tiruvanmiyur and the rest of Madras.

Padmapriya Baskaran is a Cost and Management Accountant by training and heads a UK based NGO. She is a heritage blogger, who blogs at Aalayam Kanden (https://aalayamkanden.blogspot.in), passionate about creating awareness on lesser-known heritage sites. She has founded the Aalayam Kanden Trust in 2011 through which she has carried out several heritage documentation and cultural cartography projects. For two and a half years, she researched heritage sites along the Cooum river to bring respect and visibility to it with the objective that if people knew the river better, they would treat it better. This study resulted in a publication titled God’s of the Holy Koovam in 2017. She conducts walks and speaks on various heritage topics.

Conversation: Tamil Cinema and our family – The Madras Connect – Aug. 22, 2020

Join Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh and Nandhini Sathyamoorty (her aunt and senior member of the family) as they discuss the music and dance, sets and directors, stories and screenplays, actors and actresses, costumes and choreographers from their family’s connections to Tamil Cinema. TNR Productions, Nandhini Pictures, Ravi Films were the enterprises through whose portals Nandhini, as a young child and teenager saw some great films being made with great actors, actresses and technicians.

At 7 p.m. FB Live on https://www.facebook.com/fromtheatticperformanceseries/

As a family that has even today talents within the Tamil film industry, they will share pictures, some footage and anecdotes about yester year cinema.

Panel Discussion: Poster, banner and cutout culture in Tamil Cinema – Aug. 29, 2020

Panelists:

Dr. Preminda Jacob, Author, Art Historian and Associate Professor of art History, UMBC
Rajiv Menon, Award-winning Cinematographer/Director
S. Theodore Baskaran, Film historian & Author
More panelists to be confirmed.

Moderator

Dr. Uma Vangal, Fulbright Scholar, Film Professor/Historian & Film Curator

Online. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. IST
To join the talk – Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3215977335788/WN_IDZ9BOPwRhmfPUFXWjCduQ

You will receive the link to join the session via email.

Please note: If you are unable to join the panel on Zoom due to full capacity, please join our Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/ChennaiPhotoBiennale/live/

Organised by Chennai Photo Biennale.

Conversation: Chennai Vasi – A ‘crazy’ story – Aug. 28, 2020

The art and the artist are not to be separated in Namma Madras. On this 380th Madras day, we celebrate an iconic artist, Mr “Crazy” Mohan.

Mr.Maadhu Balaji in conversation with Madhumeetha about Mohan’s life, his work as a theater artist, playwright, screenwriter and his Madras.
Imagined by SPI Edge in association with Madras Literary Society

Time: 7-8 PM
Medium: Zoom (Link for the call will be sent upon registration)
Register by sending an email to madrasliterarysociety@gmail.com to claim your seat.

Virtual Heritage Walk: Hidden Histories of Santhome – Aug. 22, 2020

The land of settlers and traders, merchants and middlemen, institutions and industries, Santhome speaks of diverse stories; some forgotten, others immortalised through time. Join us this Saturday, August 22nd, on Madras Inherited’s introductory virtual walk, as we piece together the Santhome of the past that the modern city has meticulously taken apart. Come explore the land that once was – the forts, the port, the churches and the castles that thrived, died or have survived.

Date of the walk: 22nd August 2020, Saturday
Time of the walk: 07:00 pm – 08:00 pm

Register for the walk through the website: https://madrasinherited.in/home/#walks-section. The Zoom link for the walk will be shared with you a day prior to the walk.

Organised by Madras Inherited & TripleoStudio

Contest: Virtual Scavenger Hunt – Closes on Aug. 22, 2020

Take a trip down your galleries and embark upon this scavenger hunt that is all things Madras! The game will occur offline, with the hunt happening at your house.

Rules:
• The participants will have to mail or message their details to Madras Inherited (mail@madrasinherited.in or @madrasinherited) upon which the hunt list will be sent to them and the countdown started.
• A time of 2 hours will be provided to hunt all the items on the list. Failure to send in your entries within 2 hours will get you disqualified.
• You will have to send photos of all the items on the list. The entries can be photos of places or keepsakes that you have.

The first three to send in their complete lists will win exciting prize hampers!

The contest closes on August 22nd, 2020. The winners will be announced on Madras Inherited’s social media handles on August 26th, 2020.

Organised by Madras Inherited & TripleoStudio

Virutal Photowalk – Soundarapandiyanar Angadi – Aug.30, 2020

The second in the series of the 12th annual Photowalk conducted by YOCee will be online this year.

Walking down with a camera has always been fun and a lot of learning. This year, we will have an interactive online session sharing photos of Soundarapandiyanar Angadi, the popular POndy Bazaar. This marketplace has a new look and is pedestrian friendly with a lot of features to enjoy the shopping experience.

The session will be led by N. Ramaswamy, Chennai Daily Photo & Chennai Photowalk. The participants can also share photographs of the neighbourhood if they have.

Online on Google Meet. At 9.30 a.m.
For children up to 17 years of age.

To join the virtual walk, register with https://yocee.in.

Virutal Photowalk – Chintadripet – Aug. 23, 2020

The 12th annual Photowalk conducted by YOCee will be online this year.

Walking down with a camera has always been fun and a lot of learning. This year, we will have an interactive online session sharing photos of the Chintadripet neighbourhood. This area was formed as a weavers’ village by the British in 1717. There are specialised businesses, temples and interesting streetside is a feast to the eyes.

The session will be led by N. Ramaswamy, Chennai Daily Photo & Chennai Photowalk. The participants can also share photographs of the neighbourhood if they have.

Online on Google Meet. At 9.30 a.m.
For children up to 17 years of age.

To join the virtual walk, register with https://yocee.in

Talk: மதராஸ் மனதே – தலை கொடுத்தேனும் தலைநகர் காப்போம்” எல்லை மீட்பு போராட்டம் – Aug. 21, 2020

By முனைவர் T. பரமேசுவரி

Online. Facebook Live: http://www.facebook.com/QIAMSMEDIA/ 
At 7.00 p.m.

Organised by Quaide Milleth International Academy of Media Studies & Foundation for South Indian Studies

இந்திய சுதந்திரத்துக்கு முன்பே மொழிவாரி மாநிலங்களுக்கான கோரிக்கை எழத் தொடங்கி விட்டன. பிரிட்டிஷ் ஆட்சிக்காலத்திலேயே மன்னரும் மக்களும் இணைந்து கோரிக்கை வைத்ததால், 1936 ஏப்ரல் 1 அன்று இந்திய நிர்வாகச் சட்டத்தின் கீழ், அதிகாரப்பூர்வமாக ஒரியா மொழி பேசும் மக்களுக்காக, இந்திய வரலாற்றில் மொழிவழி மாநிலமாக முதலில் உதயமானது ஒரிசா (தற்போதை ஒடிசா). விடுதலைக்குப் பின் இக்கோரிக்கை பரவலாகவும் வலுவாகவும் எழுந்ததன் அடிப்படையில் அது குறித்து ஆராய மத்திய அரசால் 1948 இல் எஸ்.கே. தார் என்பவர் தலைமையில் ஓர் ஆணையம் (Dhar commission) அமைக்கப்பட்டது.

இச்சூழலில் தனி ஆந்திர கோரிக்கையை வலியுறுத்தி பொட்டி ஸ்ரீராமுலு, 58 நாட்கள் உண்ணாவிரதமிருந்து 1952 டிசம்பர் 15 அன்று உயிர் நீத்தார். இதனால் கொந்தளிப்பான சூழல் உருவானது. இந்நிலையில், 1953 அக்டோபர் 1ஆம் தேதி சுதந்திர இந்தியாவின் முதல் மொழிவாரி மாநிலமாக ஆந்திரம் அறிவிக்கப்பட்டது. உடனே ஆந்திரத்தின் தலைநகராக சென்னையை அறிவிக்க வேண்டும் என்ற கோரிக்கையை வலியுறுத்தி “மதராஸ் மனதே” என்ற போராட்டத்தை ஆந்திரத் தலைவர்கள் மேற்கொண்டனர். அப்போது சிலம்புச் செல்வர் ம.பொ.சி “தலையை கொடுத்தேனும் தலைநகரை காப்போம்” என்ற முழக்கத்தை முன்வைத்து, சென்னையை தமிழகத்தில் தக்கவைக்க போராடினார். தமிழகம் சென்னையை தக்கவைத்துக் கொண்டாலும், போராட்டம் முடிந்துவிடவில்லை. தமிழகத்தின் பல்வேறு பகுதிகளை அண்டை மாநிலங்களுக்கு தாரை வார்க்க வேண்டிய இக்கட்டான சூழல். இது குறித்து உரையாடுகிறார் முனைவர் T. பரமேசுவரி.

முனைவர் தி. பரமேசுவரி: சிலம்புச் செல்வர் ம.பொ.சியின் பெயர்த்தி; தமிழாசிரியர், இலக்கியவாதி, பெண்ணியவாதி என்ற பல அடையாளங்களுக்கு சொந்தக்காரர். கலை இலக்கியப் பேரவை விருது, பாலா விருது, அன்னம் விருது பெற்றிருக்கின்றார். கலை இலக்கியப் பெருமன்றத்தின் மாநிலச் செயலாளர்.

Talk: Arcot Nawabs and Madras – Aug. 20, 2020

By Kombai S Anwar.

Online. Facebook Live: http://www.facebook.com/QIAMSMEDIA/ 
At 7.00 p.m.

Organised by Quaide Milleth International Academy of Media Studies & Foundation for South Indian Studies

Towards the end of the 17th century, when Madras came under the Mughal domain, it soon had to contend with the Arcot Nawabs, the Mughal deputies in charge of the Carnatic region. Their connections to the city grew over the years, and by 1760’s when they made Madras their home, it became even stronger. Despite the Nawabs of Carnatic being the masters of the region, quickly they lost their dominance to the wily Company. However during their century-long rule and even thereafter, they made a lasting impression on the city and the region as a whole. This lecture tries take a holistic view of their political travails and rich contributions to the region.

Kombai S Anwar is a writer, photographer, documentary filmmaker and an avid History buff. He has directed a series of short films on the ‘Big Temple at Thanjavur’ built by Raja Raja Chola, a project commissioned by the ‘Archaeological Survey of India’ to commemorate the 1000th year celebrations of the Big Temple. His documentary film ‘Yaadhum’ (All), which traces the history and identity of the Tamil Muslim community has won many awards in India as well as abroad. He does Heritage walks and tours to sensitise people of their rich cultural past. He is the Director of Quaide Milleth International Academy of Media Studies, Chennai.

Talk: Company Paintings of Madras – Portraying the Picturesque and the Prosaic – Aug. 19, 2020

By Dr. Swapna Sathish (Faculty, Department of Fine Arts, Stella Maris College)

Online. Facebook Live: http://www.facebook.com/QIAMSMEDIA/
At 7.00 p.m.

Organised by Quaide Milleth International Academy of Media Studies & Foundation for South Indian Studies

From the 1780s, the allure of India lured travelling landscape and portrait painters from England who came in search of wealth and an exotic Orient. Until then there was practically no visual record of the Indian landscape and its people based on first-hand observation. European artists, mainly British, applied their talents to painting the varied landscape of India, its monuments, portraits of the ruling and local elite and historical events of imperial interest. Artistic patronage shifted and Indian artists in the local courts were pitted against Western competitors and their illusionistic style of art. In catering to the different visual preferences of the colonisers, ‘Company Painting’ was born.

Dr. Swapna Sathish is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Stella Maris College, Chennai, teaching art history and design for the past 18 years. A freelance art critic, she has authored catalogues, exhibition reviews and contributed chapters to books. She has also presented papers at international conferences and delivered invited lectures in India and abroad. Subsequent to a postgraduate research degree in Renaissance art history from the United Kingdom, Swapna received her doctorate from the University of Madras for her thesis titled ‘Piety and Popularity: Contemporary Temple Murals of Tamil Nadu.’ Her areas of interest are popular culture and 18th century colonial art. She received a Charles Wallace India Trust research grant to undertake post-doctoral research in the United Kingdom. She has served as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the Association of British Scholars, Chennai chapter.

Talk: Rejuvenating the CITY – Penang and Chennai – Aug. 18, 2020

By Mr. Hamdan Abdul Majeed (Managing Director, Think City), in conversation with Dr. A Srivathsan, (Professor, CEPT University, Ahmedabad).

Online. Facebook Live: http://www.facebook.com/QIAMSMEDIA/
At 7.00 p.m.

Organised by Quaide Milleth International Academy of Media Studies & Foundation for South Indian Studies

Mr. Hamdan Abdul Majeed is the Managing Director of Think City, a social purpose organization with the mission of making cities more people-friendly, resilient and liveable. As a regional city making agency, Think City provides urban policy thinking and supports the management and implementation of urban solutions while advocating change in the way cities are planned, curated, developed, and celebrated. Think City’s work has reversed the decline of George Town, Penang, putting it on the international list of 10 Best Places to Visit. Hamdan has been actively involved in shaping urban policy and plans in Malaysia including more recently, Penang 2030, a state government initiative with the vision of a family-oriented, green and smart Penang.

Dr. A. Srivathsan is an architect and urban designer, and currently Director, Center for Research on Architecture and Urbanism, CEPT University Ahmedabad. He was previously the Academic Director of the University, and before that taught for a decade and worked as a senior journalist with The Hindu, the national newspaper. His research and writings include the themes of urban history, planning policies and contemporary architectural practices.