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Film Screening – An American in Madras (Documentary) – Aug. 22, 2018

The film will be introduced by Mr. Mohan Raman, actor and film historian, who is featured in the documentary (80 mins/2013)

Synopsis: The documentary traces American born filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan’s years in India as a celebrated director in the Tamil film industry from 1935-50.

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4.15 p.m.

Venue: U.S. Consulate General Chennai (Auditorium), Cathedral Road Entrance, Gemini Circle, Chennai 600006

Special Note: All visitors are requested to arrive at the Cathedral Road entrance by 2:00 p.m. and must carry a valid photo ID (in original) issued by the Government of India. Acceptable photo ID’s include passport, driver’s license, voter ID, Aadhar cards etc. Cell phones must be deposited at the security counter of the Consulate. (other electronic devices will not be allowed including iPads/notebooks/laptops etc.) Seating on first come first served basis.

Walk: Marshalls Road – Aug. 18, 2018

Organiser Storycorner at Bookmine
Led by Sudha Umashanker

From 7 a.m. to 8.45 a.m.

Starting point – just outside Rajah Muthiah Hall – In gate .

Spots covered : The Willingdon Ladies club – the first exclusive club for women in Madras, Ethiraj College (from the outside only), old location of All India Radio, the iconic Madras Eye Infirmary now Govt Eye HHospital, the oldest Eye hospital in India and the must-see Elliott’s museum, Rukmini Lakshmipathi statue, Mayor Sundara Rao Naidu park, Rajarathinam Stadium, Presentation Convent, St Antony’s Church and the old Ganesha temple and the Sadayathamman Temple ( from the outside only)

This is a free walk. To register contact 9840247624

Tour: Tiruvottriyur – Temple, music and more – Aug.18, 2018

Conducted by Prof. Madhusudanan Kalaichelvam
Music by vidushis Archana and Aarathi

The tour will focus on the legend, history, inscriptions, art & architecture of the temple, the Tyagesa tradition, festivals and customs. Musical renditions on the temple will be part of the tour.

Starts at 3 p.m.

Contact Bharath Aadithya for registrations.
Phone: +91 7845115486
Email: ratham854@gmail.com

Walk : Amaravati Gallery, Egmore Museum – Aug 5, 2018

Organized by Tamil Heritage Trust (www.tamilheritage.in)

The Amaravati gallery is one of the great treasures of the Madras Museum in Egmore. Sculptures, pillars, and fragments of a Buddhist stupa dating back to the 2nd century BC, from an abandoned city of the Satavahana era, were brought to this museum in the middle of the 19th century. The art of Amaravati is the earliest lithic work of any significance in the southern part of the Indian peninsula, and the panels in Egmore Museum are among the finest examples of Buddhist art.

The walk will be curated by Gopu R and Kishore Mahadevan, and will cover selected panels from the Amaravati Gallery.

Time : 11 a.m – 12 p.m

The walk is free. Participants need to purchase entry tickets and assemble at parking area (near ticket counter) at 10:45 a.m.

For details, e-mail : tamilheritagetrust.in@gmail. com

Talk : Amaravati – Aug 4, 2018

Organized by Tamil Heritage Trust (www.tamilheritage.in)

The Amaravati gallery is one of the great treasures of the Madras Museum in Egmore. Sculptures, pillars, and fragments of a Buddhist stupa dating back to the 2nd century BC, from an abandoned city of the Satavahana era, were brought to this museum in the middle of the 19th century. The art of Amaravati is the earliest lithic work of any significance in the southern part of the Indian peninsula, and the panels in Egmore Museum are among the finest examples of Buddhist art.

The talk by Gopu R will introduce the history of Amaravati, and give a brief explanation of a few selected panels.

Time : 5:30 p.m – 7:00 p.m
Venue : Arkay Convention Center, 146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

The talk is free.

For details, e-mail : tamilheritagetrust.in@gmail. com

Walk: The Buckingham Canal – Aug. 12, 2018

Researcher-historian D. Hemchandra Rao who has been studying the Canal for over five years will lead the group around Basin Bridge in North Chennai, where this landmark Canal project was started and was later, a very busy hub of water transport.
The tour has stops at the Central Station zone and Madras University, besides walking in the Basin Bridge area, to give you a closer look at key functions of this Canal in years gone by.
Date; Aug.12, Sunday. 7 am onwards. Duration: 2 hours.
Tour is by van and on foot.
Fee: Rs.150 ( van fee – to be paid when the tour starts / no cancellation).
Start Point: Outside gate of Mylapore Club, Luz. 7 a.m.
To register, send a mail to – themadrasday@gmail.com with ‘B. CANAL’ in the subject line – mention name/s and contact ph nos. First-come, first-serve.
Note: Places we explore are dirty and very busy zones. Suggest you bring drinking water, light snacks. Van tour ends near Madras University campus / Marina zone.

Tour: Explore Madras’ Old Bridges – Aug. 5, 2018

Researcher-historian D. Hemchandra Rao who has been studying the bridges of this city for many years will lead the group to six old bridges, talk about their design and function and their role in city transport.
The tour covers Egmore, Chintadripet, Anna Salai and Chepauk.

7 am onwards. Duration: 2 hours.
Tour is by van and on foot.
Fee: Rs.150 ( van fee – to be paid when the tour starts / no cancellation). Limited seats!

Start Point: At the gates of Hotel Connemara, Binny Road. 7 a.m.

To register, send a mail to – themadrasday@gmail.com with ‘BRIDGES’ in the subject line – mention name/s and contact ph nos. First-come, first serve.

Note: Places we explore are dirty. Suggest you bring drinking water, light snacks. Van tour ends in Chepauk.