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Talk: Bohra Muslims of Madras – Aug. 17, 2020

By Ms. Tasneem Akbari Kutubuddin (Journalist)

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

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

The Gujarathi speaking Bohra Muslim community is said to have arrived in Madras as early as 1800s. They have since then contributed actively to the city’s legacy. Most have settled in Georgetown and have been engaged in business and trading hardware. The community has its own mosques, has established school and community spaces and and they largely retain their lifestyle, food and dressing.

Ms. Tasneem Akbari Kutubuddin has done her Masters in Journalism & Communication and has worked as a senior journalist, editor and columnist for leading publications like The Logical Indian, Deccan Chronicle, Worldwide Media Corporation, The Bridge and Provoke. She is currently contributing to Infano.care a women’s portal. Belonging to the Bohra community, her ancestors were the first Bohra Muslim settlers in Chennai and she has been documenting the history of the Bohra settlement in Chennai.

 

Make a thematic Photo book for Chennai – Last date for submission: Aug. 23, 2020

Almost every one of us click photos these days. Have you been taking pictures in Chennai whenever you were at different parts of the city? Then this project is for you!

Decide on any one of the themes among the following:

1. Water/water bodies (river, streams, rains, temple tanks, beaches… anything that is water)

2. Nature & green (trees, nursery, parks, landscapes, gardens including terrace gardens… anything that is naturally green)

3. Heritage (Buildings or structures of cultural importance, local festivals – both religious as well as community)

Organise the photos in a Word doc along with information about the picture, as a caption below each of them. You can make up to 10 pages and not more.

Send a word doc to editor@yocee.in

Open to children up to 17 years of age.

The best 10 entries will be published on https://yocee.in
We are not promising any goodies for now. But, we will surely try to send you some!

Start putting photos together!

Be a tour guide of your neighbourhood : Last date for submission: Aug. 23, 2020

Last date for submission: Aug. 23, 2020
Every neighbourhood in Chennai has its own places not known even to the residents of the other areas. Only a localite can show you around places that no guide book will tell you.

You could be the person in your neighbourhood who knows those secret spots that people in other parts of Chennai would have bever seen or know of them.

Be a local guide for people who visit your neighbourhood. Do not take the whole city to take them around. Be in your own area.

For example – if you live in Anna Nagar, choose 5 places to take your visitor and tell briefly about the places. Add photos if you have them and write at least 10 sentences about each of these places. If you choose pictures that are not yours, do tell us the source. If it is from the Internet, provide the link to the picture.

Send a word doc to editor@yocee.in
Open to children up to 17 years of age.

The best 10 entries will be published on https://yocee.in
We are not promising any goodies for now. But, we will surely try to send you some!

Be a showarounder of your neighbourhood to your visitors.

Contest: Madras Nalla Madras – Last date for submission: Aug. 26, 2020

Our Grandparents have Great Stories on the City. Record their Lovely Memories

This is a contest, organised by Mylapore Times and is open only to Chennai school students. It is in English.

If your grandfather or grandmother lived many years in this city then called Madras and now Chennai, we want you to converse with one of them.

Have a 30-minute conversation with either or both of them. The conversation can cover school and college days, their work and social life days. The local community life, transport, weekend amusements, festivals and social events in the colony where they resided then. Make sure all these events they recall are based in Madras!

We want lots of details – like names and year of happening, street and colony names, people’s names….. We also want little anecdotes. But all facts!

Write down the memories you record in 300 words. In English.

ALSO, add a photo of the person/s you have spoken to. A photo taken in their school / college / street/ colony/ popular public spaces ( like beach, park, theatre they frequented in the 1950s / 60s / 70s can also be attached. Caption the photos, please.

PLUS, record in an audio format one little account of their stories. For just 1 min. Let it be clear. Send this as a MP3 format file.

You need to mail to us a Word file of the recollection. And a MP3 audio file of a little story!

E-mail the entry (give your full name, name of the school, short address, e-mail ID and contact phone no. ) to – themadrasday@gmail.com. Mark your mail – Madras Nalla Madras! ( For any clarification call 9841049155)

Contest closes Aug.26, 2020.

BEST FIVE SUBMISSIONS get PRIZES – Certificate and Madras souvenirs.

Online Quiz on Chennai – Aug. 17, 2020

To celebrate Madras Day, C.P.R. Institute of Indological Research is organizing an online ‘Madras Day Quiz’. The quiz consists of both questions and pictures that must be identified.

The quiz will be uploaded for one hour on Monday, August 17, 2020, at 12.00 noon.
On the website: http://www.cprfoundation.org/

The results will be announced on August 21, 2020 on the website www.cprfoundation.org. All participants will receive certificates and the prize winners will receive cash prizes.

Chenn-ஐ – Online photography contest: Last date for submission – Aug. 19, 2020

Rotaract club of Coastal Legacy is celebrating Madras Day this year with ‘Chenn-ஐ’. online photography competition.

The theme is Namma Madras. Rotaractors and non-Rotaractors can participate and send in their best landscape shots. Brownie points if it incorporates nature!

Submissions through WhatsApp (9094115958) or mail (rccoastallegacy@gmail.com)

Results will be announced on Aug. 22, 2020.

Talk: Chennai Travelogue By An Architect – Aug. 16, 2020

Talk by Karthik Nachiappan, Architect, Urbanist, Globetrotter, Academician
Facilitated by KeyTerns, the thematic travel team.

Between 11 AM and 12:30 PM IST.

Facebook live – https://www.facebook.com/KeyTerns/

For Whom: Must watch for any proud Chennaite, People in Educational, Tourism and Architecture Sectors

Topics covered

1. Linking practical Learning with ecology – will be useful for teachers, parents and students
2. Exploring the travel potentiality of the public spaces in Chennai – Are we rightly using the chennai urban open spaces for travellers to its optimum in comparison with some Cities in the world?
3. Creating the Chennai Identity – What more can we be proud of showing to our friends / relatives / guests coming to Chennai?

Register:
https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=917550042234&text=Share%20your%20Name%20and%20Occupation%20

Contact +917550042234 for any queries.

~ Karthik Nachiappan (https://www.facebook.com/karthik.nachiappan) and KeyTerns (www.keyterns.com), +917550042234

Talk: The School of Arts, Madras: Imagining a museum of labour – Sep. 9, 2020

C. P. Krishnapriya in conversation with Bhooma Padmanabhan

6.30 p.m. | Online Lecture (In English)
Zoom ID : 833 2017 1132

Facebook live – https://facebook.com/rmrl.in

Organised by Roja Muthiah Research Library & Foundation for South Indian Studies

Bhooma Padmanabhan is a Chennai-based curator, researcher and art program manager. She completed her BA in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai, and her MFA in Art History from the M.S. University of Baroda. She started her career in the arts as a curator at Dakshinachitra, following which she moved to Delhi to work at the newly established Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA). In a decade with this young and rapidly growing grant-making foundation she worked with some of India’s most exciting young artists, supporting critical public art projects and growing FICA’s public programming and educational outreach. She has since curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions, both solos and group shows, experimenting with the curatorial space as platforms for learning, resource sharing, and collaboration. In 2018 she was a researcher with the Kochi Biennale’s Students Biennale programme which focused on studying the material and pedagogic environments of India’s vast network of art colleges. Bhooma is now the co-curator of the 3rd edition of the Chennai Photo Biennale.

CP Krishnapriya is a practising visual artist based in Chennai. She completed her Masters from the Govt. College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Her work is multidisciplinary in nature; she uses paintings, drawings, collage, found objects and sculptural installations to engage with her concerns. The works primarily deal with the self and its relationship with its environment. History and local political discourses are also woven into the imagery that she creates.

She is interested in understanding the process of art pedagogy. Her other interests are contemporary art practices, history, theatre and environmental studies. She has been part of numerous art exhibitions and art camps. She is also part of art collectives and groups based in Chennai. She was one of the curators of the two editions of the Students’ Biennale, Kochi (2016-17 and 2018-19). She was a resident artist at University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2017 and summer 2019, supported by the South Asia Centre, Upenn.

Talk: Making a Dravidian Voice – Sep. 2, 2020

By Dr. Amanda Weidman
6.30 p.m. | Online Lecture (In English)

Zoom ID : 857 7692 7793

Facebook live – https://www.facebook.com/rmrl.in

Organised by Roja Muthiah Research Library & Foundation for South Indian Studies

Dr. Amanda Weidman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, USA. She is the author of the book, Singing the Classical, Voicing the Modern: The Postcolonial Politics of Music in South India (2006). Her new book on playback singing in the Tamil film industry, entitled Brought to Life by the Voice, will be published in 2021 by University of California Press.

Talk: சபாநாடகங்களும் தமிழ் சினிமாவும் – Aug. 26, 2020

By S. Theodore Bakskaran
6.30 p.m. | Online Lecture (In Tamil)

Zoom ID : 895 7535 4784

Facebook live – https://www.facebook.com/rmrl.in

Organised by Roja Muthiah Research Library & Foundation for South Indian Studies

S. Theodore Baskaran started his career as Researcher in Tamil Nadu State Archives before he joined the Indian Postal Service in 1964. He retired as the Chief Postmaster General, Tamilnadu Circle. Baskaran has been for writing for more than 45 years. His book, The Message Bearers is a pioneering work on Theatre and Cinema. His second book, The Eye of the Serpent (1996) won the Golden Lotus (Best Book on Cinema) Award in 1997. He has also written several books and articles on film history in Tamil. He has lectured on cinema in many universities including Princeton University, The Australian National University and the University of Chicago.[3] In 2000, he won the Ki Va Ja prize awarded by the Kamban Kazhagam. He was a Hughes Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan in 2001 and taught a course on Film Studies. He was a jury member at the 2003 National Film Awards. During 1998–2001, he was the Director of the Roja Muthiah Research Library. He is a member of the library’s Board of Trustees. He has also acted in a supporting role in the 2010 Tamil film Aval Peyar Thamizharasi.

Baskaran is a keen bird watcher and a naturalist. He is a former honorary wildlife warden and the South India Representative of the International Primate Protection League. He is a trustee of WWF-India. His collection of essays on nature and wildlife conservation has been published as The Dance of the Sarus (Oxford University Press) in 1999. He edited a book of articles on nature titled “The Sprint of The Black Buck” ; Penguin (2009). He has authored a number of books in Tamil on Cinema and environment.

Talk: Print Culture in Tamilnadu – Aug. 19, 2020

By Prof. V. Arasu
6.30 p.m. | Online Lecture (In Tamil)

Zoom ID : 892 9827 3935

Facebook live – https://www.facebook.com/rmrl.in

Organised by Roja Muthiah Research Library & Foundation for South Indian Studies

Prof. V. Arasu was till recently the Professor and Head of the department of the Tamil Department at the University of Madras. His researches have been multidisciplinary encompassing literature, history and culture. He engages Tamil pedagogy with epigraphy, archaeology and sociology. He has guided several researchers who are well placed. He has unearthed several hidden rare material that is relevant to Tamil society and its understanding. He has edited and published more than 45 monographs and collection of articles which are important for understanding of Tamil Studies.

Talk: Exploring Prehistoric Tamilnadu – Aug. 12, 2020

By Prof. Shanti Pappu & Dr. Kumar Akhilesh

6.30 p.m. | Online Lecture (In English)
Zoom ID : 885 8499 7905

Organised by Roja Muthiah Research Library & Foundation for South Indian Studies

Prof. Shanti Pappu, is the founder/secretary, Sharma Centre for Heritage Education (SCHE), India. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Deccan College, researching the prehistoric archaeology of northern Tamil Nadu, and is a former Homi Bhabha and Charles Wallace Fellow, and served as Professor of Prehistory at the Deccan College, Pune. She has over 20 years of experience in prehistoric archaeology, directing (along with Dr. Kumar Akhilesh) multidisciplinary research projects at Attirampakkam, Sendrayanpalayam and other prehistoric sites in Tamil Nadu, under the project, Prehistory and Palaeoenvironments in SE India. She has recruited and coordinated international teams from Spain, France, the USA and Sri Lanka to work in India, and has established collaborations with key research institutions in India. She is researching the life and work of R.B.Foote and is interested in the issues related to the history of archaeology in India. She has published 2 books and over 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature (2018) and Science (2011). She is on the advisory board, INQUA-HaBCom and executive committee, IPPA, and is Joint-Secretary, ISPQS, Board of Studies Members of Institute of Epigraphy and Archaeology, Tamil Nadu State Department of Archaeology. She has organized and participated in conferences/workshops in India and abroad, and along with K.Akhilesh has organized workshops on prehistory under the R.B.Foote Memorial series in India, and currently the Down Ancient Trails, online lecture forum. She is responsible for developing the public archaeology and outreach programs at the SCHE and in developing the children’s museum. Her interests lie in prehistory and Quaternary studies, history of archaeology, ethno-and experimental archaeology.

Dr. Kumar Akhilesh, is the Director, Sharma Centre for Heritage Education. He received his Ph.D. from the Deccan College, Pune, under the guidance of the late Prof. V.N. Misra, researching the prehistory of the Damin industries, Jharkhand. He is also a Homi Bhabha Fellow (2016-2018), and worked on a project of experimental archaeology and implications for hominin cognition. He is joint-director of the research program at Attirampakkam and is directing the project Prehistory and Palaeoenvironments in SE India, including research at the site of Sendrayanpalayam and prehistoric sites of southern Tamil Nadu. He is an expert knapper and currently directing a program on experimental knapping to replicate lithic technologies documented at Attirampakkam and other prehistoric sites in south India and elsewhere, and is currently expanding into the field of lithic microwear studies. He has extensive field experience in southern and eastern India and has published in Nature (2018), Science (2011) and other peer-reviewed journals. He has also worked in the field of satellite remote sensing applications for prehistoric research in this region, utilizing GIS and other techniques for both research, culture resource management and predictive modelling to locate new sites. He has organized several workshops on South Asian prehistory and lithic technology, running the R.B.Foote Memorial series for several years now. In addition, he has presented his research at conferences and workshops in India and abroad. He is secretary, INQUA-HaBCom. He has been conducting programs in public archaeology and outreach for children, teachers, ECRs, local stakeholders and the like in the field of archaeology and is involved in developing the children’s museum at the Sharma Centre for Heritage Education.

Contest: Shoot Madras – Photography Contest

Organised by Photographic Society of Madras (PSM)

Sharing 163 years of its history with the City, PSM is holding a photography contest during the Madras Week, that celebrates the 381 years of Madras during August, 2020.

The Contest has 2 segments –
1. Open to All including Members of PSM
2. Open to Students of city Schools and Colleges.

We invite you to participate in the contest. The images posted below contains the details of the Contest.
Entries for the Contest closes on August 9, 2020 by 12 noon.

Registration link is given below :
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqsfg96zX7qFzoE9u3caYJY9Ceim9ZHnbMVZ6CKxLo0o6-Kw/viewform
(Registrations will auto-close)

More details at – http://www.photomadras.org

Contest: Video or PowerPoint Presentation

Organised by Nam Veedu, Nam Oor, Nam Kadhai
AGE: 15 and above; No of persons: 2 to 5
SUBMISSIONS – On or before 1st week of August; Result on 22nd August 2020
How your family moved to annanagar, when? How? Why ?. How your family history is related to annanagar
Mode: Online (Link will be shared after registration)
Contact for further details, registrations and other enquiries
Email:annanagarshg@gmail.com
Mobile: +91 91760 30811
Instagram @namveedu_namoor_namkadhai

Contest: Make y(our) Social History Album / Scrap book

Organised by Nam Veedu, Nam Oor, Nam Kadhai

AGE: 8 to 16 (individual) –
SUBMISSION – On or before 1st week of August; Result on 22nd August 2020
Start with a 4 generation family tree (minimum), add pictures, plan of your house (before and now), write stories, add function invitations, postcards, sketches etc – and how your family moved to annanagar, when? How? Why? How your family history is related to Annanagar
Mode: Online (Link will be shared after registration)
Contact for further details, registrations and other enquiries
Email:annanagarshg@gmail.com
Mobile: +91 91760 30811
Instagram @namveedu_namoor_namkadhai

Contest: Madras Quiz – Prelims: Aug. 15, 2020

Organised by Nam Veedu, Nam Oor, Nam Kadhai

Preliminary round – 15th August 2020, Saturday (10.30am – Google form)
Quiz via zoom– 23rd August 2020, Sunday – Time – 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Quiz Master: Mr. Karthikeyan Gopalakrishnan
Mode: Online (Link will be shared after registration)

Contact for further details, registrations and other enquiries
Email:annanagarshg@gmail.com
Mobile: +91 91760 30811
Instagram @namveedu_namoor_namkadhai

 

Exhibition: Madras Household Heritage Exhibition – Aug. 29, 2020

Organised by Nam Veedu, Nam Oor, Nam Kadhai

The exhibition will display the collections of Architect & Conservator T.Sivagamasundari @muttram, Akshaya Selvaraj @undeliveredletters and Nam Veedu Nam Oor Nam Kadhai
Online: 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Link will be shared after registration
Contact for further details, registrations and other enquiries
Email:annanagarshg@gmail.com
Mobile: +91 91760 30811
Instagram @namveedu_namoor_namkadhai

Exhibition: Madras Household Heritage Exhibition – Aug. 22, 2020

Organised by Nam Veedu, Nam Oor, Nam Kadhai

The exhibition will display the collections of Architect & Conservator T.Sivagamasundari @muttram, Akshaya Selvaraj @undeliveredletters and Nam Veedu Nam Oor Nam Kadhai
Online: 11.00am to 12.30pm
Link will be shared after registration
Contact for further details, registrations and other enquiries
Email:annanagarshg@gmail.com
Mobile: +91 91760 30811
Instagram @namveedu_namoor_namkadhai