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Discussions: The Chennai Heritage Forum Session #11 – Aug. 20, 2022

This Madras Week, we aspire to bring together initiatives led by young professionals in history, heritage, and allied fields in Chennai working towards a common purpose – documenting historical narratives and safeguarding the preservation of all forms of heritage. These initiatives have been steadily fostering varied conversations on material memories, and cultural links, and working in the field of architectural restoration. Through a panel discussion on various aspects of Madras’ history, we intend to share their fresh perspectives. We also aim to discuss their missions, aspirations, and roles in today’s society along with ways in which the community can help take their initiatives forward while interacting with the community stakeholders.

The panel will include:
• Ashna Lulla and Vignesh Sivakumar from With Love, Madras
• Keerthana Muralidharan and Aishwarya K V from Conservation Mainstream
• Ashmitha Athreya from Madras Inherited

Come join to discuss your opinions and viewpoints on these diverse topics and learn how you can contribute to our efforts.

Date: 20.08.2022

Time: 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Registration link:

Age: The discussion is open to all.

Picture Postcards release: Refelections – Madras / Chennai – Aug. 22, 2022

A set of 15 postcards dedicated to the memory of historian and philatelist D Hemachandra Rao will be released.
Guests of honour:
Hon’ble Justice Prabha Sridevan, Judge, High Court of Madras (Retd) and Venkatesh Ramakrishnan, author, Madras Local History Group.

At 11 am.
Venue: Madras Literary Society, Chennai 600 006

RSVP: PEEVEE – 99455 16333 / Thiru – 9444253532

Awards: Chanpions of Chennai – Aug. 17, 2022

The 2022 edition of the annual ‘Champions of Chennai’ award event is to be held on August 17 at the Dakshinamurthy Auditorium in the P S School campus Mylapore.

Chosen residents of the city who have excelled in various fields like sport, education, enterprise and arts will be honoured.

The GCC commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi will be the chief guest and present the awards. KSA Trust of Mylapore hosts this event.

The event starts at 6.30 p.m. and is open to all.

Food Walk: In Triplicance – Aug. 21, 2022

Introducing our first-ever heritage food walk in Triplicane, a neighbourhood close to our hearts, in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC)!

Magnificent and intriguing architecture, a melting pot of cultures and religions, and mouthwatering cuisines can all be found in Triplicane. What better way to discover Chennai’s unique and diverse cuisine offerings than to stroll along one of the busiest streets of Triplicane?

Join us on what promises to be an exciting, lip-smacking, and enjoyable heritage food walk!

Organised by: Madras Inherited and Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC)

Date: 21.08.2022, Sunday

Time: 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Registration link:

Heritage Walk: Madrasin Pengal – Aug. 20, 2022

Women and their contributions have largely played a negligible role in historical narratives, their absence speaking louder than their presence. Their lives rarely see the volume of celebrations that men do or the widespread commemoration that one observes of male personalities. The city of Chennai a.k.a Madras has seen some remarkable women who were active and influential across fields of politics, education, health, science, arts, sports, and administration. These women were pioneers in their field; their unrelenting activism, fiery speeches, and decisions played a vital role in shaping society as we know it today.

The Equals Project and Madras Inherited set out on a quest to understand the lives of women in Madras, and that journey has brought us to this heritage walk, which aims to recognise the contributions and accomplishments of these women while also initiating dialogue and discussions on concepts like bias and perception, class and caste privileges, and recognition and remembrance.

Organised by: Madras Inherited and The Equals Project

Time: 06:30 am – 08:30 am

Registration link:

Heritage Walk: Exploring the Streets of George Town – Aug. 19, 2022

To the North of Fort was the Black Town which later became George Town, in honour of George the Vth’s accession as the Emperor of India. One of the first settlements of Madras, the streets of George Town have centuries-old history attached to them. Join us on this captivating exercise as we explore and discover the pre-independence phase when stunning masterpieces were built to form the ‘European City.’ Understand the history and architecture behind some early British business enterprises in the area and regale in the stories that led to the establishment of large-scale, stately buildings in the area.

Organised by: Madras Inherited and The Times of India

Time: 06:30 am – 08:30 am

Registration link: Write to us at or send a message to +91 89257 04437

Talk: Royalty of Madras: A talk on Kings and Queens who dot Madras History – Aug. 20, 2022

Talk by by Mr Venkatesh Ramakrishnan, Freelance Writer
At 11.00 a.m. Open to all.
Venue: C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, 1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet, Chennai – 18
The talk will be followed by the inauguration of an exhibition on ‘Royalty of Madras’ from August 20-27, 2022 at Shakunthala Art Gallery, C.P. Art Centre, 1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet, Chennai – 18.

Heritage Walk: George Town – Aug. 21, 2022

Organiser Storycorner at Bookmine

Led by Sudha Umashanker

Start Time 7 AM
End time 845 AM
Starting point Outside Dare House , Parry’s Corner

Spots covered Boundary marker outside Dare House,past High Court , King George V statue , Pachaiyappa’s Hall , YMCA Building ,
Armenian Church ,St Mary’s Co Cathedral , the Binny site ,Gokhale hall among others

Free walk
To register Whatsapp 9840247624 with your name and participant details

Campus Event: Stella Maris College

22 August 2022 (Monday)

* Photo exhibition (OAT, 9:00am to 2:00pm)

* Symposium on ‘Heritage of Madras’ (M 0-1 ; 10:00am to 12:00 noon)


23rd and 24th August 2022 (Tuesday, Wednesday)

* Madras Day Quiz for School Students : (9:15 am to 11:00 am

* Creative Writing for school students (English and Tamil) 10:30 am – 11:30am)

Topic : Chennai – A Crucible of Modernity and Tradition

* Sketching Competition

Theme :

* Philately Bureau Exhibits

* Walk-a-tour @ Stella Maris ( from 12:00 noon to 12:45pm)

* Exhibition stalls by College students on :

1. Mudhal Mudalaga (‘The First’s’ of Madras)

2. Royal Pasts of Royapuram

3. Rewind, Reminiscence and Revisit (Architectural styles of Buildings in Madras)

4. Madras and the Armenian Connection

5. Beacons Buzzed (Lighthouses of Madras)

6. Old Bakeries of Madras

7. Traditional games

8. Bridging History (Bridges of Madras)

9. Madras and Movies !

10. Sadurangam !!

11. College Chapels

27th August 2022 (Saturday)

Presentation and Military History Quiz for College Students by Colours of Glory Foundation : (9:45 am to 1:00pm)

Trace Origin of Madras at Pulicat – Aug. 27, 2022

Heritage Walk

27-AUG-2022 from 07.00 am onwards
07.15 AM: AC-BUS Starting from Mahalingapuram Main Road, Brown Apartment Gate
09.15 AM: Reaching Pazhaverkadu village, Pulicat
09.45 AM: PPT Talk on Pulicat Nature-Culture by Xavier Benedict
10.45 AM: Walk to Dutch 1656AD Cemetery
11.45 AM: Walk to Temples – Adi Narayanan Perumal & Sameeswarar
12.45 PM: “25th Milestone” & Dutch Building walk
01.00 PM: Lunch @ Light House and visit Pulicat Lagoon.
03.55 PM: Leaving for Chennai after Tea & Biscuits

Full Day Heritage Trip – conducted by Xavier Benedict, AARDE Foundation.
Donation (Trip Charge): Rs.1400/- (includes, return AC-Bus from/to Chennai, Lunch, Water, Tea & Snacks).

To register and pay –

Brief Intro:
The walk is to find out how Madras was created by the British. The traces could be found in Pulicat, where the British were fighting to settle down to trade. Before 1639, the British had their trading post in Armagon (Durgarajapattinam) northern end of Pulicat Lagoon. Pulicat Lagoon was the most favourable location to anchor large wooden ships and travel into the hinterlands where cotton was woven into fine clothes. In 1502, the Portuguese landed at Pazhaverakadu and established their trade links with the Vijayanagara Kingdom. Followed by them, the Dutch arrived in 1602AD forming the East India Company. After seeing the rise in power and money of the Dutch and Portuguese, the British and French followed to settle on the Coromandel Coast.

Natural Heritage Tour: Ennore Wetlands – Aug. 20, 2022 For Mothers Only

Join a tour of the Ennore Wetlands in North Chennai with the Save Ennore Creek Campaign to understand ecology, environmental discrimination and the role of wetlands in protecting our city.
This event is led by the Vettiver Collective.

Report: 5:15 am, 20 Aug.
Venue: Thalapakatti Restaurant, Besant Nagar Beach.
Van will get back to Besant Nagar by noon. People may get off en route.

10 spots only: preference will be given to Mothers who are interested in learning about how pollution is already affecting their children.

How to Sign-Up.

WhatsApp 87544 15824
Booking closes Aug. 18, 9 am.

Walk: திருவொற்றியூரும் திருப்பாட்டும் – Aug. 15, 2022

The Thiruvotriyur temple of the Thiyagarajaswamy temple is one of the paadal-petra stalams in Madras, and the temple is a vast historical and archaeological trove. Numerous Saivite saints have been associated with this temple but have a close link to Sundaramurthi Nayanar’s life history.
As a part of Madras day walks, Shri. Thiruchitrambalam, Professor Tiruvavaduthurai Aadheenam will lead us to show the ancient musical heritage of Odhuvars and the thirupathigams associated with this ancient temple. The focus is on Sundaramurthi Nayanar’s seventh thirumurai called the “Thirupattu”
The Thevaram verses, with their historic and socio-cultural references, are valuable not just as history but as components of an important intangible cultural heritage.

And Thiruchitrambalam represents the continuity of such a heritage, join the walk on Aug 15th (8 am – 10 am) from the temple gopuram.
Reg fee 500/- No refunds on cancellation, please note.