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Nature Walk at Pallikaranai Marsh – Aug. 21, 2011

Madras Naturalists’ Society conducts a Nature Walk at Pallikaranai Marsh guided by Gnanaskandan K., a resource person from Madras Naturalists’ Society. Starts at 7.00 am and ends at 8.30 am.  Reporting Time: 6.45 am.

If you take the OMR, pass the toll booth in Perungudi and take a right at the signal after the toll. You will come across yet another toll booth. Go past the toll booth and assemble at the Forest Department ‘Protected Area’ sign post.

If you take the Velachery-Tambaram Road towards Tambaram, go past the first Flyover and then take the left going towards Perungudi, under the next Flyover. The Forest Department ‘Protected Area’ sign post will then come on the right, before the toll booth.

Contact: Vijay Kumar: / 98400 90875

Walk on Mount Road – City's Showpiece – Aug. 28, 2011

If the Fort was a town, this road was its fun place. Stores, restaurants, cinemas, bars, clubs and the city’s early businesses started here. Journalist Vincent D Souza who lived here for 25 years leads this walk and shares his stories of Mount Road.

Starts at 8 am at The Hindu’s gate. Ends at Murray & Co., the city’s quaint auctioneer. ( auction starts at 10.30 am here).

Walk is free. Regn not reqd.

Fort St. George Walk – Aug. 21, 2011

This is where it all began for Madras. Most of what came to be the Fort remains – the moats, ramparts, St Mary’s Church, neighbourhoods, bungalows . . .This tour brings you face to face with these places and shares stories of centuries gone by.

The walk is led by Vincent D Souza.

Starts at 8am. Lasts for 90mins. Assemble in parking lot opp. main gate of Fort at 7.45 am. Carry ID cards – this is a security zone. Carry water, light snacks.
Ends at Fort Museum ( those who wish to visit the museum may do so on their own – it opens at 10am). Walk is free. Register at

Photowalks for children – Aug. 13 and 14, 2011

Organised by YOCee.
Led by N. Ramaswamy of

Open to children of class 5 to 12
On Aug 13, 2011. From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. (approx.)
Starts from Royapuram Railway station and ends at Srinivasa Ramanujan Museum, Royapuram

On Aug. 14, 2011. From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. (Approx.)
Route: From Iyyappan temple (Raja Annamalai Puram) till Greenways Road MRTS station

Children with a camera (any type) and love Chennai can join. Prior registration required. Free. Limited to first 25 registration on each of these days.
Contact 98405 44629 – Revathi for registration.
Select photos will be printed and displayed as an exhibition at various venues during the Madras Week (From Aug. 21 to 28)
* Parents and adult photo enthusiasts are also welcome to join the walk. (The exhibition is of photos by children only)

Events by The Yellow Bus, Play home and activity centre, Besant Nagar.

Aug. 15, 2011 – Oratorical contest for students of class 9 to 12. In English and Tamil. Topic : Speeches by famous personalities in Chennai.

Aug. 15, 2011 – Costume Galore – Traditional bridal costumes of different communities (native or migrated) of Chennai. Register before Aug. 5, 2011. Phone : 45511819

Aug. 15, 2011 – Art Contest – Collage on theme ‘Chennai – Netru, Indru, Naalai’. For children of age group 8-12yrs

Aug. 15, 2011 – Pulli Kolam contest. Open to all in the age group of 15-25years. Register before Aug. 5, 2011. Phone: 45511819

Aug. 21, 2011 – Finals of Oratorical contest

Aug. 21, 2011 – Villupattu – Netru, Indru, Naalai

Aug. 21, 2011 – Kootu – Lecture Demostration. ‘Influence of folk elements in today’s art and culture in the capital of Tamil Nadu

Contact The Yellow Bus at E-35/2, 2nd Avenue, Besant Nagar. Next to ICICI Bank
Phones : 45511819; 98845 49688

Exhibition of paintings and photographs – Aug. 20, 2011 to Aug. 28, 2011

At C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyar Foundation, Eldams Road, Alwarpet.
Inauguration of Madras Week by Prof M. S. Swaminathan with an exhibition of paintings by A. Ananda Kumar and photographs by the late M. K. Rangaswamy Aiyangar of Madras and its environment.
Kumar graduated from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai, in 2011 and is the first degree holder in Fine Arts from his village Koralpakkam in Thiruvannamalai District.

Aiyangar was an eminent photographer of the early 20th century. A scholar of art, culture, religion and music, he wrote many articles on the subjects in leading dailies like The Hindu, Indian Express and the weeklies and magazines of his times. He authored several books, among which Thyagaraja Thatvam and Mahabalipuram – A Guide Book with illustrations of photographs taken by him are noteworthy.

Events organised by Spring and Zoom, KK Nagar

August 27, 2011
At Hotel Green Park, Vadapalani, 3.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Spring and Zoom, KK Nagar, an activity centre for children, welcomes children to experiment and create exquisite products using the potter’s wheel and palm leaves, in ‘Madras – experience your cultural heritage’. Supported by resource persons from DakshinaChitra; open to children five years and above; contact 9940450495 / 9940286740.
Also, ‘Madras: Then and now’, a poster presentation by students.

Padma Seshadri School, KK Nagar

August 09, 2011
Inter-school quiz for students of class 6, 7 and 8. At 10.30 a.m. At Silver Jubilee Hal
Open for students of schools in Central Cluster of CBSE.

August 10, 2011
Kolam contest for students of class 10. At 10 a.m. At Silver Jubilee Hal
Open for students of schools in Central Cluster of CBSE.

August 11, 2011
Inter-school oratorical contest. Topic – Why I like Madras
At 10 a.m. At Silver Jubilee Hal
Open for students of schools in Central Cluster of CBSE.

August 22, 2011
At 2 p.m.  Inauguration of ‘Through the artists’ eye’, and exhibition organised by D.H. Rao, of coins, paintings, pen-and-ink drawings by Manohar Devadoss, and memorabilia relating to Madras; speakers: S. Muthiah, Nalli Kuppuswamy, Mrs Y.G. Parthasarathy. Also, a competition for children, ‘Why I like it’, based on an essays, paintings and photographs of Madras.

August 23 and 24, 2011
Exhibition organised by D.H. Rao, of coins, paintings, pen-and-ink drawings by Manohar Devadoss, and memorabilia relating to Madras; open from 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Asan Memorial School, Egmore

August 17, 2011
At 10 a.m. Inauguration of ‘Our heritage in brick and mortar’ exhibition with models and charts conducted by the Social Science Department and the Heritage Club; speakers: the Nawab of Arcot, Kumararani Meena Muthiah, Gopika Varma.

August 18, 2011
Inter-school heritage quiz, ‘Heritage buildings of Madras’; preliminary rounds at 9.30 a.m.; finals at 11am. ‘Our heritage in brick and mortar’ exhibition remains open.

August 19, 2011
‘Our heritage in brick and mortar’ exhibition remains open; valedictory at 2 p.m.; speaker: Shreekumar Varma.