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Heritage Walk : Marshalls Road – August 20, 2016

Led by Sudha Umashanker.

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

The Marshalls Road (Rukmini Lakshmipathi Salai) walk will include spots like The Willingdon Ladies club – the first exclusive club for women in Madras, old location of All India Radio, the iconic Madras Eye Infirmary now Govt Eye Hospital, the oldest Eye hospital in India and the must-see Elliott’s museum, Rukmini Lakshmipathi statue, Rajarathinam Stadium and Presentation Convent, Pudupet among many other locations.

This is a free walk. Organised by Storycorner at Bookmine. To register contact 9840247624

Heritage Walk – Harrington Road – August 28, 2016

Led by Padmapriya Baskaran and Sudha Umashanker.

Who was William Harrington Senior ? What is the connect between Mathematician Ramanujam and Harrington Road?
From whom was the land for Madras Christian College School bought ?
Who is the saint whose Samadhi can be found on Harrington Road ?
Who were some of the famous social workers who lived on Harrington Road ? The walk will provide the answers.
Starting point: Shoppers Stop end, Harrington Road
Time: 7 a.m. to 9.15 a.m.
To register please contact 9790918056/9840247624 .This is a free walk.

Organised by The Cooum-a -cultural- mapping group and Storycorner at Bookmine.

 

Madras Week at Ethiraj College for Women – Aug. 8 – 11, 2016

Inter-Departmental Photo Competition titled “Madras-Straddling Tradition and Modernity “;

Inter-Departmental Slogan Writing Competition on Madras;

Quiz competition for the Non-Teaching Staff titled Madras, Nalla Madras;

Inter Class Travel Writing Competition on Weekend Getaways from Chennai;

Essay writing Competition on Legendary Personalities of Chennai

Inauguration by Mohammed Abdul Ali, Prince of Arcot. Special address by Kombai S. Anwar, journalist and filmmaker.

Note: This is a campus event open to students only, Contact echistoryttm@gmail.com for more info.

 

Film Screening: ‘Madras Matters’ – Aug. 19, 2016

Venue: Gallery Sri Parvati , 28/160 Eldams Road, Chennai 600 018
Time: 6.30 p.m.

Two documentaries ‘Golden Flute’ and ‘Kamadhenu’ will be screened celebrating the city’s two well-known artists, Alphonso Arul Doss and Veera Santhanam, directed by Gita, city based painter and film-maker.
The screening will be followed by interaction with the artists.
Golden Flute
Running time : 30 mts. Language – English 2014

Professor Dr. Alphonso Arul Doss graduated from the Government College of Arts & Crafts, Madras in 1957 and taught painting in the same institution for many years and retired as its principal. Alphonso has been the recipient of numerous awards including the National Award in 1988. His works are part of many galleries and art collectors all over the globe. He has held several one-man shows in India, USA, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Bangkok.

Kamadhenu
Running time : 40 mts. Language – Tamil , subtitled in English 2016

Born in Kumbakonam in 1947 and trained in fine arts in the 60’s, Veera Santhanam’s paintings are highly influenced by Tamil culture and aesthetics. He is the recipient of many awards including the National Award and the President’s award. A multifaceted artist, he dons many roles as an actor, writer and social activist.

About the director:

Gita is a painter and independent film-maker based in Chennai. She has over 15 films to her credit on contemporary Indian painters. Filmography includes prominent painters of the Madras Art Movement like Rajavelu, Alphonso Arul Doss, Suriyamoorthy, Vidyashankar Sthapathy and Perumal.

Organised by Gallery Sri Parvati. Contact Ph: 24353341, 9884075453

For Kids: Trail – On the trail of the British Raj – Aug. 21, 2016

The trail takes kids through some of the exciting stories tucked away behind the walls of Fort St George. They trace the arrival of the British and delve into the events that led to their rise and fall. What brought the British to this land? How did they fare? As kids walk past the artifacts displayed at the Fort Museum, fascinating stories get them to revisit the British struggles for power and supremacy in India.

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 Noon
Reporting venue: Fort Museum entrance
Age group: 7 to 11 years
Registration fee: Free
Things to bring along: water bottles, cap.

Organised by Storytrails.
To register, write to chennai@storytrails.in. Or call +91 9940040215 for details.

Food Trail – Sowcarpet – Aug. 27, 2016

Explore the streets of one of the oldest markets in the city for a scrumptious food trail.

Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Reporting venue: Chinna Kadai Mariamman Temple, South Mint Street, George Town, Chennai.
Registration fee: Free
Mode: walk
Distance covered on foot: Approx 2 KM
Things to bring along: comfortable walking footwear.

Organised by Storytrails.
To register, write to chennai@storytrails.in. Or call +91 9940040215 for details.

Food Trail – Sowcarpet – Aug. 20, 2016

Explore the streets of one of the oldest markets in the city for a scrumptious food trail.

Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Reporting venue: Chinna Kadai Mariamman Temple, South Mint Street, George Town, Chennai.
Registration fee: Free
Mode: walk
Distance covered on foot: Approx 2 KM
Things to bring along: comfortable walking footwear.

Organised by Storytrails.
To register, write to chennai@storytrails.in. Or call +91 9940040215 for details.

Food Trail – Sowcarpet – Aug. 6, 2016

Explore the streets of one of the oldest markets in the city for a scrumptious food trail.

Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Reporting venue: Chinna Kadai Mariamman Temple, South Mint Street, George Town, Chennai.
Registration fee: Free
Mode: walk
Distance covered on foot: Approx 2 KM
Things to bring along: comfortable walking footwear.

Organised by Storytrails.
To register, write to chennai@storytrails.in. Or call +91 9940040215 for details.

Trail: British Blueprints 2- Beach Station to Fort – Aug. 21, 2016

Discover colonial Madras through the buildings the British left behind. Look closely at each structure and you will find stories of grand ambitions and unexpected revolutions; the hopes, fears, and ideas of the creators, as well as the history of this ever-vibrant city.

Time: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Reporting venue: Beach station, North exit
Registration fee: Free
Mode: walk
Distance covered on foot: Approx 3 KM
Things to bring along: water bottles, comfortable walking footwear, cap.

Organised by Storytrails.

To register, write to chennai@storytrails.in. Or call +91 9940040215 for details.

Trail: British Blueprints 1- Lighthouse to War Memorial – Aug. 20, 2016

Discover colonial Madras through the buildings the British left behind. Look closely at each structure and you will find stories of grand ambitions and unexpected revolutions; the hopes, fears, and ideas of the creators, as well as the history of this ever-vibrant city.

Time: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Reporting venue: Gandhi statue on Marina beach
Registration fee: Free
Mode: walk
Distance covered on foot: Approx 3 KM
Things to bring along: water bottles, comfortable walking footwear, cap.

Organised by Storytrails.

To register, write to chennai@storytrails.in. Or call +91 9940040215 for details.

Stories on the run – Running trail – Aug. 6, 2016

Running trail by the sea. Organised by Storytrails.

The Marina was the bastion of the British and some of the best British buildings are along this road. But more interesting are the stories they conceal – of true blue Brit grit, of perseverance and backstabbing, of practical concerns and pure unadulterated greed. Stories On The Run, is a jog through a world of exciting people and momentous decisions.

Time: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Report at Gandhi Statue on the Marina.
Registration fee: Free
Mode: Slow jog, with plenty of stops along the way
Distance covered on foot: Approx 6 KM (return will be by train)
Things to bring along: water bottles, running shoes, cap.
To register, write to chennai@storytrails.in. Or call +91 9940040215 for details.

Walking Tour: Living Statues of Marina Beach – Aug. 28, 2016

The 9th annual Living ‘Statues of Marina Beach Walking Tour’will be held on Sunday 28 August 2016.

Meeting Point: Kannagi statue, Marina Beach (at Bharathi Salai).

Time: 7:30am.

Featuring six brief dramatic enactments (in English and Tamil) of the characters portrayed by the statues: Kannagi, NSC Bose, Thiruvalluvar, George Pope, Bharathidasan, and Avvaiyar.

Please let us know if you might like to
A) Perform one of the statue characters (in English or Tamil).
B) Read-aloud poetry by the characters (Thiruvalluvar, Bharathidasan, Avvaiyar, etc).

The suggested scripts (in English), and other details, are at www.storytellinginstitute.org/28.html .

Facilitated by the World Storytelling Institute.

To Register, please contact: info@storytellinginstitute.org , 98403 94282

Open House – Games from Chennai – Aug. 21, 2016

Open House. display and play session of games of Chennai

Conducted by Kreeda in partnership with Amethyst

Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Time: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Location: The Folly, Amethyst, Express Estate, (Opposite Satyam Cinemas car park), Royapettah, Chennai 600014

For more information email us at info@kreedagames.com

For years now Kreeda has been involved in documenting the Graffiti Games carved in temples and old monuments. These graffiti tell us a lot about games, their variations, their spread and popularity as well as their antiquity. With Temples modernising, many old floors are being ripped up to be replaced by modern and convenient marble. We stand to lose a lot of our history with the loss of these boards. A display of the games and the monuments in which they were found is accompanied by a chance to actually play the same games. A fun and interesting event for young and old alike.

An Evening of Traditional Games – Aug. 18, 2016

This evening will introduce participants to a smattering of traditional games across different types – strategy games, race games, cross and circle games and other folk games. There will be an introduction to the history and antiquity of the games as well as their cultural influences.

Conducted by Kreeda in partnership with Ashvita Events.
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Location: Ashvita Bistro, No. 11, Bawa Road, Alwarpet 600018
No age limit for participation
For more information email us at info@kreedagames.com. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/642604729222008/

 

Graffiti Games in Temples / Monuments- Photo Contest – Last date Aug. 15, 2016

Capture photos of traditional board games carved as graffiti in temples and monuments of Chennai.

These graffiti tell us a lot about games, their variations, their spread and popularity as well as their antiquity. With Temples modernizing, many old floors are being ripped up to be replaced by modern and convenient marble, we stand to lose a lot of our history with the loss of these boards.

Send in your photos along with the entry form attached by August 15, 2016 to contest@kreedagames.com Winners will be announced on August 18, 2016 at a traditional board game evening at Ashvita Bistro.

Prizes will be announced for the three best/ unique photographs

For more information contact info@kreedagames.com or call +91 98417 48309