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For kids-Storytelling: The story of Madras – August 12, 2017

Storycorner at Bookmine is organising a Storytelling session for children by Sudha Umashanker ahead of Madras Week. Details as below
Theme: The story of Madras
Date Saturday 12th August 2017
Time 11 AM-12.15 PM
Venue Storycorner at Bookmine 1, Tarapore Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetput, Chennai 600031
Age 4- 10 years
Charges Rs 150/per child
Contact Storycorner at Bookmine 9840247624
Come listen to the story of how the city came to be founded , the people who played an important part, what brought them here and how Madras grew over the years.

The Arcot Nawabs trail at Triplicane, Chennai – II – August 27, 2017

The Nawabs of Arcot moved to Madras in the 1760’s and built their palace at Chepauk, thereby influencing the development around that area. Beginning from the Chepauk Palace, the walk takes you through the various monuments in and around Triplicane area associated with the Walajahi Nawabs.

Walk is conducted by Kombai S Anwar

Date: 27th August, 2017 (Sunday) Time 6.00 AM to 9.00 AM

Assemble at: Statue of Labour (opp. Madras University), Marina

Cost: Rs 300/- per person. The walk ends with a breakfast.

To register: please mail to mediakombai@gmail.com

Tour/Walk: Fantastic Bridges the British Built – August 15, 2017

Researcher-historian D. Hemchandra Rao who has been studying the bridges of this city for over 4 years will lead the group to about six old bridges, talk about their design and function and their role in city transport. The tour covers Egmore, Chintadripet, Anna Salai, Marina zone and Chepauk.
Date; Aug.15, Tuesday. 7 am onwards. Duration: 2.5 hours.
Tour is by van and on foot.
Fee; Rs.150 ( van fee – to be paid when tour starts / no cancellation).
Start Point: Opposite gate of Hotel Connemara. 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. Registration closes Aug.12. Only a max of 25 people can be accommodated.
Note: Places we explore are dirty. Suggest you bring drinking water, light snacks. Participants will be dropped at the start point.

Walk: Buckingham Canal: Mega Inland Waterway – August 13, 2017

  • Updated on August 10, 2017 – Registration closed

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 hugely busy hub of water transport.
Rao will also talk briefly of this Canal that runs across Andhra and Tamil Nadu.
The tour also stops at Central Station zone and Madras University to give you a closer look at key functions of this Canal in years gone by and now being revived.
Date; Aug.13, Sunday. 7 am onwards. Duration: 2 hours.
Tour is by van and on foot.
Fee; Rs.150 ( van fee – to be paid when 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. Registration closes Aug.11. Only a max of 25 people can be accommodated.
Note: Places we explore are dirty and very busy zones. Suggest you bring drinking water, light snacks. Participants will be dropped at the start point.

Talk: 60 years of city planning in Chennai – August 22, 2017

Chennai Architecture Foundation (CAF) is organising a talk – 60 years of city planning in Chennai: What went wrong and how to go forward? by A.Srivathsan

Chennai explored innovative building and planning ideas in 19th and early part of 20th centuries. Going by where it stands and how the city functions now, it appears that was not the case in recent times. What went wrong? There was no dearth of plans, big ideas, and schemes.
Over the past 60 years, starting from 1957 when the first comprehensive scheme was prepared for Chennai, city agencies have drawn many plans. To name a few: the 1960 master plan, Interim plan in 1967, first statutory plan in 1975, Alan Turner proposal in 1980, draft plan in 1995 , and Second Master Plan in 2008. All of them promised a well-designed city with adequate housing, easy mobility and `civic design with aesthetic effects.’ If they have not delivered, what was the problem? Did the ideas fail or the implementation flounder?
Chennai is set to expand its size and cover a vast region of 8,878 sq.km. A new plan is on the anvil. It is time to ask whether planning should continue as business as usual or radically alter course.

Venue: Spaces, 1, Elliot’s Beach Road, Besant Nagar.
Time: 6.30 p.m.
Open to all.

Madras Day Heritage Ride – August 20, 2017

Cycling Yogis organise a Heritage Ride along the Adyar River.

Date: Sunday, 20th August 2017
Start : 5.00 am – Finish: 10.30 am
Start & Finish Point: Santhome Inn, Santhome High Road
U Turn Point: Manimangalam Dharmeswarer Temple
Total Ride Distance – 100 km

Registration is Mandatory
For more details contact Cycling Yogis/ Ramanujar. M – 9884023123

Chennai – A Storehouse of Traditional Games – Talk & Play session – August 23, 2017

The city of Chennai is home to a wide range of traditional games that have been played here for many many years. The temples and monuments are home to numerous boards inscribed on the floors – boards native to Chennai and those that have travelled here through cultural exchange with neighbouring states and some that even seem to indicate an exchange with other countries. The talk will explore some of these games and the influences that perhaps played a role in making them a part of Chennai. Participants will be able to play some of these games after the talk.

On August 23, 2017. 6.30 p.m. onwards

Venue: Savera Hotel, 146, Radhakrishnan Salai Chennai – 4

For more information email – info@kreedagames.com

Exhibition: The Art of Traditional Games – August 19 to 31, 2017

Forum Art Gallery in association with Kreeda presents The ART of traditional GAMES – An exhibition of artwork and the traditional games of Chennai.
The exhibition will open with a short talk on the traditional games of Chennai by Kreeda and will be followed by an informal play session. The games will be available for play at the gallery during the duration of the exhibition.
Exhibition will be on view from 19th to 31st August, 2017
10.30 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Saturday
Venue –
Forum Art Gallery
57, 5th Street Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar, Chennai 600020, India
Phone +91 44 42115596

For more information email – info@kreedagames.com

Presentation on the built-up heritage edifices of Mylapore and Royapettah – Aug. 30, 2017

To commemorate the architectural history of Madras, Ashvita Foundation will host a presentation on the built-up heritage edifices of Mylapore and Royapettah. This event will mark the culmination of the first phase of the Vanishing Heritage Project.

The Vanishing Heritage Project is an Ashvita Foundation initiative to document the extant heritage structures of Royapettah and Mylapore. This Madras week we present the culmination of phase-1 of the visual documentation done by our research teams in a step towards protection, conservation and rehabilitation of tangible (particularly built) heritage.

At Ashvita Bistro, 11, Bawa Rd, Sriram Colony, Alwarpet
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Open to all.
Contact: Nahshon Benjamin, 90941 87411 / 90033 65436

Cultural mapping of Cooum and Adyar rivers – August 13, 2017

South India Heritage Programme and Tag Centre organise a talk to honour our city with an event that focuses on two of the city’s famous rivers – the Cooum and Adyar.

Mr Venkatesh Ramakrishnan, novelist and historian, will give us facts, anecdotes and historical snippets about the Cooum and the Adyar rivers.

Venue: TAG CENTRE, New No. 69, T.T.K. Road, Alwarpet, Chennai 600 018. From 8.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m.
Phone: 2467 2741 / 2742.

RSVP – R.T.Chari– by email – southernheritage@tagcorporation.net OR mail to Tag Centre.

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Note: Children under 15 years not permitted.