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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.


Meandering down Mint Street – Aug. 28, 2011

Starts at 6.30 a.m.

One of the longest streets in the whole world according to some, this is one of the oldest thoroughfares of Madras. Come and see what makes it an area buzzing with life and a melting pot of several communities.

This is a tour by foot and will last two hours. The tour will be conducted by Sriram V, Associate Editor of Madras Musings and will conclude with breakfast.

Fee : Rs. 450 per head.

Please make your bookings through phone (28411495 – contact Ms Dhanalakshmi) or email (editor@madrasmusings.com).


The Magnates of Mount Road – Aug. 27, 2011

Starts at 6 a.m.

A tour by van and foot for two and a half hours on how Mount Road developed as a downtown for the city with newspapers, jewellers, cinema theatres, restaurants and business houses making it their home.

The tour will be conducted by Sriram V, Associate Editor of Madras Musings. The tour will conclude with breakfast.

Fee : Rs. 450 per head.

Please make your bookings through phone (28411495 – contact Ms Dhanalakshmi) or email (editor@madrasmusings.com).


The Studios of Kollywood – Aug. 21, 2011

Starts at 6.30 a.m.

A tour by van and foot for two hours in Kodambakkam and Vadapalani, looking at some of the great studios in the world of South Indian films. Tour includes going into studios as well.

The tour will be conducted by Mohan V Raman, veteran film and TV actor, who has been devoting hours of study into the history of Tamil films and speaks frequently on the subject. The tour will conclude with breakfast.

Fee : Rs. 450 per head.

Please make your bookings through phone (28411495 – contact Ms Dhanalakshmi) or email (editor@madrasmusings.com).


The Wallajah Trail – Aug. 20, 2011

At 6. 45 a.m.

A tour by van and foot for two hours in Triplicane and surrounding areas, to look at vestiges of the glory of the Nawabs of Arcot.

The tour will be conducted by S Anwar, well-known photographer and documentary film-maker who has been studying the contributions of the Nawabs of Arcot in great detail. The tour will conclude with breakfast.

Fee Rs. 450 per head.

Please make your bookings through phone (28411495 – contact Ms Dhanalakshmi) or email (editor@madrasmusings.com)


Architectural Styles of Madras- From the Colonial to the Post Modern – Talk by Dr. K. R. Sitalakshmi – Aug. 17, 2011

Organised by Rotary Club of Madras Centenary Commemoration
Venue: Presidency Club , Egmore, Chennai 600 008 (opp. Ethiraj College)
Talk by Dr.K.R.Sitalakshmi, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai.
Open only to Rotarians and their guests.