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Walk: Old Bridges of Madras – Aug.11, 2019

Starts at the gate of Hotel Taj Connemara, Binny Road. Ends at Napier Bridge ( near Madras University)

Researcher-historian D. Hemchandra Rao who has been studying the bridges of this city for many years will lead the group to six old bridges, talk about their design and function and their role in city transport.
The tour covers Egmore, Chintadripet, Anna Salai and Chepauk.

7 a.m. onwards. Duration: 2 hours.
Tour is by van and on foot.
Fee: Rs.150 (Van fee – to be paid when the tour starts / no cancellation). Limited seats.

Start Point: At the gates of Hotel Connemara, Binny Road. 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. First-come, first-serve.

Note: Places we explore are dirty. Suggest you bring drinking water, light snacks.

Walk: On and Off Radhakrishnan Salai- Aug. 3, 2019

By Nivedita Louis.
The walk is off East Dr. R K Salai, branching off towards Natesan Salai, Lloyd’s Road and Hamilton bridge.
The purpose of the walk is to provide insight into the Jewish, Baha’i, Sufi, Sindhi traditions that were/are followed in the city and the people associated with the faiths and their contribution to the city’s heritage.
Starts at 5.30 pm in front of Theerthapaleeswarar Temple and ends around 8.00 pm at Sufidhar Trust.
Free. Open to all.

Talk on Veteran actor M.N.Nambiar (Nambiar Swami) – Aug. 17, 2019

Organised by Madras Literary Society
By Mr.M.N. Dipak Nambiar, Author of the Book – Nambiar Swami – The Good, The Bad, And The Holy
Time: 11.00 am to 12:30 pm
Venue: Madras Literary Society, DPI Campus, Nungambakkam, Chennai – 600006.
Contact: 044-28279666, 9444 253 532
Mail: madrasliterarysociety@gmail.com
Entry Fee: Free for MLS Members, Non-members – Rs. 100/-

Tour: Breakfast with the Parsis, in Royapuram – Aug. 25, 2019

Time 7.30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

A unique visit to some Parsi properties at Royapuram along with an overview of the Community’s history and heritage, led by community members. A sumptuous Parsi breakfast, courtesy Tehnaz and Darius Bahadurji, will bring forth the community’s love for good food and their generous hospitality. So as the Parsis would say, Jamvaa chaloji!

Registration: Max. 30 – last date for registration is Wednesday, 21st August . Please send an email to rajith.bala@gmail.com.
Meeting/Drop-off Point: Light House, Marina. In case you plan to arrange your own transport you can come directly to the Jal Phiroj Clubwala Dar-e-Meher – Zoroastrian Temple Agiyari, W Madha Church St, Panaimarathotti, Pudumanaikuppam, Royapuram, by 8:00 AM.
Charges: For those availing transportation arranged by us there will be a nominal charge per person to cover costs. There are NO charges for breakfast. Please share your meal preference- Vegetarian / Non-vegetarian.

Tour: Srinivasa Ramanujan and Madras, then and now – Aug. 11, 2019

Most of us think of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Indian Math genius, each year only on 22nd December, his birthday since the Government of India has declared this day as the National Mathematics Day. Let us break tradition on this Madras Day! Let us examine this mathematician’s extraordinary life and explore the role played by our city in it. We will also visit the Ramanujan Museum and Math Education Centre set up by Mr. P. K. Srinivasan, a Maths teacher and a great admirer of Ramanujan.

Time: 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon

Registration: Max. 30 – last date for registration is Friday, 9th August. Please send an email to rajith.bala@gmail.com

Meeting/Drop-off Point: Light House, Marina

Charges: We will be arranging for transportation. There will be a nominal charge per person to cover transportation costs and entry to the Museum.

Tour: Srinivasa Ramanujan and Madras, then and now – Aug. 4, 2019

Most of us think of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Indian Math genius, each year only on 22nd December, his birthday since the Government of India has declared this day as the National Mathematics Day. Let us break tradition on this Madras Day! Let us examine this mathematician’s extraordinary life and explore the role played by our city in it. We will also visit the Ramanujan Museum and Math Education Centre set up by Mr. P. K. Srinivasan, a Maths teacher and a great admirer of Ramanujan.

Time: 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon

Registration: Max. 30 – last date for registration is Friday, 2nd August. Please send an email to rajith.bala@gmail.com

Meeting/Drop-off Point: Light House, Marina

Charges: We will be arranging for transportation. There will be a nominal charge per person to cover transportation costs and entry to the Museum.

Walk: Royal Madras Yacht Club – Aug. 25, 2019

Led by Capt. Vivek Shanbhag
Time: 6.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m.

An opportunity to walk inside the harbour and see the heritage sites with experts.
Mail to: rmycheritagewalkandsail@gmail.com mentioning the event date , number of participants, age, name of each participant, sex, age, govt-issued ID Aadhar or driving licence attached with the mail for passes to be issued for entry into harbour.
Charges Rs 1200 per head inclusive of GST.
Limited registrations on first come first serve basis

Walk: Royal Madras Yacht Club – Aug. 18, 2019

Led by K.R.A.Narasiah, historian and writer.
Time: 6.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m.

An opportunity to walk inside the harbour and see the heritage sites with experts.
Mail to: rmycheritagewalkandsail@gmail.com mentioning the date, number of participants, age, name of each participant, sex, age, govt-issued ID Aadhar or driving licence attached with the mail for passes to be issued for entry into the harbour.
Charges Rs 1200 per head inclusive of GST.
Limited registrations on first come first serve basis.

Multimedia Presentation Contest for city schools – Aug. 20, 2019

This contest is held in connection with MADRAS DAY 2019 (Aug. 22 is celebrated as Madras Day)
which celebrates our city. The contest encourages city school students to explore Chennai’s heritage and
present the topic given to you in multi-media form. This contest has been held for the past 16 years.

THEME FOR 2019: OLD STORES OF OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

GUIDELINES: Choose three old shops ( at least over 30/40 years in business) in your area which all have their own history and placs in your area. Study the families who set them up, the old styles of business and marketing, the generational changes in each shop and their management and the old looks, character that remain. Take classy photos, make notes, talk to people in the know.
Then, put it down in a snappy Power Point Presentation for the ‘live’ Contest

< The contest is open to school children studying in classes 8 to 12.

< A school can send only one team. Each team MUST have 3 members and all 3 members must take turns to make this one presentation.

TIPS

1. Ask your school teacher-adviser to seek the approval of your theme from the organisers.
E-mail to – themadrasday@gmail.com – and get the okay from us BEFORE YOU START start work on the project.

2. We look for multi-media rich projects so make sure your project has all features in it. Focus to be on heritage/histories.

3. The Power Point presentation must have only key points and visuals. Not packed with info.
(On each slide, you must have a maximum of just 3 lines, each line 5 words only).

4. At the contest venue, your team of 3 students will take turns at the mike to present the project using the PP. You can use your notes for reference as your speak. The presentation in PowerPoint on the approved theme will have to be done by all the three participants. It can be done in English or in Thamizh or a mix!

5. The duration of the complete presentation – PowerPoint and Oral – should not exceed 10 minutes.
Participants should be prepared to answer on-the-spot questions from the judges.

6. The PowerPoint presentation NEED NOT BE submitted to the organizers. The team should retain a copy of your project on a pen-drive or copy it to an electronic device and bring it to the venue of the contest. The organiser will provide a PC and a projector at the venue to help you make your presentation.

7. The contest is open to first 20 teams to register on first-come-first-serve basis.

8. The contest will take place on Aug.20, Tuesday from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm with a 30 mins. lunch break (you need to bring your lunch!). Venue: Srinivasa Sastri Hall, Luz, Mylapore. (Report at 9 am to download your PP onto our PC)

9. The best THREE presentations will be awarded TROPHIES, gifts and certificates. All participants will be given certificates. The prizes will be given at about 3.30 pm.

10. Prizes will be awarded based on quality of research / quality of visuals and points / presentation format and answers to the questions posed by the judges.

This event is supported by Mylapore Times, the neighbourhood newspaper and South India National Association (SINA), Luz.

There are over 100 events held for Madras Day/ Madras Month.

Observation Race – Aug. 25, 2019

At Chennai Snake Park.

Reporting Time: 6.15 a.m.
Reporting Place: Car Park outside Chennai Snake Park, Sardar Patel Road
Group Size: 30 Children between the ages of 10 and 14
Children must carry School Id Card
Car Parking, Entrance and Camera Fees payable as per Snake Park Rules.

Organised by Madras Naturalists’ Society in association with the Chennai Snake Park Trust.
Email: Vijay at gopivkumar58@gmail.com to confirm your participation. Confirmation strictly on first-come basis.

Talk: Nature in Chennai – Aug. 11, 2019

At Chennai Snake Park.

Reporting Time: 3.45 p.m.
Reporting Place: Lecture Hall inside Chennai Snake Park, Sardar Patel Road
Group Size: 30
Car Parking, Entrance and Camera Fees payable as per Snake Park Rules.

Organised by Madras Naturalists’ Society in association with the Chennai Snake Park Trust.
Email: Vijay at gopivkumar58@gmail.com to confirm your participation. Confirmation strictly on first-come basis.

Walk: Fort St. George – Aug. 25, 2018

Historian Sriram V will be leading a free tour of Fort St George between 7.00 and 9.30 am. Sriram, who penned a book on the Fort in 2016, will take you through familiar and unknown landmarks within the precincts, combining the tour with his racy anecdotes of historic happenings.

In order to comply with Fort regulations, prior registration is a must with name, age, nationality, email ID and contact number.
Please send the details to walks@chennaipastforward.com.
Last date for registration, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Walk: A Journey to discover the bygone eras of Mylapore – Aug. 25, 2018

A Journey to discover the bygone eras of History, the eclectic paradigms of Architecture and the Tangible heritage of Mylapore, one of Chennai’s main historic enclaves.
As per common belief, the area just doesn’t have Agraharam Houses, but also heritage houses with ne0-classical architecture and Corinthian columns, houses with an amalgamation of classical, Indian, and Muslim style characteristics and inferences, houses built before 1930’s with wrought iron balustrades and houses from 1930’s – 1940’s constructed in the Art Deco style with distinct geometry.
Understand and explore the eclectic architecture of the ancient settlement, which helps to establish a deep connection with the past and goes back to a time where the past exists with the present and insinuates itself through the architecture and the layers of historic building fabric of the area.

From 6.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m.
Organised by Madras Inherited

Register at mail@madrasinherited.in