Events 2016

Madras through Ramesh Raja’s lens – August 20, 2017

Ramesh Raja is an ace street photographer and has taken some stunning pictures of Namma Madras street life. Check out some of his work here: He would take us on a virtual tour via his photos and share techniques, tips and his experiences capturing fleeting moments around the city.
COST: Pay-as-you-please
AGE: Suitable for ages 12+

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Venue: The Learning Community at Quest, 4/375, Chari Avenue, Palavakkam, Chennai 600041
Contact: 73585 70749

Madras Divya Desa Darshanam – musical discourse – Aug. 22, 2016

Organised by Triplicane Cultural Academy.

At 6 p.m. Venue: Naradha Gana Sabha Mini Hall, Alwarpet, Chennai 18

This episode will feature Temples in and around Chennai – in connection with Madras Week – with commentary by Dr. Sudha Seshayyan and musical support by Smt. Vasundhra Rajagopal. Smt. Usha Rajagopalan and Sri. Ganapathiraman will accompany on the Violin and Mridangam respectively.

Open to all.

Marrying into Madras — a panel discussion – Aug. 23, 2016

Four Chennai expats will discuss the joys, challenges and experiences of marrying a Chennai-ite. They are:

1. Deborah Thyagarajan ( American and art historian. Her husband, the late Mr. Thiagarajan, a businessman.)

2. Miri Vasu from south Korea (she is into hospitality management, her husband P G Vasudeva or Vasu is in the hotel business in Chennai);

3. Shannon Zirkle-Prabhakar, an American photographer, wife of Chennai businessman Rohan Prabhakar

4. Peter Claridge from the UK, businessman and writer, author of the book “Chennai Expat Guide”. Wife: Swapnil Midha, a Punjabi who has lived in Chennai all her life, a marketing and copywriting consultant.

Moderator of the panel discussion: Nina John, a former District Governor of Toastmasters International, an entrepreneur and a business mentor.

At Hotel Savera. At 6.30 p.m.
Joint meeting of four Rotary clubs organized by Rotary Club of Madras South — open only to Rotarians.

Heritage Tour of Fort St George – Aug. 21, 2016

Fort St George is one of the historic precincts of our city. The seat of governance for over three centuries and more, it holds within it several interesting monuments, buildings, memorials and what have you.
Join historian Sriram V on a tour of the various parts of our city’s own fort on Sunday, 21st at 7.00 am.
Charges: Rs 350/head.
Register at

Heritage Walk: The Arcot Nawabs Trail at Triplicane – Aug. 27, 2016

Walk conducted by Kombai S Anwar
Beginning from the Chepauk Palace, the walk takes you through the various monuments in Triplicane area associated with the Wallajahi Nawabs.
Time 6.00 AM to 9.00AM
Cost: Rs 350/- per person
To pay;  or call 94440 77171
Point of Assembly: The Labour Statue, Marina (opp University of Madras)

Walk: Understanding Textile Heritage of Madras at the Govt Museum Egmore – Aug. 27, 2016

The participants will get to see the repositories and reserved artefacts of Indigenous Desi cotton, Indigo dyeing
and Vintage Kalamkari and Kodalikaruppur Saree at the Government Museum, Egmore.

Led by Sreemathy Mohan.
From 11 a.m to 12.30 p.m.

Report at the venue 15 minutes before the start of the event.
Fee: Rs. 300 per head.
Registrations at

Heritage Walk: Arms and Weapons Gallery at the Government Museum – Aug. 28, 2016

A tour of the Arms and Weapons Gallery at the Government Museum led by Rajith Nair, a heritage enthusiast.
From spears to maces, swords to battle axes, cannons to guns, our Museum has an amazing collection of arms and weapons and they all have a story to tell. Many of these exhibits are also pieces of art. We will jointly uncover the stories behind some of the exhibits on display.

From 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Starting Point: The ticket counter near the main entrance to the Museum.

Registration: We plan to limit the group to 20 participants. Please send an email to:

Charges: There is no fee for taking part in the walk. Please take your entry tickets before the start of the walk so that we can start on time.

Photography Contest – Last date for entries: Aug. 18, 2016

The Banyam Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) hosts ‘Kind Madras’ – Photography contest.

Kindness is that most human of qualities that sets us apart, yet few show it consistently. Fewer still exhibit it, regardless of circumstances. No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted (Aesop). Any act of kindness uplifts both the giver of it, and the recipient.

Send us your photographs depicting acts of kindness. There will be two categories of entries, one for those using a camera and another for pictures shot on a mobile phone. The best 3 in each category will be chosen by our esteemed panel of judges comprising film director Mani Ratnam and celebrity photographerG.Venket Ram.

Shortlisted photos will be displayed at the ‘Marina’ restaurant, Haddows Lane, Nungambakkam from 22 nd August onwards.
Celebrity Photographer G. Venket Ram will distribute the prizes on the 24 th of August at 11 am at the ‘Marina’ restaurant, Haddows Lane, Nungambakkam.

Entries can be submitted by mail to and photo file size should not exceed 2 MB.

Last date for entries: August 18, 2016

For further details contact:

The Murugappa Madras Quotient Quiz – Sep. 3, 2016

The sixth edition of The Murugappa Madras Quotient Quiz will be held on Saturday, 3rd September 2016

Venue: St. Bede’s Auditorium, Santhome. From 12 noon.

This Quiz will be conducted by Dr Navin Jayakumar.
· The Quiz is open to school children between classes 5 and 12 in and around the city of Madras.
· Prizes worth Rs. 1 lakh to be won
· Last date to register – 31st August 2016
· For more details on registration and participation, is available at

Book Release: Chennai Pattanam Mannum Makkalum – Aug. 21, 2016

Book by Ramachandra Vaidyanath, writer of novels, novelettes, short stories, poems, articles and a large number of translations. He has extensively studied on the pre-history, history of Chennai with special emphasis on the formation of the city and emergence of its citizens. He has dealt with eminent people and ordinary people who lived here ,visited here and created various streams of thought .He has extensively dealt with on the various struggles including struggle for independence. In a way he has placed Chennai City in national historical perspective.

Venue: SBIOA Instotute, Parrys Corner. At 10 a.m.

The event will be presided over by Sri A. Soundarrajan Ex MLA, an eminent trade unionist and president ,CITU. the book will be released by Sri Nalli Kuppusamy Chetty who has himself authored book on Chennai and written preface to the book. The book is received by Sri S.A.Perumal editor, Semmalar. Eminent Chennai historians Sri K.R.A. Narasiah and Sri V.Sriram place their views on the book.

Inter departmental quiz at Queen Mary’s College – Aug. 22, 2016

Department of Geography, Queen Marys College (autonomous), Chennai is organizing Inter-Departmental Quiz Programme on 22nd August 2016 in celebrating the Madras Day and as well as the centenary of the Department. The organisers have sent requests to the other sister departments to send one team each that consist of 2 students to participating in this QUIZ programme. The first and preliminary round is scheduled on 9th August 2016 where 5 groups will be chosen from the total participants. The final round for these five groups will be held on 22nd August 2016 (Madras Day). The venue of the programme is Assembly Hall, Ground Floor, Queen Marys College, Chennai.