Events 2017

Walk: Explore St. Thomas English Church – August 26, 2017

St. Thomas English Church (STEC), once known as ‘St. Thomas-by-the-sea’ by the British, is the oldest Protestant church in Santhome. The Church owes its origin to the arrival of Robert Carver in 1824, a dynamic Methodist missionary from Ceylon who ministered in the area and earned the goodwill of people and the then Governor of Fort St. George Sir Thomas Munro. STEC was built and consecrated in 1842 at a time when the area had a fairly large number of European residents. It became the church of the Protestant elite in Madras who lived in the garden-houses of Adyar, and the Governor often worshipped here. When Robert Carver died in 1845, he was buried under the altar. Today, STEC is a thriving Anglican Church under the ‘Church of South India’, with a vibrant congregation.

Walking tour starts at 4.30 p.m. At CSI St. Thomas English Church, Santhome High Road
Open to all.
Please send a mail to to participate

Madras Week 2017 Online Quiz

Australian Consulate General, Chennai celebrates ‘Madras Week’ this year with the launch of its new and revamped Facebook page ‘Australian Consulate General, Chennai’

Take the Madras Week 2017 Online Quiz, answer a few simple questions that will be put up over the week and stand a chance to win any of these fabulous prizes:
First Prize – An 18 karat Gold necklace with an Australian ‘coffee diamond’ sponsored by Sitaram Jewels, Chennai

Second Prize – Lunch/dinner voucher for two sponsored by The Hyatt Regency, Chennai

Goody bags for the first 100 correct entries for all the quiz questions co-sponsored by Gingerbread, Chennai.

The quiz is online at Facebook page The  Quiz closes on 31 August 2017.

Talk: Daily Life in Madras 1000 years ago – August 23, 2017

Talk by Pradeep Chakravarthy
On Aug. 23, 2017. At 6.30 p.m.

Organised by INTACH and Alliance Francaise.

Temples in Chennai today are primarily places of worship. This was not their only role 1000 years ago. They were centres not only of religion but also of local administration and served as locations for cultural activities and for social gatherings.
Temple inscriptions are the sources of information on the little-known secular functions of the institutions. The talk will create an image of daily of a thousand years ago based on the reading of these inscriptions.

Venue: Alliance Francaise Edouard Michelin Auditorium, 24, College Road, Opp. Good Shepherd School, Nungambakkam. Chennai 6

Madras A-maze – August 26, 2017

Walk-in any time of the day to learn a bit about Madras and Chennai. Let your eyes do the mapping, as you follow a visual trail and match Old Madras and Today’s Chennai sights. You can also test your knowledge in a quick game of placing iconic landmarks in their correct localities in a large Chennai map. Do you know your city well enough?
AGE: Suitable for all ages

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Venue: The Learning Community at Quest, 4/375, Chari Avenue, Palavakkam, Chennai 600041
Contact: 73585 70749

ThengaMaangaPataaniSundal Contest – August 20, 2017

Sign up as teams of 2. You will be provided with a table, you can set up a stall of any food that reminds you of Namma Madras Beach. The best dish wins an exciting prize!
AGES: Open for all age groups (ensure at least one of the participants is a minor)
From 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Venue: The Learning Community at Quest, 4/375, Chari Avenue, Palavakkam, Chennai 600041

Heritage quiz for school children – August 18, 2017

The quiz is an annual feature and a rolling trophy will be presented to the winning team along with other exciting prizes. The quiz will include various topics on General Knowledge, Heritage & Culture, Current affairs, identifying the artifacts etc. There will also be audio-video and buzzer round.
The program is open to students of 6th, 7th and 8th Standards from Matriculation, CBSE and ICSE schools.
There is no participation fee for the Quiz.
At DakshinaChitra campus in Muttukadu. At 10 a.m.
Contact: 98417 77779 for more details

Tour: Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Perambur – August 22, 2017

A tour of the important locations at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Perambur, including the Chennai Rail Museum where an art camp for students will be conducted.
Twelve Students of Interior Design & Decor JBAS College for Women will participate in the Madras Day Art camp at the venue.
Pickup point: Railway Officers Club (Sterling Club), Sterling Road, Nungambakkam. Time: 10.30 am.
Those who wish to avail of the transport service must call M.M. Dhanish at 9003141010. Limited seats available.

Tour of the Arms and Weapons Gallery – August 20, 2017

Two Wars and a Mutiny.
The two bronze bells in the Arms and Weapons Gallery seem out of place at first. But when you “look” closer an uncanny link between the Opium Wars in China and the Anglo-Mysore wars and the Sepoy Mutiny in India emerge. This walk will help explore this link while also admiring the fine collection of arms and weapons in the gallery.

Meeting Point: Outside the Arms and Weapons Gallery, Government Museum, Egmore
Date and Time: Sunday, 20th August, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Charges: Free tour, open to all. Please register by sending an email to Entry tickets to the Museum should be taken by each participant.
Accessibility: There are steps at the gallery entrance, while rest of the gallery has an even surface. A ramp will be available to make the entrance accessible for wheelchair users.

History of the Madras Museum – Neighbours Envy, Owners Pride – Inclusive Walk – August 20, 2017

The tremendous response from locals on seeing a Cheetah and a Tiger in the Museum grounds, part of an experiment to increase visitor traffic, led to the Museum setting up a Zoological garden with over 300 animals on its premises. This was one of many experiments to be conducted at the Museum. This walk will look at the fascinating history of the Madras Museum and why its collections truly are our city’s pride.

Meeting Point: Ticket Counter, Government Museum, Egmore
Date and Time: Sunday, 20th August, 10 AM -11 AM
Charges: Free tour, open to all.
Please register by sending an email to
Accessibility: The route for the walk has no barriers and can be accessed by wheelchair users.

Sounds of Madras – August 26, 2017

Presented by the students of School of Indian Film Music
Come and experience the essence of Madras through music and sounds.
From 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
Venue: Madras Literary Society, DPI Complex, College Road, Near Shankar Netralaya Eye Hospital, Nungambakkam, Chennai, India 600006.
Free for MLS Members; Rs.50/- Non-members

Madras Quiz in Tamil – August 27, 2017

Open to all age groups – students, seniors, children, etc. Teams of two can take part. Prelim written round first and top teams take part in final.
Quiz master – Dr Sumanth C Raman.
All questions will be based on the city, its people, places and events.
Time ; 2 pm
Venue ; Lady Sivaswami Aiyar Girls School, Mylapore ( off East Mada St)

Talk and Dine – August19, 2017

Ninan’s restaurant in the YMCA complex in George Towne ( opposite the Madras High Court) is in its 61st year. It is witness to the city’s changing social life and food and catering business. This Madras Day, it celebrates its place in the city’s food map.
Owner Alexander Ninan, son of the founder will talk to guests and then offer them a buffet for lunch.

Date; Saturday, August 19
Talk ; 12.15 p.m. followed by lunch ( veg and non-veg on the menu).
Fee ; Rs.150 per person ( to be paid at gate).
Register at – – giving your name, address and ph no. and stating your food preference ( veg / non-veg). No cancellations. Open to first 30 only.

The heritage of IIT Madras – August 20, 2017

The Heritage Centre at IIT Madras is hosting a guided walk inside the IIT Madras campus.

Guests will participate in an hour-long guided nature walk inside the IIT Madras, after which they will be taken through the Heritage Centre of the institute.
Participants will get to see multiple aspects of IIT’s heritage, including the natural wealth of its campus, the history of the institute, the cultural accomplishments of the students and the achievements of distinguished alumni. Guests will be guided by students, alumni and faculty members.
The walk involves light physical exertion.

Time — 7 am to 9 am
Number of guests — 20 maximum

To register, send mail to