Events 2017

For children: A day at Fort St. George – Aug. 20, 2017

YOCee is organising an event ‘A Day at Fort St. George’ for children in association with The Archaeological Survey of India on August 20, 2017. From 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon.

The event will have a short guided walk inside Fort St. George Children to know about the buildings and monuments and stories behind them. This will be followed by a Spot on Mapping session and a quizzing session.

The event is open to children studying in class 5 to 12. Limited to 30 children and registration is mandatory. Participants need to carry a photo ID or School ID card.
No fee is charged.
To register, contact Revathi R at 9840544629.

An Eye on The Island – A Heritage Walk – August 27, 2017

Not many people in Chennai realise that as drive towards the Munro Statue from Mount Road, they are entering an island. The Island is home to at least four historic cemeteries, some famed bridges, a storied statue, and much more, besides affording some great views of historic monuments of our city. Come join Sriram V on a tour of the Island, on August 27, 2017 at 6.00 am. It will start from the Madras Gymkhana Club.

The walk will end at 8.30 am, followed by breakfast.

Charges: Rs 650/head.
For registration, payment and more details, visit

Living Statues of Marina Beach – Walking tour – August 27, 2017

Chennai Storytelling Association presents The 10th Annual “Living Statues of Marina Beach” Walking Tour. An event in Madras Week 2017.

Day: Sunday 27 Aug 2017.

Time: 7:30am (completing at 8:30am).

Please meet at the Kannagi Statue,
on Marina Beach, at Bharathi Salai.

Admission: Free.

Event format:
Performers and audience members would walk to the following statues,
1) Kannagi.
2) NSC Bose.
3) Thiruvalluvar.
4) George U Pope.
5) Bharathidasan.
6) Avvaiyar.

At each statue, there would be brief enactments — in Tamil, and then in English. For example, “I am Kannagi, and this is my story … “.

The suggested scripts (in English) are at

If you might like to perform a character and/or read/recite/sing a character’s poetry — and for additional info about this event —
please call 98847 28412 ,
email to , and/or

Talk: Whispering Pictures, Drawing Words – August 12, 2017

Talk by Parvathi Nayar
Hosted by Madras Literary Society

A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but often it’s 1,000 words that have inspired the picture. There are fun and provocative points of intersection and departure between drawn images and written text. Contemporary visual artist Parvathi Nayar discusses the relationship between words and artworks in her own oeuvre and in the world of contemporary art.

Parvathi Nayar is a contemporary visual artist based in Chennai. She is known for her complex drawings, installations and video work. She was part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014-2015) an international exhibition of Contemporary Art held in Kochi, Kerala. Public installations of her work include A Story of Flight, (Jai He art programme, T2 Terminal, Mumbai airport) and The Music of the Spheres (Chennai Mathematical Institute, 2016). Solos include Haunted by Waters (2017, Chennai), Dissonant Images: Drawing in Time, (2016, New Delhi), The Ambiguity of Landscapes (2014, Chennai), I sing the body electric (2008, Mumbai), Win Lose Draw (2007, Singapore) and Drawing is a Verb (Singapore, 2006).
She is a creative writer, a poet, and has written on aspects of contemporary creativity such as literature and theatre.

A fee of Rs. 50/- will be charged from non-members. This fee will be used to cover expenses incurred for organising the event and any surplus will be pooled into the book restoration fund.

Venue: Madras Literary Society, DPI Complex, College Road, Nungambakkam. Phone: 044-28279666
(The first gate after Women’s Christian College and Opp Sankara Nethralaya)
From 11 a.m. to 12 noon

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?

Event hosted by Quest, 4/375, Chari Avenue, Palavakkam, Chennai 600041

10am – 4pm | Suitable for all ages | Free


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

This is for those who love photography and love learning more! 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.

From 5​ – ​7​pm | Suitable for ages 12+

Block a seat here:

Event hosted by Quest, 4/375, Chari Avenue, Palavakkam, Chennai 600041

Contact: +917358570749

Thenga-Maanga-Pataani-Sundal Challenge – August 20, 2017

A challenge to make the best dish that reminds Chennai.

From 10 a.m. – 12 noon | Open for all age groups
Sign up as teams of 2 (ensure at least one of the participants is a minor). 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! Register here:

Event hosted by Quest, 4/375, Chari Avenue, Palavakkam, Chennai 600041

Contact: +917358570749

Military Heritage Exhibition – August 11 to 24, 2017

Colours of Glory and The C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyar Foundation host a Military Heritage Exhibition as part of Madras Week Celebration.

This is a rare opportunity for people of all ages to have a peep into the rich military heritage of our country, know about the wars our armed forces fought and see the weaponry they use, as well as attend talks, seminars and film shows on our military history.

Venue: The C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyar Foundation, 1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet, Chennai 18

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Exhibition will remain closed on August 15, 2017)

RSVP: Dr. G. Balaji – 9444154939, 044-24341778

Walk: The women who made Madras – August 20 & 26, 2017

Prajnya ( conducts The women who made Madras, a Walking Tour on August 20 & 26, 2017.

Did Francis Day choose Madras as a Presidency capital because of his Tamilian paramour?
Who was the first woman to be admitted into a men’s college?
What led Annie Besant to make her home in Madras?
Join Prajnya, as we lead you through a discovery of the women who played an important role in the establishment of Madras as one of the most important urban centres in India. While we know all about the establishment of Madras as a cornerstone of the British Raj in 1636, what do we know about the women who made it possible for the city of grow and develop over the ensuing decades? Leave this alternative look at the history of Madras with burning questions about the women who built Madras and why we hear so little about them!

The walk will be led by Archana Venkatesh, a doctoral candidate in history at Ohio State University and Saakshi Fellow at Prajnya. Archana has worked with Prajnya’s oral and visual history projects since 2011.

Walk 1: Sunday, August 20, 2017: The South-East Quadrant
Walk 2: Saturday, August 26, 2017: The North-West Quadrant

Starting time: 7 a.m.
Starting point: Shared upon registration

Advance registration is required. To register, please email by August 18 for the first walk and by August 24 for the second.

Performance: Military Tattoo – August 20, 2017

Colours of Glory Foundation, an initiative to promote public awareness of India’s Military Heritage, is organising an event ‘Military Tattoo’ on August 20, 2017.

The event will showcase the exciting soldierly skills, pageantry: Equestrian show, motorcycle stunts, military band performance.

Venue: Playground, MCC Higher Secondary School, Chetpet.
From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Free entry

Contact: 9444071788. Website:

Heritage Tour: St. Thomas Trail – August 20, 2017

A visit to places associated with Saint Thomas. Tour led by Fabiola Jacob. By van.

The St. Thomas Trail will feature the following places associated with St. Thomas:
– International Shrine of St. Thomas Basilica – The tomb of the saint and the museum
– Our Lady of Visitation (Descanco) Church, R. A. Puram – St. Thomas used to rest here on his way to Little Mount
– Little Mount – St. Thomas’ cave – prayer space – and space where he preached.
– St. Thomas Mount – where the apostle was martyred in 72 AD. The church here was built by the Portuguese in 1547 AD, and it contains many interesting relics.

Date: Sunday, 20 August
Time: 2.45pm – 6.00pm
Starting Point: St. Thomas Basilica, San Thome ( meet at entrance to tomb complex at rear of Cathedral)

Fee: Rs.150 ( van fee) – to be paid at the start point of the tour.
To register email your interest to – using ‘ ST. THOMAS’ in the subject line. ( no cancellations please).
Open to first 13 ( more may be accommodated if transport is possible at our end).

Talk: Expanding Chennai: the infrastructure and other demands and requirements – August 19, 2017

K.S. Sripathi, former Chief Secretary speaks on Expanding Chennai: including the whole of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts in Metropolitan area, the infrastructure and other demands and requirements.

Organised by Observer Research Foundation, Chennai Chapter.
From 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Venue:  ORF Conference Hall, Reliance Building, Radha Krishnan Salai
By invitation only. Contact:

Exhibition: The Collections of Phyllis Smith Ansari – August 19 to 31, 2017

Oils on canvas of flowers that won prizes at the Flower Show at Ooty, by Phyllis Smith Ansari; an oil painting on wood by Sara D’ Celas and several studies of Madras make up the paintings in this collection. As also prints from an old colour engraving by Thomas Daniell and James Hunter. Phyllis Smith Ansari has left behind the feel of the period she lived in. For the old Madras crowd, memories of a bygone era. Phyllis Smith was the sister of Dr.Miss. M.P.Smith who lived on Mount Road near Fenn & Co. who was a practising Gynaecologist and a contemporary of my father Dr. M.P. Ganesh Rao. I have been to her house and had tea and biscuits along with my father and because they shared the same initials, thought they were related for a long time.
Phyllis Smith fell in love and married Ansari and found that she could not live in the strict, joint family that she had inherited from her husband. She came back to her sister and her son was brought up here. She has done a landscape, a view of the Cooum river with Hotel Connemara seen in the background as well as a beautiful seascape.

At Studi Palazzo an Art Gallery, Flat 6, Anderson Apartments, 6-9/2, Anderson Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 006
From 11.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Contact Phone:  044 28272144/9840017307