Public Talks / Conversations

Talk – Madras in the 1860s – Rare Photos from the College of Arts – Aug. 16, 2018

In a long line of firsts, is one for photography. Within a few years of photography being invented, Madras was probably the first in Asia where it was formally taught as a subject. The 45min talk will screen some of the rare images and the monuments with some stories around them.

Speaker – Behaviourist Pradeep Chakravarthy looks at history to understand why people behave the way they do today. Currently working on his PhD, he does workshops for corporates and has written several books and articles on Tamil Nadu and Madras’s history.

At 5:30PM in IC&SR auditorium, IIT Madras campus.

An Extra Mural Lecture by IIT Madras
Open to all.

Talk : Amaravati – Aug 4, 2018

Organized by Tamil Heritage Trust (

The Amaravati gallery is one of the great treasures of the Madras Museum in Egmore. Sculptures, pillars, and fragments of a Buddhist stupa dating back to the 2nd century BC, from an abandoned city of the Satavahana era, were brought to this museum in the middle of the 19th century. The art of Amaravati is the earliest lithic work of any significance in the southern part of the Indian peninsula, and the panels in Egmore Museum are among the finest examples of Buddhist art.

The talk by Gopu R will introduce the history of Amaravati, and give a brief explanation of a few selected panels.

Time : 5:30 p.m – 7:00 p.m
Venue : Arkay Convention Center, 146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

The talk is free.

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