Events 2019

Film Screening: The story of Madras – Documentary film – Aug. 20, 2019

Alliance Francaise of Madras and INTACH Chennai Chapter present documentary film – The Story of Madras … Chennai. The First City of Modern India.
The film is made by INTACH Chennai Chapter with narration by S.Muthiah, Chronicler of Madras and direction by Sujatha Shankar. The film traces the city’s history highlighting its built heritage which memorialises all that Madras has contributed to the subcontinent.

Venue: Alliance Francaise of Madras Auditorium
At 7 p.m. Duration 55mins
Entry Free. Open to all.

Pride of Madras: Award for Philanthropists – Aug. 24, 2019

The Sr Citizens Group of Besantnagar (SCGOBN) proposes to honour citizens of Madras who are known for their philanthropy apart from achieving success in their professions.
These awards known as the Pride of Madras awards are presented during Madras week.
These awards have been instituted by SCGOBN in 2015 and are supported by the Rotary Club of Madras Mount. To honour individuals who have gone beyond the scope of normal duties to help the poor and needy especially sr citizens.

This year’s awardees include
1. Mr K.Pandiarajan, Hon’ble Minister for Tamil Language and Culture
2. Mr Ram Ramamurthy, Philanthropist
3. C.K.Nageswaran, Director Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai
4. Mr Prashant Prabhakaran, Sr Software Engineer
5. Mr S.Radhakrishnan, Supt of Police Chennai
6. Mr Praveen Kumar, Chief Manager of Indian Overseas Bank, Besant Nagar
7. Mr V.Lakshmanan, Founder of Lakshmanan Sruthi.
The awards will be presented by Prof V.Chandrasekhar President of SCGOBN and Mr Saravanan President of Rotary Club of Madras Mount.
MR IZAK Nissar, Past Governor of Rotary Club of Madras is the Chief guest.

The awards ceremony will be held on 24th August at the Cosmopolitan Club Mount Rd. At 3p.m.
The Sr Citizens Choir Group Beat Choir will sing the invocation songs and the devotional songs.
For details contact Prof V.Chandrasekhar President SCGOBN 9884224480.

Play a Board Game – Aug. 22, 2019

Play a Board Game based on Chennai. Teams are given clues, creative sheets and questions – they have to crack each step to be winners.
Organised by Masquerade. At Boardroom, Mylapore.
7 p.m. onwards. There is a cafe here.
Venue: The Board Room, 3, Bheema Sena Garden St., Nagarathinam Colony, Sullivan Garden.
Phone: 073584 44029

Workshop: Let’s Explore Stone Age Tamil Nadu – Aug. 24, 2019

At: Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, Sholinganallore.

About: An exciting workshop on the Stone Age in and around Chennai! Sign up to learn the story of human evolution, make and use stone tools, dig a prehistoric site, learn all about fossils, and paint just like a prehistoric artist. Conducted by Professor Shanti Pappu and Dr. Kumar Akhilesh of the Sharma Centre for Heritage Education.

Pre-registration is required. Last date for signing up: 22nd August. Please contact Dr. Kumar Akhilesh; Email:

Open to: Children and family groups.

Timings: 9.30 -12.30

No. of seats: 30 seats only.

Registration Fees: Rs.200/- only per person.

Please note: Please bring your school ID card/Aadhar card

Venue: Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, 4 School Road, Sholinaganallore, (Next to Mrs. Ellen Sharma Memorial Matriculation & Higher Secondary School).

Champions of Chennai: awards event – Aug.17, 2019

The Champions of Chennai awards event is held every year to recognise people of this city who have contributed in a unique manner to the city and its people. People chosen for the award are mostly those who have not been feted often or those who stay out of the arc lights.

This year, the function starts at 6.30 pm at Smt Sivagami Petachi Auditorium ( M Ct M School campus), Luz Church Road, Alwarpet.

The chief guest is Akhila Srinivasan, MD, Shriram Life Insurance.

The awards and event are hosted by KSA Trust, Mylapore. Open to all.

Storytelling: The Story and The Song, and The Lion’s Feast – Aug, 23, 2019

Actor and ace storyteller Janaki Sabesh brings you two quintessentially south Indian stories, The Story and The Song, and The Lion’s Feast.

Experience a magical Tamil folktale about a story and a song that wanted to escape, and the hilarious story of Muthumama and Muthumami who tried to dupe a ravenous lion, in this interactive storytelling session for children. Ages: 4+

At 5 p.m.
Venue: Higginbothams, 116, Anna Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600002

Free entry, no RSVP needed.
Organised by Karadi Tales and Higginbothams.

Madras Tour for City Schools

A few catalysts of Madras Day are prepared to take a group of school students of North Chennai and of South Chennai to the other side of the city, they may not have seen at all.
That is, North Chennai groups tour a few South Chennai spots, and vice versa.

We have two Guides as volunteers who will lead the tour any morning on convenient dates.
Tour starts outside Fort St George.

Tour of North Madras covers – High Court, Armenian Church, First Line Beach heritage buildings, Royapuram Rail Station

Tour of South Madras covers – Marina beachside landmarks, Light House, San Thome Church and Sri Kapali Temple.

Each tour is for 90mins. One tour per school, independently.

Schools need to bring a group in their bus; teachers to accompany the group. Tour is by bus and free.

Call Vincent at 9841049155 to book a tour. First come first serve. Tours open till 31st (not on weekends).

Walk: Understanding the Bohras in the city- Aug. 24, 2019

This small community is said to have arrived in Madras as early as 1820s. Most people settled in Georgetown and have been engaged in business and trading hardware.

The community has its own mosques, school, community spaces and holds on rigidly to its lifestyle, food, dressing and community gatherings. The Walk gives participants a sense of the people, its spaces and lets you enjoy snacks like handchurned ice creams and samosas.

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.30 p.m.

No prior registration is needed for this event.

Meeting Point : Mohammedi Masjid gate, Angappa Naicken Street. (landmark -Ebrahim sahib street junction).

– Parking can be a problem. Advise you to figure out your movement to get to start point.
– Be on time, else you may miss out on the tour.
– Bring children who can walk/be active for 2 hours.
– This is a busy business zone so you will have to put up with noise and traffic jams.
– Entry to some spaces we visit is restricted – You pay for the snacks you sample at stalls we stop at.
– Walk ends on Moore Street, Parrys corner.

For help, call 9841610456

Walk: Explore Fort St. George – Aug. 18, 2019

Starts at 7 a.m. Open to all. Led by Vincent D Souza.
Moats. Ramparts. Cellars. Bungalows. Dance Floor. Tombstones. Barracks.
Report at the parking lot opp. the flag mast/main gates of the Fort.
Free. Prior registration NOT required to be part of Walk,
– Carry any ID card to pass the security.
– Part of Fort is secured; if you aren’t on time you may be left out.
– Bring the cams but open them after we give you the OK.
– Its a 100 mins Walk. Kids who can make it, are welcome.
– Carry drinking water and light snacks.
– End point is outside the fascinating Fort Museum; you are free to explore that space after the Walk.