Events 2019

Presentation: Memorabilia of the English Nabobs and Madras – Aug. 31, 2019

Time: 11.00 AM (Tea 10.30 AM)
Venue: QIAMS, #82, Sterling Road (Opposite to Loyola College, near Nungambakkam Railway Station)
Call: 044 4858 1896

In the context of eighteenth-century British India, ‘nabobs’ were “servants of the East India Company who had returned to Britain equipped with ill-gotten prosperity, an insatiable appetite for luxury, and a desire to climb into elite spheres of power and influence.” On their return to Britain, these nouveau riche ‘nabobs’ either bought or built residences that were in keeping with their new standing in society. This presentation focuses on the art and artifacts from the homes of these British ‘nabobs’ with a predominantly Madras connection, considering whether it was the intrinsic value of the objects that engendered these collections, an element of nostalgia or mere showmanship. The link between home and empire can be seen visually in the artefacts that were brought back. These ‘nabobs’ were in effect literally bringing home a piece of India, thus creating material proof of empire as part of the nation.

Dr Swapna Sathish is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Stella Maris College, Chennai, teaching art history and design for the past 18 years. A freelance art critic, she has authored catalogues, exhibition reviews and contributed chapters to books. She has also presented papers at international conferences and delivered invited lectures in India and abroad. Subsequent to a postgraduate research degree in Renaissance art history from the United Kingdom, Swapna received her doctorate from the University of Madras for her thesis titled ‘Piety and Popularity: Contemporary Temple Murals of Tamil Nadu.’ Her areas of interest are popular culture and 18th-century colonial art. She received a Charles Wallace India Trust research grant to undertake post-doctoral research in the United Kingdom. She has served as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the Association of British Scholars, Chennai chapter.

Walk: Arcot Nawabs’s trail in Triplicane & Mylapore – Aug. 25, 2019

The Nawabs of Arcot moved to Madras in the 1760s and built their palace at Chepauk, thereby influencing the development around that area. Beginning from the Chepauk Palace, the walk takes you through the various monuments in and around Triplicane and Mylapore area associated with the Walajahi Nawabs.

From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Tour by van is conducted by Kombai S Anwar
Assemble at: Wallajah Road entrance of Madras University, opposite to Statue of Labour, Marina Beach
Fee: Rs 800/- (includes Breakfast)

To register: Call 94440 77171 or mail

Madras Hues, Myriad Views – an anthology – Aug. 11, 2019

India Poetry Circle IPC) presents a unique anthology, MADRAS HUES, MYRIAD VIEWS lovingly put together by its poets as a tribute to the warm and vibrant city on her 380th birthday.
The book launch and poetry reading is on August 11th, 2019 at Odyssey book store, Adyar.

Time: 2.00 to 5.00 p.m.

Chief Guest: Sri P.C.Sreeram (ISC), National Award-winning Director and Cinematographer
Guest of Honour: Sri Keshav, Artist
Poetry reading by the 41 contributing poets, presided over by Guest Speaker: Ms Thirupurasundari Sevvel, Story teller, Educator, Architect and Hon. Secretary of the Madras Literary Society

Open to all. RSVP: S. Sundar Rajan, Ph: +91 98410 35185

Book Launch – Ad Ventures by Dr. T.S. Nagarajan – Aug. 1, 2019

Advertising Club of Madras presents an opportunity to relive the Golden Era of Advertising in Madras.

Book launch of Ad Ventures, authored by Dr.T. S.Nagarajan, published by Cre-A.

At Madras Management Association, 240, Pathari Road (Off Anna Salai), Behind old Anand Theatre.
At 6.30 p.m.

Guests of honour: N. Murali, Chairman, Kasturi & Sons Ltd., Srinivasan K Swamy, Chairman, R K Swamy Hansa, Chairman and WorldPresident, International Advertising Association, R.V. Rajan, Past President, Adclub Madras.

RSVP: 4269 4778

Madras380 – A Special PhotoWalk: A Garden in the City – Aug. 18, 2019

Can you believe that there is a huge garden in the heart of the Chennai city where you can see fragrant jasmine flowers and fresh veggies being grown?
Come along, as the Chennai Photowalk team plans to visit this garden again and enjoy the greenery & freshness that is unseen / unheard of, within the city limits.

At the garden, you can spot jasmines, lady’s finger, chillies, brinjals, greens and many other cash crops. Do remember to carry a bag to finish your shopping! 😀

To top it, spot the flights taking off or landing in the background.

Event detail: August 18, 2019 (Sunday) at 6.30 am to 8.30 am

Starting Point –

Registration: THIS IS A FREE PHOTOWALK, but REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY (Please fill the Google form below).


Walk Lead: Balaji (9962515330)

Points to be noted:
1) Please use google maps to locate the starting point, as the Walk Leader might not be able to help you in directions to a large extent in such a location.
2) Ask for the “entrance of the thottam” for directions, after you reach Anna Street or neighbourhood.
3) Carry some cloth bag with you, if there are any vegetables that you may want to buy that day from the farm directly if it is available.
4) Cars can’t go beyond the mud track, so you will have to walk a lot.

Madras380 – A special PhotoWalk: வரலாறு முக்கியம் அமைச்சரே – Aug. 11, 2019

This is a special PhotoWalk curated by historian Ms. Thirupurasundari Sevvel. She will walk us through the lanes of Aminjikarai and take us through the history and nostalgia hidden in those old buildings and narrow lanes.
Organised by The Chennai Photowalk Team.

This time as we click pictures, let us learn some history as well, as it has been rightly said “வரலாறு முக்கியம் அமைச்சரே”.

This is a free walk, but registration is mandatory.

Registration link –

Starting point – opp Lakshmi theatre (

Event date – 11th August 2019 (Sunday)
Time – 6.30 am to 8.30 am

Contact – Naveen (9940013232) / Ram (9841098406)

Madras380 – A Special PhotoWalk : A Forest in the City – Aug. 4, 2019

The Chennai Photowalks team is organizing a photowalk to go around the IIT Campus and explore the unexplored.

IIT Madras is one of the most prestigious educational institutions in India. The best part is its lush green campus spread across over 600 acres in the heart of the Chennai city.

A significant part of the campus is a protected forest (carved out of the Guindy National Park). The campus is home to large numbers Chital (spotted deer), Blackbuck, Monkeys, and other rare wildlife. Further one can sight birds (Indian Pittas, Ground Thrushes and Painted Storks) that are nested around the tree-populated lake and amazing colourful butterflies all across the campus. The Campus also has a natural lake, deepened in 1988 and 2003, draining most of its rainwater.

Event detail: August 4, 2019 (Sunday) at 6.00 am to 8.30 am

Starting Point – IIT Madras Campus – Entrance Gate

Registration: This is a Free Photowalk, but registration is mandatory for security reasons. Please fill in the Google Form below.
Participants who do not register will not be able to attend the walk.


INSTRUCTIONS for the EVENT will be shared with the registered participants later.

Anna Nagar Exhibition – Aug.17 & 18, 2019

Panels on History of Anna Nagar, House Hold Heritage Display.
Time : 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Venue: Joy of Books, Annanagar (JBAN), T 88, 5th Main Road, Anna Nagar, Chennai -600040.

• Panels on History of Anna Nagar by Ar.Thirupurasundari – Annanagar Social History Group – Nam Veedu Nam oor Nam Kadhai
• House Hold Heritage Display by Mr.Venkatraman Prabakaran & Ar.Sivagamasundari.T

Contact for further details, registrations and other enquiries
Email: ; phone : 00-91-9444253532

Shoot Madras – Photo Contest :Last date – Aug. 15, 2019

Organised by Photographic Society of Madras.

Men / Women at Work @ Madras
Festivals of Madras
Water Bodies of Madras

Categories open to all. Entries to be sent to
An exhibition of prize-winning entries will be announced later.

Last date of submission of entries: August 15, 2019, before 12 noon.
For details of contest visit

Contest: Video / PowerPoint Presentation on Social History – Aug. 17, 2019

Organised by Nam veedu, Nam oor, Nam kadhai

For children of age 15 and above(Group of 2 to 5 persons)
SUBMISSION: On or before August 15, 2019

How your family moved to annanagar, when? How? Why?. How your family history is related to Annanagar

Prizes will be distributed and selected works will be displayed and felicitated in the Annanagar Social history exhibition, which is to be conducted in August. (once you register for the event the venue details will be communicated)
Contact for further details, registrations and other enquiries
Email: ; phone : 00-91-9444253532

Contest: Make your Social History album / Scrap Book – Aug. 17, 2019

Organised by Nam veedu, Nam oor, Nam kadhai

For children of age: 8 to 16 (individual)
SUBMISSION: On or before August 15, 2019

Start with a 4 generation family tree (minimum), add pictures, plan of your house (before and now), write stories, add function invitations, postcards, sketches etc – and how your family moved to annanagar, when? How? Why? How your family history is related to Annanagar.

Contact for further details, registrations and other enquiries
Email:; phone: 00-91-9444253532