Events 2023

Panel Discussion: Cultural Narratives through Design – Echoes of Madras – Aug. 18, 2023

Venue: Madras Literary Society, DPI Campus, College Road
Time: 11.30 am
Organised by Padaippu in collaboration with Nam Veedu Nam Oor nam Kadhai

Participants: Thirupurasundari Sevvel, founder Nam Veedu Nam Oor nam Kadhai; Madras Logi Vignesh, filmmaker; Gowthaman Ravichandran, founder-Halfscale, Fashion Designer; Thein Manimekalai Sowrirajan, Founder-Nonurbanism, Research Scholar; moderated by Adhavan Sundaramurthy


Nature Walk: Our backyard herbs – Aug. 20, 2023

Where: Puzhuthivakkam Lake, Balayya Garden, Madipakkam, Chennai – 91.
Date: 20th Aug 2023.
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 am.

Organised by AM Aravind, birdwatcher and naturalist. During the walk, we explore 50+ medicinal herbs and useful plants, many of which are common across the city. Overall information during the walk will be in English, while the plant names will be shared in Tamil too.

Rs 100/- per person.
Maximum 12 participants. Please email AM Aravind at to register.
1.75 km walk, along the paved walking path around the lake.

Nature Walk: நம்ம ஊர் மூலிகைகள் – Aug. 19, 2023

A nature walk in Tamil.

Where: Puzhuthivakkam Lake, Balayya Garden, Madipakkam, Chennai – 91.
Date: 19th Aug 2023.
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 am.

Organised by AM Aravind, birdwatcher and naturalist. During the walk, we explore 50+ medicinal herbs and useful plants, many of which are common across the city.

Rs 100/- per person. Maximum 12 participants. Please email AM Aravind at to register.
1.75 km walk, along the paved walking path around the lake.

Talk: Stubborn Waters: The Cooum’s many urban histories – Aug. 18, 2023

By Aditya Ramesh and Bhavani R

“What do projects to engineer rivers teach us about the city? For almost two centuries Chennai and the Cooum have made each other through intervention that have tried to create a ‘proper’ urban river encompassing its health, its relation to the sea, waste, rains, the urban working classes, fauna and flora. Most recently, these ideas have taken the form of river restoration projects that cultivate a nostalgia for a pristine lost natural river. In this talk, we explore several projects that have tried (and failed) to tame the Cooum into a river to discuss how ideas about nature are, in fact, social interventions that try to remake the city.”

About the Speakers:

Bhavani Raman is a historian of the colonial state and South India. She teaches at the University of Toronto. Aditya Ramesh is an environmental historian who writes about the Kaveri. He teaches at the University of Manchester.

Date: 18th August (Friday) Time: 5.30 PM
Venue: Roja Muthiah Research Library, Taramani

Heritage Tour: Re-looking At Buckingham Canal – Aug. 13, 2023

Led by Vincent D’ Souza.
7 am onwards. For 1 and 1/2 hrs.

Free and open to all. Pre-registration not needed.

We visit five points on/off this Canal, located in Chepauk – Triplicane – Mylapore. The tour touches on its history – over its 200 years, its past and present lives and what it means to the city of Chennai.

Participants are advised to come by two-wheelers ( bikes / cycles) – the tour covers an extensive area and cannot be done on foot. The group will have to move from point to point in their own vehicles. Avoid cars; stops are in congested zones.
Start / meet point – Main gate/arch of Madras University (opposite MGR Memorial / samadhi) on the Marina Beach road.

End point – Mundagakanni Amman Koil MRTS station zone, Mylapore.
Contact – 9841049155.

This event is dedicated to the memory of late D. Hemchandra Rao, the Canal historian.

Talk: கூவத்தின் கரைகளிலே – On the shores of the Coovam – Aug. 19, 2023

Speaker: Dr. Duraiswamy Navaneetham
Date & Time: Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 10am on zoom & Facebook
Meeting ID: 788 413 4358 Passcode: 90sU3P

Organized by Karky Research Foundation as part of அறி monthly talk series
Open to all.

Quiz: Young INTACH quiz for School Children – Aug. 18, 2023

Young Intach, Chennai Chapter is conducting a Quiz for schoolchildren of Classes 7 to 9, as part of the INTACH NATIONAL HERITAGE QUIZ 2023, conducted by the Heritage Education and Communication Service [HECS] division of INTACH.

The Quiz will be conducted with special emphasis on our own city, Madras by Mr. Venkatesh Ramakrishnan .

Date : Friday, 18th August, 2023

Venue: Sri Sankara Vidyashramam Matriculation Higher Secondary School,
#1 South Ave, Kamaraj Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai

Time : 9am to 12.30pm

Please contact / 9940177787 for more details.

Book Exhibition: MIDS Exhibits rare literature related to Chennai and the old Madras – Aug. 21 – 22, 2023

The exhibition will spotlight the rare literature related to Chennai and the old Madras. The books and documents being displayed at these two exhibitions are intended to benefit researchers from sociopolitical and history backgrounds.

Venue: Adiseshaiah Auditorium, Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS), 79, Second Main Rd, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open to all.

Colleges and academic institutions are encouraged to send their students from Arts and History departments to visit the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS) for the exhibition.

Madras Kadhaigal & Madras quiz – Aug. 12, 2023

Celebrating Madras Day with JOY OF BOOKS Library, Anna Nagar!

An activity based exploration of the city via stories – by Ms.Thirupurasundari Sevvel, a multi-faceted Chennai lover

A fun city-based quiz for all age groups – by Gopalakrishnan Karthikeyan.

Both activities are open to all ages. FREE for all, registration is mandatory.

5-6 PM

At JOY OF BOOKS Library, T-88, 5th Main, Anna Nagar, Chennai-600040
Mobile: 7299305663


Heritage Walk: Trace the Origin of Madras @ Pulicat – Aug. 26, 2023

07.00 AM onwards

Full Day Heritage Trip would be conducted by Ar. Xavier Benedict, AARDE Foundation.
Donation (Trip Charge): Rs.1500/- (includes, return AC-Bus from/to Chennai, Lunch, Water, Tea & Snacks).

Contact: Email:
Phone: 9884013409
Payment link:

07.15 AM: AC-BUS Starting from Mahalingapuram Main Road, Brown Apartment Gate
09.15 AM: Reaching Pazhaverkadu village, Pulicat
09.15 AM: Refreshments – Tea & Biscuits (introduction of Palm Leaf Handicraft)
09.45 AM: PPT Talk on Pulicat Nature-Culture by Xavier Benedict
10.45 AM: Walk to Dutch 1656AD Cemetery
11.45 AM: Walk to Temples – Adi Narayanan Perumal & Sameeswarar
12.45 PM: “25th Milestone” & Dutch Building walk
01.00 PM: Lunch @ Light House and visit Pulicat Lagoon.
02.30 PM: Climbing on Light House if permitted
03.55 PM: Leaving for Chennai after Tea & Biscuits
05.30 PM: Drop at Brown Stone Apartment Gate, Mahalingapuram

Brief Intro:

The heritage walk is organised to find the reasons why Madras was chosen by the British to trade in India. The traces could be found in Pulicat, where the British were fighting to settle down and trade. Before 1639, the British had their trading post in Armagon (Durgarajapattinam), at the northern end of Pulicat Lagoon. Pulicat Lagoon was the most favourable location to anchor large wooden ships and travel into the hinterlands, where cotton was woven into fine clothes. In 1502, the Portuguese landed at Pazhaverakadu and established their trade links with the Vijayanagara Kingdom. Following them, the Dutch arrived in 1602 AD, forming the East India Company. After seeing the rise in power and money of the Dutch and Portuguese, the British and French followed and settled on the Coromandel Coast. More of the details will be presented during the full-day Heritage Walk on 26-AUG-2023 at Pazhaverkadu (Pulicat).

Conversation: Cricket in Madras in a bygone era – Aug. 24, 2023

Cricket in Madras in a bygone era – fascinating glimpses: Veteran sports writer Partab Ramchand in conversation with former first-class cricketer, editor and teacher V. Ramnarayan, who has co-authored with former Indian Test cricketer C.D. Gopinath, Beyond Cricket, A Life in Many Worlds.

At 5 p.m.

Venue: Press Institute of India, CPT Campus, Second Main Road, Taramani, Chennai 600113

Organised by the Press Institute of India
Open to all.

Quiz: சென்னை வினாடி வினா (தமிழில்) – Aug. 19, 2023

மாலை 3 மணி முதல் 5 மணி வரை
இடம்: ரானடே நூலகம், ஸ்ரீனிவாச சாஸ்திரி ஹால், மயிலாப்பூர்

தமிழ் வழிக் கல்வி பயிலும் மாணவ மாணவியர்க்கானது.இரண்டு பேர் கொண்ட அணிகள் பங்கேற்கலாம். ஒரு பள்ளியிலிருந்து மூன்று அணிகள் கலந்து கொள்ளலாம்.

பதிவு செய்ய 24982244 என்ற எண்ணில் காலை 10.30 மணி முதல் மதியம் 1.30 மணி வரை தொடர்பு கொள்ளவும்.

மயிலாப்பூர் டைம்ஸ் பத்திரிகையால் நடத்தப் படும் நிகழ்வு

Chennai Quiz in Tamizh

3pm to 5 pm
Ranade Library/Sastri Hall, Luz
Open to students studying in Tamil medium.
Teams of 2. Max three teams from a school.

To register, call 24982244 (between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m.)

Supported by Mylapore Times Newspaper.