The Chennai Heritage Forum Session #12 – Aug. 20, 2023

The 12th session of the Chennai Heritage Forum will be held in collaboration with Vaayil, an initiative that is working towards documenting the lesser-known heritage of Tamil Nadu. The team at Vaayil has been tenaciously recording wayward and forgotten structures in the interiors of the state, to ensure that some form of documentation exists. The session will engage in dialogues along these lines and will focus on the need to document and preserve the built heritage that surrounds us.

The session will be free and open to all, and the participants will be guided on simple methods and techniques to adhere to while carrying out the process of heritage documentation. The focus will be on public participation in the documentation of historic structures. The session will also include the participants engaging in an exercise – documenting parts of a heritage structure.

Organised by: Madras Inherited and Vaayil

Date: 20.08.2023
Time: 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Venue: Wesley School, Royapettah

Charges: Free

Registration link:


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


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

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.

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.

Talk: மெட்ராஸ் இலக்கியச் சங்கம் – அன்றும் இன்றும் – Aug. 5, 2023

திருமிகு திருபுரசுந்தரி செவ்வேள்,
மெட்ராஸ் இலக்கியச் சங்க செயலாளர், கட்டிட வடிவமைப்பாளர், சமூக சேவகர், கதை சொல்லி.

தலைமை: முனைவர். க.சுபாஷிணி
தலைவர், தமிழ் மரபு அறக்கட்டளை பன்னாட்டு அமைப்பு, ஜெர்மனி

இந்திய / இலங்கை நேரம் மாலை 6:00 மணி (ஐரோப்பா மதியம் 2:30)

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 841 5941 9415 ; Passcode: thfi

முனைவர் மு. இறைவாணி, திரு.வருண் பிரபு
கருத்தரங்கப் பொறுப்பாளர்கள்,
தமிழ் மரபு அறக்கட்டளை பன்னாட்டு அமைப்பு

Conversation: திகில் டயலாக் – Aug. 26, 2023

4pm to 5.30pm
A conversation about Indian horror and folklore conjured up by the book ‘ _Ghosts, Monsters and Demons of India’ by Rakesh Khanna and
J. Frucifer Bhairav.
Featuring Milind Rau, film director, Netri Kann and Rakesh Khanna, editor of Blaft Publications Pvt. Ltd.

Venue: Madras Literary Society, DPI Campus, College Road, Chennai 600 006

Non-members: Rs.100/-

Organised by the Madras Literary Society