Events 2011

Man of A Thousand Chances – Aug. 25, 2011

Prakriti Foundation is pleased to launch the novel Man of A Thousand Chances, by Chennai-based author Tulsi Badrinath, at Amethyst on August 25 at 7 p.m.

Tulsi Badrinath, who was born and brought up in Madras, is the only author whose books have been twice longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. The book is set in Madras and touches upon many aspects of life in Chennai that the reader will instantly relate to.
The publishers Hachette India are specially releasing the book on August 23rd in the bookstores, in time to celebrate Madras Week.

Department of Architecture, SAP Campus, Anna University

Inaugural session at 11 a.m.

Inaugural address by Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice chancellor, Anna University, Chennai.
Keynote address by S. Muthiah, historian

Technical session
1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Chettiar Heritage in George Town, Chennai – Dr. Ranee Vedamuthu
Architectural styles of Madras – From the colonial to the post modern – Dr. K.R. Sitalakshmi
Impact of Globalisation on the architecture of Chennai – Dr. Suresh Kuppuswamy
At 3.15 p.m. Panel discussion Architecture of Chennai – Where is it heading?

Contact Dr. Suresh Kuppuswamy, Prof. & Head, Department of Architecture, SAP Campus, Anna University, Chennai. Phone: 044-22359303

Drawing and painting event for children – Aug. 20, 2011

At The Children’s Club, Mylapore. At 9 a.m.
Theme – Namma Chennai
Category 1 : For children of age 5 to 9 – drawings can be made by using Crayons, colour pencils
Category 2 : For children of age 10 to 15 – drawing and painting using water / poster colours
Participants should bring all the materials required for their drawing & painting.
Drawing sheet will be provided by the Children’s club
Register at the Children’s Club, 213 (96), V.M. Street, Mylapore  (4 to 6 p.m.)
Last date to register Aug. 18, 2011. Phone: 99405 57388 / 4211 3434

Photowalks – August 21, 27 and 28, 2011

Organised by Chennai Photowalks.

Walk 1 : On August 21, 2011 – Royapettah Clock Tower to Chepauk Palace

Assembly point is the Royapettah Clock Tower, at 6.45 – 7 a.m.
walk from the Clock tower, into Zam Bazaar, sampling the world-famous Lassi of the market, being refused an entry into Amir Mahal, following the Victoria Hostel road into the beautiful Chepauk Palace grounds.

Walks 2 : On August 27, 2011 – Pachyappa’s College to Taylor’s Road

Assembly point is the Petrol pump next to St. George’s Asylum/Pachayappa’s College, at 5.45 – 6 a.m.
A long detour along McNichol’s ROad, Chetpet station, Guruswamy Road etc.

Walk 3 : August 28, 2011 – Thousand Lights to Tarapore Towers/Dams Road

Assembly point is Thousand Lights Mosque, at 6.45 – 7 a.m.
Walk along Mount Road

Contact Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan on phone: 98844-67463.
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Madras 372 – Quiz for school students – Aug. 28, 2011

The Murugappa Group, which sponsored the mega ‘Madras 350’ Quiz in 1989 to celebrate Madras’s 350th birthday, is this year sponsoring a mega Schools Quiz on Madras.

‘Madras 372’ is open to all schools and organised by popular Quiz Master Naveen Jayakumar and the Quiz Foundation of India.

Last date to register – Aug. 26, 2011. Details and form available at
Contact : 96000 05932 / 95000 72458

Venue: Lady Andal School’s Venkata Subba Rao Auditorium

August 28th from 2.00 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Asan Memorial College of Arts and Science, Pallikaranai

Heritage site visit – 1000 year old temple at Madambakkam( Dhenupuriswarar Temple)
From  – Asan College 9.00 a.m

Photo Exhibition–  Glimpses of Chennai and pictures of the Heritage site visit put up by the  Viscom Dept. of  Asan College Campus
Open to public. From 9.30 a.m – 4. p.m

Nalabagam- Traditional Chennai Cuisine -Preparation and Sale, organised by the Hotel Management Dept, Asan College. Contact : Mr. Milton – 9884143887 for details.

Quiz and Oratorical competitions to school children, organised by the Literary Club, Asan College
On Aug. 24, 2011. From 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
To register for the contests contact Dr. Raja at Cell:9380077257

The Sweet Smell of Engineering – Aug. 21, 2011

– a walk & talk tour tracing the historical sights and stories that surround the principal seat of Technical education in the State & the oldest Technical institution in India … the College of Engineering Guindy!.
Starting Point: The Main Building (Bell Clock Tower), College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University.
Time: Morning 6.30 am, Sunday, August 21, 2011 (90 minutes)
Entry Free. Open to Public. But Register in Advance.
Call: +91 9840959730 | 9840461333 | 9962548982 Or Email:
Organized by: Alumni Association of College of Engineering Guindy (AACEG)

A Brief History of Engineering in Madras – audio/visual presentation – Aug. 20, 2011

– an audio/visual presentation tracing the 217 year old history of how a modest “old Madras” survey school that began on May 14, 1794 became the principal seat of Technical education in the State & the oldest Technical institution in India … the College of Engineering Guindy!
Venue: AACEG Alumni Center (Opp. Ladies Hostel), College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University.
Time: Evening 5.15 pm, Saturday, August 20, 2011
Entry Free. Open to Public. But Register in Advance.
Call: +91 9840959730 | 9840461333 | 9962548982 Or Email:
Organized by: Alumni Association of College of Engineering Guindy (AACEG)

Map Ur Way – Map Workshop / walk / competition

Kalaa Manjari After School Activity Centre and Bambaram Toy Library conduct a map workshop followed by a competition for children of 12 years and above.

On August 20, 2011 at 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Learning session on how to construct and read maps followed by a walk in the neighborhood and a presentation contest. Open to first 25 registrations only.

Register at Kalaa Manjari, 6/12, First Street, Venus Colony, Alwarpet, Chennai – 18 in person on or before August 18, 2011.
For more details, Contact 99623 87624.

Nature Walk at Pallikaranai Marsh – Aug. 21, 2011

Madras Naturalists’ Society conducts a Nature Walk at Pallikaranai Marsh guided by Gnanaskandan K., a resource person from Madras Naturalists’ Society. Starts at 7.00 am and ends at 8.30 am.  Reporting Time: 6.45 am.

If you take the OMR, pass the toll booth in Perungudi and take a right at the signal after the toll. You will come across yet another toll booth. Go past the toll booth and assemble at the Forest Department ‘Protected Area’ sign post.

If you take the Velachery-Tambaram Road towards Tambaram, go past the first Flyover and then take the left going towards Perungudi, under the next Flyover. The Forest Department ‘Protected Area’ sign post will then come on the right, before the toll booth.

Contact: Vijay Kumar: / 98400 90875

Walk on Mount Road – City's Showpiece – Aug. 28, 2011

If the Fort was a town, this road was its fun place. Stores, restaurants, cinemas, bars, clubs and the city’s early businesses started here. Journalist Vincent D Souza who lived here for 25 years leads this walk and shares his stories of Mount Road.

Starts at 8 am at The Hindu’s gate. Ends at Murray & Co., the city’s quaint auctioneer. ( auction starts at 10.30 am here).

Walk is free. Regn not reqd.

Fort St. George Walk – Aug. 21, 2011

This is where it all began for Madras. Most of what came to be the Fort remains – the moats, ramparts, St Mary’s Church, neighbourhoods, bungalows . . .This tour brings you face to face with these places and shares stories of centuries gone by.

The walk is led by Vincent D Souza.

Starts at 8am. Lasts for 90mins. Assemble in parking lot opp. main gate of Fort at 7.45 am. Carry ID cards – this is a security zone. Carry water, light snacks.
Ends at Fort Museum ( those who wish to visit the museum may do so on their own – it opens at 10am). Walk is free. Register at

Photowalks for children – Aug. 13 and 14, 2011

Organised by YOCee.
Led by N. Ramaswamy of

Open to children of class 5 to 12
On Aug 13, 2011. From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. (approx.)
Starts from Royapuram Railway station and ends at Srinivasa Ramanujan Museum, Royapuram

On Aug. 14, 2011. From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. (Approx.)
Route: From Iyyappan temple (Raja Annamalai Puram) till Greenways Road MRTS station

Children with a camera (any type) and love Chennai can join. Prior registration required. Free. Limited to first 25 registration on each of these days.
Contact 98405 44629 – Revathi for registration.
Select photos will be printed and displayed as an exhibition at various venues during the Madras Week (From Aug. 21 to 28)
* Parents and adult photo enthusiasts are also welcome to join the walk. (The exhibition is of photos by children only)