Events 2014

Workshops & Exhibition – Hindustan University, School of Architecture – Aug. 20 to 24, 2014

Work shop and Exhibition on Conservation in Urban Architecture
Programme Schedule
1. Exhibition of M.Arch Studio results:
Adaptive reuse of the Senate House in Chennai
Date: 20th -24th August
Venue: Auditorium of Goethe Institut Chennai
Time: 10.00 – 18.00

The M. Arch Programme of School of Architecture Hindustan University addressed Adaptive re use in Architecture as an Advanced Architectural Design Studio Semester II (January to May 2014). The Project for the Design exercise was the Senate House, Madras University Kamaraj Salai which was restored and which is unfortunately not put to use.
Project Brief:
Heritage and urban conservation project: Revitalization of Senate House
It was proposed to generate a project to revitalize the Senate House after the building was conserved by INTACH. The Studio work included:
• Propose a precinct landscape plan around the building;
• Schematic documentation of a heritage building and case studies;
• Propose and design activities to revitalize the Senate House building respecting its spirit, ensuring year round activity.
• To evolve a program for a history, culture and arts centre In the adjacent area . The new building proposed would need to derive from the design concept of the Senate House.

2. Work Shop : Conservation in Urban Architecture
Date: Thursday, 21.08.2014
Venue: Auditorium of Goethe Institut, Nugambakkam, Chennai
Time : 10 am – 4.30pm

Progarmme :
10.00 – 11.00: Dr. Binumol Tom, Professor in Architecture, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology,
Kottayam, Kerala Dr. Binumol Tom:
Urban conservation – problems and prospects
11.15 – 12.15: Architect Tara Murali, Co-Convenor, INTACH Chapter Chennai
12.15 – 13.00: Lunch break
13.00 – 14.00: Architect Debashish Nayak, Director, Center for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University

Getting the City back to its people
14.15 – 15.15: Architect Ajit Koujalgi, Co-Convenor, INTACH Chapter Pondicherry
Heritage Preservation’ in Pondicherry and Tranquebar
15.30: Panel Discussion
For further information call : 9840419391/ 9840842504


Exhibition: Magic of the Muse: Madras – Aug. 4 to 22, 2014

At Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Garden 3rd Street, Nungambakkam

Diane de Valou is an artist who has been completely taken over by the colours of India. Be it the flowers that adorn the deities, the swishing silks or the devotees, the colourful cinema posters of Kollywood, the luscious fruit in the markets or the multiple dramatic vahanas on the streets. It is the element of colour that is common to all and it is an abstraction of all these colours that find their way in Diane’s beautiful paintings.

Apparao Galleries curates this exhibition to correlate the colour in Diane‘s works with the vibrant palette of Madras. The madness of the streets, the magic of the sounds, the mania of the masses are amalgamated and distilled in to a refined form of colour juxtaposed against each other, dancing and singing in the diversity of the unlikely arrangements that is also Madras today.

Contact phone: 044 – 28332226, 28380726


Heritage Walk & Presentation: Ice House to Vivekanandar Illam – Aug. 18, 2014

Discover how the Ice House  on the Marina became Vivekanandar Illam.
Nithya Balaji and  Kaveri Bharath will present  in English how this historical building housed several wonderful and inspirational figures through the 1800s to 1900s.

Power point presentation with rare old photos, and interesting anecdotes.

Assemble by  5 p.m on 18th Aug. (Mon.), at the Illam premises.
Duration one hour and 30 mins.
Maximum participants- 40.
Registration by e-mail only- First come first served.


Enga area – Photo Essay contest for children (online) – Last date – Aug. 20, 2014

Open to children studying in class 7 to 12.
Research the history, heritage and the everyday life of your neighbourhood. Walk down the are and shoot unique features, heritage landmarks, historical spots, old houses and anything that you feel proud of your area.
with your Google account. Create a presentation with the story about your area and photos. Add short descriptions of each photo in the same slide. Share this presentation to the email id – Remember to make the presentation ‘Visible to Public’ under the visibility options.
Number of slides should not exceed 20.
The best three presentations will prizes on Aug. 23, 2014. Winners will be intimated about the time and venue through email.

Walk & Make: Madras Scrapbook – Aug. 23, 2014

Starts at Luz Church and ends at The Children’s Club, V.M. Street, Mylapore. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Free. Children need to bring their own pens, colour pencils, sketch pens, scissors and glue. Resource person Ms. Kalyani Narayanan, Snapshot Memories.
Open to first 25 registrations. SMS name and age to 9840544629 (Ms.R. Revathi). Register on or before Aug. 19, 2014

A day at Fort St. George – Aug. 23, 2014

Organised by YOCee. From 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Assemble at the parking lot opposite the main gate of Fort St. George, between 8.45 a.m and 9 a.m.
– Short guided Heritage walk inside Fort St. George
– Scrapbook making session
– ‘Spot on’ – a map reading session
– Art Contest
– Madras Word Game
Open to children studying in class 5 to 12.
Participants should carry a photo Id card or School Id card. Register by sending email to Limited to 30 children. No fee.

Events at the Dept. of Indian Music, University of Madras – Aug. 18, 2014

Multi-events: An all-day programme by students of the Department of Indian Music, University of Madras.
At Clock Tower Buildings, University of Madras
10.15-10.30 a.m. – Group Rendition of Vintage Tamil Film Devotional Classics by the students of the Department
10.30-11.15 a.m. – Workshop on Harikatha Compositions learnt from Smt. C. Bannibai by Dr. Premeela Gurumurthy.
11.15-12.00 noon – Tiruvallikkeni Vina Ramanuja and his Sangita Sarvartha Sara Sangrahamu by Dr. Rajshri Sripathy.
12.00 noon-12.45p.m – Veena Dhanammal, Madras Lalithangi and Kanchipuram Dhanakoti Ammal and their musical excellence by M.Subhasree.
12.45-1.30 p.m – Malaikottai Govindasamy Pillai and his grandson T.K.Ramamurthy of Viswanathan Ramamurthy fame by Dr. R. Hemalatha.
2.30 p.m – Vintage Film: Kalki’s Parthiban Kanavu. Jubilee Films.
Star Cast: Vijayantimala, Gemini Ganesan, S.V. Ranga Rao.


Talk: Madras to Chennai: A Strategic Hub by Dr. Uttam Kumar Jamdhagni – Aug. 16, 2014

Talk by by Dr. Uttam Kumar Jamdhagni, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Madras University, followed by an open discussion. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Organised by Observer Research Foundation. Intending participants should confirm their interest by email: and also warn-in for lunch.

At A1 Towers, Fifth Floor, Conference Hall, 89, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai.


Songs by Children – Aug. 15, 2014

CD Release: CD-release function of the Madras Youth Choir.
Welcome by P.C. Ramakrishna. Songs by children, and release of the children’s CD by Leela Samson.

At 9.30 a.m. at TAG Center. Open only to members of the South India Heritage Programme and their guests.


Talk: Ma.Po.Sivagnanam’s contribution to Madras – Aug. 9, 2014

Venue: G. Umabathy Auditorium, 679, Anand Theatre Complex, Thousand Lights,Chennai-6
Time: 4 pm to 6 pm
Guest Speakers: V.G.Santhosham ( V.G.P Group), Retd Justice Vallivinayagam, Advocate Gandhi Karunakaran Umabathy, Senthil Maposi

Open to all.

Contact phone : 9444192051, 9841318881

Contact email :


Triplicane Food Walk – Aug. 23, 2014

Meet at Parthasarathy Temple (Entrance near the Tank)
At 5.00 p.m.

Synopsis: Tour of the Historical/Variety/Inexpensive food/options/items in the Triplicane area.

Notable items include Bread Bajji/Mysore Bonda/Goli Soda/Aloo Bonda/All Bolis/Masala Paal/Samosa & Jalebis/Sambar Idli
Contact: Sridhar Venkataraman (



Mylapore Food Walk – Aug. 22, 2014

Meet at Mylapore Head Post Office, Kutchery Road.
At 4.30 p.m.

Synopsis: Tour of the Historical/Variety/Inexpensive food options/items in the Mylapore area.
Notable items include Adai/Bonda/Onion Samosa/Vazhakka Bajji/Chutney/FilterCoffee/RoseMilk/BadamMilk/Goli Soda

Contact: Sridhar Venkataraman (


Purasawalkam Food Walk – Aug. 21, 2014

Meet at Mehtaas Vada Paav (044 43051112), 22/9, Raja Annamalai Road
At 5.30 p.m.

Synopsis: Tour of the Historical/Variety/Inexpensive food/options/items in the Purasai area.
Notable items include Vada Pav/Pav Bhaji/Chats/Murukku Sandwich/Gola/Sambar Idli/Sambar Vada/Chutneys

Contact: Sridhar Venkataraman (


Mint Street, Sowcarpet Food Walk – Aug. 16, 2014

Meet at Mehta Brothers (044 2535 0689), No: 310, S Mint St.
At 5.00 p.m.

Synopsis: Tour of the Historical/Variety/Inexpensive food options/items in the Sowcarpet area.
Notable items include Dhokla/Kachori/Jalebis/Vada Pav/Lassi/Chats/Samosa/Fafda/Dhokla/Kulfi/Pav Bhaji/Badam Milk
Contact: Sridhar Venkataraman (


‘W’ Walk @ Aminjikarai aka Amaindha Karai – Aug. 23, 2014

80th Photowalk of The Chennai Photowalk.

Toll gate – Bali Amman Koil – Ekambareswarar & Varadharaja Perumal – Dr Mu Va’s Home – Thiru-Vi-ka -park – Aminjikarai Veg & Fish Markets – Ampa Skywalk

Date : 23rd August 2014. Time: 16:00hrs to 1830 Hrs (4pm to 630pm)

Meeting Point : Aminjikarai Tollgate (Opp V Seshiah diabetes Hospital) in PH Road (now known as EVR periyar salai)

Walk Ends at : Ampa Skywalk

Walk Leader : Ramaswamy Nallaperumal @ 9444062684

Note : No need for registrations, Just join the walk at mentioned date / time / starting point.


‘S’ Walk @ Velachery aka Vedasreni – Aug. 17, 2014

Retro-Walk #10 of The Chennai Photowalk.

Gurunanak College – Velacherry Main Road – Vijaya Nagar – Yoga Narasimha Temple – Dhandeeswaram Temple – Sri Pidari Selliamman Temple.

Date: 17th August 2014. Time: 06.30 – 09.30 a.m

Meeting Point: Gurunanak College

Walk Ends at : The Vijaynagar junction is one of the most important junctions in the city.

Walk Leader : Hari Meiyappan @ 9962929206

Note : No need for registrations, Just join the walk at mentioned date / time / starting point.