Events 2014

‘N’ Walk @ Thiruvotriyur – Aug. 10, 2014

Retro-Walk #9  of  The Chennai Photowalk

Route: Sannathi Street – Thyagarajaswamy Vadivudaiamman Temple – Sri Dakshanamurthy Temple – Kubera Lingam Temple – Theradi – Thiruvottiyur High Road – Pattinathar Koil Street – Pattinathar Samadhi

From  06.30 – 09.30 a.m

Meeting Point: The Thiruvotriyur Thyagaraja swamy temple East gopuram, at Sannadhi Street

Walk Ends at : Pattinathar Samadhi: The temple (Samadhi) is on the shores of Bay of Bengal.

Walk Leader : Muthusamy Ramiah @ 9444949507

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


Film Screening: Screening of Karan Bali’s An American in Madras – Aug. 24, 2014

Screening of Karan Bali’s feature length documentary film An American in Madras which is on the life of Ellis R Dungan. Programme co-hosted by Cinema Rendezvous. The director will be present and there will be a discussion after the screening.

At Hotel Savera, Radhakrishnan Road. At 6.30 p.m.  Open to all.

Organised by Madras Musings.


Talk: A Piece of the Past – Mementoes from 18th Century Madras by Dr. Swapna Sathish – Aug. 18, 2014

Swapna has been teaching art history and design in the department of Fine Arts at Stella Maris College, Chennai since 2001. A freelance art critic, she has authored catalogues, exhibition reviews and contributed chapters to books. She is interested in 18th century colonial art and received a Charles Wallace India Trust research grant to undertake post-doctoral research in the United Kingdom studying art and artifacts from the homes of British ‘nabobs’ with a Madras connection in 2011.

At GRT Grand, T Nagar. 6.30 p.m. Open to all.

Organised by Madras  Musings.



Talk: From Madras to Mandalay by Geeta Doctor – Aug. 17, 2014

Geeta Doctor looks at the Madras-Myanmar connect through conversations with S Muthiah and Visalakshi Ramaswami, readings from the book A King in Exile, a short film by Shylaja Chetlur and a special menu presented by Chef Rajesh of The Park – 6.30 pm

At Hotel The Park, 601, Anna Salai, (Gemini Junction). At 6.30 p.m.

Organised by Madras Musings. Open to all.


Nature Walk: Pallikaranai Marsh – Aug. 24, 2014

Conducted by Madras Naturalists Society.

Starts from Forest Dept Office on Velachery Thoraipakkam Road
Reporting time: 6.15 a.m.

Open to 30 people only.

When coming from Velachery, take the service road along the 2nd Flyover on the Velachery – Tambaram Road, travel around 300 mts and take the U-turn after the Toll Plaza and the Forest Dept. Office is on the left immediatelt after the turn.
When coming from OMR, the office is 200 mts after the Toll Plaza.

Contact for Registration: Vijay – 98400 90875


Book Release: A Guide to some Urban Fauna of India – Aug. 23, 2014

Published by Madras Naturalists’ Society

At 5 p.m. Asian College of Journalism, 2nd Main Road, Taramani

Chief Guest: Mr. Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS Motor Company Ltd. and Sundaram Clayton Ltd.
Guest of Honour: Mr. M.V. Murugappan, Chairman, Shri AMM Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre
Special Address on ‘Living with Urban Birds’: Dr. V. Santharam, Director, Rishi Valley Institute of Bird Studies and Natural History


Talk: Madras and music by Ghatam Karthick – Aug. 15, 2014

South India Heritage programme.

A presentation on the history of Carnatic music and its luminaries, the various sabhas of our city, the happenings  of the December music season etc.

Begins with a half-hour music and CD-release function of the Madras Youth Choir.  Ms Leela Samson will preside and release the CD.  Highlights of this little function:  A welcome by Mr P C Ramakrishna, songs by children, and release of the children’s CD by Ms Leela Samson.

At 9.30 a.m.

Venue: TAG Centre, TTK Road, Alwarpet.

Open only to members of the South India Heritage Programme and their guests of the day and invitees.


Nature in Miniature – Exhibition and Seminar – Aug. 7 & 8, 2014

BODHI, The Chennai Bonsai Association, is conducting an Exhibition and seminar at Women`s Christian College
Chennai, on the art of Bonsai called ‘ Nature in Miniature’
We are inviting the various city colleges for the seminar. The seminar has demonstration, workshop and exhibition ( by members of the bodhi group) and is held in collaboration with the Department of Botany, Women’s Christian College.
At Women`s Christian College, Nungambakkam
Time : 10 am to 5 pm.
On the 7th demo and workshop is for the students of various colleges and 8th is open to the public and is chargeable.

Contact : Bodhi Bonsai Association,  Chennai. Mobile no. 09677029265


Living Statues of Marina Beach – Walking Tour -Aug. 24, 2014

At 7.30 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Kannagi Stature, Marina Beach (Bharathi Salai).

Brief dramatic enactments of six historical figures (Kannagi, NSC Bose, Thiruvalluvar, GU Pope, Bharathidasan, and Avvaiyar).

Languages: Tamil and English.

Open to the public: free.

Contact: World Storytelling Institute,
98403 94282


Storytelling by and for adults – Aug. 20, 2014

The Moment I Decided to Live in Chennai – Storytelling session

There would be two featured storytellers, and then there would be an “open mic” (any attendees would be invited to tell).
Time-limit per per story: ten minutes.

Wednesday 20 August 2014, at 6pm.
Café Coffee Day Square Chennai, (on Khader Nawaz Khan Road, next to Apparao Galleries), Nungambakkam.

Open to the public: Rs 200 event-admission fee (coffee or tea included).

Language: Mostly English.

Organised by World Storytelling Institute.
Contact :  98403 94282.