Public Talks / Discussions

Tracking the routes of Chennai – For vehicle operators – Aug. 25, 2014

A map prepared by the Association of Geography teachers, Chennai for call taxi and tourist taxi operators who are new on the job and are not so familiar with the geography and history of the city will be discussed and a training session will be conducted.

From 2 4 p.m.

At Srinivasa  Gandhi  Nilayam,  Ambujammal Road, [Close to Alwarpet  post office on T.T.K Road]

Programme presenters:  Mr.Balaji   and   Mr.Visvanathan

Contact: Geetha Aravind at 9994641571


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.


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 :


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.


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.