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Book Reading: Reading of Tales from Madras Rediscovered – Aug. 18, 2018

Reading from Madras Rediscovered authored by S. Muthiah
Readers: Nandan Sankriti Kaushik, Purabee Nair, Selvi Palani, Shama Rajappa Ashok, M K Venkat Prasad

Presented by N S Yamuna.

From 11 am to 12 30 pm

At: Madras Literary Society, DPI Compound, College Road,
Nungambakkam, Chennai – 600 006

Select tales from “Madras Rediscovered”, Seventh Edition, written by Mr S Muthiah, will be presented as stories that will allow the audience glimpses into the history of Madras. These interesting nuggets of history and information will be presented by readers drawn from MLS and ABS, whose common interest is the love for history and the city.

The author, S. Muthiah will also share his experiences in writing the book.

Organised by The Association of British Scholars, Chennai Chapter and Madras Literary Society.

Workshop: Knowing your library storytelling and narrative – Aug. 17, 2018

Inviting city schools to register their pupils in this workshop :

One of Chennai’s treasure trove ‘The Madras Literary Society’ Public Library in DPI complex, Nungambakkam is going to be the venue for a very interesting ‘Knowing your library storytelling and narrative workshop’ for children aged between 3 – 12 years.

Details of the workshop :

Resource person: Mrs.Srividhya V, Thirupurasundari Sevvel, Uma Maheshwari

Duration : 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Fees: Rs.385/- per child (with certificates )
Date: 17th August ‘ 2018
Seats available: 25 on first cum first served basis.

Outcomes :

1) They will know the history of the 200-year library
2) Basics of library
3) Importance of library
4) Small cataloguing exercise
5) Colouring exercise
6) Role play ( Being a librarian )

Chennai homeschoolers with the Nam veedu Nam oor Nam kadhai For registration Contact: +919444253532 /

Talk – Madras in the 1860s – Rare Photos from the College of Arts – Aug. 16, 2018

In a long line of firsts, is one for photography. Within a few years of photography being invented, Madras was probably the first in Asia where it was formally taught as a subject. The 45min talk will screen some of the rare images and the monuments with some stories around them.

Speaker – Behaviourist Pradeep Chakravarthy looks at history to understand why people behave the way they do today. Currently working on his PhD, he does workshops for corporates and has written several books and articles on Tamil Nadu and Madras’s history.

At 5:30PM in IC&SR auditorium, IIT Madras campus.

An Extra Mural Lecture by IIT Madras
Open to all.

Museum Launch – Aug. 15, 2018

Madras Heritage Museum, a private centre curated and promoted by D. Hemchandra Rao will be launched at Virugambakkam. The place displays photos, coins, postage stamps and covers, maps, models and vintage objects on – Buckingham Canal, Light Houses and ‘red’ landmark buildings.

Date: Aug. 15, 2018. At 10.10 a.m.
Located in Ilango Nagar Annexe, off Kaliamman Koil Street ( landmark – Parvathi Bhawan restaurant).
Call 9840870172. ( Groups keen to visit may fix a visit with Rao)

Walk: The Buckingham Canal – Aug. 19, 2018

Historian-philatelist D. Hemchandra Rao repeats this tour of the Canal. The tour takes people to a few points on the Canal that was a key transport channel for the city as Rao presents snappy milestones of this Canal.
The tour has stops at the Central Station zone and Madras University, besides a walkaround the Basin Bridge area, to give you a closer look at key functions of this Canal in years gone by.
Starts at 7.30 a.m. Duration: 2 hours. Tour is by van and on foot.
Fee: Rs.150 ( van fee – to be paid when the tour starts / no cancellation).
Start Point: At the gate of Mylapore Club, Luz. 7.30 a.m.
To register, send a mail to – with ‘B. CANAL’ in the subject line – mention name/s and contact ph nos. First-come, first-serve.

Quiz: The Madras Quiz – Aug.19, 2018

1.30 pm onwards.
Teams of Two.
No prior registration required / no fee. All questions on Madras/Chennai.

Quiz master – Dr Sumanth Raman.
Written prelim quiz. Top teams compete in the final.
Venue: MMA ( Madras Management Assn.) auditorium, No 240, Pathari Road, off Anna Salai ( near British Council campus).

Photowalk: RetroWalk #50: Metro to Metro Walk – Aug. 18, 2018

Saturday evening, we’ll walk amidst new (not so new) suburb of Chennai named after Arignar Annadurai. We’ll start from Anna Nagar Tower Metro Station (Near Blue Star) and end at Mcrennet (Annanagar East Metro).
Walk crossing the Shops of Shanthi Colony, Valliammal College, the famous Roundtana and the avenue trees.

Starting Point: Anna Nagar Tower Metro Station (Blue Star)

Date: 18th August 2018, Saturday
Time: 5:00 pm (1700 Hours)

Note :
1.Park your vehicles at your convenient locations
2.No need for Registrations, just land up at the Starting Point at the mentioned date/time.
3) Call in case of any difficulty in locating the group, Arivannal @ 9840014409

Photowalk: RetroWalk #49 : Walk by the machines – Aug. 12, 2018

Industrial estates used to have Fabrication Industries, Sheds for machining, turning et al. Now these estates are having Software sheds(!) and benches for bodyshopping.

Let’s take stock of one of the earliest Industrial Estates of Chennai and its new transformation to IT Parks in this edition of the Chennai Photowalk and capture its glory.

Date : 12th August 2018, Sunday

Time : 6:15 am

Starting Point : Mangal Eri Park, Mogappair

Route :

Note :
1.Park your vehicles at your convenient locations
2.No need for Registrations, just land up at the Starting Point at the mentioned date/time.
3) Call in case of any difficulty in locating the group, Ram @ 9841098406

Photowalk for children – Walk by the Village Road – Aug. 22, 2018

Yocee ( conducts its 10th annual Madras Day photowalk for children on Aug. 22, 2018.

From 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

In the not-so-distant past, Valluvarkottam High Road was called Village Road. For much of its length, it runs along the old village of Nungambakkam. Of that village, there is no trace until you come to a small Shiva temple with a large tank fronting it. Standing there, it is just about possible to imagine Nungambakkam’s rural past.

This Madras Week, we shall do a circular route from Valluvar Kottam and walk down Village road into the crowded, colourful and pretty ancient Nungambakkam Market and shoot all that is about this ‘village’ in the city.

Major Attractions :

1. Valluvar Kottam

2. Agatheeswarar Temple & the tank

3. Commercial Area’s of Nungambakkam

4. Independence Day Park


Meeting/Starting Point: Valluvar Kottam Main Entrance

The walk is led by N. Ramaswamy, Chennai Daily Photo & Chennai Photowalk
For children of 10 years and above. Parents can accompany, but kids do the clicking.
Bring your own camera (Any type). Carry your water bottle. Dress easy.
Free walk. Register with Revathi at 9840544629 (SMS / Whatsapp). Open only to first 25 registrations.