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Design a T-Shirt for Chennai contest – Last date Aug. 18, 2012

This is a contest for graphic / fashion / digital designers. For creative people._

Design a T-shirt for CHENNAI. The design should reflect the spirit, the character of Chennai.

The design can be created using Adobe / CorelDraw design software.


Submit your design as a jpeg file or a PDF file (700 x 700 pixels size of minimum 150 dpi). You may submit your design as a jpeg file via email to –

This contest is part of the annual Madras Day 2012 celebrations.

Last date to submit your entry – August 18, 2012

PRIZES: The BEST DESIGN will WIN Rs.2500,  a CERTIFICATE and 3 Chennai T-shirts.

TWO OTHER ENTRIES of good quality with get a Certificate and a Chennai T-shirt each.

The best submission for this contest may be used on a Chennai T-shirt planned for 2013. Or, the best designer may be invited to create a unique design for future use.

Some sample T-shirt designs can be seen here.

Hertitage of Chennai – Multimedia Presentation contest for schools

On Aug.21, 2012 at Sastri Hall, Luz, Chennai.

This contest is held in connection with MADRAS DAY 2012 (Aug.22 is the Day) which celebrates our city. The contest encourages city school students to explore Chennai’s history and heritage and present the subject in multi-media form.

The subject for this year’s contest is  OLD HOUSES OF OUR CITY.


Students must first locate a old house ( tiled or Madras terrace house or a bungalow) which is over 60 years old in your area. The house must be a residence.

The team must record the location and ownership history of this house.

It must photograph all the unique and key features of its architecture, inner spaces and vintage properties used by its residents.

It must gather details about these unique features ( roof and walls, rooms and open spaces, etc) and list the purposes they serve to its residents.


– The contest is open to school children studying in classes 8 to 12.

– A school can send only one team. Each team MUST have 3 members and all
3 members must take turns to make the presentation. ( No substitutes please!)

– Once you have located the house for study, please call the organiser Mr. Vincent D Souza at 98410 49155 and get the project approved and team members
registered (you must do so before you set out to work on it)

– Back at your desk put the project together with photos and the main points in the Power Point presentation capsule and explanation notes written on sheets of paper.
(do not dump all info / text into the PP capsule).

– At the contest, your team of 3 students will take turns at the mike to present the project using the PP. You can use your notes for reference as your speak.

– The presentation in PowerPoint on the approved theme will have to be done by all the three participants. It can be done in English or in Thamizh.

– The duration of the complete presentation – PowerPoint and Oral – should not exceed 10 minutes. Participants should be prepared to answer questions of the judge/s.

–  Use of the standard design templates in MS Office is only permitted. DO NOT download templates from the Internet.

– On the day of Contest, the team must bring a copy of the CD to the venue of the contest and get it checked ( before 9 am). We advise you to carry your project in 2 separate CDs.

– The organisers will provide a PC and a projector at the venue for your presentation.

– This Contest is open to the first 20 school teams to register on first come serve basis.

– The contest will take place on Aug. 21 from 9 am to 3 pm with a 30 mins.
lunch break at about 12.30 pm. ( you must bring your lunch)

– Venue: Srinivasa Sastri Hall, Luz, Mylapore.

– The best THREE presentations will be awarded TROPHIES, gifts and certificates. All participants will be given certificates. Prizes will be awarded on the same day at about 4 pm.

13. Prizes will be awarded based on quality of research / presentation of
pictures-visuals / presentation style.

This annual contest is organised by MYLAPORE TIMES – The Neighbourhood Newspaper and is supported by L&T.
Venue sponsor: South Indian National Association & Ranade Library  Luz.

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

Photography / sketching / painting competition

Going, Going, G….? – Photography / sketching / painting competition.

Look at some of the historic essences of the city of Chennai that are unique and give the quality of place to it. Choose those essences which you think are rapidly fading. Record through the medium of photographss/sketches/paintings, these fading essences.

The competition is open to all students of architecture, art, design and visual communication in Chennai. The entries should be of maximum size A4. Any number of entries can be sent.
The full name of the participant, institution and entry number (if more than one) should be written on the reverse side of the entry in permanent marker.
The entries have to be submitted by 3.00 p.m on 25th August 2011 at the School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai along with bonafide certificates from the institution.
For any queries contact Dr. Suresh Kuppuswamy, Prof. & Head, Department of Architecture, SAP Campus, Anna University, Chennai. Phone: 044-22359303

Chennai 2040 – Idea Design Competition

This competition is intended to trigger ideas for positive change with respect to current urban issues in the context of the city of Chennai. The aim is to generate innovative design solutions of urban interventions through the free flow of ideas.
The competition is open to all architecture students in Tamil Nadu. The presentation should be on a single A2 size sheet. Any number of entries are permitted. Individual as well as group entries with a maximum of three in a group are permitted. The full name of the participant(s), institution and entry number (if more than one) should be written on the reverse side of the entry in permanent marker.

The entries have to be submitted by 3.00 p.m on 25th August 2011 at the School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai along with bonafide certificates from the institution.
For any queries 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

British India Maps – Aug. 12 to 19, 2011

The Association Of British Scholars, Chennai organises an exhibition British India Maps (Railways, Post and Telegraphs, Judicial, Revenue, Political and Maps of Presidencies) from Aug. 12 to 19, 2011. Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

At at Lakshana Art Gallery, 8, Judge Jambulingam Road, Chennai – 4 (Opp. Hotel President)

Inauguration on Aug. 12, 2011 at 6 p.m. by M.S.Ramanujan, Post Master General, Chennai City Region
S.Muthiah, historian and Chronicler of Madras, delivers Special Lecture on Madras Day. Welcome address by A.V.Ilango, President ABS.