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Play a Board Game – Aug. 22, 2019

Play a Board Game based on Chennai. Teams are given clues, creative sheets and questions – they have to crack each step to be winners.
Organised by Masquerade. At Boardroom, Mylapore.
7 p.m. onwards. There is a cafe here.
Venue: The Board Room, 3, Bheema Sena Garden St., Nagarathinam Colony, Sullivan Garden.
Phone: 073584 44029

Workshop: Let’s Explore Stone Age Tamil Nadu – Aug. 24, 2019

At: Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, Sholinganallore.

About: An exciting workshop on the Stone Age in and around Chennai! Sign up to learn the story of human evolution, make and use stone tools, dig a prehistoric site, learn all about fossils, and paint just like a prehistoric artist. Conducted by Professor Shanti Pappu and Dr. Kumar Akhilesh of the Sharma Centre for Heritage Education.

Pre-registration is required. Last date for signing up: 22nd August. Please contact Dr. Kumar Akhilesh; Email:

Open to: Children and family groups.

Timings: 9.30 -12.30

No. of seats: 30 seats only.

Registration Fees: Rs.200/- only per person.

Please note: Please bring your school ID card/Aadhar card

Venue: Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, 4 School Road, Sholinaganallore, (Next to Mrs. Ellen Sharma Memorial Matriculation & Higher Secondary School).

Champions of Chennai: awards event – Aug.17, 2019

The Champions of Chennai awards event is held every year to recognise people of this city who have contributed in a unique manner to the city and its people. People chosen for the award are mostly those who have not been feted often or those who stay out of the arc lights.

This year, the function starts at 6.30 pm at Smt Sivagami Petachi Auditorium ( M Ct M School campus), Luz Church Road, Alwarpet.

The chief guest is Akhila Srinivasan, MD, Shriram Life Insurance.

The awards and event are hosted by KSA Trust, Mylapore. Open to all.

Storytelling: The Story and The Song, and The Lion’s Feast – Aug, 23, 2019

Actor and ace storyteller Janaki Sabesh brings you two quintessentially south Indian stories, The Story and The Song, and The Lion’s Feast.

Experience a magical Tamil folktale about a story and a song that wanted to escape, and the hilarious story of Muthumama and Muthumami who tried to dupe a ravenous lion, in this interactive storytelling session for children. Ages: 4+

At 5 p.m.
Venue: Higginbothams, 116, Anna Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600002

Free entry, no RSVP needed.
Organised by Karadi Tales and Higginbothams.

Madras Tour for City Schools

A few catalysts of Madras Day are prepared to take a group of school students of North Chennai and of South Chennai to the other side of the city, they may not have seen at all.
That is, North Chennai groups tour a few South Chennai spots, and vice versa.

We have two Guides as volunteers who will lead the tour any morning on convenient dates.
Tour starts outside Fort St George.

Tour of North Madras covers – High Court, Armenian Church, First Line Beach heritage buildings, Royapuram Rail Station

Tour of South Madras covers – Marina beachside landmarks, Light House, San Thome Church and Sri Kapali Temple.

Each tour is for 90mins. One tour per school, independently.

Schools need to bring a group in their bus; teachers to accompany the group. Tour is by bus and free.

Call Vincent at 9841049155 to book a tour. First come first serve. Tours open till 31st (not on weekends).

Walk: Understanding the Bohras in the city- Aug. 24, 2019

This small community is said to have arrived in Madras as early as 1820s. Most people settled in Georgetown and have been engaged in business and trading hardware.

The community has its own mosques, school, community spaces and holds on rigidly to its lifestyle, food, dressing and community gatherings. The Walk gives participants a sense of the people, its spaces and lets you enjoy snacks like handchurned ice creams and samosas.

Time: 4.30 pm to 6.30 p.m.

No prior registration is needed for this event.

Meeting Point : Mohammedi Masjid gate, Angappa Naicken Street. (landmark -Ebrahim sahib street junction).

– Parking can be a problem. Advise you to figure out your movement to get to start point.
– Be on time, else you may miss out on the tour.
– Bring children who can walk/be active for 2 hours.
– This is a busy business zone so you will have to put up with noise and traffic jams.
– Entry to some spaces we visit is restricted – You pay for the snacks you sample at stalls we stop at.
– Walk ends on Moore Street, Parrys corner.

For help, call 9841610456

Walk: Explore Fort St. George – Aug. 18, 2019

Starts at 7 a.m. Open to all. Led by Vincent D Souza.
Moats. Ramparts. Cellars. Bungalows. Dance Floor. Tombstones. Barracks.
Report at the parking lot opp. the flag mast/main gates of the Fort.
Free. Prior registration NOT required to be part of Walk,
– Carry any ID card to pass the security.
– Part of Fort is secured; if you aren’t on time you may be left out.
– Bring the cams but open them after we give you the OK.
– Its a 100 mins Walk. Kids who can make it, are welcome.
– Carry drinking water and light snacks.
– End point is outside the fascinating Fort Museum; you are free to explore that space after the Walk.

Vintage Bicycle Exhibition – Aug. 18, 2019

Time : 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Venue : Probikers, OMR

The second edition of the Vintage Bicycle Exhibition on the occasion of Madras Week Celebration is back and this time with more attractions in store. Other than the vintage brands including Raleigh, Humber, Rudge, Phillips, BSA , Hercules, Robinhood, Paratrooper Bicycles of Second World War period on special display is the Pierce Bicycle of early 1900’s. Also in the exhibits are varieties of Vintage Bicycle Lamps (Oil, Kerosene, Candle Models), Dynamos, Saddle Bags, Tool Kits, Bicycle Licenses, Manuals, Bells and Tricycles. For technology buff’s get to see and appreciate varieties of brakes, hubs and other invitations which came with these Roadsters, Sports and Folding model bicycles. Do join us and get to know a bit about the history of bicycles even we celebrate the founding of the city.

Launch of the Book Cover of – North Chennai Bicycle Trails
Time : 10.00am -10.30am

Prof. Ranganathan, Hon. Consul of Myanmar will launch the Book Cover and inaugurate the exhibition.

Contact : Ramanujar Moulana, Cycling Yogis
Mobile: 9884023123

Walk: Iconic Mount Road – Aug. 15, 2019

Start point; Gate of The Hindu newspaper. At 7.30 a.m.
No prior registration required.

Landmarks the Walk will touch – St George’s. Simpsons. The Hindu and The Mail newspapers. P. Orr & Sons. India Silk House. Anna Statue Round Tana. Head Post Office, Christ Church, Musee Musicals and Buharis.

Vincent D Souza, journalist who lived here in the 60s and 70s takes you back in time. Less history and dates, more stories and anecdotes.

Walk: Mylapore & the Freedom movement – Aug. 15, 2019

Where did the idea of a Congress Party originate? Where did Subramania Bharathi’s works first get published? Where did women go on a hunger strike to force their families to allow them to court arrest? Where were Harikatha performances cleverly camouflaged to pass on freedom messages? The answer to all of this is Mylapore. And what better way to celebrate Independence Day than to walk around remembering the role the area played in our freedom movement?

Join historian Sriram V on a journey down memory lane on Thursday, August 15, at 4.00 pm. The tour will also have plenty of recorded music, giving us a flavour of the times.

Time: 4.00 to 6.00 pm (high tea after the walk- so ending time will be 6.30pm)
Start at: Intersection of RK Mutt Road and North Mada Street
End at: Luz Church Road/Alwarpet intersection
Charges: Rs 800 + 5% GST

To register and pay online – click on the link alongside

You can also make the payment via bank transfer for which the details are below. Pls remember to send an email with transaction details to walks@chennaipastforward.comafter you make your payment:

Account Name: Past Forward
Account Type: Current
Bank Name: The Federal Bank Ltd
A/c No. 12820200104237
Branch: Royapettah

In case you still wish to make payment the old way, you can make
it at the following address by cheque/cash:

c/o HVK Systems,
2&3, Bhattad Tower,
30, Westcott Road,
Royapettah, Chennai 600014

Photowalk for children: The First Line and the bylanes of Parrys – Aug. 25, 2019

The First Line and the bylanes of Parrys.

Start and end point: Dare House, Parrys.

Starts at 6.30 a.m. For an hour approx.

Walk along the art deco buildings of the past and get to click parts of history and experience walking on the bylanes of the otherwise busy Parrys.

Organised by 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.

Heritage walk: Living Statues of Marina Beach – Aug. 25, 2019

From 7.30 a.m onwards upto 8.30 a.m (approx)

Assemble at the Kannagi Statue on Marina Beach. Admission free.

There would be a brief dramatic enactment of the character portrayed by each statue – Kannagi, NSC Bose, Thiruvalluvar, George Pope, Bharathidasan, and Avvaiyar. In Tamil and in English.

Hosted by Chennai Storytelling Association. To register: 9884728412,