Events 2016

Heritage quiz for school children – Aug.19, 2016

At DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu.
The quiz is open to students of 6th, 7th and 8th Standards only. No participation fee.
The quiz is an annual feature and a rolling trophy will be presented to the winning team along with other exciting prizes. The quiz will include various topics on General Knowledge, Heritage & Culture, Current affairs, identifying the artifacts etc.

Contact DakshinaChitra for more details at 98414 36149 / 044-2446 2435 / 2491 8943

Tree Walk : Neer Vanam, Chitlapakkam – Aug. 28, 2016

Nizhal, an organisation that promotes tree culture in urban areas conduct tree walks across Chennai.

One of the Madras Week walks is at Neer Vanam, Chitlapakkam

From 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Meeting point: Chitlapakkam Erikkarai, Chitlapakkam 3rd Main Road ( 5 minutes by vehicle from Tambaram Sanatorium Station)

Register online @
Or contact 95000 34187 / 98405 95867 / 99400 61812

Heritage Cycle Ride to Sadras Fort – Aug. 21, 2016

Start: 5.00 a.m. Finish: 12.00 noon

The Ride will start from the city and reach Sadras Fort, in the return will conclude at Dakshinachitra Heritage Museum on ECR Road. There will be a Medal Distribution Ceremony and talk on Cycling in Madras followed by Special edition My Stamp release on S.Muthiah (Chronicler of Chennai) at the Finish Point (Dakshinachitra).

Helmet is mandatory. Please wear bright colored clothing to enhance visibility. The ride is free of cost and has no registration fees. You are responsible for your own safety. Obey all the traffic rules. The road will not be closed for the event. Ride route is subject to last minute changes. Registration is compulsory for all the Participants.

Organised by Cycling Yogis.
For more information and details about the ride, contact:
Ramanujar Moulana Ph: 9884023123 –

Booklet Release: Cycling in Madras (1877-1977) – Aug. 6, 2016

A first ever attempt to trace 100 years of cycling in the city and supplement about the current cycling scenario from 2007-2016

On August 6, 2016. Between 11.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon.
Venue: Ibis Chennai City Centre, Anna Salai (Near Thousand Lights)

Chief Guest: Shri.Kalyanam, Personal Secretary to Mahatma Gandhi has kindly consented to release the first copy of the Booklet during the occasion.

Organised by Cycling Yogis

Storytelling: Madras Nalla Madras – Aug. 26, 2016

An evening of intriguing stories of Madrasapattinam through the eyes of Storyteller Jeeva Raghunath – A journey through Ghodabagh aka Kodambakkam, The historic hub of Kollywood.

On Aug. 26, 2016, At 4.30 p.m.
Venue: Shiva Parvathi Pushpa Gardens, 51/55, Seemathamman Koil Street, Mettukuppam Main Road, Maduravoyal, Chennai 600 095

Organised by Kathai Kalatta. Contact: +918939276561 / 04428211170

Photography Contest – Last date to submit entries: Aug. 5, 2016

Alliance Française of Madras (AFM) is holding a photography contest during the Madras Week 2016.

This contest is open to all residents of the city.

Theme : Madras Yesterday… Chennai Today

Pertaining to the theme, participants can send in their photo entries that depict what the city of Chennai means to them. Photographs may include typical views of the life in the city, cityscape, culture, tradition, day to day life, festivals, nature, wildlife and capturing the magnificence of the city’s architecture from the oldest arch to the modern structures.

Entries to be sent to and must reach us before 12 Noon on 5th August.

20 entries will be picked by a select Jury and an exhibition of the winning entries will be held at the AFM Gallery from August 22 – 28, 2016.

Rules & Regulations :

Submission :

1. One participant can send a maximum of two pictures.

2. Entries will not be accepted on CD or as prints.

3. Each entry should be accompanied by the following data sheet duly filled in.

Image size :

– Each participant shall submit their photos in TIFF file format (preferred) or JPEG format (as an alternative) with a resolution of 300 dpi.

– Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and cropping and must not alter the content of the original scene. Highly manipulated images and composite images including HDRs are not permitted. Monochrome images are allowed.

Qualification :

– Entry is open to all photographers – amateur and professionals.

Copyright :

– The original image(s) must have been taken using a photographic process and all entrants must have the sole copyright to each image they submit. Clip Art and Copyright Free material are not acceptable. Alliance Française of Madras assume no responsibility for misuse by anyone of the copyright of published images.

Compliance :

– The organisers may reject any entry/image at their discretion. An entry may be rejected if it does not conform to published competition rules or is deemed unsuitable. The entries have to be original work of the entrant, who owns them. The entrants may be asked to provide the original for verification. An entrant failing to provide a requested image file may, at the organisers’ discretion, be considered to be in contravention of the contest rules and will be disqualified.

Notifications :

– Notification of results will be sent by email. Entrants should ensure that they provide an active email address and that spam filters are set to accept emails from AFM. Notifications will not be sent by post.

Reproductions :

– By submitting an entry, the entrant permits the organisers to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for AFM publicity in print or online internet site and/or in other media.

Heritage Walk: Stone Gallery of the Govt Museum – Aug. 28, 2016

Led by Pradeep Chakravarthy.
10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. No fee. Participants buy their own tickets at the gate.

The Government Museum established in 1851 has one of India’s finest collections of sculptures that span several centuries.

The 45 min walk will focus on select stone sculptures from Tamil Nadu in the ground floor of the main gallery. A short Bharathiyar song will be sung by the children of the Madras Youth Choir. The song will appropriately connect to how these artifacts showcase our cultural pride and deserve to be in our country.

The participants will learn the context of the sculptures and learn how to tell which period they belong to (and you will have a practice test at the end where you score your own test!!) and what you can learn from the sculptures for our own lives today.

Madras Youth Choir is the oldest Indian Choral Group and has been recognised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi for its untiring efforts to propagate the message of social unity through musical harmony. With a rich repertoire of over a hundred songs in various Indian languages that seamlessly straddle classical, semi-classical, and light and folk music genres, the MYC has performed at prestigious music festivals all over India

This program is done with the support of the Chennai chapter of INTACH.

Meeting place – The seated Buddha just outside the entrance to the stone sculptures gallery (be sure to buy your ticket as you enter the gates of the museum)
Registrations to by Aug 20, 2016.

Heritage Walk: Waves of conversion and a games thrown in – Aug. 27, 2016

Tiruvanmiyur in 7- 8th Century – Led by Pradeep Chakravarthy.
7.00 a.m. to 7.45 a.m.

A landmark on the Vadagu Peruvazhi (as the ECR was known in Chola times), Tiruvanmiyur. Marundeswarar Temple is a great place in Madras to understand the work of the Shaivaite saints in reconverting Tamilians in the Chola times to Hinduism from Jainism and Buddhism. The 30min walk will explore the sadly modernized temple and understand how religion and politics mingled for mutual benefit in the 6-9th centuries.

After the 30min walk, we play games in the temple! For years now Kreeda has been involved in documenting the Graffiti Games carved in temples and old monuments. Kreeda has found two game boards carved on the floor of this temple. One is the more popular Aadu Puli Aatam, while the other is a board that has not been seen elsewhere. While it bears a certain semblance to other game boards one cannot be completely sure if this is the same game or a different one. Kreeda has been researching this game and has put together three sets of optional rules to play the game.

This program is done with the support of the Chennai chapter of INTACH.

Meeting spot entrance to temple opp. the temple tank and facing the beach (NOT the one on ECR)
The walk is free and will not focus on the religious aspect of the temple – there will be no time in the walk to offer worship, please plan for that separately
Kreeda games will bring the boards and other accessories to play the game, just bring your fun quotient with you!
Please dress appropriately for a house of worship. No shorts please!

Registrations to on or before August 20, 2016