Events 2021

Food Fest: At Dakshin, Crowne Plaza – Aug. 22 to 29, 2022

Melange e Madras is dedicated to the city this Season. The celebrated Dakshin has a celebration menu, thanks to guest chef, Shri Bala who has conducted in-depth research on the foods served by the various communities that inhabited Madras and still do. The thali menu includes influences from Komutti Chettiar, Tamil Brahmin, Mudaliar, Anglo Indian and Burmese Tamil kitchens and the distinct food served on the famous Marina Beach.

This week-long festival, Melange e Madras is on from August 22 to 29.
Curated by Ameeta Agnihotri. Created by Chef Shri Bala.

En Chennai, Young Chennai Awards & Launch of Chennai Anthem – Aug. 22, 2021

En Chennai Young Chennai is an initiative to celebrate the energetic minds and tireless hands of young Chennaites who come together during turbulent times faced by Chennai during the last decade and a little more.

To celebrate the spirit of Young Chennai @ The Idea Factory, a brand marketing startup conceptualised a musical anthem. The musical sensation of “Enna Mayilu” fame “Britto Michael” helmed this peppy song to seize the musical heartbeat of Chennai in traditional folk, classical and Chennai’s local RAP. The musical anthem is voiced by renowned folk singer Antony dasan, super singer fame Alka Ajit and Tony Sebastian.

Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
At Le Magic Lantern, Old #18, New 30, 5th Cross Street, Lake Area, Nungambakkam, Chennai – 34

Chief Guest: Mr. Pandiarajan K, Chairman, CIEL, HR Services and Mafit Group. Guest of Honour: Mr. Suresh Sambandam, Convenor, Dream Tamil Nadu, CEO, Kissflow

Virtual Photowalk for children – Aug. 22, 2021

Walk along the Veteran Lines!

Pallavaram (originally Pallavapuram, [பல்லவபுரம்]) derives its name from Pallava dynasty settlement during the 7th century by Pallava king Mahendravarman. Pallavaram is considered to be one of the oldest inhabited places dating back to the Paleolithic Age.

Pallavaram has also an interesting history of Anglo-Indians, who settled in a vast area called Veteran Lines.

Was this neighbourhood created for World War II veterans? Or got its name from the company, European Artillery Veterans that operated from the area? Whatever be the origin of the name, the beautiful houses, their porticos, roofs, arched windows, sprawling gardens, the place reflects facets of British architecture.

Walk around and view some of the unique features of Veteran Lines, virtually.

Virtual Photowalk organised by
N. Ramaswamy, who publishes a photo every day at and is an avid photowalker, will lead the walk.

Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Date: Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021

Open to children of ages 8 upwards.

Link to the meet:

Book Release: Madras By Cycle – Medical Heritage Trails of Chennai – Aug. 22, 2021

The Book is dedicated to all Frontline workers beginning from Dr.W.S.Sawmy Naick, Native Superintendent of Vaccination during the British rule to the present.
Online – Dr. Alby John IAS, Dist. Collector, Tiruvallur releases the book.

Mr.Ennarasu Karunesan Founder, CEO UMK Group, Global Ports and Logistics Expert, Advisor to Govt of India, and Dr.Anuj Singh, Consultant Dermatologist, Ram Skin Clinic and Apollo Hospitals will receive the first set of copies.

Facebook Live on

Organised by Ramanujar Moulana / Cycling Yogis

Discussion: Madras in Cinema – Aug. 20, 2021

Aim: The Chennai Heritage Forum has been instrumental in engaging in dialogues that help open up new paths and understand different perspectives. This Madras Week, to celebrate something that is quintessentially Madras – cinema, a discussion on this subject is organised.  Tamizh cinema has proven to be an experience that captures the essence of the time it was shot. It signifies the space, lifestyle, and manner in which the city functioned back then. These are things that are constantly ever-evolving, and through this session, we hope to explore and understand what cinema and the frames of cinema that capture the city mean and convey to all of us

Furthermore, the event aims to discuss the personal experiences each of us has had in these spaces that are often captured in the movies and the difference one can observe when looking at those spaces in movies.

Date: 20.08.2021

Time: 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm

Registration link:

Age: The discussion is open to all.

Contest: Heritage of Tomorrow – Late day for submission: Aug. 25, 2021

Aim: The event aims at initiating a conversation on what people envision as the heritage of tomorrow; something that will be celebrated and, hopefully, even preserved by future generations. The goal is to interpret people’s perception of history and heritage, in order to generate viable solutions for its promotion and preservation. Furthermore, the entries shared can help identify various different kinds of heritage, some of which may have gone unnoticed, while fostering a better understanding and appreciation of the same.

How to join? Participants can choose to focus on tangible or intangible heritage. The submissions can be made in the form of images accompanied by a brief write-up of about 100 words. Participants must clearly identify and explain the chosen heritage, and what impact its preservation may have on future generations. Submissions can also include any personal connections or experiences that participants share with the chosen heritage.

Date: Entries can be submitted via email to, between 18.08.2021 and 25.08.2021. Two winners will be selected and receive exciting hampers!

Age: The competition is open to all.

Organised by Madras Inherited. Collaborators: Immersive Trails and The Kochi Heritage Project

Contest: My Chennai, My Heritage – Aug. 19, 2021 to Aug. 21, 2021

Aim: The heritage of Chennai is abundant and transcends beyond the built form. ‘My Chennai, My Heritage’ is a stimulating competition that has been curated by Madras Inherited in collaboration with Care Earth Trust. The aim of the competition is to amplify the abundant natural heritage present in the city, by placing the spotlight on their significance and current state. Through the competition, the participants will gain a better understanding of the role of natural heritage in the city’s functioning. The competition will be in the form of a quiz, designed to target the participants’ knowledge of natural heritage in the city.

How to join? Stay tuned to our Instagram handles (@madrasinherited and @careearthtrust)! The quiz will be posted every day for three days, between 19.08.2021 and 21.08.2021, at 03:00 pm. There will be three levels in total, ranging from easy to difficult. Two winners will be chosen based on the most number of correct answers, and will receive exciting prizes!

Age: The competition is open to all

Organised by Madras Inherited

Virtual walk: Beach Pogalaama? – Aug. 21, 2021

In this storytelling session, kids will be taken on a virtual walk through the Marina beach and its surroundings, and explore histories, stories, experiences, and memories.

For children of ages: 8 – 15 years of age

Organised by Madras Inherited. Collaborator: Masquerade Theatre Group

Date: 21.08.2021 ; Time: 05:00 pm – 05:30 pm

Registration link: The session will happen over Zoom. Interested participants can register through this link:


Book Launch: Madras Inked … Impressions of an artist and an architect – Aug. 19, 2021

The latest book on Madras that is Chennai, titled ‘Madras Inked … Impressions of an artist and an architect’ by awarded artist Manohar Devadoss and senior architect Sujatha Shankar will be released on August 19 evening ( 6 p.m.)

The governor of Tamil Nadu is the chief guest and this event, to be held at the C. P. Art Centre, Alwarpet is open only to guests with invitations.

The coffee-table book has some 50 unique Indian ink illustrations by Manohar, all of Madras drawn over the past 50 years. Sujatha has jotted down her notes on these places and landmarks, with the focus on the architecture of each place.

The book costs Rs.2500 and is on sale from Aug.20 at Shakuntala Art Gallery in the C. P. Art Centre campus, Eldams Road. It will soon be on sale online and also at Higginbothams store. A special launch offer of Rs.2200 is on from August 20.

The whole event is being webcast – here are the links to work on –

Zoom link :

YouTube Channel –