Events 2013

Tree Walks by Nizhal

Nizhal is organising tree walks in English and Tamil.
The walks will last for about an hour. Rediscover the verdant parks and magnificent trees in your neighborhood with friends and family! The Azhinji at Kotturpuram Tree Park, the Thaandri at Semmozhi Poonga, the Putranjiva at Panagal Park and many more such gems!

August 16th (Friday) – Kotturpuram Tree Park  – 5.00 pm (Tamil)
August 17th (Saturday) – Nageswara Rao Park, Luz Church Road – 4.30 pm (English)
August 18th (Sunday) – Anna Nagar Tower Park – 4.30 pm (English)
August 23rd (Friday) – Panagal Park, T Nagar – 5.00 pm (English)
August 24th (Saturday) – Semmozhi Poonga, Cathedral Road – 4.30 pm (English)
August 25th (Sunday) – Nanmangalam Forest Park – 8.00 am (English)
August 25th (Sunday) – Sivan Park, K.K. Nagar – 4.30 pm (English)

A Special Musical Tree Walk will be held in Kalakshetra on Sunday, 18th August, at 8 am.
The walk will be led by the Nizhal team (Latha Nathan and Dr. Babu), and Carnatic musician Dr. Sowmya along with her disciples. Meeting and assembly point will be the Kalakshetra Road entrance to the campus.

REGISTRATION FOR ALL THE WALKS: By phone, please call: Usha at 97910 29568 between 10 am and 6 pm.
Online through

Waves of conversion : Heritage walk – Aug. 25, 2013

Waves of conversion!

Tiruvanmiyur in 7-8th Century: A landmark on the Vadagu Peruvazhi (as the ECR was known in Chola times), Tiruvanmiyur. Marundeeswarar 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 30-minute walk will explore the sadly modernised temple and help understand how religion and politics mingled for mutual benefit in the 6-9th Centuries. Using the hymns on the temple, we will recreate how Tiruvanmiyur looked in those times and how the conversion techniques the saints used can teach the modern management expert a thing or two about achieving lasting changes in institutions.

Date: Sunday, 25th August 7.30-8 a.m. Meeting spot will be announced to those whose registration is accepted.

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.
Please dress appropriately for a house of worship. No shorts please!
Participants above 40 cannot register unless they bring with them a school (class 8 and above) or college student. This is the best way we can get younger folks interested and they will get enough information that will help them in their careers. The student doesn’t necessarily have to be someone you even remotely know; so please don’t ask for exceptions!
No more than 30 participants.

Registrations to on or before August 11th, 12 noon.
No transport/food arrangements for the walk.

Nature walk by Madras Naturalists Society – Aug. 25, 2013

The Madras Naturalists’ Society (MNS) will organise a Nature Walk for the public at Pallikaranai Marsh on Sunday, August 25. The details are as under:

Group size: 30
Reporting time: 6.15 a.m.
Reporting place: Forest Dept. Office on Velachery-Thoraipakkam Road
(When coming from Velachery, take the service road along the 2nd Flyover on the Velachery-Tambaram Road and turn left at the junction under the Flyover onto the Velachery-Thoraipakkam Road, travel around 300 metres. and take the U-turn after the Toll Plaza sign and the Office is on the left immediately after the turn. When coming from OMR, the Office is 200 metres after the Toll Plaza).

For assistance, contact Vijay 98400 90875

Heritage of Chennai: Multimedia presentation contest for city schools


This contest is held in connection with MADRAS DAY 2013 (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.

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 Ms. Revathi R at 98405 44629 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 as a backup digital copy.

– 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. 20 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. 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.
Venue sponsor: South Indian National Association & Ranade Library Luz.