The annual Madras Day celebrations have just rolled out. And since the events have grown over the years, the umbrella Madras Week event has become appropriate.
All events are ideated and hosted by a variety of city-based communities, groups of individuals and done so voluntarily in keeping with the spirit of this unique celebration. What started as one day-long celebration now presents close to 100 events.
Featured below are events which are taking place in the Mylapore neighbourhood.
Photowalk for Children
Organised by www.YOCee.in, the website for children. Open to children studying in classes 5 to 12. The walk starts from the Luz Church at 4.30 p.m. and ends at the Madhava Perumal temple, Mylapore around 5.30 p.m. Led by N. Ramaswamy of http://chennaidailyfoto.wordpress.com Children with a camera (any type) can join. Free. Prior registration required. Limited to first 25. Contact 98405 44629 – Revathi for registration. Parents are also welcome to join their children in the Walk.
Tree Walk at Nageswara Rao Park
5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Organised by Nizhal, the guide introduces you to a variety of trees and plants in the park and its fringes. Registration by phone, call: Usha at 97910 29568 between 10 am and 6 pm. Online through www.facebook.com/Nizhal.shade
Photowalks / Contest for Kids
Bamboola has organised photowalks for children in two age groups. For 6 – 10 year olds, the walk will be inside Nageswara Rao Park. For 11 to 14 years, the walk will be along St. Mary’s Road. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Register at Bamboola, 73,VenkataKkrishna Road, R. A. Puram. Phone: 24611779
At Tattvaloka auditorium, Teynampet. 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Musical Presentation by Kausalya Sivakumar on the theme ‘Glory of Karpagambal’.
Talk on Natural Heritage of Chennai
At Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road. An illustrated talk on` Natural Heritage of Chennai’ covering diverse flora & fauna by Dr. R. Bhanumathi. Organised by Elai.
Crafting along the Marina – Scrapbook making for children.
Open to children of classes 6 to 9. A walk to take in the statues on the Marina beach starts from Kannagi statue. Starts at 4.30 p.m. At the end of the walk children will get to do a scrapbook on their walking tour. Free. Children need to bring their own pens, colour pencils, sketch pens, scissors and glue. Resource person Krishma Shankar, Memoirs of Paper Craft. Open to first 25 registrations. SMS name & age to 9840544629.
Stories about Chennai
Asha Sampath of Tale Spin and Kavitha & Debjani of ‘Once Upon a Time .. Tells a Tale’ will tell stories about Namma Chennai. Followed by a Storytelling Activity. Open to children and adults. From 5 pm to 6 pm. At The Children’s Space, Mookambika Complex (basement), Alwarpet. Contact 87544 70178
Heritage of Chennai – Multimedia presentation contest for City Schools
School children to research on one vintage house in the city and make a public presentation. Contact Revathi – 98405 44629. Presentations from 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rolling trophy to the winners. Prizes for best three presentations. Supported by L&T.
Panel discussion; On City’s Porfessionals
Changing Professional Profile of Chennai – a panel discussion chaired by Chandu Nair. At 6.30 p.m. At Hotel Park Sheraton, TTK Road.
Talk: Creating a Tree Park in Our City
Talk by Shobha Menon of Nizhal on her NGO’s experience in recent years. Open to all. At 6.30 p.m. Hotel Savera, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai.
Illustrated lecture on Temples In and Around Chennai.
Talk by scholar and writer Dr Chithra Madhavan At 6 p.m. at Tattvaloka, 76, Eldams Road, Teynampet. Open to all.
Heritage Tour / Churches of San Thome
Journalist Anusha Parthasarathy will lead guests to seven churches in San Thome which all have fascinating histories with links to the Portuguese presence in Madras in the 16th cent. Report at 3.45 p.m. Open to 15 only. Tour by van. Starts at San Thome Cathedral. Fee – Rs.100. To register call 98410 49155 ( no cancellations)
Chennai Vinnadi Vina
Quiz in Tamil for students studying in city’s Tamil medium. Teams of two. Registration through school. Contact Revathi 98405 44629. At 2 pm. Venue: P. S. Hr. Sec. School campus hall. Mylapore.
Puppetry session on Chennai’s wildlife
An interactive session on Wildlife of Chennai and its importance with puppets for children is conducted by Dr. R.Bhanumathi of Pavai. Open to all. From 4 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. At Nageswara Rao Park, Mylapore.
Choral Music Performance
Indian choral music performance by Madras Youth Choir – junior and adult groups. Theme: Heritage and Nature. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. At Nageswara Rao Park, Mylapore.
Heritage Ride on Cycles
Bicycle ride. Starts from University of Madras (I.C.E gate) at 5 a.m. and ends at the Sri Kapaleeswarer Temple, Mylapore at 7 a.m. Helmet is mandatory. Wear bright colored clothing to enhance visibility. Stops at many heritage and vintage landmarks on the route. For more information, details and registrations, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyclingyogis/ or contact Mr.Senthil Phone No: 9884246822, Mr. Ramanujar Phone No: 9884023123
Living Statues of Marina Beach – Walk
Organised by World Storytelling Institute. Six statues on the beachside are “brought to life” and tell their stories, in English and Tamil. Meet at the Kannagi statue at 7.30 a.m. Contact 98403 94282
MAP UR WAY – Map making Workshop for children.
Organised by Kalaa Manjari activity centre and Bambaram Toy Library. Kids will be explained the brief history of maps and cartography, its various uses and how to make a simple map of one’s neighborhood with the help of power point presentation. After the workshop, the kids will be taken for a walk in the neighborhood and based on their observations, kids as a group will be asked to create their own maps of the area with the various landmarks. Kids above 10 years of age can participate. Registration fee Rs 100/- Contact : 2431 2676, 98404 21305. At Kalaa Manjari, Venus Colony, Alwarpet.
Aug. 20 to 31
Exhibition – The Madras Region Before the British.
Open to public from 10 am to 7 pm. At Vennirul Art Gallery. C.P. Art Centre, Eldams Road, Alwarpet.