Given below are further details of the events that Madras Musings is organising by itself to celebrate Madras Week:
Chennai Heritage/Madras Musings Lecture Series
All talks will begin at 7.00 pm and will be preceded by tea/coffee and refreshments from 6.30 pm. The programmes will end by 8.15 pm.
15th August: Taj Connemara: My Madras, a talk by Sivasankari, the well-known author. An awareness on social issues; a special sensitivity to social problems; a commitment to set people thinking – these are the unique characteristics of the writer Sivasankari. Hers has been a career devoted to touching the hearts of people through in-depth research.
16th August: The Park: J Chandrababu and Madras Bhashai in films, a talk-cum-audio visual presentation by Mohan V Raman, well-known film and television actor who has carved a niche for himself in his use of films as a media for conducting management training sessions. Mohan Raman has been a fixture at the Madras Musing lecture series for over three years.
17th August: The Park: Tanglish in Tamil Cinema, a talk-cum-audio visual presentation by Bharadwaj Rangan, the well-known and National Award winning film critic of the Indian Express. It is said that several film-goers base their decisions
18th August: GRT, T Nagar: The Writing on the Wall, Life in Ancient Madras as gleaned from inscriptions, a presentation and talk by Pradeep Chakravarthy. Pradeep is a young heritage enthusiast who combines his professional commitments as a member of the Leadership Coaching team at an IT major with his passions for several aspects of heritage.
19th August: The Madras Gymkhana Club: The Old Guard, Architectural Firms of early 20th Century Madras, a presentation and talk by Sujatha Shankar. Sujatha is a well-known architect of the city with several prestigious projects to her credit. Her abiding passion for heritage led to her making a film on the city’s architectural heritage. She is also on the Heritage Conservation Committee of the CMDA.
20th August: Freemasons Hall, Commander-in-Chief Road, Egmore: Sex and The City, a talk by Dr Vijay Nagaswami. The city’s leading psychiatrist who specializes in relationship issues. He is also a well-known author with three books. He writes for The Hindu besides conducting workshops and seminars for several business houses of the city.
21st August: Taj Mount Road: Policing the City, a talk by T Rajendran, the Police Commissioner of Chennai. It is Mr Rajendran’s responsibility to ensure law-and-order in this vast and teeming metropolis and he has a string of facts, figures and anecdotes on what goes into ensuring Chennai remains law-abiding.
22nd August: Ceebros Raintree Hotel, St Mary’s Road: The T Nagar I knew, a talk by Dr Nalli Kuppuswami Chetty. No resident of this city can be unfamiliar with Dr Nalli who apart from being a textile baron is also a prolific writer, a patron of the arts and champion of social causes. He has written a book on T Nagar and this was reviewed in Madras Musings some time ago.