Madras Day Celebrations

Madras Day celebrations are just round the corner. This year, it is a week long festival between 20th august and the 27th august. The organisers, like past years are the usual suspects, who organise such events namely Vincent D Souza, S Muthiah, and Revathi, they even have a blog this time around so that people can follow the progress.

This year there a whole host of interesting events like heritage walks through various parts of the city, Madras Bulls bikers tour,contests, exhibitions, talks, and AIR also joining the bandwagon with special programmes apart from a concert at Unwind Center. This years festival is the biggest, grandest, festival organised so far.

Amongst the Heritage walks, the one through George Town is the most interesting. Its where the city was initially located, but many unaware of the cultural and historical monuments. While the Mylapore Santhome walk promises to give a guided tour of the maada veedhi and street houses. A walk through Poonamalee, what is probably amongst the oldest areas of madras amongst others are scheduled.

A documentary is being screened at Satyam Cinemas, which is scripted by Prasanna Ramaswamy, eminent theatre personality in chennai. Film Historian Randoor Guy will make a presentation on Madras in Vintage Cinema, this is definitely a chance to catch a glimpse of Vintage Madras. This year, a large number of speakers are expected to speak on various facets of the city’s history. The pick of the lot would be a talk by K Hariharan on Cinema in Chennai, cinema after all is an integral part of Chennai. One of the talks ‘The Last 5 test matches at Chepauk’ is by the blogger Badri Seshadri who blogs at – Thoughts In Tamil and Nothing Frivolous.

Music is an integral part of the city,for carnatic music enthusiasts there is a concert based on the theme Madras as the seat of music, and rock music fans Unwind Center at Gandhi Nagar has organised a special Live 101 show, with quizzes and presentation of the city’s history.

Apart from these events, various contests are being organised,and Nochikuppam has a Kattermara Thiruvazha continues, aimed at celebrating the fishing heritage Chennai has. Madras Hashers have organised a hash run through the city too.

The most interesting event has to be a live webcast of a Slice of Chennai, for 12 hours, from two locations in the city, namely the Marina Beach and Kapali Kovil in Mylapore. This the organisers hope will be a nostalgic experience for those living outside Madras.

Lookin at the line up, it seems Madras Day is turning transforming from a small event into a a celebration of everything madras, a grand festival celebtating this city which I call home, that isnt just confined to a few enthusiasts but is attracting a larger audience.

1 Comment so far

  1. phantom363 (unregistered) on August 19th, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

    happy birthday to the grand old lady. it is a great idea to give the fisherfolks their rightful place in the city’s lore. another significant group are the cheris (no offence meant here, only for identification purposes). when i was a kid, we used to live by the side of one, and all night long on certain months i remembered the constant beat of the drums along with story telling. i wish i could more info about it. but it was an essential part of the culture and not even sure if it is prevalaent any more. :( that would be a loss of another of the rich folk arts of tamil nadu. once again cheers! let me raise a glass of fresh kaLLU :) and may madras live forever!!

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