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Radha Kalyana Mahothsavam

Bhaktha Swaraa Bhajan Mandali is conducting the 27th Sri Radha Kalyana Mahothsavam from October 5 to 7 at Sri Meenakshi Kalyana Mandapam...»

Pavithrotsavam in temples

The annual Pavithrotsavam of Sri Srinivasa Perumal at Sri Vedanta Desikar Temple, Mylapore, is being organised from yesterday (Septembe...»

Brahmakumaris launches peace campaign

The programme ends on December 21. »

Navarathri camp

In view of Navarathri festival, KinderNest will organise a camp from September 24 to September 28 for children aged between two and six...»

‘Dance hour’ with Athma Laya

A unique blend of dance and meditation exclusively for women. »

Exhibition of Ganesha idols

The sixth annual exhibition of a few thousand idols of Lord Ganesha has been organised in Chromepet. Inaugurated on Wednesday las...»

Pre-Navaratri sale

Thughil is having its pre-Navaratri exhibition-cum-sale of handlooms. The range includes exclusive natural-dyed Khadhi, Kalamkari, Oriya...»

Carnatic vocal classes

Shiksha Pre-School will conduct Carnatic vocal classes from September 27 between 5 p.m. and 5.45 p.m. and between 5.45 p.m. and 6.45 p.m...»

Krishna Jayanthi festival

Gokulashtami and Sri Krishna Jayanthi Festival Group and Yadava Samudhaya Valarchi Niruvanam, Meenambal Salai, Vivekananda Nagar, will b...»

Narayaneeyam classes

Classes on Narayaneeyam will be conducted for students and women from September 22 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at...»

Chaturthi celebrations

The 14th year of Sri Vinayagar Chaturthi will be celebrated on September 19 at Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam, 1, Kambar Street, Mahalakshm...»

Namasankeerthanam for world peace

Udumalapettai Sri Nagaraja Bhagavathar Bhajan Seva Mandali, along with Triplicane Panduranga Mandali, is organising its fifth annual non...»

Travelling through ‘Old Madras’

Did you know that the present Light House in Marina Beach was first located at Fort’s Museum, Fort St. George. The first lighthouse star...»

Vishnu Sahasranamam recitation contest

Vishnu Sahasranama Satsangam, Besant Nagar, will conduct a competition on recitation of Vishnu Sahasranamam on September 30 at Dr. MGR J...»

Atma Gnana Yoga classes

A 10-day Atma Gnana Yoga classes comprising Pranayam, food habits, Art of Living and meditation will be conducted by Lakshmi Mony at W-7...»

Krishna Jayanthi celebrations at Nandalala

Nandalala Religious Trust, Mylapore, will be celebrating Sri Krishna Jayanthi at the temple premises from September 8 to 10. The three-d...»

Devotees strive to restore tradition

The new flooring is slippery and emanates heat »

Heritage tour

Namma Mylapore will be conducting a heritage tour of Mylapore on September 2. Led by Dr. Chithra Madhavan, the tour by van will start...»

Special Onam Ela Sadhya

Ente Keralam is hosting a special ‘Onam Ela Sadhya,’ which will be on till September 2 at its restaurants in Poes Garden, Anna Nagar and...»

Lakshmi Hayagreevar Jayanthi

Sri Lalshmi Hayagreevar Jayanthi will be held at Sri Vedantha Desikar Devathanam, Mylapore, on August 29. There will be a special thirum...»

Hindustani music concert

Sowmiya Madhanagopal, who runs Sunad, a centre for Hindustani music at R.A. Puram, will present a concert along with her students at Sri...»

A heritage landmark re-opens in Mylapore

On the occasion of ‘Madras’ turning 373, P.Orr & Sons, the timekeepers of Madras since 1849, reopened its newly renovated showroom i...»

Matha Samarpanam Trust celebrates anniversary

The 14th Annual Day celebrations of Sri Matha Samarpanam Trust was celebrated on August 4 at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Mylapore. Mus...»

Style and the city

Designer Anaka Narayanan about the city’s discerning women and her sense of style »

Upliftment through dance

The works of two foreign artistes helped fight the stigma against devadasis and paved the way for Bharatanatyam »

Visiting a hometown I don’t recognise

Magline Rufina, a senior corporate communications professional writes about her visit to Chennai and how the city's landscape and people see »

Culture on a platter

In 2003, I was at the Bookshop at Spencer Plaza, a one-of-a-kind distributor of an eclectic mix of specialty books housed in unlikely co...»

Giving life to imagination

Now-a-days it is not uncommon to see children talking about mythological stories and epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata. The re-intr...»

Madras Day events

Studio Palazzo, an art gallery, and Madras Naturalist Society will present a photo exhibition on Wildlife in and around Chennai from Aug...»

On practising spirituality in daily life

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Educare, Nemilicherry, organised a seminar on Human Values for students of schools in and around Chennai rec...»

Cherished legacy, treasured memories

With Madras Day celebrations round the corner, VIPs recall their association with the city »

Celebrations for City’s birthday

This year, Madras Week will be celebrated from August 19 to 26. The Chennai Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cult...»

An evening of music

GA Trust, a charitable organisation, presents ‘Sampradhaya 2012’, a fund raiser for its hospital, Guruji Medical Centre, in Thennangur,...»

Carnatic vocal recital

Nitin Sadras, disciple of Shubha Narayan, will be performing his Carnatic vocal arangetram on August 5 at Smt. Sivagami Pethachi Auditor...»

Krishna Jayanthi celebrations

In connection with the Krishna Jayanthi Mahotsavam, Sri Nandalala Religious Trust, Mylapore, will be having ‘Sri Jayanthi Celebrations’...»

Jewellery for the traditional and trendy

Aruna Pathreeker, a jewellery designer from Hyderabad, unveils a collection of jewellery silver with gold coating embedded with semi-prec...»

Sanskrit classes

Rajaji Satsangham is conducting Sanskrit classes on every Sunday at 3 p.m. at Chinmaya Mission, No. 16/29, Third Main Road, Nanganallur....»

Fair on bronze and brass idols

‘Srushti,’ an exhibition-cum-sale of idols made of bronze, brass, bell and others, organised by Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Artisans Welfare...»

Tribute paid to poets

Kaavyamritham (Magic of the Muse), a tribute to the poets, was this years’ theme for the 55th anniversary celebration of PSBB Group of S...»

A milestone celebration in his life

Sound engineer N. Seshadri will be celebrating his 100th birthday on August 2. »

Pavithrotsavam from August

Pavithrotsavam will be held at Sri Lakshminrisimha Navaneetha Krishnan Temple, MMTC Colony, Nanganallur, from August 1 to 6, 2012. <...»

Brindamma: music and beyond

Aspects that made the legend special were touched upon by speakers. bani »

Aadi Bakthi Vizha

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is conducting ‘Aadi Bakhti Vizha’ from July 17 to August 5 at its premises at East Mada Street, Mylapore. ...»

Amman music album launched

EdServ’s CEO Manachanallur S. Giridharan has launched his second devotional album titled ‘Om Nava Shakti, Jaya Jaya Shakti.’ Based on cl...»

The indelible art

Forget names, angels and butterflies. Chennai is moving towards personal, grown-up, whacky and even scandalous tattoos »

World of words

The latest Collins Cobuild dictionaries are so user-friendly you can just read them like a book »

CII forum for innovation

Some of the ideas can trigger into an innovation in the future, was the concept of the unconference session conducted by the Confederati...»

‘Ovations’ for Loyola college

‘Ovations’, the inter-departmental cultural extravaganza of Loyola College here just got more interesting this year. ...»

Vision chart in Tamil goes to masses

Sankara Nethralaya, which pioneered the scientific self-testing visual acuity chart in Tamil, is now set to take the tool to various pla...»

Campus Buzz

New leaders WHAT: Students Union inauguration @ Loyola College The inauguration of the...»

Theatre Fest Edition Eight

The eighth edition of The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest that commences on August 10 offers a mix of national and international theatre over s »

Bicycle diary

Arranged as a semi-guide, an inspirational manual, Anne Mustoe tells you how to plan for a trip of this scale in an unusual travel book whic »

Olympics fever spreads in Chennai

Over 8,000 kilometres away from London, a little boy studying in MSB Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Broadway nurtured a dream...»

Tata felicitates south zone essay contest winners

The Tata Group recognised the city level winners from the South Zone (Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Kerala) of the sixth annual ‘Tata Buil...»

At 49, China’s Tamil radio station plans an expansion

CRI Tamil - with a network of listeners’ clubs in T.N. - in talks with Chennai’s FM stations for launch of a daily two-hour broadcast »

Trilogy Water Lilies to be staged again

Water Lilies unfolds three chance meetings between strangers, a man and a woman each from a different culture »

ISKCON to conduct cultural competitions

The Chennai Chapter of International Society for Krishna Consciousness will conduct inter-school cultural competitions from July 15 to A...»

Sunday Kutcheri

As part of the monthly mikeless kutcheri organised by Sundaram Finance, 12-year-old Pooja Shree Rajagopalan, who is learning music from...»

Sringeri Shankaracharya in Chennai

The Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Bharati Tirtha Mahaswami, is in Chennai as part of his Dakshina Bharatha Vijaya Yatra. <...»

ISKCON's year-long programme

International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON, is conducting a year-long holistic development programme for children aged betw...»

Reviving traditional games of India

Kreeda launches a set of games at Akalpita, an organic shop in T. Nagar. »

Temple reclaims property in Luz

Tenants hand over acres of land belonging to the Kapaliswarar Temple. A month ago, the Deputy Commissioner identified 39 tenants who were us »

Sita Kalyanam to be performed today

A two-day Sri Seetha Kalyana Utsavam by Shree Vittal Bhajan Mandali is being conducted at Sri Rukmini Sametha Sri Pandurangan Sannidhi,...»

Brahmotsavam being celebrated

The Brahmotsavam of Sri Vaikundhavasa Perumal Temple is being celebrated from June 28 with religious fervour at Koyambedu. The first day...»

From teacher to Siromani

Dr. Saroja Ramanujam teaches Sanskrit through skype »

Once upon a time in Thyagaraya Nagar…

History depicts a peaceful and modern T. Nagar — a planned town and a sought after residential locality. One can hardly imagine a Ranganatha »

Rajaji Salai, the seat of power

Chennai, Madras or Pattinam – whatever the name be, the city has transformed from a small kuppam to a metropolitan city. While the city...»

Walltax Road, then and now

Walltax Road (now, V.O.C. Salai), which is adjacent to the Central Railway Station, runs parallel to railway tracks and flanks Georgetow...»

Inherent interest in history and archaeology

The audience is spell bound with her lectures and is in awe when she reveals less-known facts about temples and their history. Dates, per...»

Madras Week programme tomorrow

The following programmes are being organised on Tuesday as part of the Madras Week celebration. An art competition and essay-writi...»

Three dimensions of 3D

Why are filmmakers increasingly tempted to use 3D? And what do movie buffs feel about watching such films wearing those special glasses? »

Dignity comes from within, say teachers

School staff members offended by government circular asking them to avoid wearing indecent clothes »

Poignant portrait of rural struggle

Moondraam Ulagappor (Third World War), lyricist Vairamuthu’s latest work, is an ambitious attempt to weave an epic around the travails of ru »

History has to be inclusive of culture: Kanimozhi

History has to be inclusive of culture and traditions of the local people, not merely a chronicle of the lives of kings and emperors, Me...»

“Chennai deserves more recognition”

Despite being the cultural fountainhead of the country, Chennai is yet to receive the recognition it deserves, speakers observed at the...»

Stalin pledges to donate organs

Tamil Nadu’s Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin on Friday pledged to donate his organs after death, following in the footsteps of...»

The chronicles of Cuba

Learn more about the country at the Cuban film festival »

Chennai hailed as centre of arts

A week-long dance festival of the Music Academy was opened on Sunday with Andrew T. Simkin, the U.S. Consul General in Chennai, describi...»

Relics from past get new lease of life

New initiatives: guides at Egmore museum and freedom fighters gallery at Fort museum soon »

Home grown hero

Director Rajiv Chilaka tells SUBHA J RAO he wanted kids to connect with an Indian hero and Chhota Bheem was the perfect choice »

City students learn new alphabet: C for Chinese

H. Shrithula has a useful analogy for those who think that learning Chinese is difficult: “Chinese is similar to Tamil. If you know Tamil...»

The Sunday Diary - No place like home

Chennai throbs with art and culture. There are people on the streets, at all times »

A passion for cricket

MADRAS MISCELLANY A weekly column that nostalgically turns pages of history and culture of three-century-old city called Chennai »

The agony and ecstasy of litigation

There are strong reasons that prompt fresh law graduates to take up transactional jobs, and avoid litigation. Yet, those who choose the cour »

Discovering design and yourself, at Michigan

One must think about where one wants to be and if one’s way of life resonates with something deep within, it’s only then that every single d »

Directive to Endowments department on renovation of temples

“In the name of renovation, old paintings in temples are either repainted or whitewashed”, Thangam Thennarasu said. He also adde »

Tourism expo showcases destinations and packages

Tourism boards and travel companies from seven countries and 15 Indian States are showcasing a variety of travel destinations and touris...»

Month-long events to celebrate Madras Day

The Madras Day celebrations have morphed into a month-long event in the last six years since they began. The events during the month wil...»

Not-for-profit television channel to focus on art, culture, heritage

Chennai-based media company Krishnaswamy Associates will shortly launch Krishna TV, a not-for-profit television channel that will broadca...»

Tilak Ghat: a strong reminder of freedom struggle

The sands of the Marina may attract thousands of visitors but little do they know about a spot from where history unfolded. It is the Ti...»

History of centuries-old Parishes

On the history of Luz Church and Our Lady of Guidance Church »

A stroll could be a learning experience too

The Marina Beach is the favourite place for people from all walks of life and is also an important landmark of the city. Right from morn...»

Creating structures from rare coins

Perhaps there are over 100 coin collectors in Chennai, but S. Hunsuldeen of Saligraman stays distinctive among his fraternity. Th...»

Veda Patalasala at Skandasramam

Chennai Om Sri Skandasraman in Kambar Street, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Selaiyur, has started the Guru Vyasa Veda Patasala for students to lear...»

Temples to perform Kumbabhishekam

At Avvai Nagar Murugan Temple in Selaiyur and at Sri Shakthi Ganpathy Temple, Lakshmi Nagar »

Kodai Utsavam

Kodai Utsavam of Sri Srinivasa Perumal at Sri Vedantha Desikar Temple, Mylapore, is being conducted from June 26. The Utsavam will be ce...»

Handlooms, handicrafts from Odisha

Tribal Art of Odisha, an exhibition-cum-sale, organised by Akshya Handicrafts, is on at Sri Sankara Hall, TTK Road, Alwarpet. A w...»

  Shilpaguru Rathakrishnan: A sculpted life

The legacy of National award winning sculptor Shilpaguru Rathakrishnan is carved in metal. Sculpted over 35 years, his life has been the pro »

Power Shutdown

Power supply will be suspended in the following areas on May 08, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. »



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 A roadside vendor sells water melon slices near the Valluvar Kottam in Chennai. Photo: M. Moorthy

Summer ailments

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