Planning for Madras Week begins in right earnest

The organising committee of the Madras Week 2018 is inviting individuals, groups and institutions to be a part of the event, to be held in August.

“We want people from all parts of Madras [Chennai] to participate. Those who have old photos and things that relate to old Madras can start an activity in their respective areas and we will guide them,” said Vincent D’Souza, Editor,
Mylapore Times

The organisers said that participation is a purely voluntary effort by those wanting to organise programmes during the week.

Madras Week will be held between August 19 and 26.

This year, city hotels will once again be enthusiastic participants.

Some will be venues for talks, while others will host art and photographic exhibitions, besides organising other festivals.

Art galleries have also taken to this event in a big way. And so have diplomatic missions and their cultural centres.

Senior journalist Sushila Ravindranath said, “When we first started we went around asking hotels for space. But now they come and ask us what we have planned and support us.”

Battle re-enactment

Colours of Glory Foundation is organising a pictorial exhibition on the military history and a battle re-enactment. “The re-enactment, being staged by the NCC cadets attired in period costumes, is that of the Battle of Colachel (August 10, 1741) between a Dutch East India Company force and the Travancore Army, resulting in the Dutch being trounced, the first and only instance of a native Indian force decisively defeating a European one,” said Capt D.P. Ramachandran, founder and managing trustee of the Foundation.

Govt. participation

Writer-historian V. Sriram recalled how the government acknowledged the Madras Week last year. He said that it would be good if it collaborated with the organisers and held some activities this year.

Several IT companies that organised programmes last year are planning to do more this year.

As are several social and sports clubs, Rotary Club, and cultural centres.

A special effort is being made to host events in Tamil as well.

Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Chennai Chapter is organising walks, exhibitions, awareness programmes, and workshops to create awareness of the city’s tangible and intangible heritage.

Those who are planning events are requested to send in details by email to [email protected] and [email protected] Details received will be put up on the website

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