Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Fabulous 40s, A Decade in Madras History, R Venketesh, Video


The Fabulous 40s, A Decade in Madras History, R Venketesh, 5th August 2017

Tamil Heritage Trust
presents
THE FABULOUS 40s, A DECADE IN MADRAS HISTORY
(40களில் நாம் கண்ட சென்னை)
by
Venketesh Ramakrishnan
5th August 2017, Saturday 6:00 PM at Arkay Chennai Convention Center,
146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

About the Topic:

Some decades have the dullest assortment of events; they are swept into the backyard of forgetfulness. Some are not. These are years when the newspapers habitually keep sending out their errand boys to buy extra ink- to print bolder headlines in close succession day after day. The 1940’s were one such ink guzzling decade. Throughout the world in fact. And very much so in India and city of Madras.

40’s started with a flourish. The tercentenary of the city had just been celebrated. The finale of a century old freedom struggle was nearing   and a world war clouded all history from the background. Political landscape of Madras and to an extent Andhra state was shaped in this decade. Advances were made in art and film stars and singers who dominated the next 50 years took their baby steps in the 40s.  And then scandals too were many. Superstars were arrested for murder, Movie moguls were created, singing demigods were banned from sabhas, girls from Madras became queens elsewhere and sitting judges were arrested for manslaughter.  And Madras changed too geographically. Lakes were dug, rivers killed, bridges built and art deco buildings crowded the streets.

40’s was a decade of achievements and losses, gains and forfeits, laughter and tear. Some amazing events happened in those ten years in Madras. Some even laid the footing for grander things to follow. Having the calendar as a common thread, this talk will focus on happenings in close succession over a decade. Basically a storytelling session filled with trivia, it would help  a clear picture emerge on what our city was like  70 years ago. This Madras Month let us revisit the past, where the seeds for today were sown.

About the speaker:

R.VENKETESH  is a historian and novelist. He writes a weekly column for DT next and lectures frequently on historical topics in both English & Tamil. His KAVIRI MAINDHAN a sequel to Kalki’s Ponniyin selvan was his first book. He is the founder of 2 history social groups called PONNIYIN SELVAN GROUP and the MADRAS LOCAL HISTORY GROUP with huge members. His cultural mapping projects of the Cooum and Adyar river made the city sit up and take notice  of what it had previously thought of as sewers. An avid traveler, Venketesh  makes frequent trips to historical and temple sites.

Entry for the event is absolutely FREE; No registration required. The event will also be available on LIVE.


RSVP:
S. Swaminathan - sswami99@gmail.com; 2467 1501
Badri Seshadri - Kizhakku-p-padippakam - badri@nhm.in; 98840-66566
A. Annamalai: Gandhi Study Centre - gandhicentre@gmail.com;
S. Kannan - musickannan@gmail.com; 98414-47974
R. Gopu - writergopu@yahoo.com, 98417-24641
T.Sivasubramanian - siva.durasoft@gmail.com, 98842-94494

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Chola Game of Thrones, Whitney Cox, 21st July 2017

Tamil Heritage Trust, Dimple's Art Gallery and Apparao Galleries proudly present

'A Chola Game of Thrones'
21st July, Friday 6:30 PM
At Dimple's gallery
2nd floor, Dilmas Square
27/10 Shafi Mohammed Road
Opp Apollo Children's Hospital
(Off Greams road)
Chennai 600006

A talk by Dr Whitney Cox, Chair, Department of South Asian languages and civilisations, University of Chicago, in which he explores a crucial period in Chola' History surrounding the Ascension and reign of Kulothunga Chola. The Chola Emperor Kulotthunga I ruled for a half-century, from 1070 to around 1120; after the great empire builders Rajaraja and Rajendra, he was perhaps the greatest of the kings of that dynasty. His path to the throne, however, was complex. In  1070, Kulotthunga was called Rajendra Chola, and he was one of the three men who could claim to be the rightful king. By 1074 at the latest, he was renamed Kulothunga ("Supreme in his Family") and ruling unopposed. How he managed to go from one point to the other is a fascinating story, which Dr Cox will try to relate in the course of this talk.

Dr Whitney Cox' recent book ' Politics, Kingship and Poetry in Medieval South India: Moonset on Sunrise mountain' ( Cambridge university press 2016)  explores the working of a complex political society that the Chola reign during this period presents.

All are welcome!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

பண்ணிசை தந்த சமூகங்கள், ப.கோலப்பன், வீடியோ


பண்ணிசை தந்த சமூகங்கள், ப.கோலப்பன், 1 ஜூலை 2017

Tamil Heritage Trust
presents
Communities of Music
(பண்ணிசை தந்த சமூகங்கள்)
by
B. Kolappan
1st July 2017, Saturday 5.30 PM at Arkay Chennai Convention Center,
146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

About the Topic: A few caste communities in Tamil Nadu besides Brahmins and Isai Vellalas have contributed considerably to music. Padayachi, Kambar, Sunnanbu Paravar, Maruthuvar and some dalit castes have contributed immensely to the musical tradition of Tamil Nadu but their contributions are not well known. Their contribution ranges from playing in Carnatic concerts, in temple festivals, village festivals, naiyandi meals performances etc. They have been adept at playing nageswaram, thavil, flute, mridangam and many other instruments. Over the years these traditions are vanishing and the performers have hardly received any recognition. This talk will explore some of these communities and their contributions to music.

About the speaker: The loudspeakers from the Madhusoothana Perumal temple in his village regularly filled the air with music, besides best Nagaswaram players perfoming during summer festivals called Kodai. They fuelled his interest in music. Later as a reporter for Dinamani, The New Indian Express and The Hindu, Kolappan wrote extensively about music. He currently works for The Hindu.

Entry for the event is absolutely FREE; No registration is required. The event will also be available on LIVE thru YouTube. For further details, visit http://www.tamilheritage.in & https://www.facebook.com/TamilHeritageTrust

RSVP:
S. Swaminathan - sswami99@gmail.com; 2467 1501
Badri Seshadri - Kizhakku-padippakam - badri@nhm.in; 98840-66566
A. Annamalai: Gandhi Study Centre - gandhicentre@gmail.com;
S. Kannan - musickannan@gmail.com; 98414-47974
R. Gopu - writergopu@yahoo.com, 98417-24641
T.Sivasubramanian - siva.durasoft@gmail.com, 98842-94494

Friday, June 2, 2017

Buddhist Monuments & Iconography in Odisha, Shyam Raman, 3rd June 2017

தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரிய அறக்கட்டளை 
Tamil Heritage Trust
presents
Buddhist Monuments & Iconography in Odisha - An Introduction
(ஒடிசாவின் பௌத்தப் பண்பாட்டுச் சின்னங்கள் குறித்து ஓர் அறிமுகம்)
by
Shyam Raman
3rd June 2017, Saturday 5.30 PM at Arkay Chennai Convention Center,
146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

About the Topic: Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri and Udayagiri, about two and a half hours away from Bhubaneswar, were major centers of Buddhism. The remains at Lalitagiri have been dated as early as 3rd C CE; Ratnagiri and Udayagiri developed subsequently. They were great centers of Vajrayana buddhism between the 7th and 11th centuries. Archaeological excavations from 1958 and more recently in 1997-2000 have unearthed the ruins of a grand monastic complex with magnificent shrines. The sites have numerous sculptures of the Mahayana and Vajrayana pantheon as well as hundreds of votive stupas. The talk will include a quick overview of the three sites as well as an introduction to the basics of Buddhist iconography in Odisha.

About the speaker: Shyam Raman is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering and a post graduate in Management. He is currently employed with a large conglomerate based in Chennai.  In the past few years, he has been an active participant in the events of the Tamil Heritage Trust.

Entry for the event is absolutely FREE; No registration required. The event will also be available on LIVE. For further details, please visit http://www.tamilheritage.in & https://www.facebook.com/TamilHeritageTrust

RSVP:
S. Swaminathan - sswami99@gmail.com; 2467 1501
Badri Seshadri - Kizhakku-p-padippakam - badri@nhm.in; 98840-66566
A. Annamalai: Gandhi Study Centre - gandhicentre@gmail.com;
S. Kannan - musickannan@gmail.com; 98414-47974
R. Gopu - writergopu@yahoo.com, 98417-24641
T.Sivasubramanian - siva.durasoft@gmail.com, 98842-94494