Wednesday, October 4, 2017

S​tepwells, Ravishankar Thyagarajan, 7th Oct 2017

தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரியக் குழுமம்

Tamil Heritage Trust
presents

S​tepwells
(​படிக்கிணறுகள்)
by
​Ravishankar Thyagarajan


7th​ October 2017,
Saturday 5:30 PM at Arkay Center,

146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

About the Topic:

Stepwells are large and steep wells with steps leading to the water, built mostly in the dry states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and regions around Delhi. Though there were stepwell constructions prior to 10th century, after this period, the constructions became large and more ornate, of a quality comparable to the greatest temples of India. One such standout stepwell is Rani ki Vav built by King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty in the 11th century at Patan. The stepwell construction continued during the Islamic rule as well, in the 13th-16th century period.

The talk will introduce stepwells in general, and describe in more detail two important stepwells of Gujarat, Rani ki Vav mentioned above and the 15th century stepwell Adalaj near Ahmedabad.

About the speaker:
Ravishankar Thyagarajan is a heritage enthusiast, who works in a leading Financial institution in Chennai. His interests range from Puranas to syncretic traditions of India. He has given talks on U Ve Sa, Inscriptions of Chalukyas of Badami, Jain sculptures of Kalugumalai & Islamic Architecture of India.
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, September 1, 2017

Sacred textiles of India, Sreemathy Mohan, 2nd Sep 2017

தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரிய அறக்கட்டளை
Tamil Heritage Trust
presents
Sacred Textiles of India
(இந்திய புனித ஆடையலங்காரம்)
by
Sreemathy Mohan
2nd September 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:

The most common function for textiles is their use as articles of clothing. Apart from their importance as everyday and ceremonial dress, textiles in India have numerous other functions including their use as religious hangings, backdrops, sacred talismans etc. They are intimately connected to systems of religion, political organization, marriage, social status and exchange. Such decorative textiles assumes great importance as symbols of prestige, articles of wealth and of religious importance. The making of such clothes requires physical and spiritual precautions to protect the quality of dyeing and weaving, and the wellbeing of the artisian. Through an introduction to such textiles of India, and by seeing cloths in their cultural context, we can understand and appreciate their true value and meaning.

About the speaker:

The speaker was an insurance and IT professional, and is currently a textile researcher and enthusiast on history of Indian/World textiles. She writes widely on the subject, She has co-founded the W3 - Women, Weave, World -on Facebook, which is a group of Textile lovers and enthusiasts, and also works with Weavers and Weaving Societies directly in supporting and reviving vintage weaves. Participating and conducting textile trails in various clusters has given her a practical insight. She is enthusiastic about outreach to youngsters about our rich handloom heritage, and also facilitates expert connect sessions with designers.

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

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!