Chennai: What started as Madras Day 12 years ago has now turned into a month-long celebration for many in the city, much to the surprise of the founders of the day.
Started as an effort to raise awareness and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Madras city, the celebration includes music, dance, theatre events, exhibitions, heritage walks, lectures, competitions for school students among several other events.
This year, the Madras Week starts from August 16 and ends on August 23. But some events are expected to go on till the last week of August. This time around there is no set coordination committee for any of the events, the founders — Vincent D’ Souza, Shashi Nair and popular historian S. Muthiah — said. They were open to giving ideas as to how any organisation, school or college wanted to celebrate Madras Week.
Some events have limited registration like Photographic Society of India’s photography competition that ends on August 15. This year’s theme for the shoot is “My Madras”, “Madras Monuments” and “Unusual Madras”.
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage is organising, among other events, a public screening of a film on Marina. The founders also announced the Madras Week 2015 app for all Chennaiites who want to access programs on their phone, including setting reminders and also giving feedback about every event.
S. Muthiah said he hopes more number of Chennaiites would celebrate Madras Week this year and make it a grander success than last year.
Location: Tamil Nadu