Every year Madras Day is celebrated on August 22 and the week covering the weekends before and after this date is celebrated ad Madras Week. Various organisations / individuals come together to host events relating to Chennai and celebrate the week in their own way.

There are many contests, interesting exhibitions, walks that kids can be part of.
Here is a list. Choose your day and the event and be part of the celebration.

Photowalk for children

Aug. 13, 2011. From Royapuram Railway station to Ramanujan Museum in Royapuram.
Starts at 7 a.m.

Aug. 14, 2011. From Iyyappan temple in R.A. Puram to Greenways Road Railway station
Starts at 7 a.m.

Register at phone number 98405 44629 for both the walks.
Best pictures will be displayed as exhibition in various venues.
More details here.

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Contests – Costume, art, kolam, oratorical

Aug. 15, 2011
Oratorical contest for students of class 9 to 12. In English and Tamil. Topic : Speeches by famous personalities in Chennai.
Costume Galore – Traditional bridal costumes of different communities (native or migrated) of Chennai.
Art Contest – Collage on theme ‘Chennai – Netru, Indru, Naalai’. For children of age group 8-12yrs
Pulli Kolam contest. Open to all in the age group of 15-25years.

Contact The Yellow Bus at E-35/2, 2nd Avenue, Besant Nagar. Next to ICICI Bank
Phones : 45511819; 98845 49688

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Traditional games and Paatti Kada Sole…

Aug. 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2011
At Bamboola, 73, Venkata Krishna Road, R.A. Puram. Phone: 24611779
Grandmas will tell 5-6 minutes’ short stories to children in Tamil. Children can join in and play traditional games.

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Kolam Contest

Aug. 19, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Open to mothers. Bring out your colours and shapes, and spread some cheer to celebrate Chennai
At Bamboola, 73, Venkata Krishna Road, R.A. Puram. Phone: 24611779

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Map Ur Way – Map Workshop / walk / competition

August 20, 2011 friom 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Learning session on how to construct and read maps followed by a walk in the neighborhood and a presentation contest. Open to first 25 registrations only. For children of 12 years and above.
Conducted by Kalaa Manjari After School Activity Centre and Bambaram Toy Library

Register at Kalaa Manjari, 6/12, First Street, Venus Colony, Alwarpet, Chennai – 18 in person on or before August 18, 2011. For more details, Contact 99623 87624.

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Art contest

Aug. 21, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Conducted by Kalaamanjari.
Two different themes for two age groups:
Ages –  5- 10 years – Theme:  Clean Green Chennai
Ages – 11 – 16 years  –  Theme: Places of Interest in Chennai

Contact Kalaa Manjari at 6/12, First Street, Venus Colony. Alwarpet. Phone: 24312676

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Performances & Finale

Aug. 21, 2011
Finals of Oratorical contest
Villupattu – Netru, Indru, Naalai
Kootu – Lecture Demostration. ‘Influence of folk elements in today’s art and culture in the capital of Tamil Nadu

Contact The Yellow Bus at E-35/2, 2nd Avenue, Besant Nagar. Next to ICICI Bank
Phones : 45511819; 98845 49688

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Multimedia Presentation contest – Heritage of Chennai

Aug. 23, 2011. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open to teams of three from schools.
More details here.
Public are welcome to be audience during the presentation.
At Srinivasa Sastri Hall, Luz, Mylapore.

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Madras – experience your cultural heritage

Aug. 27, 2011. From 3.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Spring and Zoom, KK Nagar, an activity centre for children, welcomes children to experiment and create exquisite products using the potter’s wheel and palm leaves. Supported by resource persons from DakshinaChitra; open to children five years and above.  Also, ‘Madras: Then and now’, a poster presentation by students.
At Hotel Green Park, Vadapalani. Contact 9940450495 / 9940286740.

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The Madras Quiz in Tamil

Aug. 27, 2011. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
At P.S. Higher Secondary School, R.K. Math Road, Mylapore, Chennai – 4.
Open to students studying in Tamil medium.
Teams of two from school. Register at 98405 44629

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Madras 372 – Quiz for school students

Aug. 28, 2011. From 2.00 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At Lady Andal School’s Venkata Subba Rao Auditorium
Organised by Quiz Master Naveen Jayakumar and the Quiz Foundation of India.

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