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Madras Week Ahoy!

August 16, 2008

Update: If you can’t make it to any of the open mic readings, you could send in original work or any piece that is appropriate to be read. Mailto: Both poetry and short fiction are acceptable.

This 22nd of August is Madras city’s 369th birthday! So starting tomorrow, there’s going to be a week full of events to celebrate! Yay! Schedule follows:


> August 17, 2008 at 7:30 AM [That’s Tomorrow!] – From Karneeswarar temple in Saidapet to Marmalong bridge and Little Mount
> August 22, 2008 at 5:30 PM – Begins at Anna Nagar tower park
> August 23, 2008 at 7:00 AM – From Tiruvallikeni Parthsarathy temple to Madras University Senate building

August 18 2008 – August 24 2008

Madras Week Events at Vanilla Place, Mylapore

Photo Exhibition and Sale

Opening night: August 18 2008
Time: 7pm

From August 18 to August 24 , organised by Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan and The Chennai Photowalk. Photos are of Chennai, as seen through the eyes of the photographers who participated in the first nine photowalks. All photos exhibited are available for purchase.


A special storytelling drama with folksongs by the Nochikuppam seafishing community, facilitated by the World Storytelling Institute and hosted by Eric Miller.

Spoken Word Readings & Open Mics:

From August 18 to August 24 at 8pm every night, hosted by Sharanya Manivannan.

August 18 – “Cities+Pride” (Opening Night)
August 19 – “Cities+Envy”
August 20 – “Cities+Wrath”
August 21 – “Cities+Sloth”
August 22 – “Cities+Greed”
August 23 – “Cities+Gluttony”
August 24 – “Cities+Lust”

Performers include Kuttirevathi, Vivek Narayanan, Deesh Mariwala and Sharanya Manivannan.

Open mic readings are open to all. Please contact

For a complete list of events, go here. I’m going to be attending the spoken word readings on 23rd and 24th and any other day I can make it. Re: photowalks, I really want to go to tomorrow’s and the one on 24th, but as is the case w/ all previous photowalks, I can never confirm my being there until that day. Anyhoo, if you’re in Madras, there’s a whole bunch of things to do – and you would be an Idiot to miss out on ’em. 😀


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