Free health camp for children

To celebrate Children’s Day, Andhra Mahila Sabha is conducting a free health camp for children up to 15 years, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Nov. 12 to Nov. 17.

Paediatric consultation, vision check-up, dental check-up will be done on all days of the camp. Hearing check-up will be done from 12 noon to 1 p.m. only on Nov.15 (Thursday). A Fancy dress competition will also be held for children on Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The camp is sponsored by Inner Wheel Club of Ashok Nagar. For details contact 2493 8311, Paediatric O.P. extension: 309. At Andhra Mahila Sabha (Durgabai Deshmukh Hospital), R.A. Puram.

Book release

A. Venkatasubramanian (extreme right), a resident of Kalakshetra Colony has authored ‘Buddha on Wall Street’, a book on investments. The book provides the building blocks for how to manage your money and the philosophical outlook for how to manage our lives to maximise happiness. It was unveiled by S. Gurumurthy, renowned Indian economist and Editor of Tughlak, Tamil magazine. Venkatasubramanian has an MBA degree in General Management and Finance from the US. He has also completed CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst, USA). His knowledge in the subject of finance has been laid out in this book to help the reader manage their life and finances in a balanced and effective manner. Buddha on Wall Street is published by and is priced at Rs.799.

First 150 buyers on using the coupon code ‘AdyarTimes’ will get an author’s discount of 37% when they purchase online from book is also available on Amazon and Flipkart.

Fancy dress competition

Probus Club of Chennai will hold a Fancy Dress competition for children up to 8 years of age on Nov.15 at Russian Center for Science & Culture, 74, Kasturi Ranga Road at 3.30 pm. There is no specific theme for the contest and parents are requested to register at the venue before 3.30 p.m. For registration contact Sundera Gopalan at 99400 99299, K. Jayshree at 98844 64045 and V.Balachander at 99629 01964.

Skills workshop for women

Shaastra 2019, IIT Madras conducted ‘The Amazon Alexa Skills Workshop’ – a Women Developers’ event, in collaboration with ‘Amazon Alexa’ and ‘Women Who Code’, Chennai, on Nov. 3, at IIT Madras campus.

The workshop was a curtain-raiser for their ‘Career Returnship Conference for Women – Shaastra Relaunch’, to be held on January 5 and 6, 2019, during the technical festival of IIT Madras – Shaastra.

This exquisite day-long workshop headed by Sharada Priya and Vishnu Harshith of IIT Madras, exposed over 60 women participants to the future of voice-based experiences, and gave them an overview of Echo, Alexa and the tools used to build Alexa skills. Participants had an enriching and interactive session about the principles of voice design. The workshop was conducted free of cost and the participants received certificates of completion from the Shaastra Relaunch team.

Shaastra Relaunch is a career returnship conference for women in the tech and managerial field. Women professionals, after a break, with their now outdated skill sets and knowledge, usually find it hard to cope-up with the fast-changing job market. Relaunch aims at helping them fit into the new world by providing them a platform to learn, get mentored and network. The conference will have inspiring key notes by noteworthy speakers, intriguing workshops, mentorship and professional level networking with delegates from world class companies. Registrations will open shortly for the conference.

Students of Homeschoolers’ Guild engrossed in the art of photography using DSLR camera, conducted by Saravanan Karunamoorthy on Oct. 27 at the Book Office, 4th Street, Venkateswara Nagar, Adyar.

Carnatic music competition

In memory of legendary Carnatic musician (late) S. Rajam, his disciple Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam is organising a music competition for students across the world. The contest is planned to celebrate his Birth centenary year.

Sangita Kala Acharya S. Rajam (Feb.10, 1919 to Jan.30 2010) was an eminent musician and painter. He has immortalised the image of the musical trinity, Saint Thyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar and Syama Sastri through his paintings. He was also a repository of many kritis in their most authentic renditions.

The competition will be held in two levels – a preliminary and a final round. The finals will be held on December 29, 2018 at R.R. Sabha, Mylapore, Chennai. The competition will be held based on the repertoire of compositions popularised by him and compositions set to music by him. A folder containing the renditions of kritis by S. Rajam has been uploaded in Facebook and the participating Sabhas/ Institutions/ individuals can access the audio through the link.

The competition will be held in 2 categories, juniors – 12 to 18 years and seniors – 18 to 30 years. Inclusion of one Vivadi raga kriti is a must. Manodharma is compulsory for the senior category. Dates of the competition: Prelims in Bengaluru on Nov.17, in Mumbai on Nov.24 and in Chennai on Dec.24 for juniors and Dec.25 for seniors. All are welcome. Entry free. For details visit their FB page or Email to

Yoga classes for beginners

A fresh batch of Yoga classes for beginners has commenced this November at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Kottivakkam.

Beginner’s Yoga course is held from 6 a.m. to 7.30 a.m. Classes for ladies are between 9.30 a.m. and 11 a.m., from Nov. 12 onwards. Beginner’s course in evening starts from Nov. 19 onwards, between 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The centre also offers Gentle Yoga for the elderly from 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. on weekdays and Bhagavad Gita classes every Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

At 3/655 Kuppam Road, Kaveri Nagar, Kottivakkam. Ph: 24511626/2546, 91761 06790.

Bharatanatyam arangetram

Tanya Sravan, a disciple of Dr. Lakshmi Ramaswamy of Sri Mudhraalaya will present her Arangetram on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. at R.R. Sabha Mini Hall, Mylapore. K.N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is the chief guest of the event and Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, Narada Gana Sabha, will be the Guest of Honour.

Tanya’s arangetram titled ‘Ramanatham’ is a tribute to the legendary composer and Carnatic vocalist (late) Dr. S. Ramanathan. All songs in the programme are composed by him and the entire repertoire has been choreographed by Lakshmi. Sri Mudhraalaya founded in 1994 by Lakshmi to propagate the classical art of Bharatanatyam is based in Kotturpuram. All are welcome.

Free teacher training in special education

V-Excel Educational Trust, in collaboration with Annamalai University is offering free job-oriented Diploma programmes in the field of Special Education at its RA Puram centre. They are offered through V-Excel’s Academy of Teaching Excellence and Tech Mahindra Foundation.

PG Diploma in Multiple Disabilities, Diploma in Inclusive Education and Diploma in Vocational Training for special needs are offered. The eligibility for PG Diploma is Graduate in any discipline, and for the Diploma programme the eligibility is class 12 (passed). The duration of the course is for 1 year, which includes classroom coaching and on-the-job training. Academy of Teaching Excellence (A unit of V-Excel Educational Trust) will extend stipendiary based internship to deserving candidates and on successful completion; V-Excel will help them in securing employment. For details contact 98843 30821, 24956373.