Battle re-enactment at Broken Bridge

When the Dutch army landed at the shores of Elliots Beach on Aug. 12 in diesel boats, the audience gathered at the venue to view the ‘Battle of Colachel re-enactment’ erupted with applause. The counter-attack by the Travancore army with swords, shields and horses from the shore, had the spectators in splits. Yes! It was a day to be cherished, for the efforts taken by the Colours of Glory Foundation, a Kotturpuram based organisation promoting awareness of India’s proud military heritage, in recreating this magnificent episode.

The Foundation, as a part of Madras Day celebrations arranged for the re-enactment of the Battle of Colachel that happened on Aug. 10, 1741 between the Dutch and the Travancore Army, where the latter became victorious. The historic battle was re-enacted by NCC Cadets.

The portrayal of the battle lasted for about 45 minutes, followed by a speech from Capt. D.P. Ramachandran, Founder of Colours of Glory, highlighting the various activities of the foundation. The Chief Guest of the evening was Lt.General Sanjeev Kanal, AVSM and Commandant of Officer’s Training Academy (OTA). Felicitations were given by Octogenarian Col. A. Krishnaswamy, VSM and a Vir Chakra recipient. For more information visit

Annual Day celebrations

The 49th Annual Day of Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School was celebrated on July 20 at The Music Academy. V.Sriram, Trustee, The Indian Education Trust, Historian and entrepreneur, was the chief guest of the occasion.

The evening began with a melodious prayer by the students. N. Kumar, the Managing Trustee, delivered the welcome address. Mita Venkatesh, the Principal presented the school’s Annual Report. The management presented awards to the staff in recognition of their long and dedicated service, followed by distribution of Proficiency prizes to the students from class 6 to 12 for their commendable academic performance.

This was followed by a colourful cultural programme by the students. At 9/21, Vasantha Press Road, Adyar. Ph: 2491 2510.

New office bearers at Indira Nagar Women’s Club

The Annual General Body Meeting of the Indira Nagar Women’s Association was held on July 24. The newly elected office bearers Vijayalakshmi Ravi – Chairperson, Rani Danaraj – President, Shanthi Sambantham – Secretary, Mallika Vivekanandan – Treasurer and others were elected unanimously by the club members.

The club is at 1st Main Road, Indira Nagar. For memberships contact 98401 74118, 94884 49107.

Breast feeding awareness camp

The Inner Wheel Club of Chennai, Thiruvanmiyur, conducted a breast feeding awareness camp for mothers at the Urban Community Health Centre in Venkaratnam Nagar on August 6. More than 50 expectant mothers and 17 new mothers attended the event. Ramya Nirmal, who has been promoting breast feeding practices among women, was the chief guest of the event.

The members of Inner Wheel Club distributed Sathu maavu and clothes to the babies during the event. The club can be reached at 98401 82538.

Bitsians’ Day – alumni meeting

The members of BITS Alumni Association in Chennai (BITSAA Chennai) gathered to celebrate the Bitsians’ Day 2018 at the Alumni Club in Boat Club Road on August 3.

BITSAA Chennai has a slew of events lined up in the coming months. Ex-BITSians who wish to receive regular intimation regarding these events can contact or call 98408 81583.

Students of ‘Kamala Music School’ based in the neighbourhood, under the guidance of their teacher Rajarajeshwari have bagged 3 awards at a choir competition held at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore between July 19 and 23. Many students in the choir are residents of Adyar. The school can be reached at 98408 22194.

Rotarian Sreehari Abhilash (sitting 4th from left), a resident of Kotturpuram has taken charge as the 4th President of Rotary Club of United, Chennai, in a formal event organised at Anna University Alumni Club on August 2.

Adyar Times FIDE Rated Chess Tournament – 2018

Tamil Nadu State Chess Association is organising the 18th Adyar Times FIDE Rated Chess Tournament from Sept.29 to Oct.2 at Vidya Peet Auditorium, Bala Vidhya Mandir Senior Secondary School, 58, B. Ramachandra Adithanar Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar.

The tournament will be conducted as per the latest FIDE rules and the Swiss system will be followed with 7 rounds.

A total cash prize of Rs.2,50,000 will be awarded among the top 40 contestants. The winner will receive Rs.35,000 and a trophy. Registered players of All India Chess Federation (AICF) and Tamil Nadu State Chess Association (TNSCA) for the year 2018-2019 are eligible to participate. All participants from Tamil Nadu must be registered with TNSCA also.

Last date of registration is Sept.25, 2018. Applications sent after this date will not be accepted.

All are welcome to view the tournament in progress.

Entry fee is Rs.1250 per player. Entry for GMs, WGMs, IMs, WIMs and people with rating above 2300 is free. Entry fee should be remitted by cheque or a bank draft favoring ‘Tamil Nadu State Chess Association’ payable at Chennai or by NEFT transfer to the following bank

Account Name: Tamil Nadu State Chess Association
Bank : Indian Bank
A/c No. : 440756872
Branch : Park Town Branch
IFSC code : IDIB000P024

Entries can also be paid online through:

Duly filled entry form should be sent to Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Hall No – 75, JN Stadium, Periamet, Chennai – 600003. Ph: 044-25384477 and 25366464. E-mail: Website:

Storytelling festival

Kathai Kalatta, a storytelling forum, is conducting the 5th edition of ‘Kathai Kalatta’ on Sept.1 at Akshar Arbol International School, Injambakkam. The storytelling festival features storytellers from across the globe who bring with them their unique tales, styles, traditions and cultures. This year’s lineup include storytellers like Diane Ferlatte from the US, Ariyo Zidni from Indonesia, Geogia Elena from Romania, Roger Jenkins from Singapore and Jeeva Raghunath, founder of Kathai Kalatta, to name a few.

“We are very happy to see storytelling turning mainstream now. After all, it is one of the few tools of communication that has survived hundreds of years and we will do whatever it takes to ensure it sails over the waves of automation, artificial intelligence with ease. The event comprises storytellers who go beyond words and enrapture audiences with voices, props, puppets, song, and even dance. This event has woven itself into the hearts of Chennaites over the years, attracting children and adults of all ages,” says Kausalaya Padmanabhan, Co Founder, Kathai Kalatta.

For details, call 91762 57479.

Bharatanatyam arangetram

S.Sai Kshiraja, a resident of Valmiki Nagar Thiruvanmiyur will be performing her bharatanatyam arangetram on Aug.22 at Petachi Auditorium in Mylapore.

She is a disciple of Nrithya Jagannathan from Paduka Centre for Arts and Cultural Studies, based in Thiruvanmiyur. For details, call 96000 98835.

S. Vasudevan, Senior journalist taking a salute during march past by the children at Journalist Colony, Thiruvanmiyur.