Sloka and story classes for children

The children educational wing of ISKCON, Bhakta Prahlad Siksa Samaj, has 60 centres spread across Chennai including Adyar, Palavakkam, Akkarai ISKCON temple and Sholinganallur. Children in the age group of 5 to 10 and 11 to 15 are invited to join the one year sloka and story course which was commenced recently. Classes are held once a week for about two hours. Activities such as the challenge of memorising slokas, listening to dramatically narrated stories, singing bhajans and songs will be held.

At the end of the course, the children will be trained to participate in a cultural event to be held at the ISKCON temple and will be awarded participation certificates. To find the centre closest to you call 92821 57776 or 24456199.

The students from Wado Ryu Karate School Gandhi Nagar, Adyar are taking part in the National tournament at Chandigarh on Aug.2. The Savate Association of Tamil Nadu (SAT) organised a seminar and shortlisted the candidates. The students are Mrityunjay A., Harshavardhan V.P., Shree Kailash, Praveen Kumar S., M.L. Ritesh, Abhishek Raj, Adithya R, K. Srinidhi, Mridhubashini V.P, Nichol Amrit Sivaraman and Subhashree Mahima.

Inter-school competition

Global Organisation for Divinity under the guidance of Sri Muralidhara Swamiji is organising an inter-school Art competition ‘Samskruthi 18’ based on Vidura Neethi on July 29. Students of Class 1 – 12 can participate. Topics for class 1and 2 – drawing on topic ‘kindness to all’, class 3 to 5 – poster painting on topic ‘our great rishis’, class 6 to 8 – cartooning emphasising the value ‘anger is bitter’ and for class 9 to 12 – T shirt painting on ‘perseverance promotes prosperity’. An Elocution competition on topic ‘silence or speech’ is also on cards.

At Chettinad Harishree Vidyalayam, 20, Srinivasa Avenue Road, R A Puram. To register send an email to

The same organisation is conducting a Heritage Quiz ‘Punarva’on August 4 for school children. 3 member teams with a maximum participation of 5 teams from a school can represent . Registration free. At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Main Hall, East Mada Street, Mylapore. For details contact 95661 82025, 96000 17125.

Essay competition

In the context of the forthcoming Independence Day, Nandini Voice for The Deprived, a Besant Nagar based NGO is organising an essay competition on the following topic – ‘plus and minus of Indian democracy in seven decades – what correctives needed ?’

The objective of the essay competition, according to the organisers, is to provide an opportunity to Indian citizens to introspect on the subject and provide their views and suggestions.

All Indian citizens can participate. The essay can be written in English, Tamil or Hindi with a maximum word limit of 1500 words. Essay can be sent by post or Email. Postal address: Nandini Voice for The Deprived, M 60/1, 4th Cross Street, Besant Nagar, Ph: 24916037. Email:

Nostalgia rules at Sankara’ 98 Batch reunion

By Sivakumar Kalyanaraman, batch of 1998 Sankara Alumni

The batch of 1998 of Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School, Adyar, celebrated their 20 years of graduating from school on July 14 at the school campus. The event had participation from 45 staff members (teachers and support staff) and 40 alumni, with students flying from US, Dubai and Singapore exclusively for the event.

The event started with a group photo shoot followed by an address by the Principal of the school, Mita Venkatesh, who shared her pleasant experience of teaching the students right from class VII to class XII. The alumni introduction session was a proud moment for the teachers to see the students they taught as kids, being achievers today. The organisers planned it as a zero waste (Go Green) event where only stainless steel cutlery was used while serving refreshments and lunch. “Even the memento to staff members were packed in cardboard boxes and bundled in a jute bag” said one of the organisers.

The event at the school was followed by a casual get together of the students over dinner at a city hotel.

Members of Indira Nagar Women’s Association posing with their saplings on their Aadipattam programme on July 10. ‘Aadipattam thedi vidhai’, is a popular Tamil proverb as Aadi is considered as the best month for sowing seeds by the farmers.

Madras Day essay competition

The Senior Citizen Group of Besant Nagar is conducting an essay competition ‘What does Madras Day mean to me in my twilight years?’ for senior citizens. The essay should be submitted as a direct mail without any attachments to by August 10.

The essay should be in English with a maximum of 600 words. Prizes will be awarded to the ten best entries. For details contact 98842 24480.

Techno Cultural Fest

Kumararani Meena Muthiah College of Arts and Science, Gandhi Nagar is organising ‘Lumiere Fete 2018’, an Inter School Techno Cultural Fest on July 30 and 31 for students of class 10, 11 and 12 at its premises. Schools can contact them for registration.

For establishing commercial stalls and food stalls at the venue contact 98336 75201, 90945 07241, 24450923.

Art therapy centre

Lakshmi Mohan, a city based music therapist has opened an Art Therapy Centre at Keelkattalai for autistic people. She is also the founder of Sowmanasya, an organisation that brings the joy of music to persons with Special Needs.

Based on her experience, she has formulated an ideal curriculum to deal with the emotional, mental, physical and psychological problems of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. For details contact 99621 29333. At 8/14, Rajendra Nagar, near Selva Vinayakar temple, Keelkattalai.

Awareness meeting on social media addiction

TTK Hospital, Indira Nagar in association with Senior Citizens Group of Besant Nagar is conducting an awareness programme on social media addiction at its premises on July 27 at 4 p.m.

Dr Anita Rao, a counselor with over 30 years of experience in TTK Hospital will conduct the programme. It will cover the various forms of social media addiction-facebook, google, twitter and the likes and also online games and ways to get over it. All are welcome.

For registration email to At TTK hospital auditorium, 17, 4th Main Road, Indira Nagar.