19th August

28th Anniversary celebrations at Hamsadhwani: Carnatic vocal concert by Gayathri Venkatraghavan at 6.15 p.m. 25th – Carnatic vocal by Krithika Natarajan at 5.15 p.m. Madhura Veena concert by Kannan Balakrishnan at 6.45 p.m. 26th – Tamil Isai by R.Suryaprakash at 6.10 p.m. All are welcome. At Youth Hostel, 2nd Avenue, Indira Nagar. Ph: 97909 09567.

25th August

Varahamihira Science forum lecture: Talk in Tamil by R.Gopu on ‘Astronomy and Mathematics of Ancient Cultures’ at 4 p.m. All are welcome. At Tamil Virtual Academy, Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kotturpuram.

Avani Avittam: Thambraas Thiruvanmiyur is conducting Rig Upakarma at 7 a.m. 26thYajur Upakarma, first batch from 7 a.m. onwards. Batch with homam at 10 a.m. At Amarabarathy Kalyana Mandapam, West Tank Street, Thiruvanmiyur. For details contact 24412896.

26th August

Avani Avittam: Yajur Veda Upakarma by P. Venkatachala Sastrigal from 6 a.m. onwards. The batches will be conducted for 1 hour each and the last batch with homam will be held at 11.45 a.m. At Sri Kanchi Mahaswamy Anantha Mandapam, Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy temple, 2nd Main Road, Gandhi Nagar. Ph: 99406 33142, 93810 55605.

Yajur Veda Upakarma by N.V. Narasimha Deekshithar from 6.30 a.m. Second batch at 7.30 a.m. At BVM School, 4th Main Road, Gandhi Nagar. Ph: 94449 34149, 90923 13555.

Yajur Veda Upakarma by M. Ganesa Sastrigal at Mahalakshmi Kalyana Mandapam, West Tank Street, Thiruvanmiyur. First Batch starts from 5.30 a.m. For details contact 93802 97796, 93812 10173.

Yajur Veda Upakarma by Sengalipuram Seetharama Deekshithar from 7.30 a.m. onwards. At Saraswathi Venkataraman School, Radhakrishnan Nagar Main Road, Thiruvanmiyur. Ph: 94444 55346, 2452 1623.

Yajur Veda Upakarma by Chandru Vadhiyar. First batch at 7 a.m. Batch with homam at 9 a.m. At Aarupadai Veedu temple, 1, Thirumurugan Street, Kalakshetra Colony, Besant Nagar. Ph: 94441 80069, 63803 31869.

Madras week events

22nd – Screening of documentary ‘An American in Madras’ from 2.30 p.m. to 4.15 p.m. The documentary traces American born filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan’s years in India as a celebrated director in the Tamil film industry from 1935-50. At U.S. Consulate General, Chennai (Auditorium), Cathedral Road entrance, Gemini Circle. All visitors are requested to arrive by 2 p.m. with a valid photo ID (in original).

25thAnglo-Indian Crafts and Cuisine Fair, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. George’s School campus (opp. Pachayappa’s College, Poonamallee High Road. All are welcome.

Hosted by the Forum of Anglo Indian Women, the fair will showcase the many crafts designed for homes and orders by Anglo Indian(AI) families of Madras in the past, and the mouth-watering food the families cooked at homes in Royapuram, Vepery and Perambur. The Fair will offer sales of craftworks and products of current AI entrepreneurs and have food stalls.

25thTalk by Historian K.R.A. Narasiah on ‘Caste Conflicts in Colonial Madras’ from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Donor passes available at Rs. 100. Free for members. Also an exhibition of rare books is on at the venue. At Madras Literary Society, DPI Campus, College Road, Nungambakkam. Ph: 2827 9666.

26th – Military History Quiz for college students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. organised by Colours of Glory Foundation. At CPR Convention Centre, 1 Eldams Road, Alwarpet. All are welcome. For details visit