Corporation shopping complex needs to be decluttered

By Our Staff Reporter

The Corporation shopping complex in Indira Nagar 3rd Avenue is in need of proper maintenance. The spacious complex built in late 90’s houses many prominent shops and organisations, but its dilapidated state and untidy exteriors is not welcoming to many.

The Corporation has doubled its rent last year and the rent is equally competent to other fancy shopping complexes, but it’s shabby and lackluster state is frowned upon by the shop keepers as well as the customers. After nearly 2 decades, the Corporation began to repair and white-wash the building following complaints from its occupants some 6 months back. However, the works have come to a stand-still and for months, the eastern side of the complex is left to rot with shabby cement patch works, rubble and dirt.

The wooden frame-work erected to aid construction around some parts of the building still stand, obstructing the stair-way causing inconvenience to one and all. Most of the trees in the complex are cemented with absolutely no breather space for the roots, and the Corporation has not attended to it either. Some months back, a huge neem tree at the complex fell due to lack of space for water to seep in. Even the remains of the tree are yet to be removed at the complex.

“Hope the Corporation fixes up this entire building at a stretch and relieve us from any further inconvenience,” says a shop keeper, who has been there since its inception. The concerned Corporation official assured us that works will be on in full swing from next week onwards.

Series of Talks on Chola dynasty

Get immersed in Chola history….the most awaited annual lecture series ‘Pechchu Kachcheri’ is back. This year, the chosen topic is on the Cholas and the formidable legacy they have left behind across Arts, Architecture, Literature and Culture.

The 2-day event organised by Tamil Heritage Trust will be held on Dec.15 and 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kotturpuram.

Titled ‘Chozhavalanadu Kalaiyudaithu’, this series will have an exciting line-up of speakers including Dr. R. Nagaswamy (Padma Bhushan awardee, founder Director of the TN Archaeology department), Vijay Kumar (founder of the India Pride project), Dr. Chithra Madhavan, (popular Historian) and other eminent history enthusiasts.

Dec. 15 – Dr. R. Nagaswamy, will give the Keynote address at 9 a.m. Acclaimed heritage enthusiast Rangarathnam Gopu will talk on ‘Tracing the wide arc of Chola History at 10.30 a.m. Dr. Chithra Madhavan, will talk on ‘Rajendra the Great’ at 11.30 a.m. Dr. S. Baluswamy, (Retd.) Tamil Professor will talk on ‘Tamil Literature in Chola period’ at 2 p.m. S. Ramachandran, (Retd.) Epigraphist, Dept. of Archaeology, Tamil Nadu will talk on ‘Chola Melkeerthis’ at 3.30 p.m.

Dec. 16 – Dr. Kudavayil Balasubramanian, Historian and writer will talk on ‘The three big Chola temples’ at 9 a.m. S. Vijay Kumar, celebrated History blogger will talk on ‘The everlasting allure of Chola Bronzes’ at 10.30 a.m. P. Sivaramakrishnan, professor, Department of painting, Govt. College of Fine Arts, Chennai will talk on ‘Early Chola Miniatures’ at 11.30 a.m. R. Viswanathan, Lecturer in Art, Chennai National Arts and Science College will talk on ‘Chola Paintings’ at 2 p.m. Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan, popular speaker on Heritage will talk on ‘Religious practices during the Chola period’ at 3.30 p.m.

All are welcome. At Tamil Virtual Academy (near Anna Centenary Library), Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kotturpuram. Ph: 98842 94494, 98840 66566.