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Tamil Heritage Trust & Varahamihira Science Forum - a lecture by Prof Krishnaswami Alladi, University of Florida, USA  - "Alladi Ramakrishnan's Physics Seminar and Birth of MatScience" on 23rd December 2017, Saturday 4.00 - 5.30pm at Tamil Virtual Academy, Kotturpuram, Chennai

Tamil Heritage Trust - "Pechu Kacheri" on Kanchi Mahaamani - A glimpse of Kanchipuram
- glorious history, great kings and artists, a series of talks on Kanchipuram on 16 - 17 December, 2017 both days between 9 AM - 3 PM IST @ Tamil Virtual Academy, Next to Anna Centenary Library, Kottupurm, Chennai.
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Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) - launch of 'Forum of cities that segregate'
on 12 December, 2017. 
Municipal solid waste (MSW) continues to be a severe problem in India due to poor management systems. From collection of wastes to disposal, cities are struggling to implement an affordable and sustainable model. On top of this, the amount of waste generated is increasing every day. Urban India alone generates a gigantic 1.5 lakh metric tonnes per day of MSW. This amount is increasing every year by 5 percent due to increasing population and consumption.
It is well understood that segregation at source is at the heart of the waste management solution. Segregation improves collection efficiency and leads to better efficiency in processing of waste. On 5th June, 2017, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) introduced a countrywide campaign to segregate waste at source. But ensuring segregation at source requires infrastructure for segregation and tough compliance systems. Municipalities will need to put into place systems that will transport segregated waste and then ensure processing of the segregated waste. Municipalities will have to come out with bylaws that support segregation.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been working with cities to promote and implement source-segregation model of waste management. To advance this work and to create a movement in the country on source-segregation, CSE is launching the ‘Forum of Cities that Segregate’ on 12th December, 2017. Under this forum, CSE shall be working closely with over 25 cities to ensure that these cities adopt 100% source segregation and become the pioneer of waste management in the country. These cities shall be the focal points for other cities to learn waste management.
Main objectives of the forum:
Developing a knowledge exchange platform for participating cities on solid waste management (SWM)
Training and capacity building on source-segregation model of SWM
Tracking the progress of cities
Forum cities to become pioneer cities and handhold other cities on technical, economic and social aspects of SWM
Forum shall collate the feedback and inputs from the forum cities and provide policy-relevant information to the state governments and Centre on SWM.
Documentation of best practices on forum website
Launch of Forum of cities that segregate
Date: 12th December 2017
Launch Timing: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Venue: Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Centre (IHC), New Delhi

Thiruvannamalai Karthigai Deepam
(in Tamil)

Release of publication Body Burden: Lifestyle Diseases - the second in the series of books on the State of India’s Health
India faces a double burden of diseases. We have the diseases of the poor - everything from malnutrition to cholera. But we also have the diseases of the rich - cancer and diabetes. These diseases, called lifestyle diseases or non-communicable diseases now contribute more to India’s disease burden than communicable diseases and are responsible for more than 61 per cent of all deaths in India. They are part of the package of "toxic" development and are connected to our lifestyles. What we eat? What air we breathe? And what environment we live in?
Body Burden: Lifestyle Diseases captures the latest research and surveys and provides an understanding on what needs to be done to reverse the trend.
Date: November 27, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Juniper, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 10003


The Crow and Other Mysteries - An Exhibition of Paintings by Darshana Bajaj
Date: 20-26 December, 2017
Inauguration: 19th December, 2017
Venue: Sarala’s Art Centre, 1/12, Ganeshpuram 3rd Street, Chennai 600018
Gallery Timings: 11.00 am - 6.15 pm
For details, contact 9094341945, 044  24338691/24315371

Artist’s Biography:

Darshana Bajaj completed her MA History of Fine Arts from Stella Maris College in 1996. Since then she has participated in a number of group and solo shows in the city. She also has a diploma in drawing and painting from the C.P. R. Art Centre, 2002, and has been fortunate to be briefly guided by senior artists like A.V. Ilango and Geetha Ananthakrishnan. This Chennai-based artist works as a language editor by day. 

Artist’s Statement:
Art for me is an ongoing dialogue with life. It is an adventure, a process that reveals the world to me... My journey as an artist has been a journey of self-discovery as well as of spiritual and emotional healing. While some of the paintings I do are a response to what I see around me, most of them come from a place deep within...they are paintings from the soul.

In The Crow and Other Mysteries (my 6th solo), I present my latest series of paintings, called “Under a Crimson Sky”, as well as some earlier works.  In Under a Crimson Sky, I have tried to create a parallel universe... a place where knowing exists along side of innocence, where love and divine protection surround us, allowing us peaceful days and restful nights. A place where children once again find a playground in nature, and people live in harmony, watched and guided by the eternal spirit depicted here as the ubiquitous crow. The experiences of life, the traumas of the past, hold fragments of our soul’s when we gather all these pieces, and put ourselves right again, sometimes after a long journey...we may find ourselves, as it were, under a crimson sky.


My Journey through India’s Green Movement by SUNITA NARAIN
Details our ideas and work of the past few decades -- from air pollution to colas and from tigers to climate change. 
followed by the author in conversation with Manika Raikwar Ahirwal, Managing Editor, NDTV 24x7
Publishers: Penguin
Tuesday, 21st November, 7:00 PM
Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre New Delhi
Contact: Richard Mahapatra +919811054063
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi-110 062
Tel: +91-11-29956110, 29955124, 29956394, 29956399

Workshops at Kalarigram, Pondicherry

Yoga Sadhana Shibir with Swami Taponidhi - Dec 3rd to 10th 2017
Panchakarma Workshop - Dec 13th to 22nd 2017
Contact: 0413-2622091 or +91-8531914100

27th  Sri Sathya Sai Sangeetholsavam @ Vaikom - an annual music festival conducted as the part of the Jayanthi  celebration of Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Nov 18-23, 2017 Vaikom
Venue: Samithy Mandiram, Thekkenada, Vaikom

Shri Veda Bharathi in collaboration with Govt.of Telangana and 25 other cultural organizations held a National Seminar on “Samskritam & Bharateeya Kalaavaibhavam”
with special focus on Sangeetam, Naatakam and Naatyam, during 10 to 12, November, 2017, at Hyderabad, for creation of awareness among our youth and students.
Shri Veda Bharathi
H.No.H Block 34, Madhuranagar, Hyderabad 500 038
Mob: 98494 59316 / Ph: 040-23812577

Release of book: Drought, But Why? and a panel discussion with Nila Madhab Panda
, the maker of "I am Kalam" and soon to be released "Kadvi Hawa", a film on climate change and Eshwer Kale, an expert of water budgeting model to fight drought and climate change.  
November 3, 2017, 3:30 p.m
The book raises and answer the fundamental question: why drought in water rich India?
- a documentary screening on how a village has adopted water budget in face of climate change in Marathwada and has become prosperous. 
Venue: Tagore Hall Auditorium,  Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti,  Near Rajghat,  Delhi- 110092
Richard Mahapatra, Managing Editor, Down to Earth


Leading adventure tour operator, that specialises in Treks & River Rafting in the Indian Himalayas and beyond.
Dec 15-17, 2017
India's First Outdoor Adventure Race - The Himalayan Adventure Challenge with a 3-type format involving 2-3 disciplines - Bike - Paddle - Trek!


Learn the magic of sight through experiential drawing with Priya Jayanand presented by Kalarigram

Priya Jayanand is a fine artist, Founder and Creative Director of Moonware Creative Expressions. Apart from a fine art degree from one of the industry’s top universities, she is also recognised by the late president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam for winning the national award for designing the UGC logo. An expert with over 10-years she has worked as brand project leader, art director and a creative head for agencies and branding studios in India and the United Arab Emirates. She uses various mediums. Is an avid painter, sculptor, makes her trinket works on wood and recycled materials. Most of her sculpting inspirations are from nature and fairytales.
Art of Seeing Workshop on Oct 14th & 15th 2017.
Other Events and Workshops
Oct 20th to 27th 2017: Residential Kids Camp in Pune
Oct 26th 2017: BHU - A Dance Theatre Performance in CRIPA, Auroville
Oct 30th to Nov 5th 2017 - Kalarippayattu Workshop in Delhi
Dec 3rd to 10th 2017 - Yoga Sadhana Shibir with Swami Taponidhi
Dec 13th to 22nd 2017 - Panchakarma Workshop
Feb 5th to 13th 2018 - Tantrotsav 2018
Kalarigram Team | 0413-2622091

Tamil Heritage Trust has been conducting annual SITE SEMINARS in January, PECHU KACHERI 
in December Music season, Monthly HERITAGE TALKS for the past 6,7 years.  The First Mallai Study Tour MST#01 on 26th August 2017 received very good feedback.

The next Mallai Study Tour series continuing on a monthly basis with MST#02 was on 23rd Sep 2017 Saturday - a ONE DAY tour by A/C Van starting at 6:00 am from Chennai and coming back by 8:30 pm on same day.  INR 1750/=  towards Travel cost, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Coffee , Water bottles and monument entry fees - 8 am to 11:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm covering the key monuments,  with relevant  historical, architectural, mythological and epigraphical details.

Sivasankar Babu - 98400 68123
Kishore Mahadevan - 9940025869
Event Managers - Mallai Study Tours, Tamil Heritage Trust
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THT Pechchu Kachcheri
THT Site Seminars
THT Facebook Page
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Head of India's Top Sanskrit Research Center in Conversation with Rajiv Malhotra


Collecting the Artist (An exhibition of works from the Madhavan Nayar Foundation Collection) curated by Supriya Menon presented by India Foundation for the Arts in collaboration with Kerala Museum
Preview: Saturday, August 05, 2017 | 04:00 PM | Kerala Museum
Inauguration by Shri Satyapal, Chairman, Kerala Lalitkala Academy.
A performative walk "Memoir (Revisit)" through the exhibition by artist Murali Cheeroth.
On view from: August 06, 2017 to October 31, 2017
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Kerala Museum, Pathadipalam, Edappally, Kochi - 682 024
Contact: 0484 2541 768 / +91 81290 51880

Collecting the Artist is an exhibition that traces the untold story of the Madhavan Nayar collection and pays tribute to his vision. In 1991, entrepreneur Madhavan Nayar (1914 - 1994) embarked upon an extraordinary project: to gift an art gallery to the city of Kochi. Over three years he acquired nearly 230 works by some of the leading artists of the century. Nayar's Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art opened to the public in 1993. Through a display of major works from this collection, the exhibition Collecting the Artist highlights the story of the art movements that inspired their creators.

The Kerala Museum was established in Kochi by businessman and philanthropist Madhavan Nayar in 1987. Managed by the Madhavan Nayar Foundation, it includes the Museum of Kerala History, Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art and a Dolls Museum.

Supriya Menon is a Mumbai based curator and researcher. She has worked on a range of cultural projects in India since 2014, including the Bihar Museum, the Dharavi Biennale and Medicine Corner- a British arts project exploring medicine and healing in India. She has previously worked in public engagement and research roles at various museums in England, including the Wellcome Collection, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and Victoria & Albert Museum.Supriya Menon received a fellowship from India Foundation for the Arts, under the Archival and Museum Fellowship initiative, with support from Tata Trusts.


Online Carnatic Music Video Lessons taught by Great Music Gurus

Buddha Purnima 2017
: How people are celebrating Gautam Buddha’s birthday worldwide

Satyabadi Music & Dance Festival

Satyabadi Sangeet Mahavidyalaya is a not for profit organization and has been promoting academic interest and exposure in terms of performance of Odissi dance, folk dance, Odissi Vocal, Hindustani Vocal and Instrumental music through regular training in class room and stage shows conducted by best available resource personnels of India. The annual Dance and Music Festival started in the year 1977 at Sakhigopal. The main objective of the festival is not mere entertainment but education, which provides refinement, it aims at the harmonious blending of spiritual aspects with the glorious traditional culture observing this festival the institution sets Objectives of analyze and evaluation of stage shows by eminent interpreters and scholars in respective school and colleges.

The proposed festival is scheduled to go on stage  in the month of May 20th  &21st  in every year. it would be two days of projected Classical dance and music  performances  with selective groups and eminent personalities, but highlight would  be analysis and interpretation of each performance by scholars of various discipline. After each performance scholars will analyze and interpret perspectives of the performance in order to develop serious attitude among the spectators that ultimately bring home sound appreciation of these art forms. 100 numbers of students of Satyabadi Sangeet Mahaviddyalaya will also perform during this festival link

Thirteenth consecutive year International Dance festival at the World Heritage Monument, Thanjavur Big Temple
for seven days from 24 Feb - 2 Mar 2017 conducted by The Brahan Natyanjali Foundation

WhizJuniors Competition - National Competition that tests tech skills of young students

75 talented tech whiz kids from all over India were felicitated for winning awards in a fiercely contested gamified competition. The biggest Online Technology Competition of its kind, ‘WHIZ Juniors 2017’ was a pan-India contest organized by the Mumbai-based Clone Futura.
The tech competition was held in five levels according to the school grades (2nd to 12th standard). More than 70000+ students and 600+tech savvy schools across India participated. The rigorous process of checking and elimination by the experts over several rounds ensured that only the best among the lot came out as the winners
Whiz juniors 2017 discovers India’s top 15 tech genius
About Clone Futura Education: Clone Futura offers onsite customized training and support service in Computer, iPad and Smartphones to people of all age groups - kids, women, and senior citizens at their residence or work place. The institute’s objective is to make every individual digitally literate; this is keeping with PM Narendra Modi’s dream of Transforming India Digitally. To know more, please visit

About Whiz Juniors: WhizJuniors is an Online Technology Learning Platform for Students (std. 2nd to 12th) and Teachers. Also, an Annual Tech Competition for children to showcase their Tech Skills. A Platform for students to learn and practice latest technology courses which enhances innovative and productive screen time. It provides an opportunity to enhance the entrepreneurial and learning skills of young minds with fun. They will learn quickly and easily the latest Tech Courses through Online Videos and solve challenges to get certified. It provides age appropriate courses developed by experts who understand the requirements that are upgraded regularly.

For further information please contact 9920250683 : 9967432420 :  9870893192

Padma Awards 2017

Centre for Science and Environment's Workshop for Children on Comics creation

January 15, 2017, 12.45-1.30 PM
Children's Pavilion, Hall No 18, Stall Number 17
World Book Fair
Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Free and open for children aged 6-16 on a first come-first served basi

Tamil Heritage Trust
an organization run by a few enthusiasts based in Chennai, organizes monthly talks on issues related to heritage and culture and also organizes intense heritage workshops.