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Kuppai Thiruvizha in Panagal Park
- sharing email from Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG)
Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) organised Kuppai Thiruvizha, a space to reflect on our production and consumption habits, and to celebrate alternatives to creating wasteful discards  held in Panagal Park, T Nagar on Sunday, December 23, 2018, between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Kuppai Matters, a platform of more than 30 civil society groups and associations advocating for sustainable production, consumption, and disposal practices to centrestage the ban on single-use plastics.
Since November 2017, the platform has been organising Kuppai Thiruvizhas across the city as a last-mile effort to gain a common understanding of the diversity of factors that affect waste management in Chennai and help the city become compliant with SWM Rules 2016. Currently, the problem of waste is framed as one of littering and lack of technology to manage the quantum of waste. However, what we need is to emphasise on the consumerist and use-and-throw culture that leads to the waste of valuable materials. The proposed plastic ban in the state is an opportunity for us to come together and revisit some of these values and collectively think of a way forward.
These are some of the values that you can experience firsthand at the Kuppai Thiruvizha, against the backdrop of the plush and giant brands and businesses that are otherwise the mainstay of T Nagar. There will be stalls that provide sustainable alternatives to single-use, disposable plastic products, including cloth bags, shoppers and pouches, bamboo alternatives to everyday household and personal care plastics, packaging-free food products, and plastic-free personal hygiene products, among other things. Workshops on cloth diapering, household composting, plastic upcycling, and cloth-pad making will be organised free of cost. There will be kiosks where you can donate your used electronic items and old (but well maintained) clothes. Children can experience sharing at the toys and books exchange kiosks, and anyone can exchange their used clothes for other minimally-used clothes.
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Alangaram and pooja for Kanda Sashti Nov 2018 at Sreepeedam temple, Sembakkam, the throne of Sree Maha Lalitha Tripurasundari.

Tamil Heritage Trust presented Inscription Stones of Bangalore - A Citizen Project, a Talk by P L Udaya Kumar

on 3rd November 2018, Saturday 5:30 PM at Arkay Convention Center, 146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai

About the Topic
Inscriptions stones (Shila Shaasanas) in the Bengaluru area are original documentation of the people of that region, their culture, religion, and language. These stones conjure up vivid pictures of the historic and social fabric of the past, with linguistic plurality, construction of lakes, tax practices, donations, grants, governance et al making up their warp and weft. Rampant urbanization in Bengaluru has led to the destruction of a majority of the 150 stones in the old ‘Bangalore’ region, painstakingly documented by B.L. Rice and others between 1894 and 1905 and captured remarkably in the twelve-volume ‘Epigraphia Carnatica’ series.

The talk - “Inscription Stones Of Bangalore” (Facebook:  & Twitter: @inscriptionblr) a citizen activism project to raise awareness and protect ancient inscription stones found in the Bengaluru region. The project has been using technology (social media, mapping, 3D scanning, 3D printing, OCR) to protect preserve & restore the dignity of the last few remaining ‘Inscription Stones Of Bangalore’. One of its passionately ambitious projects is to build a Mandapa designed in ‘Ganga’ style to house the oldest known inscription of Bengaluru, dating back to 750 CE, the “Kittiah Veeragallu” (Kittiah Herostone) of Hebbal, through crowd-funding from all strata of the society including the local community, a path-breaking attempt in responsible heritage activism.

About the Speaker
Udaya is a passionate Bangalorean and an accidental historian-conservationist. He has a Master’s degree in Engineering Mechanics from IIT Madras and has earlier worked in various capacities for the Tatas and General Electric. He currently heads the Software Delivery Centre, India at Schneider Electric, delivering industrial automation solutions to clients worldwide.

Free event - also available on LIVE .
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The IFA Archive

Over 540 arts projects across languages and regions in India, supported by IFA since 1995, are being archived. The IFA Archive, launched yesterday on October 25, 2018, is a work-in-progress. Material from grants supported in 2011 and 2012 is available on the online archive. The physical archive currently houses material from the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Visit the online archive at

The physical space of The IFA Archive, Bangalore is open every Friday (unless it's a government holiday) between 02:00 PM and 05:30 PM. Visits are by prior appointment only. Write to or
The IFA Archive is built with support from the Lohia Foundation

Parivadini have been involved in various activities to document information about Nagaswaram
, and provide a platform to great artists that play this wonderful instrument and promote upcoming talents.
Some of the activities are detailed in this blogpost

activities related to Nagaswaram
1. Concert of a wonderful Artists from Srilanka Shri. Yazhpanam Balamurugan.
2. Apart from the concert, Parivadini are providing instruments to talented students that are in financial need. The details

PUPPET SWING : An Indo - French musical puppet show on Sept 6, 2018


Clay Ganeshas and Gowris at Bimba The Art Ashram
Each one of more than 200 Ganesha and Gowri idols is individually hand-painted by artist Deepika DORAI . Such brush painting highlights the delicate details of the garments ornaments and discovers the beauty of expression - aspects that enhance the Pooja. Bimba has been growing the use of Organic ( water-soluble, earth-friendly, child-safe colours ) every   year over the last 15 years. Clay Ganeshas and Gowris are fashioned by traditional potters who use fully soluble unbaked river or pond silt. These skilled craftspersons inherit a sense of proportion and detailing including  various traditional poses such as the Yedamuri or Balamuri ( left or right oriented trunk) Peetha Ganesha or the Lotus seated Ganesha or Gowri or the Seyr Gowri.

Other pooja offerings include skilfully handcrafted and vibrantly handpainted small and large mantaps, peethams (stools), mini thottulus (swings), colourful vertical and horizontal  (festoons) and a wide range of handmade Vastra (attire) and Aabharana (ornaments).
All created by founder artist in and around spaces contained by
Bimba The Art Ashram
Deepak and Deepika
Contact:  08026622639 / 9886635069
42 Ratna Vilas road, Opp Canara Bank, DVG rd branch, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru 560004

Collection for Trash Art installation By Alliance Française of Madras in association with Parvathi Nayar and Gallery Veda

Suvidha for girls: cheap and biodegradable sanitary pad



Madras Muses : Wonder Women of Madras ( சிங்கார சென்னையின் அதிசயப் பெண்மணிகள்) by Nivedita Louis

organised by Tamil Heritage Trust
7th July 2018, Saturday 5:30 PM
at Arkay Chennai Convention Center, 146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore
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About the Topic:
The beginning of 20th Century saw a massive transformation in the lives of women of India and in particular Madras, who were not only getting exposed to modern education but getting and creating opportunities to excel in their chosen fields, like  literature, arts and science.

Performing arts:
TP Rajalakshmi - the first actress of a South Indian talkie. TA Madhuram – pioneering comedienne of yester years, who regaled and mesmerized the talkie-goers 

Madras also boasts of several trailblazing women in the field of science, Janaki Ammal, who has a species of Magnolia named after her,  Anna Mani, meteorologist of renown, who rose up to the rank of Deputy Director General of India Meteorological Department. A Lalitha, India's first woman Engineer and Dr Muthulakshmi Reddy, perhaps the first woman to study in a men’s college, one of the first lady doctors of the Madras of British India and most significantly, first woman legislator of British India.

We have an educationally very accomplished Kamala Sathianathan, the first woman graduate of the Madras Presidency, who became the first editor of India's first womens' magazine in English and  ‘Jaganmohini’ Vai Mu Kothainayagi Ammal, who home-schooled after her marriage, authoring 115 Tamil novels, also wearing the mantle of first woman writer of detective novels in Tamil.

Social activism:
Ammu Swaminathan whose condition for marriage was 'shifting to Madras', one of the signatories to the Constitution of India and Durgabhai Deshmukh, a little girl who demanded Pandit Nehru buying a ticket to enter a Khadi exhibition, who established Andhra Mahila Sabha for the cause of empowerment and education of women.

About the Speaker:
Nivedita Louis, writer and historian, is currently writing a series “Muthal Pengal” in popular women’s magazine Aval Vikatan. As an ex-employee of Southern Railways she likes to travel, explore and learn. She also works as content curator, having recently curated an exhibition on Musical Instruments “Iyal Isai Museum Exhibition” for Government Museum, Chennai. She also conducts and curated walks of Poonamalle, Greenways Road, RK Salai etc., In one of the walks she stumbled upon fragments of an inscription of Rajendra Chola. She gave a talk on ‘Gujili literature’ at Madras Literary Society sometimes ago.

Kalasagar celebrated the 94th birth anniversary of its founder Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval
on 28 May 2018 at Edapally in Kerala where the following artistes were honored with the KALASAGAR AWARD.
-Kathakali: Kalamandalam Prasanth (Vesham/Actor), Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan (Paattu/Music), Kalamandalam Raman Nambudiri (Chenda/Percussion), Kalamandalam Rajnarayanan (Maddalam/Percussion), Kalamandalam Satheesan (Chutty/Make-Up)
-Vechoor Remadevi (Ottenthullal), Dr. Edanad Rajan  Nambiar (Chakyarkoothu), Kalamandalam Rajeev  (Mizhavu-Koodiyattam), Dr. Kalamandalam Rachitha Ravi (Mohiniattam), Mattanoor Sreekanth (Thayambika)
- Panchavadyam: Pallassana Murali Marar (Thimila), Sadanam Bharatharajan (Maddalam), Chalakudy Ravi (thalam), Varavoor Manikandan (kombu)

Treks/Trips with Aquaterra Adventures

Camp Bagi By Aquaterra, Season 2018 | May & June
Markha Valley Trek | June 23 - July 1, 2018
Stok Kangri | July 31 - August 9, 2018 & August 6 - 15, 2018

22nd Year 'MAHESWARA POOJA' along with '468 SIDDHARGAL YAGAM' in '468 YAGA KUNDAMS' and 'ASTROLOGER MELA' on the occasion of "CHITHRA POURNAMI"
on Sunday 29.04.2018 at Sri Danvantri Arogya Peedam. 
Contact:Sri Muralidhara Swamigal,(Founder & Peedathipathi) Sri Danvantri Arogya Peedam, Kilpududpet, Walajapet - 632513,Vellore District, TamilNadu, Ph: 09443330203 / 04172 230033 / 230274 Email: . Website:


hosted by the Kuppai Matters platform
Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG), Chennai
Venue: Murasoli Maran Flyover Park, Perambur, Chennai 600 011.
Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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After receiving an overwhelming response in Delhi with its last edition “Mumbai Meri Jaan” last year, ETHICUS showcased its second collection at the capital. This two-day exhibition was on 9th & 10th March 2018 from 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM at New Delhi’s Aga Khan Hall and showcased handwoven textiles from Pollachi, Tamil Nadu.

The Pollachi-based brand Ethicus stands for ‘Ethics and Us’. Ethicus debuted at the Lakme Fashion week in Mumbai last year in September wherein they showcased their ‘Matchmaker’ collection which comprised of 14 garments dominated by saris. The show took place on LFW’s Sustainable Fashion Day and Ethicus was one of the nine labels selected to showcase luxury sustainable fashion. ...Read more

Diet to maximise your chances of conceiving
- Dr.K.Sivaraman
(Article in Tamil)

Kalarigram is a traditional Kalaripayattu training center located just off the Tindivanam established in 2010 by Shri Ramesan Lakshmanan, who hails from a traditional Kalaripayattu family (Hindustan Kalari Sangam, estd. 1950) based in Calicut, Kerala, India. This center has been training students in Kalaripayattu - one of the world’s most ancient martial art forms, Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda. The aim of Lakshman Gurukkal is to revive and restore this ancient art form; and rediscover the wisdom that made Kalairpayattu the bedrock of the very culture and tradition of Kerala’s classical dance forms like Kathakali and Mohiniyattam and folk arts like Koodiyatham, Theyyam and Velakali, to name a few. It also incorporated very sophisticated treatment systems that were based on the ancient principles of Ayurveda and Siddha and allowed warriors to recover from injuries. The philosophy of the practice also included spiritual and tantric practices.

The Kalarigram Amphitheater intends to provide the required space for inviting people from all over the world to create awareness of this ancient philosophy and tradition. It will serve as the core infrastructure that will underpin all initiatives to popularize Kalaripayattu by providing the right platform to showcase the multi-layered complexity and nuances of this art form. Located in close proximity to the Auroville Township, it will serve as the perfect portal for performers and artists from all over the world to engage with this tradition, exchange ideas and philosophy, and serve as a platform for research and experimentation. Our intention is that this place serves as a hub that will trigger the revival and rediscovery of Kalaripayattu.

Would you consider contributing Rs. 1,000/- towards this initiative? As a token of our gratitude for your support, we will have your name on a pennant that is put up every time there is a performance in our amphitheatre for the next one year. Please click on this link to donate You can also donate through a bank transfer. The details of the account are:
Name of the Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: Rue Suffren, Pondicherry 605001
Name of the Account holder: Kalarigram Trust
Account Number: 35402431589
IFSC Code: SBIN0000900

Thank you,
For the Kalarigram Team

The Brahan Natyanjali Foundation conducted its consecutive fifteenth year International Dance festival at the World Heritage Monument, Thanjavur Big Temple for seven days from 13-19 Feb 2018.

Padma Awards

Art Exhibition : Painting India by Caroline Dantheny
| Jan 19th - 28th, 11am to 7pm at Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai

Caroline Dantheny studied art and fashion, launching women’s fashion collections under her own name, then creating costumes and unique pieces before devoting herself to painting. Jean-François Lesage grew up among the gold threads and glass beads of France’s most revered embroidery workshop.

Built by his father François Lesage, the House of Lesage symbolised the highest craftsmanship in fashion, providing embroideries to haute-couture labels like Chanel, Lanvin, Balmain, Givenchy and Christian Lacroix. In 2011, the painter Caroline Dantheny meets Jean-François Lesage. A sincere friendship and a work of art, interweaving the liveliness of abstract painting to the subtlety of embroidery, are born out of this unexpected collaboration.

The embroidered linens, exhibited at ‘Painting India’ in Chennai at the Lalit Kala Academy.