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After what seemed like forever, the wish and dream of the Chennai people was fulfilled. It happened on a fine morning of the 29th of june, 2015. The formula for the easy transportation of Chennai people was at last found; the metro was launched. It proved itself worthy of the delay in its launch.  The operation length of the Chennai metro is a distance of 54.1km extending from Nehru part to thirumangalam underground and it elevates to join the airport route from koyambedu. There are so many specialties in this mode of transport including the tickets which give the only option of smart cards and no tokens. Its very attractive to see the underground doors open only when the train comes. The metro sure is a victim of the modernRead More

On a regular day of Chennai on the 6th of May, the first traveler’s meet of Madras photo bloggers was held in association with Kolkata bloggers , Urban Desi house and with the support of Zeiss and Manfroto In the compact and calm hall of urban desi house, about 40 + photographers and bloggers met to gain motivation and knowledge for their passion. We held our breath and hoped high for this meet to be a success and today we heave a sigh and smile as our expectations were met in the best way possible. The day’s highlight was its speakers. Mr. Srinidhi Hande, an IT professional and blogger. Mr. Anirban Saha, founder of kolkata bloggers. Miss. Sai Priya, travel photographer and Mr.srivatsan sankaran, founder of Madras Photo bloggers andRead More

We are Amazed, amused and startled by the way the entire city behaved today. The public, the politicians, and the cops. What a relentless job police and Media has been doing? Complete discipline and a peaceful send-off the most admired woman, late Tamilnadu CM Dr. J Jayalalithaa. Paid my last respects. An Era comes to end. It is a saddening day for Chennaities who prayed for the last seventy four days. Honorable Chief Minister Dr. J Jayalalitha, the fond Chief Minister of the Tamilnadu who ruled the hearts of the lakhs of people is no more. There will and can never be one more like her. Love politics or not, love her or hate her, she, as an impeccable orator and a charismatic leader, has found a place in ourRead More

Story Mirror Third creativity workshop, Chennai

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In the busy and fast moving roads of Nugambakkam lies the Apparao Gallery. A place of serene calmness and mind blowing art works.The gallery in itself is very very special, but on this occasion , the 5th of October it seems to be brightly illuminated with talented writers who thrive to write their best sellers. I,being a writer, was one of those talented lot. The workshop started with a 10 mins discussion on poetry writing, where writers were introduced to different kinds of poetry and how one can excel in them. Haikus,free style, sonnets a lot more types were buzzing in my kind by then end of the session. This session was quickly followed by a small tour of the gallery. The art works over there still taunt me asRead More

In the north, the beautiful people sway their hips to the dance of Garba and depict the life of Rama as Ramlila. In the east,the devotees submerge the statue of Ma Durga in the river which is followed by a tearful farewell to send her off.In the west,the leaves of the aapta tree are exchanged which is considered auspicious.And then comes our place,the south.where the entire celebration takes place for 9 days called Navarathri by building a rack of odd-numbered shelves or padi set up using wooden planks. After the golu is covered with fabric it is then adorned with various dolls, figurines and toys according to their size, with the deities at the top.Even golu dolls have evolved these days so much that we have dolls of ganesh jiRead More

This year Mahalaya Amavasya falls on sept 30th 2016 and considered as the beginning of dussehra. It is marked as special day dedicated to making an offering to express our gratitude to all previous generations of people who have contributed to our life and it will be celebrated in several parts of India. Some consider it as the most important day for performing obsequies and rites.On this day people donate food, clothes etc to the needy. In Chennai, It indicates the first day of Navathri which is dedicated to the worship of the deity Durga. On that auspicious day, people perform their rituals near the shore of beach, temple and home. I have documented a series of Mahalayam rituals happened in Chennai. Please check the images below. An article andRead More

The second edition of the Youth convention popularly known as the IYC, organized by The Climber, on the 25th of September at Chinmaya Heritage Center, Chetpet. The theme of the event was being curated around the concept of “inspiration live and up-front”. The event featured some of the fine speakers and workshops from the conventional and un-conventional fields from music and dance to entrepreneurship and technology. Coming to the organizers, The Climber is an IIM Bangalore incubated startup and was awarded the best early stage startup by Bzz Wings 2015. The Climber has also been recognized as one of the 10 best startups by TATA First Dot NEN. We have our chapters in 13 cities all over the country.They are a youth driven organization that focuses on helping students discoverRead More

With all the hustle and bustle, the second metro line in the city was inaugurated on the morning of Wednesday by the honourbale chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. The route that connects Little Mount and Airport is 8.6 kilometres long encompassing Guindy, Alandur, Meenambakkam, Nanganallur Road and Chennai Airport. The first train was run by a lady loco pilot, similar to the inauguration of the first line. This route will merge at the Alandur station in a different tier to the existing Koyambedu –Alandur route. Hence, people traveling from Koyambedu to Airport will have to change trains at Alandur, the process that is expected to be a hassle free one. With the fares ranging from Rs. 10 to Rs. 50, the spending would be much effective with more lines opening inRead More

Although the day of anant Chaturdashi is the most significant day to immerse Ganesha idol in the sea, some places also have the habit of performing the Visarjan on 3rd or 5th or 7th day of the Pooja. On the Visarjan day, the statue of the god is immersed in a water body after the final offerings of the flowers, coconuts and sweet. A grandeur fanfare with large crowds squirming in the street is seen when the idols are being taken to the ‘Visarjan’. Thousands of devotees join the procession and fill the atmosphere with chants. The procession is accompanied with Dhol and other traditional instruments. Immersions are allowed in few public places like Patnapakkam, Neelankarai and Royapuram to reduce the debris and pollution. Below images are taken in patnapakkamRead More

India is a country popularly known for its rich cultural heritage. And by heritage we also mean the rich lineage it has passed down from various generations such as the different festivals and traditions. And Chennai is not an exception to this. With the festive day just around the corner, we at madras photo bloggers decided to visit the places of origin of clay-made Vinayagas. Kosapet, popularly known as the doll making neighborhood of Chennai, is a small village nestled into the intricate parts of the city and houses some of the major doll makers in the city. The people living here are known for their artistic skills. Consisting of some of the major artisans in the city, the neighborhood is lined with low roofed thatched houses and one-lined pathways.Read More

Not only species of animal diminishing from the face of earth, form of native folk art too. Therukoothu is a folk theatre art performed in the open space during temple festivals and effective make up, music play significant role in the performance. The art of Therukoothu handed down from one generation to another generation. They travel as a troupe that includes the actors, dancers, musicians, makeup artist, cooks and sometimes family. They are always on the move from one village to another village. The troupe named “Ananda Muruga Sabha” from Pudupet village performed the show near Ekkattuthangal on Aug 29th, 2016. They set up their show near Amman temple which is surrounded by IT corridors and it caught the attention of huge crowd since it was rare to notice themRead More

Art Exhibition
Chennai Weekend Artists- A group of artists of varying Caliber, ages and styles who select a spot every weekend, and gather to sketch on that location anywhere around chennai. Their love for art and also enjoying that process of creation has what drawn these people together every week. MuralidharAlagar, the co- founder of CWA says “Together we draw, share tips and skills , find mutual inspiration. We believe that every single drawing done by everyone is unique and special since we welcome all kind of free style. Some members are skilled in oil painting, some scribble with charcoal and few end with pen and Ink. They regularly post the sketch in Facebook to get feedback and improve themselves. In order to pursue further, they have launched Art exhibition on MadrasRead More

Karthik Arvind Kumar
Open your eye, widen your knowledge and calm your body to understand an art And,  Open your mind, enhance your soul and brighten the spark to be an artist.  Only a great prodigy can understand the magical extract of art but it takes a legend to do art. Professional and high class life schedules of an engineer or a doctor or a lawyer can never beat the adventurous and easy going life schedules of an artist. The whole of madras photo bloggers team realize what great effort it takes to specialize in art and what more of effort it requires to be an artist by profession in a country where science and commerce are the two available streams. It was such a privilege to meet, greet and have a smallRead More

Photography
Why are we celebrating World Photography day? In 1826, French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, took that photograph, titled View from the Window at Le Gras, at his family’s country home and it was authorized on 19th august 1839. The term photography was derived from the Greek language in which Photo means the light and Krabi means the drawing. The word “Photography” is universally accepted and used throughout the world. And with madras day just around the corner, we at madras photo bloggers present you some of the age old vintage portraits from ester years (1870 -1900) . these are shot by various people at various instances at different time frames, but it doesn’t fail to capture the true essence of madras. presenting “vintage portraits”” An article by Srivatsan Sankaran and PavithraaRead More

madras
Everyone knows that Chennai (formerly known as Madras) is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest cultural, economic and educational centre in South India. we have collected various unknown facts about Madras and presented them with images.  An article by Pavithraa Swaminathan .Edited and curated by Srivatsan Sankaran. Image Copyrights: Dayanidhi, Raghav K, Srivatsan S, Balu Velacherry, Mustansir Lokhandwala, Chandy, World YMCA. Facebook CommentsRead More

Superstar
Well, Chennai saw the extravagant opening for Thalaivar’s Magnum Opus Kabali and how could we miss that celebration! Bus conductor and stage artist Shivaji Rao from Karnataka to World Superstar Rajnikanth. This happened when the stage actor decided to take up the Film School in Madras looking for a career in the Film Industry. The வந்தாரை வாழவைக்கும் சென்னை ,  accepted this man like everyone else but took him to a whole new level. His sophisticated acting style and his mere stage presence is more than enough to create the mass quotient. After his initial Kollywood stints gave a positive outcome in Tamilnadu, he decides to continue further and took Chennai his home.  With a unique style and body language in every movie, he gets into the heart of billions of people all over theRead More

Triplicane
Niranjani, a street photographer, recently explored Triplicane, one of the oldest localities in Chennai. Triplicane still carries the flavour of ‘Madras’ in its narrow, bustling lanes, old buildings and cultural richness. Triplicane is one of the few areas where cows casually amble alongside humans in the congested streets. Read on, to explore this fascinating locality through Niranjani’s lens. In Niranjani’s own words… “I was walking alongside a cow. We were surrounded by two-wheelers, autos and two buses wedged in a road that was just wide enough to accommodate them. It was a typical Triplicane traffic jam. My soul mate was nestled in my arms, waiting for a gap in the traffic jam, through which he could escape into the narrow lanes of Triplicane and capture excited young faces, vibrant houses,Read More

Doctors
Doctors. The living God figure for all life on earth. A Doctor is the one who heals even the worst of health ailments and brings back the life and secures it to earth.  In fiction, “Super heroes wear masks and capes”. In reality “Super heroes wear Masks and White Coats”. With Chennai as the Medical Hub of Asia, how can we not  miss our doctors who took our city to this level. Ranging from a minor injury to world class transplant surgeries our doctors have mastered it in accomplishing them with flying colors.  Chennai housed India’s first hospital during the British Raj at Fort St George and this one later moved to broadway which stands as Rajiv Gandhi Govt General Hospital. Not only from India, patients from middle east countries, Afghanistan,Read More

zero hour
In the light of some of the incidents in this beautiful city, we are forced to confront and question some of the basic moral values which have governed us humans. A dark day It was a beautiful morning and the day looked promising enough to be called a fitting run-up to a well-earned weekend. It is not always one gets the luxury of a day off. It was something that I was looking forward for a long time. What began as a normal day, turned out to one of the worst days ever. A girl of 24 was hacked to death, in broad daylight, at one of the busiest suburban stations of the city. Reportedly she bled to death with several onlookers apparently stunned to act. Her dad had justRead More

Safest Metros
Chennai ranks as the 113th safest place in the world, in a global survey, which was conducted recently, among other international cities in the world. And currently, it is considered to have one the safest metros rails in India ranking as number 2 as against Mumbai which ranks first in this order. This in turn brings to light the various facets of the metro rail which makes it safe compared to the others in the country. From a generic view, Chennai is emerging to be one of the cities of choice because of its relatively lower crime rate, less pollution and better education standards. Now with the Metro Rail in tow, the city has climbed one step further in providing quality life to its people. The first phase of theRead More