MARCH


COOKING SWAPSHOP


5 Tue 03.45 PM
Flower Bazaar Police Stataion
(Assembly Point)
C1, Flower Bazaar, NSC Bose Road
Chennai 600 001
The food walk
Join us to discover some interesting eating places in the buzzing area of George Town.We are on a Food trail to discover some quaint some iconic eating spots – a walk that will surely tickle your taste buds along with introducing you to the history of these place.
Dhruva- Lawyer by profession, Radio Broadcaster to entertain and aGuide with a passion, will be accompanying us on this food walk.
Please note this will involve walking in busy streets for about an hour with stops to taste the food. Please bring your hat and sun glasses and walking shoes. Make sure you are comfortable.
This is a warn-in meeting. So sign up fast at the below mentioned numbers between March 1 - 3rd.
Whatsapp - Nandi Shah 9884070014
Assembly at flower bazar police station- at the statue of King George V. - by 3.45p.m. Kindly be on time as we will leave sharp at 3:50p.m. 
The meeting will last longer than our usual meeting times so please plan accordingly for your cars to pick you up.

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS


8 Fri 10.15 A.M
Madras Club
8 Adyar Club Gate Road,
Chennai 600028
Sreemati -Exploring Women through Puppetry and Dance
On this women’s day we will be celebrating the woman with all the riches of the world in her persona - Sreemati. We welcome you to this joyous celebration through the medium of puppetry.
The day begins with Abharana, an interactive between the queen, who is a puppet and her Sakhi, the dancer. It continues remembering the extraordinary women of ancient India, Chudala, Maithreyi, Savithri, the Grihini and Sulabha. This will be followed by a glimpse to the world of classical puppetry.
Presenting this world of puppets are two women from Bangalore, Anupama Hoskere and Divya Hoskere. Anupama is a Master puppeteer (an engineer who has a masters degree from the University of California) and the founder of Dhaatu Puppet Theater which believes in the traditional wisdom and values offered by Indian culture and uses puppetry to spread this knowledge to children in the hope that it will be a valuable space in their consciousness they can return to a later stage in their life.
Divya Hoskere, her daughter, is a trained Bharatanatyam artist,puppeteer and student of Bachelor’s of Design.

ARTS & HANDICRAFTS


12 Tue 10.15 A.M
Seetha Muthiah’s Residence
Coromandel House
14 Boat Club Road
R.A. Puram, Chennai 600028
The Mystical Kolam
Shanthi Sridharan is an artist from Chennai with a particular focus on the great Indian art of Kolam and Rangoli.Kolam is a design philosophy based on connecting the dots with lines and curves to create infinite design patterns. The Kolam patterns are a rich source of figure  language which serves as a stimulus for creation of new types of languages to communicate. These drawings cannot be preserved. They get walked on, washed out or blown by the wind; one has to let go and new ones are made. This infinity and detachment creates an unmatched mystic only paralleled to the aura associated with the existence of the universe.Shanthi will speak about this unique form of philosophy and art.

HISTORY CULTURE TOURS


14 Thu 10.15 A.M
E-Hotel
Gate No.1, Express Avenue Mall
Patullos Road
Chennai 600 002 
History, Tradition and Evolution of Bharatanatyam
India’s priceless artistic heritage is today the toast of the world. To help
preserve this legacy for generation–next albeit, remains a challenge.Working towards this preservation is Jayanthi Varma, dancer par excellence, who hails from the Royal Family of Cochin. Early exposure to Indian culture inculcated in Jayanthi an immense love and respect for the spiritual and cultural heritage of India. From the age of six, she was trained in Bharatanatyam by Padma Bhushan Smt.Kamala Lakshman and K.P.Kittappa Pillai doyen of the Tanjore Quartet family. Today, she is the Founder Director of Tapasya Kala  Sampradaya since 1977, an organization that works to preserve original cultural heritage.
Jayanthi will outline what has been done to preserve this art form with the help of “Marainduvarum Marabugal”, Tapasya’s research documentary film that captures eminent masters and artistes from hereditary families from the field of Bharatanatyam and its music,sharing nuances of their art and artistic heritage.Filmed in the tradition centers of art like Thanjavur, Tiruvarur,
Kanchipuram this film gives us an added insight into traditional teaching techniques of the renowned families that nurtured and preserved the ancient art of Bharatanatyam.


HEALTH & ECOLOGY


19 Tue 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014 
                                     Vultures In Vain
Growing up reading books by Kenneth Anderson and Jim Corbett, 18 years old Akshay Bharadwaj, currently doing his 1st year in thesIndian Institute of Science, is a wildlife enthusiast. On behalf of Karnataka’s forest department, Akshay has shot a documentary on the last remaining Vultures in the scenic hills of Ramnagar, which tells us the story about the fast declining vultures, of his home state. In his documentary he has created an awareness on the dramatic effect their extinction would have on our ecological environment.
Having had the good fortune of visiting several forests and plethora of habitats across our country, from traversing the vast expnses of nothingness in the Thar desert to being stranded in thundering rain along the Western Ghats, Akshay’s was a childhood that few could imagine and even fewer could experience.
Come listen to one of our youngest speakers Akshay, as he shares the tales of the mystic and intriguing forests, about his struggles and experiences and most of all his sustained motivation at this early age.

GRAND FINALE


25 Mon 07.00 P.M
Crowne Plaza
Chennai Adyar Park
132, TTK Road, Alwarpet
Chennai 600 018n
Grand Finale!
“If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything” - Marilyn Monroe
It’s the culmination of a wonderful year, full of friendship, activity, fun and laughter. 
The IWA Board is delighted to invite you to the final event of the year, The Grand FinaleJoin us for a night of merriment and laughter. We bring you an exciting evening of comedy and live music followed by a scrumptious dinner.
This event is open to spouses and friends of members for Rs. 1800. There is a limit of 75 passes and it will be available at forthcoming IWA meetings.

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION


26 Tue 10.15 A.M
Alagammai Alagappan’s Residence
10 Chittaranjan Road,
Teynampet
Chennai-600 018IWA Helpline
Building, enhancing and restoring relationships
Our speaker T.T.Srinath is a sensitivity trainer, a member of the Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science, (ISABS). A Post-Graduate in Human Resource Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur he is a Ph.D. in Organisational Behaviour from Anna University, Chennai. He is a Certificate holder in Sociodrama & Action Methods, issued by MPV/SAM Sociodrama & Action Methods Training and accredited by the British Psychodrama Association.He has spent over 37 years as an entrepreneur including 20 years as a human interaction facilitator. He has worked with more than 130 organisations across the world interacting with thousands of participants through his workshops..
He is a stage actor, a member of The Madras Players, and an author.