5 Mon 10.30 AM
Government Museum Theatre
Pantheon Road
Chennai 600 008 
A brief History of an Aspirational Profession: Engineering in India
There has been a spectacular proliferation of Engineering Programs in India
in the 21st Century. There is a perception that a degree in engineering is a mark of prestige and a ticket to a good life.But the cult of the engineer has its roots in a much older back story- the story before the arrival of the “Indian Techie” who is today employed all over the world
At this year’s Endowment lecture, Dr Aparajith Ramnath discusses the culture and the organization of engineers in the first half of the 20th Century. The period between 1900 and 1947 saw the birth of what was to become a very Indian profession.
Aparajith Ramnath is a Historian of science, technology and business. His first book “A History of Engineers in India-1900 to 1947” has just been published. He is currently a Faculty member of Humanities and Management at Ahmedabad University. From 2013 to 2017, he was Professor at IIM Kozhikode.
He did his PhD on History of Science, Technology and Medicine from Imperial College, London (Hans Rausing Scholar). He completed his M.Sc. in History of Science, Medicine and Technology at the Oxford University (Bharat Petroleum Scholar) and his B.E. (Hons) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from BITS Pilani. He is also a linguist and plays the piano.

The meeting starts at 11.00 am.


8 Thu 10.15 AM
Craft Education And Research Centre
Kalakshetra Foundation
Kalashetra Road, Thiruvanmiyur
Chennai 600 041
Gorgeous Drapes to fascinate!
The original Kalakshetra sari, with its distinct green and oil mustard yellow hues, made famous by Rukmini Devi Arundale has been lost over time. Master weavers, craftsmen and textile experts were sourced to recreate this traditional version of the sari, using techniques prominent almost a century ago. The ‘korvai’ a complex technique used to interlace the borders with the body of the sari and is done by two weavers, while the dyeing process needs two more people.
Kalamkari, which literally means ‘pen work’ are paintings done on textile with vegetable or natural dyes with the only tool used for this intricate work being the ‘kalam’ a thin bamboo stick sharpened to a point like the nib of a pen.
Kalakshetra Foundation reinvented the ‘kodali karuppur’ saree which evolved under the patronage of the Maratha rulers of Tanjore. This art would have joined the ranks of crafts that have slipped into obscurity until Kalakshetra Foundation decided to change the situation.
Come, listen and feast your eyes on the eponymous silk sari, a fabric weighted by history and tradition in its wrap and weft, besides the Kalamkaris in the Srikalahasti and Masulipatnam traditions.


13 Tue 10.15 AM
Amir Mahal
Durbar Hall
Bharathi Salai
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
Trivia Morning!
Hailing from the House of Arcot, Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali is involved in many social, cultural, educational and religious institutions. He is an avid Quiz Master and conducts trivia events at competitive levels on various topics.
Ladies, come prepared for a fun filled ‘Trivia Morning’. The questions will be of oral, live music and audio visual covering different genres to make sure that the entire event is energetic and enthusiastic.


15 Thu 04.00 PM
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
The Diplomacy of InternationalBusiness
A. K. Tareen is the Founder Chairman of AKT Strategic Consulting LLP. He has an experience of over 3 decades in facilitating international trade & investments, building brands & business strategies, setting up new operations for global corporations and promoting bilateral ties between governments.
His company represents foreign governments, businesses and brands in India, Australia, the Middle East and Europe.
Tareen will speak on the balancing act that results in a successful collaboration between all stakeholders in spite of having to walk a tight rope between handling governments and businesses.Our speaker presently advises governments of Australia, The Sultanate of Oman & the Government of Bosnia & Herzegovina in India. His experience, thus allows him to smoothly navigate the complex waters of business and diplomacy.


20 Tue 04.00 PM
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014 
Life Renewal: A Second Chance!
Dr. Anil Vaidya is a world-renowned multi-organ transplant surgeon with a varied clinical and academic portfolio. He has been a Consultant Surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals for 12 years, and under his leadership the Oxford Transplant Center is now by far the largest pancreas transplant center in the world.Dr. Vaidya holds many firsts in the areas of kidney, intestinal, and visceral organ transplants, and remains one of the few surgeons in the world who has done over 1000 pancreas transplants. In addition, he has also set up transplant centres in many developing countries.
Join us, to hear the acclaimed him talk about the facts and bust the myths surrounding organ transplants and organ donation.

Grand Finale!

23 Fri 04.15 PM
ITC Grand Chola
63, Mount Road, Guindy
Chennai 600 032Grand Finale

It’s curtains down on a marvelous year filled with education, recreation and wellness.
The IWA Board is delighted to invite you to the closing event of the year, The Grand Finale.Please join us as we celebrate the year with a fun filled evening full of humour and specially curated high tea. Standup Comedienne Anu Menon adds to the soiree her brand of humor.Befitting to the event we request you to come dressed in the color red - which denotes high energy, intensity, strength and passion - everything that we have worked with in putting this year together for you.
4.15 – 5.15 pm : Fellowship
5.15 pm : Entertainment
Please note this is a members only meeting.




27  Tue  11.00 AM
Madras Club
8, Adyar Gate Club Road
R. A. Puram
Chennai 600 028
Wellness as We Age
“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” These are the words of Eubie Blake, the famed ragtime composer and pianist who was then still performing at the age of 99, the year before his death.
People today can expect to live longer than ever before. Getting older can bring on a new set of health challenges. By being aware of these common chronic conditions, we can take steps to maintain wellness as the years go by. We have brought together two experts to educate us on how we can prepare ourselves physically, for successful ageing.
Dr SubashRao is a popular Physician practising in Chennai. He did his Undergraduate medical training in Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai and Post-graduation from Kasturba Medical College,Manipal. He trained for several years in the UK and obtained his MRCP(UK). His work covers general medical care and his areas of special interest include intensive care and fitness.
Dhananjai Golla is a martial arts expert and a well known fitness instructor in Chennai. His many varied interests also include sport fishing and equestrianism. He will provide information on different exercises that can help stave off disability and improve strength.
A huge thank you to Nirupa Sundaravadanan for conceiving and leading this event along with Vidya Singh.
This meeting will be for an hour followed by lunch.




28 Wed 10.15 AM
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014Book Disucssion
Poonachi, Or The Story of a Black Goat …
Poonachi is not just the story of a goat, it is an expression of solidarity with the animal world and the female condition. It is also a commentary on our times, on the choices we make as a society and a nation, and the increasing vulnerability of individuals, particularly writers and artists,who opt to resist rather than submit.
As you follow her story from forest to habitation, independence to motherhood, you recognize in its significant moments the depth and magnitude o
f your own fears and longings, fueled by the instinct for survival that animates all life. Both masterly and nuanced, the author  makes us reflect on our own responses to hierarchy and owner-ship,
selflessness and appetite, love and desire, living and dying.
Perumal Murugan is the author of six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry in Tamil. This is his first work after his return to writing. His book One Part Woman was at the centre of a raging controversy, and his reaction to this, was to say that Perumal the writer is dead. It was an act that shocked readers and evoked strong empathy for the plight of the writer.