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Vol. XXVI No. 07, July 16-31, 2016

Heritage of Chennai – multimedia contest for schools

This contest is being held in connection with Madras Day 2016. The contest encourages city school students to explore Chennai’s heritage and present the topic given to them in multi-media form (Powerpoint Presentation).

Theme: Streetscape of any old part of city

The Powerpoint presentation should be submitted to the organisers on or before August 12, 5 pm. E-mail it to: themadrasday@ (Subject line – Madras Day – PP Contest)

(Please do not courier the project. Organisers do not entertain hand delivered entries!)

The contest is open to school children studying in classes 8 to 12. A school can send only one team. Each team MUST have 3 members and all 3 members must take turns to make one presentation.

Choose a street in an old sector of our city which has old houses and buildings (at least 10 of them on either side dating to the 1930s-60s or before). Study the streetscape, the local architecture, the nature of houses and residents and the striking features of this street. Take classy photos, make notes, talk to people in the know.

Ask your school teacher-adviser to seek the approval of the organisers. E-mail to – – and get the OK to start work on the project.

The presentation in Powerpoint on the approved theme will have to be done by all the three participants. It can be done in English or in Tamil or a mix! The duration of the complete presentation – PowerPoint and Oral – should not exceed 10 minutes. Participants should be prepared to answer on-the-spot questions from the judges.

On each slide, you must have a maximum of just 3 lines, each line 5 words only. Dumping content on a slide earns you minus marks!.

The team should retain a copy of its project on a pen-drive or copy it on an electronic device and bring it to the venue of the contest. The organisers will provide a PC and a projector at the venue to help teams make their presentations.

The contest is open to the first 25 teams to register on first-come-first-serve basis.

The contest will take place on August 23 from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm with a 30-minute lunch break (you need to bring your lunch!). Venue: Srinivasa Sastri Hall, Luz, Mylapore. (Report at 9 am to download your PP onto our PC).

The best THREE presentations will be awarded trophies, gifts and certificates. All participants will be given certificates. The prizes will be presented at about 3 pm. Prizes will be awarded based on quality of research / presentation of visuals and points / presentation format and answers to the questions posed by the judges.

This event is supported by Mylapore Times, the neighbourhood newspaper, and South India National Association (SINA), Luz.

There are over 100 events held for Madras Day/ Madras Week in August. All information is at

–Vincent D’Souza

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