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Tamil Nadu Government’s Department of Museum has been celebrating UNESCO’s recognition of Chennai as ‘a Creative City for Music” with a series of events. For last two days, an edutainment series is happening at the Museum Theatre, titled aptly as “Iyal Isai Museum”. I attended the morning session today, which had brilliant talks by experts – got to learn so much about fields I had no knowledge. Dr Swanamalya Ganesh talked about Visual and Performing Arts (~ Dance) of 17th Century Tamil Nadu. She explained how the art form has developed over the centuries in Tamil Nadu with ample examples…

The Government Museum, Chennai is a must place to go if you are in the city – till a few years ago, it was maintained poorly, but thanks to Government initiatives and capable officers, nowadays it is looking better. The museum is spread across six buildings and it houses a variety of galleries – Archaeology, Zoology, Numismatics, Natural History, Bronze, Paintings, Children, Culture, Music and more. Started in 1851, it is the second oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. You can check out the posts on my earlier visits to the museum in 2010 and 2014.

The entry ticket is ₹30 and the ticket for using your camera (including your mobile) is ₹200. As per the ticket, the museum is open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM on all days except Fridays and national holidays.

I visited the museum today to see a special exhibition that’s happening from 11.Jan.2018 to 12.Feb.2018. Titled Iyal Isai Museum, rare musical instruments and dance sculptures from the museum’s archives are being exhibited for public viewing. Next week for the finale, cultural events and talks are planned, on the same title. Below is a photo blog on my visit today.

“Carmen Herrera is very possibly the oldest contemporary artist working today. What is extraordinary about Herrera is that ‘commercial success’ did not come until the early 2000s — after seven decades as an artist…” — Christie’s, 2014 The 100 years show is a truly inspirational story that shows – success may take time but it will come. Carmen Herrera is a contemporary artist hailing from Cuba, the recognition for her work came only in the 2000s when she was nearly 90 years old – a whole seven decades after she started painting. At 102, she still paints every single day.…

Madras Literary Society had hosted today an exhibition on Thirukkural (திருக்குறள்). Mr Dhanasekaran Muthu who is an eminent architect hailing from Thanjavur had drawn simple sketches for each of the 1330 Thirukkural couplets by classical Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar. The sketches were exhibited around the library, it was interesting to go around seeing the exhibits. Thank you Mr Dhanasekaran for making Thirukkural easier to approach for today’s kids, my son loved seeing and reading them.

A friend of mine living in Amsterdam recommended I watch this documentary “Tim’s Vermeer”. It turned out to be a good movie experience. After the movie I am left with questions on what’s art, what’s technology and is there a line dividing them? The movie is about a research on how  famous Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer could have painted such photo realistic paintings in early 17th century. The lighting and shades in his paintings and the details were unbelievable. The accuracy was unseen in any of Vermeer’s contemporary artists.  The research work was a personal obsession of a wealthy video…