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Madras Day programmes on AIR

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`Putham Puthu Kalai' will highlight important landmarks Despite many changes, there are a few things unchanged in the city

CHENNAI: The city that was Madras then is now Chennai. Despite many changes, there are a few things unchanged in the city. It's time to look back.

Fond memories

Chennai lovers can tune in to FM Rainbow of the All-India Radio on August 22, the Madras Day, and reminiscence fond memories of the city.

The All-India Radio would broadcast Tamil programmes throughout the day to commemorate the founding of the city.

`Putham Puthu Kalai', a programme highlighting the important landmarks of Chennai, with writer Ashokamitran, Historian S. Muthiah, Vincent D'Souza and writer Randor Guy as participants would be aired on Monday between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. The next one hour will be `Madras Nalla Madras', a compilation of film songs on Chennai by Delhi Ganesh and comedian `Loose' Mohan providing a native touch with his Madras dialect.

At noon, listeners can hear people from various walks of life narrating their experiences about Madras of yesteryears. How were music festivals those days? To know more, listen to veteran musicians, B. Rajam Iyer, M.S. Gopalakrishnan and Umayalpuram Sivaraman between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Those who are curious to know about stage plays can listen to R.S. Manohar and S.A. Kannan who share about plays at Otralvadai theatre. K. Kannan and Sangili Murugan would recall about film shootings and studios of yesteryears. There would also be a show on description of Chennai of those days by Pudumaipithan.

Old structures

`Nenjil Niraitha Pokkisham', a programme on old structures treasured in the city, would be broadcast between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. It would be centred round old educational institutions, places of religious festivals and proud possession of Chennai, Marina beach.

Listeners would also get a chance to voice their knowledge through a quiz programme on the city, `Namirukkum Chennai' between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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