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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 22, march 1-15, 2010
Dates for your Diary

March 16: The Wolfgang Haffner Jazz Trio. Wolfgang Haffner has been among the world’s most renowned jazz drummers for years. He is accompanied by Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson and Cologne-based pianist Hubert Nuss. The trio plays songs of great sensitivity with a general uplifting mood. (At the Music Academy, 7.00 p.m.)

March 30 to April 8: Exhibition on the Halfmoon Files – The Making of… Director: Philip Scheffner “There once was a man. This man came into the European war. Germany captured this man. He wishes to return to India. If God has mercy, He will make peace soon. This man will go away from here.” Mall Singh’s crackling words were heard as he spoke into the phonographic funnel on December 11, 1916 in Wunsdorf, near Berlin.

90 year later, Mall Singh is a number on an old shellac record in an archive – one amongst hundreds of voices of colonial soldiers recorded during World War I. In the exhibition “The Making of…”, the main focus lies on the so-called ‘Half Moon Camp’ in Wunsdorf near Berlin in which mostly Indian and North African ‘colonial soldiers’ were imprisoned from 1914 to 1918.

Philip Scheffner will present his work and the film The Halfmoon Files and conduct a workshop (at Max Muller Bhavan).

March 28: Lecture by Pradeep Chakravarthy on The Blue God and the Blue Sea – a historian and art lover’s guide to three Vishnu temples. Triplicane Parthasarathy Temple, Nithya kalana Perumal Temple in Thiruvidaenthai, and the temple in Mahabalipuram (at TAG Foundation from 9 a.m. to 10.15 a.m. By invitation only).

March 28: Temple tour – Vela chery in the 9-11th centuries – conducted by Pradeep Chakra varthy. (For details of both contact: pradeepandanusha@



In this issue

One small step towards preserving heritage
Can’t we leave natural heritage alone?
Mall-grazing in Chennai
A legend in his lifetime
Monotonous post-match presentations
Historic Residences of Chennai - 37
Other stories

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Short 'N' Snappy
Our Readers Write
Quizzin' with Ram'nan
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