Chennai, 25 August 2013: The team “Chennai Vennais” (comprising popular quizzres VV Ramanan and Ramkumar Shankar) emerged champions in the 2013 edition of the Madras Quiz today, an open quiz about Chennai conducted by Dr Sumanth C Raman as part of the Madras Week celebrations. This edition of the Madras Quiz was supported by the Murugappa Group which has been sponsoring several events in connection with the city of Chennai, including the popular school-level quiz Murugappa Madras Quotient Quiz.
The team “Bilderts” (comprising Shantaram & Krishnakumar Balaraman) and Team “Arun and Sankhya” (comprising Arun and Sankhya) were the runners up in the closely fought grand finale. Over 130 teams participated in the written preliminary round, from which 6 teams were shortlisted for the Grand Finale. There were also special prizes for the top-scoring school team, all-women’s team and senior citizen team. Several members of the audience won prizes for the various questions asked by the Quizmaster Dr Sumanth C Raman. The prizes (sponsored by TI Cycles and Chola MS General Insurance Co Ltd) were distributed by the Chief Marketing Officer of Chola MS General Insurance Mr. Vedanarayanan Seshadri and General Manager Ms Chitra.
The quiz, based on the history, culture and current happenings in and around Chennai, had questions over a wide variety of topics (“What is the etymology of the Madras Bhaashai word Dubakoor” – answer “from the word Dubash”; “who was the first recipient of a research scholarship from the University of Madras” – answer “Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujam 75″ and the esoteric question on the ingredients of the world-famous cocktail “Madras Cocktail” – answer “a mix of vodka, cranberry juice, orange juice and an optional dash of lime”).
The programme was attended by several quizzing enthusiasts, parents, students and members of the media, including Mr. Vincent D Souza, the coordinator of Madras Week celebrations.
About Murugappa Group
Founded in 1900, the INR 225 Billion Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 28 businesses including eleven listed Companies traded in NSE & BSE. Headquartered in Chennai, the major Companies of the Group include Carborundum Universal Ltd., Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Ltd., Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd., Coromandel International Ltd., Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd., E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd., Parry Agro Industries Ltd., Sabero Organics Ltd., Shanthi Gears Ltd., Tube Investments of India Ltd., and Wendt (India) Ltd.
Market leaders in served segments including Abrasives, Auto Components, Cycles, Sugar, Farm Inputs, Fertilizers, Plantations, Bio-products and Nutraceuticals, the Group has forged strong alliances with leading international companies like Groupe Chimique Tunisien, Foskor, Mitsui Sumitomo, Morgan Crucible and Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM). The Group has a wide geographical presence spanning 13 states in India and 5 continents.
Renowned brands like BSA, Hercules, Ballmaster, Ajax, Parry’s, Chola, Gromor and Paramfos are from the Murugappa stable. The organization fosters an environment of professionalism and has a workforce of over 32,000 employees.