Posted on Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Movie Night with the Chennai Committee: LION

  Special showing at the Sie Film Center! Tuesday, April 25  7pm Sie Film Center (2510 E. Colfax Ave., next to the Tattered Cover) Free admission! Thanks to our sponsors: Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Office of Diversity and Learn more

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Screening of Nati Khel

The Chennai committee invites you to join them at the Nati Khel (Game of Kin) screening. November 17th, 2:00 – 4:00pm Tivoli (on the Auraria Campus) room 320 Discussion with the filmmakers from India from 4:00 – 5:00pm Reception Learn more

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016

2016 Annual Gandhi Lecture

Annual Gandhi Memorial Lecture Friday, September 16th, 2016 Hosted by Denver – Chennai Committee  $5 per person, open to the public “Relevance of Gandhian philosophy for a sustainable future” By Prakash Rao, Ph.D. Deputy Director and Head – Energy and Learn more

Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016

Southern India Tour 2017

Silks and Spices Featuring Chennai, India January 19 – February 3, 2017 View full trip brochure here

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Worldwide Festival 2016 Schedules

August 28th Auraria Campus Tivoli and Commons View campus map here Main Stage Schedule Tivoli Turnhalle 11:00  Opening- Dr. Thobani, Metro State University 11:15   Anubhuti: Experience the Divine through Dance – Sulakshana Jayaram 12:30 Kunming Ethnic Song and Dance Learn more

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016

2016 Worldwide Festival

Check this page often for updates to festival schedules! Sunday, August 28th Auraria Campus, Tivoli and Commons 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Admission View Full Schedule Here    Main Stage Schedule Tivoli Turnhalle 11:00  Opening- Dr. Thobani, Metro Learn more

Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016

2016 Worldwide Gala

Please join Denver Sister Cities and our Global Friends at the 2016 Worldwide Gala Saturday, August 27th, 2016 7:00 – 11:00 pm Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House The Chamber’s Grant Salon Featuring jazz, open bar, elegant dinner, global Learn more

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016

Indian Movie Night

Tuesday, February 16th 7:00 pm at the Sie Film Center 2510 E Colfax, Denver Tickets $12 Facilitated discussion, led by Ganpat Mani, immediately following the movie. Ganpat is a native of Chennai, India, and an expert in many things–including seven Learn more

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2015

Worldwide Festival 2015

Worldwide Festival Sunday, October 4th, 2015 Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria 10:30 am – 5:00 pm Celebrate the art, crafts, food, dance and cultures of Denver’s ten Sister Cities! Entrance to the daytime fair is free!       Learn more

Posted on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015


Please join Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilman Albus Brooks, and Denver Sister Cities International for the exciting kick-off of Global Exchange a speaker series for the international business community Global Exchange will offer direct access and introductions to Denver’s twelve Learn more

  • Chennai began as a British colony called Fort St. George when the English East India Company arrived to establish a factory. This area was home to many British colonials and workers. As the colony grew, it incorporated other European settlers and native towns. The colonists later named the settlement Madras, after one of the native towns, Madraspatnam.


  • In 1999, the name was changed once again by a ruling party to Chennai. The name came from another native village, Chennapattanam.


  • Today, the city of Chennai is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu in the southeastern part of India, located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal.


  • It is the fourth largest city in India with an area of about 60 square miles and over 4.5 million inhabitants. This sprawling metropolis is one of the major ports of India, often called the “Gateway to the South.”


  • Three of the 14 major languages of India are primarily spoken in Chennai: Hindi (the national language), Tamil (the local language), and English (used for business).


  • While there are large Muslim and Christian populations within the city, the primary religion is Hindu. The city is known for its  architecturally remarkable Hindu temples.
  • Chennai became Denver’s seventh sister city in 1984.


  • Since this relationship began, the Chennai committee has sponsored a variety of events every year.


  • The Gandhi Memorial Lecture is held annually in October, coinciding with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.


  • Committee members present lectures about India to community members at schools, churches, and other community organizations as part of the City in a Suitcase program. Apart from these lectures, there are also book discussions and readings.


  • The committee sponsors cultural gatherings, such as events at Indian restaurants, as well as shows of Indian music, dance, and film.


  • The committee is planning to develop a youth exchange with its counterpart organization in Chennai, the Indo-American Association.


  • Indian students have also been sponsored for higher studies at the University of Denver.


  • Frequently, delegations from Denver and Chennai will visit the cities to attend special events and experience the culture of their sister city.


  • Following an earthquake in the seabed of the Indonesian coast, Chennai was struck by the tsunami on December 26, 2004. With thousands of people lost, and homes and jobs destroyed, the Chennai committee and Denver Sister Cities International raised $70,000 for short term relief.  The committee has since raised and donated significant funds to further support a non–profit social service program in building a clinic and school.

The Chennai Committee meets on a monthly basis. The meetings are usually potluck dinners at members’ homes. Please see the calendar of events for meeting dates and times.

Chairperson: Pantea Beigi

Phone:  310-622-3479