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This week on the Sound Kitchen, host Clare Sharkey will answer the question about Madras Day in India. There’s some great music from RFI Talent, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” button above, and join in!


Hello everyone!

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This week’s quiz: On 22 August, I asked you a question about Madras Day in India, which our friends in Chennai – formerly called Madras - were celebrating. You were to write in with the year the city of Madras/Chennai was founded.

The answer is: 1639.

Madras Day is celebrated on 22 August every year, and the festivities last for about a week. In 1639, the British East India Company built Fort St George, which was the nucleus of the modern city Chennai, and is now the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

The winners this week are: Hena Rani Sarkar, from Murshidabad, India, and Ralf Urbanczyk, from Eisleben, Germany – both RFI Listeners Club members; Ferhat Bezazel, the president of the RFI Club Ain Kechera in Ain Kechera, Algeria; Dr D W Nabi from Middlesex, UK, and Rabeya Begam, from Lalmonirhat, Bangladesh.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... You’ll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 26 October to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 31 October program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby
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