deserves to celebrate its birthday.
And Madras, that is Chennai certainly
So a small group of people who love
this city launched a unique celebration in 2004.
The founding day of
Madras is considered to be August 22, 1639.
It was on that day, in that year, that
a sliver of land, where Fort. St. George stands today, was
transacted by the East India Company.
The deal was struck
by Francis Day, his 'dubash' Beri Thimmappa, and their
superior, Andrew Cogan, with the local Nayak rulers.
It is believed that this deal was made
on August 22, 1639.
Out of the fort,
grew settlements. Then the villages around it were brought
then, the old and new townes linked up. And then we had the
Today, Chennai stands tall for a
variety of reasons. Education, healthcare, IT, history,
tourism, auto industries, movies, etc.
And yes, it also has its warts.
celebrates the city.
Madras Day was an
idea that three people put together - the city's famed
historian, S. Muthiah, journalist Sashi Nair and publisher
Vincent D' Souza. Today, they have been joined by three
others - senior journalist and editor Sushila Ravindranath,
entrepreneur and writer-historian V. Sriram and journalist
and web site entrepreneur, Revathi R.
Madras Day focuses
on the city, its history, its past and its present and the
core team motivates communities, groups, companies and
campuses in the city to host events that celebrate the
Heritage walks, school exchange programmes, talks and
contests, poetry and music and quiz, food fests and
rallies, photo exhibitions and bike tours . . . . these and
more are the ways in which the city is celebrated.
In order to enlarge
participation, the Madras Day has been expanded to create
the Madras Week.
In 2009, MADRAS
WEEK will be celebrated from August 16 to 23.
MADRAS DAY, as always, is August 22
If you wish to
organise, collaborate or host an event for MADRAS WEEK and
need guidance / info, please send an email to -