Madras Day

Madras Day, August 22, 2005

Photograph Copyright : Vintage Vignettes,Chennai

August 22, 1639

It was on that day, in that year, that a sliver of land, where the Fort. St. George and the secretariat now exist in Madras – now called Chennai, was sold to the East India Company.

The deal was struck by Francis Day, his ‘dubash’ Beri Thimmappa, and their superior, Andrew Cogan, with the local Nayaks.

It is believed that this deal was made on this day and these three men are considered to be the founders of this city.

The city has been witness to many firsts in India and been home to great men, institutions and developments.

Madras nalla Madras - 1 - Mosaic

A collage of Images of Madras – 1

Madras Day will be celebrated from August 20-27,2006, to celebrate the founding of the city in 1639, “The Hindu” reports.

The Unwind Centre along with the organisers of Madras Day will be conducting a lyric competition in keeping with the theme “your city”. Call 55274472 / 55484352 for details or refer to The Hindu , 2 nd page of today(14.07.2006)

Madras Nalla Madras - 2

A collage of Images of Madras -2

1 Comment so far

  1. Anand (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 9:48 am

    Did you know that the Chennai High Court in Parrys Corner was originally a Hindu-Chennapureeshwarar temple, the city itself deriving its name from the lord of this temple.

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