Thambu Chetty and Linghi Chetty

Two of the George Town’s main streets today bear the name of these two men. I recall one of the earlier posts by Chenthil Nathan on Road Names in Chennai, where he has quoted about these street names which still has the community tag attached to them..

I stumbled across a book “Public Faces ,Private Lives : Community and Individuality in South India” by Mattison Mines in

The book makes an extensive record of the times and lives of the people who lived in the George Town and Park Town Area during 1700s. Thambu Chetti was one of the East India Company’s premier headman or Chief of the Town Beeri Chettiars (also known as Beri Chettiars) . Lingi Chetti is a contemporary headman merchant in mid 1700s, the mint contractor of the British East India Company that ruled Madras at that time.

This book has reference to many prominent places of George Town and Park Town area and extensively quotes about the float festival of Kandaswamy Temple conducted at the Katchaleeswarar Temple Tank. Once the float festival was supposed to be held at the Kandaswamy Temple itself and the conflict arising out of such a move by Park Town residents. I am trying to get a hard copy of the book. More on Thambu Chetti and Lingi Chetty, George Town and Park Town later after I read the book.

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