Madras Day Celebrations coming up!

According to the organisers of the Madras Day celebrations, one of whom is noted Madras historian S Muthiah, the founding day of Madras is considered to be August 22, 1639.It was on that day and year that a sliver of land, where Fort. St. George stands today, 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 Nayak rulers.Once the fort was established, settlements grew around it. As the settlements grew with expanding trade and industry, the villages around it were abosrbed into the newly formed city. One of them was ‘Madrasapattinam’, another was ‘Chennaipattinam’. The English name of the city seems to have been coined by shortening the former, while the Tamil name for the city was the latter, but thats another story. The point is, August 22nd is celebrated every year as Madras Day, as it will be this year. In fact, the celebrations will be for an entire week -August 19th to August 26th. Read about Madras Day here. The events planned are heritage walks, a motorbike tour of the city, a cross city marathon, a philately exhibition as well as public talks. Want to participate by organising, collaborating of hosting an event for Madras Week? Email the organisers at

3 Comments so far

  1. tsk tsk (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 12:13 am


    Does this have the governments backing?

  2. Mustang (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

    Well, no, this does not have government backing.. This is solely conducted by coordinators of madras day. The chennai hashers, madras bulls and also the mylapore times coordinate most of the events,.

  3. Leo (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 2:06 am

    Well, at least once a year Madras is given its due recognition. The city was founded, grew, and flourished as Madras, not “Chennai”. Madras is the rightful name of that city. Over 350 years of history was wiped out of the face of the map by villainous politicians and the people simply took it sitting down.

    If “Chennai” had to be recognized, it could have been done in many ways. But not this way.

    Anyway, this madness of “re-naming” did not start with Madras and it will not end with that city: more will follow…


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