Convenors :
S. Muthiah,
Historian and Writer

Dr. Nanditha Krishna,
Head, C P Art Foundation

V. Ramamurthy, IAS (retd.),
Management Consultant

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. And such a day should focus on the city, its history, its past and its present.

A small group of people interested in the history and heritage of Madras have initiated the celebrations of Madras Day in 2004, which marked the 365th year.

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