A city deserves to celebrate its birthday.
And Madras, that is Chennai certainly deserves it.

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 together.
And then, the old and new townes linked up. And then we had the city.

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.

Madras Day 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 city.
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 - madrasday@yahoo.com




Alliance Francaise of Madras

Archaeological Survay of India

Arsha Vidya Mandir

Asan Memorial School

Calibre Educational Foundation

Ceebros Ecotelís The Raintree

Chennai Heritage

Connemara Public Library

Corporation School, Tondiarpet

C. P. Ramaswami Iyer Foundation


Dr. MGR Janaki College for Women

Eicher Maps

Gallery Sri Parvati

Global Adjustments

Govt. College of Fine Arts

Govt. Museum, Egmore

Hamsadhwani Sabha

Hotel Green Park, Vadapalani

Hotel Savera

Indian Quizzing League

Jaigopal Garodia Sr. Sec. School, Anna nagar

Lady Sivaswamy School

Loyola College

Mad Bulls

Madras Christian College, Tambaram

Madras Book Club

Madras Heritage Lovers

Madras Musings

Madras Photographic Society

MOP Vaishnav College for Women

Namma Mylapore




Peek-a-boo Patterns

Prism PR

Prakrit Arts

Prince of Arcot

PSBB, K. K. Nagar

Queen Mary's College

Russian Cultural Centre

Roja Muthiah Research Library

Russian Cultural Centre

Spring Into Reading

Sir M Ct M Boys School

Sir Sivaswamy Kalalaya

Sri Sankara Vidyashramam.

Stella maris College

Story Trails

TAG Centre

Taj Connemara

Taj Coromandel

Tamil Nadu State Transport Corpn.

The Madras Terrace House

The Park

The Park Sheraton

The U.S. Consulate General

Story Trails

Tulika Books

Vanilla Children Place

Vel's Vidyashram

Vellaiyan Chettiar School, Tiruvottiyur

Vivekananda College

Westland Ltd

World Storytelling Institute


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