Did you know that it is our city’s birthday on August 22? It is only fitting to celebrate it in a grand manner and involve each and every one.
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.
Out of the fort, grew settlements, then the villages around it were brought together and finally, the old and new towns linked up. Thus, was formed the city of Madras.
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. Later, they have been joined by three others – senior journalist and editor Sushila Ravindranath, journalist and website entrepreneur Revathi R and entrepreneur and writer-historian V. Sriram.
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 – there is something for everybody.
In order to enlarge participation, the Madras Day has been expanded to create the Madras Week.
In 2018, MADRAS WEEK will be celebrated from August 19 to 26. MADRAS DAY, as always, is August 22.