Madras day 22 August 2022 , history of Madras day
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. 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 . . . . these and more are the ways in which the city is celebrated.
In order to enlarge participation, the Madras Day has been expanded to host events throughout August.
Madras Day 2022: Chennai turns 383, celebrations at Elliot’s beach
Chennai: The celebration will have about 50 stalls where 25 stalls will be for food and food related and 25 stalls for handicrafts, value add food etc. also we will be having traditional games and live stage performance.
Chennai Day 2022: The Greater Chennai Corporation is organising Madras Day celebrations at Elliot’s Beach in Besant Nagar as Chennai turns 383 years on Saturday. The celebrations will be held in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The entry to the two-day celebration event will commence on Saturday at 3:30 pm.
As part of the Chennai Day celebrations, we are organising an exclusive Chennai nite at the Besant Nagar from 20 to 21 August 2022 ( 4 pm to 1130 pm). This exclusive celebration will have about 50 stalls where 25 stalls will be for food and food related and 25 stalls for handicrafts, value add food etc. also we will be having traditional games, live stage performance etc,” CII said in a statement.
Traffic advisory for Chennai Day 2022
The Greater Chennai Police have also shared details of traffic diversion around Elliot’s Beach. According to city’s local media:
> Movement of vehicles from 7th Avenue intending to go to 6th Avenue Eliot’s Beach will be diverted along 16th Cross Street towards 2nd Avenue.
> Vehicles coming from 16th Cross Street intending to go towards 6th Avenue will be diverted at the junction of 2nd avenue and 16th Cross Street, DT Next reported.
> Vehicles coming from 4th Main Road and 5th Avenue intending to go to Eliot’s beach will be diverted to a different route to reach their destination.