Madras celebrates its birthday

The city's birthday bash is back and it is bigger than before.

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. It was on that day, in that year, that a sliver of land, where Fort. St. George stands today, was bought by the East India Company.

Out of the fort, grew settlements. Then the villages around it, were brought together. And then, the old and new towns linked up. And then we had 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.

Apart from competitions, Madras Day organisers have also put together several events: heritage walks on weekends; exhibition of coins, maps, photos and books on vintage Madras.

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