August 22nd 1639, marked the birth of this city
and in its celebration a bunch of city youths launched a celebration of the
city’s glory and its rich past in 2004 and named this day “Madras Day”.
The city’s existence dates back to the time of Kilpau’s
landmarks which stands as a reflection of the city’s colonial history and
cultural heritage. This stands true even today with the city being a hot spot
for culture vultures from all over the
globe! My visit to the city was indeed coincidental and I was thrilled to know
that I landed here on this special day.
The focus on this day is to get people out of their shells
and take part in several activities centered on the history of the city. One such unique program is a heritage walk
which takes you through some of the city’s vibrant past like Fort St. George
which was the same piece of land transacted by the East India Company. After
the walk I visited a nearby school which was all abuzz and full of enthusiasm as
the students took part in several competitions like Elocution, poetry, music
and most interesting of all being the quiz bee which is a true reflection of
ones knowledge of the city!
To get a glimpse of the city’s past in a photo exhibition I visit
some of the city’s prominent places like Max Mueller Bhavan and Appa Rao Art
Gallery. With this I wrapped up by day celebrating a city’s existence in its
true sense with a dose of history and a glimpse into its past glory.
So, until my next visit to the city of weaves, “Happy Madras