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Celebrating all things Madarasi

by Shwetha 6 year, 3 months ago

A day to look back on the city's history,heritage and humble beginnings as a small settlement - Celebrating Madras Day

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 Day”!

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