Here is a small piece of history about our city and the Madras Day.
On August 22, 1639 an important deal was made between the Britishers and the Local Nayak rulers. According to that agreement a small piece of land was given to the English East India Company and that piece of land is where the Fort. St. George stands today.
It all started from that small piece of land. Settlements started growing around the Fort, the small villages around the place were combined, then towns came and thus finally came our Madras City.
In the year 2004, a small group of people, launched a uique idea to celebrate the city's birthday - they chose the day on which the above treaty is believed to be made and called it as the Madras Day. Then onwards the Madras Day is celebrated on the 22nd of August every year.
The Madras Day focus on the city, its history and glories. As a part of the celebrations several rallies, talk events, contests, photo exhibitions, food fests and lot more are being conducted in the city.
This year, to increase the community participation, the Madras Day is beeing extended for a week - calling it the Madras Week. In 2009, the Madras Week will be celebrated from August 16 to 23 and as always plenty of events and contests are to happen across the city for this full week.
I have been in this city for nearly 10 years and Chennai is like a second native to me - ofcourse now it is also the Pugundha Veedu to me :-)
Chennai might not be the best among the Indian cities, Chennai still has many of the worst problems but for sure the city has many things to celebrate about and events like this will surely create an awareness about the City's pride and give a great feeling for the Chennaites.
Happy Madras Week!!!