Friday, August 22, is Madras Day. It was on this day in 1639 that Damarla Venkatadri Nayakudu, Nayak of Wandiwash, gave a grant to Francis Day of the English East India Company to set up a factory on the Coromondal coast. The English settlement gradually grew into the city of Madras.
On August 22, 2004, a small group of people got together and organized Madras Day celebrations to mark the founding of the city. Since then, interest in Madras Day celebrations has grown.
Although the city now bears the name of Chennai, those organizing celebrations to mark to its founding use the name the East India Company gave to the city.
Sify.com, one of India's oldest and largest internet news portals, is
running a special series to celebrate Madras Day this year.
Ramananda Sengupta, Chief Editor, Sify Interactive Services, Chennai, says as part of the series the portal will carry stories on and by NRIs from Madras. NRIs wishing to convey their feelings about the city may provide “memories, raves and rants and even pictures from the family album”.
Material for publication may be sent to Sreedevi Arun at firstname.lastname@example.org before August 20.