Wednesday, August 20, 2014
CHENNAI CELEBRATES 375TH ANNIVERSARY The city of Chennai, previously known as Madras, is celebrating its 375th anniversary. Known as "Madras Day", the celebrations, which started on August 17 will last until August 24. The city of Chennai came about after the British East India Company acquired a small patch of land from a Vijayanagara king in 1639 to build Fort St George around which the city of Madras grew over the years. With a population of nearly five-million, Madras is today lovingly known as "Namma Chennai". In order to celebrate the 375th anniversary, this song: Namma Chennai, was compiled by the city's famous musicians, including A R Rahman.