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Madras Day is a festival organised to commemorate the founding of the city of Madras in Tamil Nadu, India. It is celebrated on 22 August every year, 22 August 1639 being the widely agreed date for the purchase of the village of Madraspatnam or Chennapatnam by East India Company factors Andrew Cogan and Francis Day from Damarla Venkatadri Nayaka, the viceroy of the Vijayanagar Empire.
The idea of a Madras Day was first suggested by Chennai-based journalist Vincent D’Souza to historian S. Muthiah during a meeting of the trustees of the Chennai Heritage foundation in 2004. Since then, Madras Day celebrations have been held every year without fail, its highlights being exhibitions, lectures, film screenings and quizzes. The Madras Day festival has registered a steady increase in popularity year after year. The 2014 and 2015 editions lasted through August and extended into September as well, prompting demands to rename Madras Day as Madras Week, or even Madras Month.
There has been a contention that the deed of purchase was actually dated 22 July 1639 and not 22 August.
A city deserves to celebrate its birthday.
And Madras, that is Chennai certainly deserves it.
So a small group of people who love this city launched a unique celebration in 2004.
The founding day of Madras is considered to be August 22, 1639.
It was on that day, in that year, that a sliver of land, where Fort. St. George stands today, was transacted by the East India Company.
The deal was struck by Francis Day, his ‘dubash’ Beri Thimmappa, and their superior, Andrew Cogan, with the local Nayak rulers. It is believed that this deal was made on August 22, 1639.
Out of the fort, grew settlements. Then the villages around it were brought together. And then, the old and new townes linked up. And then we had the city.
Today, Chennai stands tall for a variety of reasons. Education, healthcare, IT, history, tourism, auto industries, movies, etc. And yes, it also has its warts.
Madras Day celebrates the city.
Madras Day focuses on the city, its history, its past and its present and the core team motivates communities, groups, companies and campuses in the city to host events that celebrate the city.
Heritage walks, school exchange programmes, talks and contests, poetry and music and quiz, food fests and rallies, photo exhibitions and bike tours . . . . these and more are the ways in which the city is celebrated.
History of Madras Day:
Madras Day is a holiday in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu celebrated on August 22. It commemorates the foundation of the administrative center of the state. Originally known as Madras, it was renamed Chennai in 1996.
The first European settlement in the area of present-day Chennai was a port founded by the Portuguese and called São Tomé. Ninety years later, the Dutch established themselves north of Chennai. The settlement now known as Chennai was founded on August 22, 1639. On this day, Andrew Cogan and Francis Day of East India Company purchased the village of Madraspatnam from the viceroy of the Vijayanagar Empire. The name Madras is believed to have been derived from the name of the village.
The founding of Madras was first observed in 1939, when the city celebrated its 300th anniversary. The celebrations were officially sponsored by the British government, although it was the only time that the colonial authorities did so. Another large-scale celebration was held in 1989 (the 350th anniversary).
The idea to celebrate the foundation of Madras every year was born in 2004 during a meeting of the trustees of the Chennai Heritage Foundation. Although the city has been called Chennai since 1996, the name of the holiday includes the original name of the city as a sign of respect for its history and heritage. According to the authors of the idea, the main task of Madras Day is to focus people’s attention on the history of the city, its past and present.
The inaugural Madras Day celebration in 2004 included only five events, but the celebration has been growing in scale ever since. For example, the 357th foundation anniversary of Madras was celebrated with over a hundred events lasting from August 10 to September 14, 2014. The programming included exhibitions, lectures, discussions, poetry readings, concerts, parades, food festivals, quizzes and competitions, special radio and television programs, and more.
Madras Day is co-organized by various institutions and organizations. For instance, the programming of the 2015 edition included events planned by the Chennai Heritage Foundation, the British Council, the Roja Muthiah Research Library, the Press Institute of India, the Madras Naturalists’ Society, the Photographic Society of Madras, and others. Mylapore Times, a local newspaper, runs the annual T-shirt design competition.