This metropolis is often called the cultural capital of India for
its deep-rooted traditions and long heritage. Chennai is a city younger than its
image. More than any other city in India, it is a true reflection of this country’s
diversity. In a time span of just over 350 years, Chennai has blossomed into
a charming city that has a large heart and is very welcoming. It is city that encourages
all forms of development, both modern technology and the traditional arts and crafts,
and it embraces a series of paradoxes. It was in 1639 that Francis Day and Andrew
Cogan, agents for the English East India Company, acquired a strip of land on lease
from the Vijayanagar King. They built the Fort St.George, which remains of
the city’s important landmarks and serves as the Government Secretariat today.
It was built to set up a factory that served as a nucleus for British settlements
that began to be formed. Surrounding villages like Triplicane, Purasawalkam,
Egmore and Chetput slowly merged with the new developments, to form Chennapatnam,
as it was known. The city was called Madras till 1996 and then renamed Chennai.
Today this buoyant metropolis is a blend of the old and the new, the traditional
and the modern.
Spread over 200 square kilometres with the Bay of Bengal on the east, the city is
the gateway to the rest of South India. There are verdant green patches found amidst
the high-tech, high-rise buildings.
With a population of around six million, it is India’s fourth largest city.
From before days of Independence to present , the people of Chennai have played
an important role in shaping the country’s political destiny.
Chennai’s Pride Chennai’s newest pride is the Tidel Park, the home for the
Information Technology Industry. It is spread over 1.28 million sq.ft. of built
up area. The Tidel Park is an architectural marvel and houses several large national
and international software companies in its premises. The City of Grace And Peace.