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05-09-2014

375 years of Chennai

Chennai collage

Briefing

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Interview: S. Muthiah

‘Teach heritage in schools’

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Interview: S. Muthiah

‘North Madras has a rich history’

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Final defence

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Architecture

Domes of heritage

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The Indo-Saracenic architecture of buildings found across Chennai gives it a distinct old-world charm.
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Corporation

The first civic body

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Set up in 1688, the Corporation of Madras, the first civic body of its kind in India, has done pioneering work despite many ups and downs.
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People

Demographic mosaic

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Literature

The place to be

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How do writers see Madras? Variously, but for Tamil writers, this is the place to be.
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Place names

A place for murderers!

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Many place names in the city have interesting tales to tell and there are fierce debates over some.
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War & the city

Emden, the raider

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On September 22, 1914, the day Madras was bombed by the German light cruiser SMS Emden, a new word, emden, entered the Tamil lexicon indicating the de
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375 years of Madras

March of Madras

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The colonial city now called Chennai turns 375 on August 22. A survey of its growth and transformation from the time Fort St. George came up.
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Music

Unsung songs

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While the earthy Gana has emerged as a separate genre of performing art in Chennai, several other dynamic sounds have permeated and enriched its music
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Contrasts

New old city

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Madras encompasses the traditional and the modern; the historical and the contemporary; and the poor and the rich.
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In conversation

Memories of Madras

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S. Muthiah shares his thoughts on the city he has chronicled extensively from its origins.
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Expansion

How tiny was my city

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From being a city of vast open spaces, Chennai has rapidly become a congested metro with a colossal shortage of infrastructure and seen a fall in qual
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The power of the myth

K.Satchidanandan