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Chennai, Madras, Mylapore, ORF events

Diwali celebrations in Mylapore, Chennai

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Madras to Chennai: Socio-political evolution

The city of Chennai, the state capital of southern Tamil Nadu, earlier known as Madras, was founded on 22 August 1639. Across Chennai, the city has been celebrating ‘Madras Day’ every year. ORF Chennai has been organising a series of lectures, focusing mainly on policy issues of importance to the evolving metropolis.

This year’s Madras Day lectures will trace how the city has evolved in terms of its population, demography and electoral constituencies.


V. Sriram is a technocrat, senior management executive and conservationist, who has worked on the social history of Madras.

This event was cancelled.

Conference Hall, ORF Chennai