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A look at Gemini House's legacy

The house was sold to the Raja of Sivaganga, who later sold it to the Gemini Pictures' founder, S.S. Vasan

S.S. VASAN House or Gemini House as it was popularly known, the colonial building on Radhakrishnan Salai adjacent to the Music Academy, was actually called India House.

The industrialist C. Rajam built the India House in the 1930s. Mr. Rajam lived there until 1944.

"The house was sold to the Raja of Sivaganga, who later sold it to the founder of Gemini Pictures, S.S. Vasan," Prema Srinivasan, representing the Rajam family, said.

The house with its trees and bushes provided the backdrop of several TV serials.

Until a few days ago, it was home to several set assistants, assistant directors, production assistants and lightmen as film technicians, wrapped up a quick schedule of shooting at the bungalow.

It was with the money from the sale of the building that the foundation for the Madras Institute of Technology was laid.

The family of the renowned industrialist of yesteryear said that the building stood testimony to Rajam's aesthetic sense and philanthropy.

The building was demolished last week.

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