Pradeep Chakravarthy, a historian, has two events planned for the Chennaites in view of the 371st anniversary of Chennai next month.

The first event is a free tour of the Chenna Kesava and Chenna Malleswara temples on Devaraja Mudali Street, NSC Bose Road, on August 15 between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. It offers a fascinating glimpse of how the East India Company and their Indian representatives promoted and supported Hindu religion towards their economic and political gains. These temples can accurately be called the ‘official' temples of Modern Madras. They have no famous saints' verses or inscriptions but find mention in several records. The 45-minute tour recreate a mental image of the role of the temple in the social fabric of Madras during the early days of the Raj.

The walk will start and finish outside the temples. Those interested should make their own arrangements for transport. The walk will not focus on religious aspects and will not budget for worship time. No prior knowledge of history is required. Explanations will be given in English during the walk .


The second event, a talk on ‘Writing on the wall – Life in ancient Madras gleaned from inscriptions,' will be held on August 18 at GRT Grand Days, Sir Thyagaraya Road, at 7 p.m. It will be a 35-minute lecture that will explore the politics of the villages that constituted Madras between 9th and 13th Centuries. Themes such as economy, layout, thecults that people practiced, the taxes they paid and the occupations they did will be discussed. It will conclude with a 10-minute question and answer session. Those interested can join for tea at 6.30 p.m.

The talk will be in English. Those interested to participate must send an email to before August 4. For the walk 35 people can register and for the talk 25 people can be accommodated. Pradeep Chakravarthy (98412 99017) will send out confirmations by August 8.

Two events have been planned for the 371st anniversary of Chennai.

Contact Pradeep Chakravarthy at 98412 99017