Union Finance Minister launches historian S. Muthiah’s book
CHENNAI: Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram stressed the importance of conservation of heritage buildings in the city and hand over the torch of our heritage institutions to future generations.
Speaking at the launch of historian S. Muthiah’s book ‘A tradition of Madras that is Chennai The Taj Connemara,’ Mr. Chidambaram said, “This (Taj Connemara) is of course a landmark. This stands as a proud symbol of our tradition.”
He said, “I shall ensure that the Bharat Insurance building is not pulled down.” He added that the heritage building can be preserved and converted into a museum. Accepting the first copy of the book from Mr. Chidambaram, N. Murali Managing Director of The Hindu said, “Civil society has woken up. Citizens are rediscovering Chennai. They have struck a balance between tradition and modernity.” Mr. Muthiah said, “Taj Connemara, the oldest hotel in the city, still remains the tradition of Madras.” Journalist Mark Tully, present at the function, recalled his association for over 40 years with the Hotel.
“Taj Connemara, the 154-year-old icon in Chennai, has played a key role in shaping the hospitality industry in the city. The book is a fabulous tribute to the wonderful city. The book, not for sale, is to be given to guests and well wishers,” said N. Prakash, Director Operations-Oriental Hotels Limited and Area Director-Chennai.