R. Sujatha

Rare books, maps, coins and currency notes on display

  • Exhibition traces the 200-year history of State Bank of India
  • It illustrates how business shaped Chennai's economic growth

    CHENNAI: From humble beginnings in 2004 when only a handful of photographs adorned Rajaji Hall, the Madras Day celebrations have picked up quite a bit of momentum.

    Last year, three men exhibited their collection of coins, books, maps and photographs at Clive Hall in Fort St. George. This year a dozen participants, including the Archaeological Society of India and Southern Railway, have displayed their collection. Robert Clive, who earned five pounds annually, arrived in India and carved out an empire for Britain. The buildings that dotted Chennai's skyline in the last 300 years narrate the story of its builders. Fort St. George currently houses at least 50 to 60 heritage buildings by one estimate. Only photographs of buildings under the ASI are on display.

    The exhibition illustrates how business shaped Chennai's economic growth. The exhibition also traces the 200-year history of State Bank of India, besides offering a display of coins and currency notes issued over the centuries. As the city expanded, mass transport evolved. Rare, out-of-print books and maps, paintings of buildings that have since been razed down are on display.

    The exhibition is on till Wednesday from 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry is free.

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