We’re Mad About Madras

Ever though that urban cities would have days praising their inception? Well, Madras or today’s Chennai has a day celebrating its birthday!
The founding day of Madras is thought to be August 22, 1639.

We got the name Chennai just in 1996. Until then it was Madras, accepted to be gotten from Madrasapattinam which is a fishing village north of Fort St. George. An intriguing clarification is that it could have been gotten from a fisherman named Madrasan. We South Indians are as yet being gathered under the expression “Madrasis” which evolved as Madras.

You may know Madras as so many things. For some it’s one of the hottest, most humid, most intolerable cities while for others, it’s home, it’s safety and it’s freedom. No matter what you may know Madras for, it is undoubtedly one of the most important cities in India.

Madras, a clamoring city acclaimed for its cultural roots and manufacturing prowess, has something to offer for everybody. Many people know Superstar Rajinikanth, Viswanathan Anand and the Mozart of Madras — A.R.Rahman. Be that as it may, it has significantly more to offer — the Authentic Filter Coffee, the Beautiful Marina Beach, India’s first Bookshop at Higginbothams, Hot and steaming Idlis, the Madras Music Season, Countless sanctuaries, Automobile Industry.

Madras day are usually loaded with exercises that motivate community to concentrate on its past and present.

So here is a small token of madness for Madras.

What is Madproject?

Madproject started as a self initiated concept to exercise our creative muscles, we don’t seek any monetary benefit from this initiative.

Few projects can be really fun and challenging when we collaborate together, Madproject is one of those kind. We realised that the best teamwork comes from people who are working independently toward one goal.

MadProject is not restricted to just the usual art forms such as pen and paper. Do feel free to be as creative as possible in any medium that excites you. So let those creative juices flow, creating great art in any medium ranging from photography to your kitchen experiments. So feel free to explore our themes in any method that excites you.

Why?

These might not pay for themselves directly, but they do eventually pay off.

By doing things you like, and spotting how to do that, you’re learning something new. You’re pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, and you never know where it might take you.

When you support people and encourage them, you’ll be inspiring them to see the best in themselves.

The whole idea is to gather creative ethusiasts’, where we can feel enlivened, taught, associated, and above all, cherished!

If this idea really excites you, then do shoot a mail to getmad@madproject.in, we will keep you counted.

Thanks for your time 🙂

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Madras Day

‎Madras Day‬ is a day of celebrations organised in the city of Madras (Chennai), the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated on 22 August every year, and is named after the city.

Madras Day

Originally, this celebration used to last for a day but now it extends for a week. Madras Day focuses on the city, its history, its past and its present and the core team motivates communities, groups, companies and campuses in the city to host events that celebrate the city.

The celebration consists of events such as heritage walks (including a “tree walk”), public talks, exhibitions, poetry reading sessions, public performances, food festivals and special programs on local radio. It also includes contests such as, T-shirt designing, documentary film contest, multimedia presentation for schools and quiz in both Tamil and English. T-shirts to mark the event are also released. The talks delivered to mark the week long celebrations usually involve lectures explaining the heritage and history of the city. There are also events for the retired citizens where they can post their life years ago on the “Stories about Madras section” on Madras day’s website and their views on how Madras grew into the Chennai of today.

Indian postal department released a postal cover to commemorate Madras day on 22 August 2007.

Data Courtesy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madras_Day

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Mahakavi Bharathiyar

Mahakavi Barathiyar Poster

Chinnaswami Subramania Bharathi was an Indian writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist and social reformer from Tamil Nadu, India. Popularly known as Mahakavi Bharathiyar, he is a pioneer of modern Tamil poetry.

One of my favourite poetry on discrimination based on Colour

Vellai nirathoru poonai – engal Veettil valarudu kandeer

Pillaigal petradu poonai – avai Perukku oru niramagum

Saambal niram oru kutti – karun Chaandu niram oru kutti

Paambu niram oru kutti – vellai Paalin niram our kutti

Enda niram irundalum – avai Yaavum ore taram andro

Inda niram siridendrum – idu Etram endru sollalamo?

The basic philosophy of the above given bharathi’s poet is very simple, it conveys the message that we are diversed by many factors like language, religion, beliefs and so on, above all we must not forget that we all are human, that is the only thing which unites the whole universe, where there is no humanity there is no good culture. No one is superior and no one is inferior.

Pure genius! Wish he were alive today.

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