10 Facts About Madras


Name Madras is of native origin, and has been shown to have been in use before the British established a presence in India.

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British military mapmakers believed Madras was originally Mundir-raj or Mundiraj, which was the name of a Telugu community, Mudiraj, who were the native inhabitants of the city.

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Madras was successful in obtaining the lease of a strip of land about 10 kilometres long and 1.

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In 1746, Fort St George and Madras were captured by the French under General La Bourdonnais, the Governor of Mauritius, who plundered the town and its outlying villages.

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On 17 July 1996, the city known as Madras was officially renamed Chennai, in line with what was then a nationwide trend to using less Anglicised names.

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Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is a herpetology research station, located 40 kilometres south of Chennai.

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In 1930, for the first time in India, Madras University introduced a course of music, as part of the Bachelor of Arts curriculum.

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Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is a reptile zoo located 40 kilometres south of the city covering an area of 8.

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The University of Madras, founded in 1857, is one of India's first three modern universities.

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Chemplast Cricket Ground located at the IIT Madras campus is another important venue for cricket matches.

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