Madras was one of the first outposts of British East India Company. George (today the legislative and administrative seat of the state).

Chennai is gateway to the South, and its culture is distinctly different from that of any other city in India.

Tamil tradition and culture are indigenous to this region and is essentially the celebration of the beauty, which is exemplified through dance, clothing, and sculptures.

Chennai (Tamil:சென்னை) [1], formerly known as Madras, this 369-year-old city is the capital of the southern state of Tamilnadu and is India's sixth-largest city in terms of population with an estimated population of 7.45 million (2005).

It serves as one of the main gateways to South India and has a thriving local culture and art scene and is one of the major destinations for medical tourism.

Later he took the Udayagiri Fort and began to massacre the locals. The East India Company in brief named the area as madras[madras is a corrupt form of muthuraj]. Some elder population still refer to the city as Madras but the name Chennai has caught up with much of the population.

However he was defeated after a brief fight with the Raya's army. Sriranga defeated the Sultan's forces with the assistance of his generals muthuraja Chennappa[damarla was his surname] and Kasturiranga. In earlier days this area was called as madraspattanam and also chennapatnam. Under the British, the then city of Madras grew to be a major city, It was the capital of the Madras presidency, a province that covered the parts of Southern India that were not governed by any of the other princely states.

It is considered as one of the world's fastest growing cities although ranks 13th in terms of cleanliness.

It is on the Coromandel coast of the Bay of Bengal and has the second longest beachfront of any municipality in the world.

You can find a school for traditional Bharatanatyam or Salsa dance and for music a veena / violin or for Guitar/drums school in almost every neighborhood of the city.

Chennai checks reflects its traditionalism every December when the music season is in full swing.

He is said to have come to India as an evangelist and died in what is now Chennai. Madras is derived from Madraspatnam, a name given to the area when the British negotiated settling there with Damerla Venkatapathy Nayakudu.