Chennai also known as Madras is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is one of the largest cultural, economic and educational centres of south India. Here are some interesting facts about Madras which turns 381 today..

HOME TO FIRST EUROPEAN-STYLE BANKING SYSTEM: The then called Chennai is known to be the home to the first European-style banking system in India along with the establishment of the “Madras Bank” on 21st June 1683. It was centuries back that the establishment of the first commercial banks such as the Bank of Hindustan and the General Bank of India was established in 1770 and 1786.

TRIBUTE TO CHENNAI: Anirudh Ravichander, a famous and young music director released a music album titled “Chancey Illa”. It was shot at different places all over the city that include Kamala Theatre, Besant Nagar beach, Chennai Railway Station, and other places of the city. It completely brings out the essence of the capital of the city.

MADRASPATTINAM: The now-called Chennai is once a fishing-village north of Fort St. George. It was called Madraspattinam before the entrance of European influence. The word “Madhu-ras” means “honey” in Sanskrit. It sounds sweet, isn’t it?

CITY LISTED IN NEW YORK TIMES: Being the fourth most populous metropolitan area of the nation and 31st largest urban area in the world, Chennai is the only city in South Asia as well as in India which is said to listed in the “52 places to go around the world” by New York Times.

HOME TO ASIA’S FIRST COLLEGE FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION: YMCA is the FIRST college for PHYSICAL EDUCATION in Asia which was established in 1920. It has been situated in Nandanam in Chennai.

THE SECOND OLDEST COOPERATION IN THE WORLD: After London, Chennai is known to be the second oldest cooperation in the world which was started in 1687.

KATHIPARA FLYOVER: Kathipara flyover is known to be the largest Cloverleaf shaped flyover in Asia which has been situated in Guindy.