Chennai is the fourth-largest city in India and is known for its culture, music and film. It’s also a well-known city for the automotive, technology, healthcare and hardware manufacturing industries. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is 367 years old — the city was previously known as Madras. Its exciting theatre sector heavily influences the classical dance form, Bharatanatyam. Visitors who enjoy both the arts and business worlds enjoy the historic city of Chennai.
- Chennai, formerly known as Madras, was one of the first outposts for the British East India Company.
- One of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, named Thomas, is connected to Chennai. He is believed to have visited India as an evangelist and died in the area that is now Chennai. Santhome and St. Thomas Mount are two suburbs that are named after him.
- Fort St. George was built by the British and was completed on St. George’s Day on April 23rd, 1640. This is why the fort was named after Britain’s patron saint. It now serves as the state’s legislative and administrative seat.
- Chennai hosts Madras Music Season, an annual music event that welcomes hundreds of artists.
- The city is also home to the Tamil film industry, which is one of India’s largest film industries.