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  • Buckingham Canal and its socio-political influences

    Updated On: Aug, 29, 202111:56 AM

    The Buckingham Canal that was constructed during the British rule was an important waterway during the early 20th century. Just like a highway, this canal system had milestones, inspectors, toll...
    Buckingham Canal and its socio-political influences
    In history, the greatest civilizations occurred on the banks of rivers. Even smaller rivers like the Kaveri or Palar or Tambaraparani has spurred on culture and heritage on its shore towns in Tamil Nadu. Social scientists wondered if it was just incidental or does the waterway foster prosperity and cultural advancement and encourage political thoughts. A rare occasion to study this in action was when a new waterway was introduced within the already established city of Madras.The Buckingham Canal that was constructed during the British rule was an important waterway during the early 20th century. Canals parallel to the Coramandel Coast and boating systems existed from east Godavari district to the Cooum river in the north and from Marakkanam in Villupuram district to Adyar. The vital link to connect these two had to pass through Madras...
  • Chellamma, the muse and benefactor of Mahakavi Bharathi’s poetry Chellamma, the muse and benefactor of Mahakavi Bharathi’s poetry

    Chellamma was seven when she married 14-year-old Subramaniam. The groom already had principles against child marriage but was distracted by the gala entertainment that accompanied the function.

  • 1967 Madras election shocker — As bad as a battle except for the blood 1967 Madras election shocker — As bad as a battle except for the blood

    Elections change lives, careers, and sometimes history as well. 1967 changed all three. The defeated were shocked about losing as much as the winners were stunned about victory.

  • Marcus — a cinematographer who gave special effects experts a run for money Marcus — a cinematographer who gave special effects experts a run for money

    Marcus was an expert using the most influential camera ever made — the Mitchell, which not only dominated movie production then but would influence cinema production for the rest of the century with...

  • Chennai tremors: When Justice Chandru braved the quake in 2012 Chennai tremors: When Justice Chandru braved the quake in 2012

    Interestingly, similar tremors were experienced in 2012 and the eminent former High Court judge Justice Chandru shared an anecdote, via a newspaper report.

  • Birth of DMK and the chair left vacant by Anna for his mentor Periyar Birth of DMK and the chair left vacant by Anna for his mentor Periyar

    'The DMK was born out of a blazing fire and not out of a breeze’ Annadurai would remark a couple of decades later. But historians point out there were more sentiment and survival instincts that forged...

  • Kavignar Vaali — Tamil cinema’s ‘youthful’ lyricist for over five decades Kavignar Vaali — Tamil cinema’s ‘youthful’ lyricist for over five decades

    Born S Rangarajan in Thiruparaithurai near Tiruchy, Vaali wrote over 15,000 poems over a wide plethora of genres and generations that have been important in film and political history.

  • Madras of the 1900s and that ‘One night’ which changed many fortunes over the years Madras of the 1900s and that ‘One night’ which changed many fortunes over the years

    Updated On: Aug, 25, 202112:00 PM

    Madras of the 1900s and that ‘One night’ which changed many fortunes over the years

  • All the poetry of Avvai was condensed into an aged face All the poetry of Avvai was condensed into an aged face

    When the statue was installed, there were rumours that it was modeled after the then PWD minister and later chief minister’s mother.

  • Twin statues to protest ban on horse racing Twin statues to protest ban on horse racing

    Updated On: Aug, 23, 202107:17 PM

    Claiming that gambling can destroy families, in 1974 the Tamil Nadu government decided to ban horse racing.