With a very distinct culture, the people of Chennai have a special interest in music, dance and all other art forms of South India.
Capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and with an estimated population of 6.96 million (2006), Chennai is a commercial and industrial hub.
The city is undisputedly one of the most progressed cities in India. The city was known by the name of Madras and has now changed to Chennai.
Its fortunes alternated between the British and the French.
Robert Clive of the British East India Company used it as a base for his military expeditions.
Chennai is spread over an area of 200 square kilometers and still growing.
Chennai is situated at the coast of the Bay of Bengal.
It was the seat of the Chennai Presidency, one of the four divisions of British Imperial India.