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Theagaraya Nagar: A Legacy of Trade and Justice

T Nagar is a locality that represents the post-colonial Indian dream at its best!


The story of T Nagar is the story of the two most influential things in the city of Madras - politics and business. From the revolutionaries who changed the face of national politics, to the traders who became case studies for the biggest conglomerates in the country, T Nagar has thrived for decades as an area of great socio-economic influence.


Discover the stories behind some of the city's most beloved businesses and the reasons why T Nagar is one of the country's most prosperous business districts. Walk with us to learn about the origins of the first planned neighbourhood of Madras and the firebrand political movement that grew contemporary to it.


What Participants Say

Ashmitha's wide knowledge, her narration skills, the planning of the walk itself including the route taken, the story that was narrated

That history came through the lens of many different things - signages, architecture, social and economic contexts, etc.

Ashmitha's narration was very well structured and easy to comprehend. I liked it most when history meets modernity, styles of architecture changing dynamically according to the current times, that's something I would like to hear more about.

Walk Details

Focus: Trade, Politics, History
Research Duration: 3 months 
(and, ongoing!)

Walk Duration: 2 hours
Timings: 06:30 am – 08:30 am
Starting Point: Pandien Coffees
Ending Point: Periyar Statue, Usman Road

  • Learning about the Dravidian politics movement that changed the face of post-independence politics

  • Discovering the stories of business and traders

    • Kerala Hairdressers

    • Khadi Bhandar

    • Nalli Silks

 If you're interested in a Theagaraya Nagar: A Legacy of Trade and Justice private heritage walk, click here

* Private walks are subject to the availability of the walk leader. Please confirm the walk date and time at least 7-15 days before the start date of the walk. We require adequate time to process permissions and logistics and confirm the selected walk route.

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