Dive into the culture and history of the Adyar river in Chennai

A group of heritage enthusiasts have embarked on a journey to trace the history and culture of the Adyar river which flows through the city of Chennai.

A panoramic view of Adyar River estuary during sunset||CC-by-sa PlaneMad/Wikimedia

Settlers ranging from the Dutch to the British have set up house on the river’s banks, thereby adding layers of culture and sophistication built over centuries. The same group had mapped river Cooum from start to finish as it traverses the city, documenting every bit of history all along.

According to the New Indian Express, the group of enthusiasts who are involved in mapping the Adyar River have a Facebook page: ‘The Adayar – a cultural Mapping’. This group publishes short accounts of history for discussion.

“We have had heritage walks around the river to places like Theosophical Society, Santhome and so on and we have found a lot of interesting things in one year,” said Venkatesh Ramakrishnan, historian and novelist in an interview with the online newspaper.

Ramakrishnan, along with other heritage enthusiasts have previously mapped the Cooum River which is much longer than the Adyar. To read more about this project, click here.

To join the Facebook group, click here.

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