Mylapore ( or Meilapur - one of the many ways in which this area in the heart of the city of Madras that is now Chennai was known ) is far, far older than the city of Madras. And so, its history, heritage and its people and their lives, go back into time.
Little has been done to record the place, its people and its life.
Reason why 'Mylapore Times', a weekly free community newspaper in English, published since 1994, has started a Mylapore Social History Project on the occasion of its 10th anniversary.
The project will endeavour to document the families who lived in Mylapore and made a mark in different fields - law, music and dance, journalism, sport, education . . whatever. It will also document the physical changes that have taken place here - how areas like Alwarpet, Mandaveli and Abhiramapuram developed.
It will also document the histories of the institutions that have contributed to life in this area and the momentous events that took place here.
We hope to execute this project by collecting data, diaries, documents, books and booklets and brochures on any person or place of historical relevance and by collecting pictures and albums that reflect old Mylapore.
We invite senior Mylaporeans to write for us, stories of their family histories that trace the men and women who played key roles in the city, and to share copies of their pictures. Even pictures of a wedding procession near the temple tank in the 1920s and 30s or of people travelling in a tram to Santhome in the 1930s will be valuable records.
We invite you to use this blog to post notes of value to this project. Please keep your notes sharp and short. And provide us with additional contacts that we may wish to tap down the line.
To share information. which will add value to this project, do e mail us at firstname.lastname@example.orgVincent D' SouzaPublisher