Alwarpet: a historic place with a story to tell!
Alwarpet is a home with stunning history and a story to tell.
The heroes of our stories are politicians, lawyers, reformers,
and famous actors. Alwarpet is in the "posh" part of Chennai and is,
as such, the place to be for big names.
Gandhi’s blessings & ashes
Born in 1898, Ambujammal became Gandhi ji follower ever since she met him
when he came to Madras in the 1920s. Ambujammal actively participated in the
Non-Cooperation Movement and boycotted foreign goods and clothes.
Ambujammal was the daughter of Srinivasa Iyengar, another famous advocate of
Madras. She took Gandhiji to be her foster father. She authored many books
participated in many ways during the freedom struggle. She was awarded
She set up the Srinivasa Gandhi Nilayam in 1948 at Teynampet where
ashes are buried.
In an inspired moment, the street in Alwarpet was named after two giants of
legal field and freedom movement, K. Bhashyam Iyengar and Basheer Ahmed
Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, who greatly admired Basheer Ahmed’s legal acumen and
learning, laid the foundation stone of the SIET College, the first of the
SIET institutions. Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed died in 1984.
K. Bhashyam lived in Champaka Vilas, at the intersection of Luz Church Road
Mowbrays (now TTK) Road. That property is a rabbit’s warren of flats now.
The first civil court in South India was in Alwarpet.
Sadr Gardens located off Kasturi Ranga Road, Alwarpet. was the first
court in south India built in 1843. Who would believe that Alwarpet was
once home to a vast court complex? And yet this is where the highest
institution of the law functioned from, for almost 60 years. What is even
more puzzling is that hardly any descriptions survive of the buildings that
once housed these courts of justice. What is sadder is that at least two of
the principal structures survived for long, one till late in the 20th Century
and the other till two years ago, and yet photographs of them are rare.
Alwarpet was all about the early days of Tamil Cinema. It was home to Whales
studio, where M.G.R.’s first film ‘Sathileelavathi’ (1936), directed by Ellis R.
Duncan came to life.
Educated entirely in India,
C.V. Raman made his first trip
to London in 1921, where his
reputation in the study of optics
and especially acoustics was already
known to the English physicists J. J. Thomson
and Lord Rutherford, who gave him a warm reception.
Raman was obsessed with the
phenomenon of light scattering.
His group in Calcutta began an extensive
series of measurements of light scattered primarily
by liquids but also by some solids. As a result,
Raman was able to explain the blue color observed
in the ice of Alpine glaciers.
An indian physicist
who won the nobel prize.
is an Indian actor, dancer,
film director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer,
lyricist, and politician who works primarily in Tamil cinema.
Hassan has also worked in Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi,
Kannada, and Bengali films.
M. K. Stalin
(Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin) is an Indian politician
from Tamil Nadu and the opposition leader in the Tamil
Nadu Legislative Assembly since 25 May 2016. He is the
son of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu,
(24 February 1948 – 5 December 2016)
was an Indian politician and film actress
who served six times as the Chief Minister
of Tamil Nadu for over fourteen years
between 1991 and 2016.
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (born 12 December 1950),
known professionally as Rajinikanth,
is an Indian actor who works primarily
in Tamil cinema. In addition to acting,
he has also worked as a producer
Other famous personalities
have made Alwarpet
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