­­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 and participated in many ways during the freedom struggle. She was awarded Padmasri in 1964.

She set up the Srinivasa Gandhi Nilayam in 1948 at Teynampet where Gandhi ji ashes are buried.


In an inspired moment, the street in Alwarpet was named after two giants of the legal field and freedom movement, K. Bhashyam Iyengar and Basheer Ahmed Sayeed.

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 many SIET institutions. Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed died in 1984.

K. Bhashyam lived in Champaka Vilas, at the intersection of Luz Church Road and Mowbrays (now TTK) Road. That property is a rabbit’s warren of flats now.

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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.


Kamal Haasan

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, M. Karunanidhi.



Jayaram Jayalalithaa (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 and screenwriter.

Other famous personalities have made Alwarpet their home.

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