Chennai, one of the old metropolitan cities of India, is the capital of Tamilnadu and home to diverse population from India and abroad. Chennai is home to rich culture, heritage and tradition and for our local food items including the famous Idli, Dosa, and Sambhar. Chennai, known as Madras earlier is an old city that came into existence during the British regime as ‘Madrasapattinam’. The borders of the then Madrasapattinam ranged from Nellore to Cuddalore. Any one from Chennai can imagine the area Madrasapattinam has covered in the name of Thondaimandalam. I am sure everyone here would have recollected the movie ‘Madrasapattinam’ which showcased the place in its fervor to an extent. Many areas of Chennai have come into existence during this time and earlier too. For example, Pallavaram, a locality in Chennai is Pallavapuram established by Pallava king, Mahendra Varman in 7th century. This place is considered one of the oldest settlements in South India.
The Tamil Nadu maritime heritage museum, coming up at Mamallapuram, near here, will have 3D shows in the auditorium to give a real-life feeling to visitors, especially children.
Simulators for submarines, depiction of the maritime history of the state from the Sangam era till the end of the 20th century, are also planned at the museum in which the decommissioned INS Vagli submarine will be the centrepiece of attraction.
The themes for display was proposed by R. Kannan, principal secretary of tourism. He said each era would be depicted separately and in the modern era, from 1900 AD onwards, there would be sub-sections for each type of technology like papyrus ships, palmyrah ships, steam ships, wooden ships, steel, diesel ships, buoys communications, lighthouses, etc.