Frequent question: What is Madras India now called?

Why did Madras change its name?

In 1996, Tamil Nadu capital Chennai got its current name. Earlier it was known as Madras. At that time the nationwide trend was to rename cities in native language. Elangovan said Madras was renamed as Chennai in memory of the Telugu ruler Chennappa.

Is Calcutta and Madras same?

Chennai (Tamil: சென்னை), from Madras, renamed in 1996. Kolkata (Bengali: কলকাতা), from Calcutta, respelled in 2001.

Is Madras the same as Chennai?

In 1996, the Government of Tamil Nadu officially changed the name from Madras to Chennai. At that time many Indian cities underwent a change of name.

Who changed Madras to Tamil Nadu?

On 26 January 1950, it was formed as Madras State by the Government of India. As a result of the 1956 States Reorganisation Act, the state’s boundaries were re-organized following linguistic lines. The state was finally renamed Tamil Nadu on 14 January 1969 by C.N. Annadurai, Chief Minister.

What is the new name of Cochin?

Changed Name (in India)

Old Name New Name
Cochin Kochi
Calicut Kozhikode
Palghat Palakkad
Trichur Thrissur
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