Body of work The IITs are a magnet to the best and the brightest minds. Above, aeronautics models at IIT Madras.

Martin Louis

Order, what order? The Madras HC

Madras, India’s first modern metropolis, took shape around Fort St George. These old photographs from the above book looks at a colonial city in full flow through its architecture, customs and people. Published by Roli Books, 240 Pages , Rs 2975)

India Song An elephant on a raft, on its way to the shore, circa 1890. Col Edward Balfour founded the Madras zoo in 1855.

When in Madras... A colonial tea party is served with a somewhat unusual accompaniment—live Carnatic music

Main street A view of Mount Road with the Round Tana (from ‘thana’, or police station). The domed pavilion is in the Indo-Saracenic style.

The span of Madras harbour—India’s second-largest port—in 1911.

Feb 10, ’52 India wins its first Test at the Chepauk against England

Spot Them If You Can Pratap Pothen - Actor, C.D. Gopinath - Cricketer, C.T. Kurien - Professor of economics, R. Velu - Former railways minister, Prakash Karat - CPI(M) gen secy. K.M. Mammen - MRF, Ravikumar - IGP, Pulapre Balakrishnan - Director, CDS, Theodore Bhaskaran - Naturalist, J. Suresh - Chief IT commissioner, Sashi Kumar - Media personality

Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, Chennai

Mission education An NPTEL class in progress at IIT Madras

Word war An anti-Hindi protest in Madras

College students get their faces painted with colours depicting the theme of 'Heritage of Chennai' during 'Madras Day' celebrations in Chennai.

PTI Photo/ R Senthil Kumar

A combo picture showing Madras City of past and present. The city completed its 372nd foundation anniversary.

PTI Photo/ R Senthil Kumar