CHENNAI (August 20): U.S. Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster commemorated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Consulate General building in Chennai on Tuesday, August 20. He was joined by the Honorable Mr. K. Pandiarajan, Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture; Chennai historian, V. Sriram; U.S. Consul General Robert Burgess; and distinguished guests and patrons of the American Center in Chennai.
Held on the eve of the 380th founding of Madras, the event celebrated the longstanding cultural, educational, and commercial ties between the United States and South India. Ambassador Juster inaugurated a photo exhibit depicting fifty years of U.S. diplomatic engagement and cultural exchanges. The Ambassador also honored Chennai’s famed chronicler, S. Muthiah, dedicating a collection of his books for permanent display in the American Center.
Ambassador Juster said, “As we mark five decades of operating the Consulate and American Center at this location in Gemini Circle, we celebrate not only our iconic building, but the people – students, dignitaries, American Center patrons, exchange participants, business people, scholars, and staff – who have brought special meaning and great substance to the relationship of the United States of America with this city and the larger South India region.”
The current U.S. Consulate building located at Gemini Circle was dedicated on January 3, 1969 by then-U.S. Ambassador Chester Bowles, Madras Governor Sardar Ujjal Singh, and Tamil Nadu Industries and Educational Minister V.R. Nedunchezhian. Since 1969, the U.S. Consulate General has rapidly expanded its services to facilitate greater trade, travel, and educational exchanges between the citizens of the United States and South India. Official U.S. presence in Chennai stretches back to 1794 when President George Washington appointed U.S. businessman William Abbott as the first Consular Agent to Madras.
The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai invites the public to visit the American Center and tour its 50th anniversary historical photo exhibit and the new “S. Muthiah Collection” along with the Center’s collection of 14,000 books, magazines, online catalogs, and movies – one of the largest collections of American Studies materials in South Asia.
Business hours: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Address: American Center, U.S. Consulate General, Gemini Circle, Chennai 600 006.