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Lawyer, Researcher & Philatelist
Senior Partner, Vertices Partners

Date & Time

Friday Fri, 25 Aug 2023



Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

A map is a vivid, graphic, and iconic representation of the world, or a country, or a city. It is a goldmine of information about places, people, history, and culture.

This presentation will survey the iconic, the rare, and the lesser-known maps of Madras that is Chennai. These maps track the city’s evolution from its founding in 1640 over three centuries as well as the sprawling Madras presidency which transformed social and political life across South India.

It is a basic introduction to a cross-disciplinary subject that deserves greater scholarly and popular interest.


Vikram Raghavan

Lawyer, Researcher & Philatelist

Vikram Raghavan is passionate just about every facet of the history and heritage of South India. By day, Vikram is a lead counsel at an international financial institution. His work focuses on armed conflicts, refugees, humanitarian crises, and sovereign debt issues. A philatelist who began collecting stamps as a school boy, Vikram is fascinated by antique prints, water-colours, miniature bronzes, and historical artifacts including the magnificent aquatints and maps of Mysore, Madras, and South India.

Siddharth Raja

Senior Partner, Vertices Partners

A seasoned corporate lawyer, Siddharth focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions; foreign-exchange law and enforcement; and on cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions. A Gold Medalist with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) law degree from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Siddharth also holds a Masters in Law from the University of Warwick Law School. Siddharth has been a Visiting Professor at his alma mater, NLSIU, where he has taught several courses; Jindal Global Law School; Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science; and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. His love for history has led him to run a successful historical walking tour company – along with his wife, Priya – Nandi Valley Walks. In his spare time, Siddharth pursues historical research on the Princely State of Mysore.