Known for its delectable idli, sambhar, vada and dosa and the artistic dance form of Bharatnatyam, Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and it is undoubtedly one of the of the most significant cultural, educational and economic centers in South India. The city itself is a conglomerate of urban villages as well as diverse neighborhoods. The people of Chennai boast of their South Indian artistic, religious and culinary traditions. The people of Chennai are infectiously enthusiastic about their city and unfathomably passionate about their language. Tamil is the most used language in Chennai, followed by English. Hindi is not popular in this city, which can be a glitch for Hindi-speaking North Indians. Being a city in the southern tip of India, Chennai is known for its notorious sweltering southern heat. Yet thousands of tourists flock to Chennai to peak around the museums, savor the authentic South Indian delicacies, enjoy the scenic beaches and explore the beautiful temples. Recent years have thrown in a new layer on Chennai as the city has recently seen a cosmopolitan makeover. Luxury hotels, sparkling boutiques, contemporary restaurants, quirky cafes, a lot of swanky bars and clubs have sprouted all over the city, attracting a cosmopolitan crowd to this beautiful seat of ancient culture and heritage.
the State Bank of Travancore (SBT) was a premier Indian bank based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The SBT was a sister concern of the State Bank Group, but it also had private shareholders. SBT was the leading bank of Kerala. It had a network of 1,157 branches and 1,602 ATMs across India, as of 31 March 2015. The Union Cabinet approved the proposal of combining SBT and four other associate banks with SBI, on 15 February 2017. On 31 March 2017, It finally merged with its parent SBI bank. It was founded on 12 September 1945 as the Travancore Bank Ltd, an initiative by Travancore Diwan C. P. Ramaswami Iyer. Due to widespread resentment against his dictatorial rule, the bank never gave him the credit of his role. Instead, Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the Maharaja of Travancore was considered as the founder of the bank, though the king had little to do with the founding of the SBT bank. Although the contribution of the Travancore government was 25% only in the bank capital, apart from its general banking business, the bank undertook government treasury work and foreign exchange business. Its head office was located at Thiruvananthapuram. It became a subordinate of State Bank of India under the SBI Subsidiary Banks Act, 1959, in 1960, enacted by the Parliament of India, and thus achieved the name state Bank of Travancore.Ms. Arundhatti Bhattacharya is the ex-officio chairman, and Mr. CR Sasikumar is the managing director of the SBT.