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.
On 19th February 1943, the OBC was started in Lahore, Pakistan by Late Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal, the founding father of Oriental Bank of Commerce. The bank had to face the after-effects of partition in 1947. The branches in the newly formed Pakistan had shut, and the Registered Office had shifted from Lahore to Amritsar. The registered office was relocated to Delhi, in the year 1951. In 1980, it was nationalized by the Indian government. The merchant banking division of the bank was set up in 1992, and it was authorized by SEBI to act as a category-I merchant banker. In the year 1997, Punjab Co-operative Bank Ltd and Bari Doab Bank Ltd were merged with the OBC bank. The bank had joined hands with Citibank for launching OBC co-branded credit card. In the year 1999, OBC had set up asset recovery branch, one each at Delhi and Mumbai. For women entrepreneurs in the year 2002, the Bank had opened a specialized office and collaborated with Corporation Bank for sharing ATM network. In the year 2003, CBS, OBC had joined hands with Infosys Technologies Ltd and Wipro Ltd to make Centralised Banking Solution. In the same year, the OBC Bank and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) had agreed to work on projects in the field of small-scale, infrastructure and service areas. In February 2008, the Oriental Bank Navkiran Deposit Scheme was launched by the bank. Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company entered into a distribution tie-up with OBC in March of the year 2008.