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Madrassi or Madrasi is a demonym and frequently used for people and things from Chennai (then the Madras).[1][2][3][4]

The term was formerly used for referring the entire South Indian region, however such use of the term now outdated.[5]


  1. ^ David Theo Goldberg, Ato Quayson (2002). Relocating Postcolonialism. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 341. ISBN 978-0-631-20805-1.
  2. ^ Dimitris Eleftheriotis, Gary Needham (2006). Asian Cinemas: A Reader and Guide. University of Hawaii Press. p. 296. ISBN 978-0-8248-3085-4.
  3. ^ Sri Saibaba s Charters and Sayings -As I Understand. Xlibris Corporation. 2013. p. 176.[self-published source]
  4. ^ Annette Lynch; Mitchell D. Strauss (2014). Ethnic Dress in the United States: A Cultural Encyclopedia. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 189. Although “Madras” is the name of a place, in this context it is used as an adjective and not as a proper noun.
  5. ^ Himadri Banerjee; Nilanjana Gupta; Sipra Mukherjee. Calcutta Mosaic: Essays and Interviews on the Minority Communities of Calcutta. Anthem Press. p. 211.