Ananda Ranga Pillai’s name has been key to the studies of 18th century Pondicherry. He was the Dubash to Dupleix, the Governor of Pondicherry. His diaries discovered and translated in French by Gallois Montburn in the mid and late 19th century, serve as important accounts of his times and are extensively used by historians. The French translation was further translated by the British in the 1890s. The colourful history of Pondicherry from quotidian details to rousing incidents can be seen through Ananda Ranga Pillai’s eyes.
The building within the unique Franco-Tamil architecture was built by Ananda Ranga Pillai himself in 1735 as his residence and it now serves as a museum dedicated to him. The architecture and the furniture of the museum are representative of the extravagance of the time. The building, being so old needs some conservation. Special permission is required to visit the mansion. Come here to piece together 18th-century history.
Ananda Rangapillai House
109, Ranga Pillai St, MG Road Area, Puducherry, 605001, India
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