Laying on the Coromandel Coast, in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, the small town of Tranquebar is a vestige of Danish heritage in India.
Tranquebar, historically known as Tharangambadi - "Land of the Singing Waves" has seen many faces through the ages gone by. Under the rule of the Thanjavore king it was an active international trading port for centuries, attracting Muslim traders, German theologians and missionaries, Moravian entrepreneurs and the Danish East India Company.
The allure of Tranquebar is a wonderful yet seamless cultural concoction that has been brewing over hundreds of years - a beautiful mix of languages, cultures, races and religions.
Lost and forgotten since the British left India, today this demure town is in the spotlight again. Deeply affected by the devastation caused by the Tsunami in 2004, Tranquebar and its people were left in despair. However, private organisations and the government came together for restoration, development and social revival. Today Tranquebar slowly recovers through concerted relief and development projects that focused on emergency needs, livelihood restoration and alternative education.