Art and Culture in Chennai, India
Chennai offers rich cultural tradition in form of several art galleries, cultural centers, and cultural events through out the year to the visitors. Some of these are listed below.
Revathy Ramakrishnan established an art lover's dream, Tanjore Creations twelve years ago. Tanjore paintings of Lord Krishna, Mahalakshmi and innovative paintings like animals are decorated with exquisite gold threads and gold ornaments are available. A highlight in the gallery is the collection of stained glass paintings, Woodcarvings and Brassware. You will find beautifully carved jewel boxes, murals and oil paintings vying for attention. Located on 15, Norton Street, Mandaveli, Chennai - 600 028
National Art Gallery:
The National Art Gallery was built in 1907 by T. Namberumal Chetty based on a Henry Irwin design and. The building, one of the finest pieces of period architecture in the city, is inspired by Mughal architectural motifs. On display in this pink sandstone-faced building are 11th and 12th century Indian handicrafts, 17th century Deccan paintings, 16th to 18th century Mughal and Rajasthani paintings and 10th and 13th century bronzes. Located on Pantheon Road, Chennai 600 008.
Art World Gallery:
Art World Gallery is the oldest in South India. Established in 1965, by Soli and Moti Dharuwala, it is the fifth oldest art gallery in India. Initially functioning from various places in the city the gallery is now housed off Cenotaph Road. The gallery has had the privilege of exhibiting the works of some of the doyens of contemporary art including Professor Dheraj Chowdhary and Amithab Sen Gupta. About eight to nine exhibitions are held in a year, with around 45 paintings are exhibited in one show. What makes this gallery unique is that it gives an opportunity to artists to exhibit their works at international shows. Besides holding exhibitions, the gallery also frequently arranges for Art camps, where art lovers interact directly with the artists.
Mozhi in Tamil meaning language is a public charitable institution for developing resources in language and culture. Set amidst serene surroundings in Thiruvanmiyur it was founded in 1989. It is constantly developing conceptual and technological tools for understanding culture. Mozhi focuses on three thrust areas. The Centre at Thiruvanmiyur concentrates on Language resources. The Roja Muthiah Research Center is the Bibliographic division and the Seethuraman Centre, is funding research on language and culture. Mozhi's work and perception of Culture has won international recognition with UNESCO and the Ford Foundation offering support to carry out its activities without interruption. The University of Chicago, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore and the Tamil University of Tanjavur, offers research and technical support.
The world headquarters of the Theosophical Society was established in 1886 on the banks of the Adyar River. You can see the bas-reliefs of Krishna, Buddha, Christ and Zarathrushtra on the walls of the hall. The symbols of Mahavir and verses of the Koran are also displayed prominently there. The statues of the society founders Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Col. Henry S. Olcott are installed in the hall. The shrines of all major faiths stand in the huge estate gardens. But the biggest attraction is the 200-year-old Banyan tree (one of the biggest in the country). Up to 3000 people can sit under its shade.The Society's Adyar library has nearly 1,65,000 books and 20,000 palm-leaf manuscripts.