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Art gives voice to the voiceless and fame to the ignored. You can learn various forms of art from dancing to sketching in Chennai. There are designated classes, drama workshops, and art events in Chennai for the same. If you just want to be a mere spectator you can attend theatre events and art exhibitions in Chennai too.
Ever wanted to volunteer in those nukkad, nataks or street shows? Wish to learn the basics of painting? Well, just explore through the art & theatre events in Chennai.
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Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is one of the most visited tourist destinations of India. It is the gateway to Southern India, as most tourists start their journey to southern India from here. It attracts both Indian and foreign tourists due to its rich cultural and historic heritage. Chennai’s famous tourist attractions are Marina beach, Vandalur zoo, Government museum, Kapaleeswar temple, Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Church, Elliot’s beach, Fort museum and more. These various attractions like temples, churches, museums, beaches, etc attract tourists to Chennai along with its rich culture of art and traditions. Art in Chennai is gaining popularity in Tamil Nadu as well the neighboring states.
Chennai is one of the top destinations for cultural tourism as it has a great tradition and appreciation for all kinds of arts. Through decades all kinds of art forms have flourished in the city and the city has a rich history of arts. The recent years have seen a more modern version of the traditional arts gain popularity along with the contemporary and the century’s old traditional arts. Chennai has become a melting pot of south India’s rich art heritage with modern contemporary art. Chennai has various forms of art and artists, ranging from traditional to modern, from sculptures to paintings, from digital art installations to the regular art, from the state of Tamil Nadu as well as from the neighboring states. Art gallery in Chennai has it all.
Chennai has many famous and prestigious art galleries and art museum. The Apparo Art gallery is one of the oldest art gallery in Chennai. It is famous for its contemporary art pieces and exhibitions. Lalit Kala Academy is not only famous for its fine art pieces in traditional as well as a modern art form but it is also the best place for art classes in Chennai and art exhibition in Chennai. It has regular workshops for budding artists in the traditional and modern art form. The focus art gallery is popular for its contemporary and quirky art pieces from across the globe. Some other famous art galleries/venues are Cholamandalam Artists’ Village, faraway Tree Art gallery, Dakshinachitra, and Forum Art gallery. 3D Art museum in Chennai is the first 3d art museum of India. It is popular for its quirky 2d/3d art pieces.
Chennai Sangamam is the most famous arts festival of Chennai which showcases various arts and art pieces by artists from Tamil Nadu and neighboring states. Kalari, art form from Kerala is its major attraction. The multiple venues for this festival are famous landmarks of the city, for easy accessibility of the locals. Madras Art guild is a month-long art exhibit/program which has participation from many premiere art schools and colleges artists. Their work is showcased at the VR center. It has exhibits of various art forms like paintings, sculptures, installations, and photographs. Some other prominent art events in Chennai are International Conference on Photography and International Art Exhibition.
Looking for a place to exhibit your art or to attend art workshops in Chennai?
Here's a list of art studios in Chennai for art exhibitions and workshops: