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Chennai city, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is one of the top tourist destinations of India. It is considered the gateway to Southern India. It attracts Indian and foreign tourists by its rich cultural and historical scene. Some of the famous tourist attractions of Chennai are Marina beach, Kapaleeswar temple, Fort St. George, Vandalur zoo, Government museum, Elliot’s beach, and Fort Museum. Apart from these various temples, churches, art galleries, museums, beaches, tourists also come to Chennai to experience its art, food, music, and culture. To showcase this diverse culture, Chennai hosts various festivals. These Chennai festivals, including the Chennai film festival, are major tourist attractions for people from India and abroad.
Chennai has a rich art and music culture. It has been declared a part of UNESCO Creative City Network due to its rich Carnatic music heritage. It has many performance centers which regularly host events showcasing this rich heritage. Chennai is an important center for Bharatanatyam, the oldest dance form of India. It is also famous for its classical dance shows. Chennai also has many choirs, so during Christmas season these choirs stage performances across the city in Tamil and English. Chennai also has an expansive theatre network and stages many English and Tamil play in various genres like satire, history, slapstick comedy, mythology, and drama.
Tamil Film Industry or Kollywood has its base in Chennai. Chennai has many film studios. The oldest surviving studio in India AVM Productions is in Chennai. Currently, it has almost 120 cinema screens and multiplexes. Tamil cinema has a profound effect on Indian filmmaking Industry. Now Chennai is the secondary hub for Hindi as well as other South Indian film industries. The Tamil film industry has given us some very prominent names of Indian Cinema, which are famous internationally as well. They are A.R.Rehman, Rajnikant, Kamaal Hasan, Illayaraja, and Aishwarya Rai to name a few, though the list is very long. The Chennai film festival is an important event that happens here and is attended by the who’s who of the Tamil Film Industry.
Chennai being the center for art, culture, and music hosts many festivals throughout the year. Madras Music Season is a prominent Chennai music festival showcasing performances by numerous artists of traditional Carnatic music. Chennai Sangamam is an arts festival which showcases various arts and artforms of Tamil Nadu and neighboring states. Its major attraction is an art form from Kerala called Kalari. Its venues are famous landmarks spread throughout the city so that no one misses this festival. Chennai Book Fair is the annual book festival in Chennai. It is the largest book fair and exhibition for Tamil books and Tamil book publishers. Another prominent event of Chennai is Chennai film festival or Chennai International Film Festival. It showcases Indian and international films and also gives awards in various categories. Food festival in Chennai is also very famous as food forms an integral part of the city culture. Street food and food trucks are becoming famous in Chennai with traditional foods. So there is a Food Truck festival, Street Food festival, bakery festival, along with FoodPro and other food festivals in the Chennai festivals calendar. Find out more about the upcoming Chennai festivals at Allevents.in