Chennai Tourist Information

Cholamandal Artists Village

A place for artists started in 1966 and is located on the East Coast Road, it is perhaps the first of its kind. Working in a seaside colony in idyllic surroundings, painters and sculptors exhibit and sell their work that consists of contemporary art, sculpture, batik, terracotta and granite. These are often exhibited and also sold. Cholamandal also has an open-air theatre in which dance performances and poetry reading competitions are held. Entry: Free, No holidays.

The Cholamandal Artists’ Village is an idyllic place located on 10 acres of land, about nine km from Adyar, Chennai – along the New Mahabalipuram road. Being India’s largest self-supporting artists’ village and one of the most successful in Asia, this beautiful village is truly a magnum opus of contemporary art. It is equipped with all that is needed for an arts village, esp. the open-air theatre Bharathi that is used for holding discussions and conferences. It has earned reputation world over and is now, one of the major tourist attractions in the Coastal city.

A painter himself, K.C.S. Paniker who was the prime visionary behind this whole setup “Cholamandal”, gave contemporary Indian art, a lifeline. Alongside the founding father, many of the painters and sculptors retired from Cholamandal. Nevertheless their accomplishments speak eloquently for themselves and Paniker had inadvertently sparked a legacy that has kept its proud father’s work perpetual.