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.