Tradition and Culture in Chennai
Chennai is popularly called the "Gateway to the South". Chennai Culture is noticeably different from any other city in India. It is a cosmopolitan city, it reflects its unique blend. Although it is a modern city, it continues to be a traditional and conservative in certain way.
Traditional music, dance and other forms of art are very popular in the city. One can find distinctive blend of culture. You can find the ancient temple as well as modern high rises. People like classical music and dance and also the nightlife pubs too.
Chennai is well known for the classical Indian dance, the Bharthanatyam, which is also the official dance of Tamil Nadu. Kalashetra is an important cultural centre for Bharthanatyam, which is located in the south side of the city. Here you can see political skit, slapstick comedy, history, mythology and drama which ae some of the popular variety of Tamil Plays. Chennai is known for its classical music shows.
Every December, Music Season is celebrated for five week long, which has been described as one of the world's largest cultural event. Traditional Carnatic music by hundreds of artists performances can be seen in and around the city.
Chennai is the base of Tamil movie industry. Kodambakkam is the locality where most of movie studios are located. Almost 300 movies were made in a year.
Lalit Kala academy at Greams Road, conducts regular exhibitions of works by renowned and budding artists.
The Cholamandal Artists' Village is a centre of art and craft. Here the artists and sculptors work and supplement their income from the sale of paintings or sculputures There is a permanent gallery which attracts visitors whole year. Some of the finest artists like KCS Panicker, K.M.Adimoolam, A.V. llango are from Chennai only.
About the People
The majority residents in chenai are native Tamilians. In Chennai there is a growing emigrant population especially from U.S. , Europe and East Asia working in the industries and IT centres.
The first language in Chennai is Tamil. English is also widely spoken and mostly used in business, education and other profession. The other languages spoken here are Telugu, Malayalam. Now-a-days even our National Language Hindi is also spoken.
Chennai celebrates a number of festival. Pongal, which is celebrated in the month of January is the most important festival and celebrated for four days. Pongal is the "State Festvial" for its sole celebration that is exemplary of Tamil Nadu. Eventhough it is a festival of harvest widely celebrated in city also. April 14 is celbrated as Tamil New Year Day which signifies the beginning of the Tamil calendar. Being a cosmopolitan city, here people celebrate all major religious festivals like Deepavali, Eid and also Christmas.
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