Where today the artists live together as a community, nurturing their skill and resources, this village was formed in with a handful of students from the Madras School of Arts and crafts with Late K. S Paniker as its founding principal. Prior reservation required. We will confirm the exact start time along with tour logistics once you book the tour. Although we only go to very popular places, with good local reputations, these stalls do not cook using bottled water or wash their utensils with it. So eating street food is always risky.

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Set amidst 10 acres of land, this artist village showcases contemporary art. Way back in , the principal and students of the Madras School of Arts and Crafts set up this institution that has come to be recognized as a significant school of art and crafts. Located in Injambakkam on the East Coast Road, this village is named after the Chola dynasty that patronized arts and crafts.

At that time, there were no institutions or outlet for those seeking to pursue a career in arts. The Late K. Artists live as a community and pooled together their skills and resources. The Cholamandalam Arts Village has a permanent art gallery to hold exhibitions.

Sculptures made of granite; wood, copper and bronze are created within the Artists Village. The open-air theater is a platform for performing artists or even poetry reading sessions and dance recitals. Indian arts such as batik and pottery and painting are seen in the myriad articles and works done by the artists of the Cholamandalam village.

You can view or purchase interesting pieces in terracotta and batik. In fact Cholamandalam has grown to be an important hub or meeting place for international artistes in sylvan surroundings.

Visitors to the Cholamandalam Artists Village can get to see different art forms on display. There are 2 gallery halls. You can even walk down and see the interesting houses of the artists. There is an exhibition hall too. Visitors are allowed between The Cholamandalam Arts Village is a fascinating place with its picturesque environs close to the shores of the turquoise waters of the Bay of Bengal.

The village hosts a permanent art gallery to hold exhibitions. So if you are into art, whether for investment purposes or just for the love of the subject, this is a place you should visit.

The village is a hotbed of artistic ventures and you can pick up unusual pottery or works of art in batik or terracotta. This sylvan hamlet has developed into an important focal point for international artistes. If you are an art buff, Cholamandalam is a must visit. You can pick up exclusive works of art and also souvenirs for gifting.

Their work is widely recognized as some of the best art produced in postwar India, and is shown regularly in galleries across the country; in fact several Cholamandalam artists have also shown in Europe, the United States and South America.

By the s, the village became self-sufficient, and grew into one of the most important meeting places for international artists in India, and today, it remains one of the few artist-driven movements in India. It is equipped with all that is needed for an arts village, esp. It has earned reputation world over and is now, one of the major tourist attractions in the Coastal city.

A painter himself, K. Alongside the founding father, many of the painters and sculptors retired from Cholamandalam. History Cholamandalam Artists Village, established in , is the largest artists commune in India, whose artists are credited for the Madras Movement of Art s—s , which brought modernism to art in the South India.

The community was founded by K C S Paniker, the principal of the Madras School of Arts, along with his students and a few artists associated with the college. By s, the village became self-sufficient, and grew into one of the most important meeting places for international artists in India, and today, it remains one of the few artist-driven movements in India. Back in the fifties, the spot was part of an uninhabited stretch of sand with casuarina plantations. At that time, most of the artists who live and work here now were students of the Government school of Arts and crafts, Chennai Previously known as Madras.

It has completed almost four decades of existence autonomously. What is remarkable about its development is that it has grown into what it is now, without any funding or support from the government, quasi-governmental bodies, charitable foundations, art bodies like Lalit Kala Academy or persons apart from the small grant that it is entitle to, like any other art organization in the country.

The land where the artists set up their village was purchased with their own money. They built everything including their houses, studios, gallery, theatre, workshop and kitchen, on their own. Towards the end of the fifties many painters and sculptors in the school of Arts and Crafts joined hands with him in search of what amounted to a new way of life in contemporary art.

This was an exciting venture, which soon proved to be exacting as well. For a living, the artists here practiced as art teachers in schools or as designers but they were permitted too little time for sustained creative work.

Part time work of two or three hours a day where the artists could freely extend their art on to a congenial craft of utilitarian nature appeared to be the answer. But a couple of years down the line, a need for a residential work-centre for artists at a conducive place preferably near the sea on the outskirts of the coastal city with transport facilities and Cholamandalam was born.

Since an ancient dynasty named Chola that encouraged arts ruled this area in the Coromandel Coast, it was baptized as Cholamandalam. Paniker , noted metaphysical and abstract painter, was principal to By now K. Paniker had retired and founded the artists commune in April Another reason was the Paniker was "worried that his students might deviate from art due to financial compulsions".

In the same year six artists moved into live and work on their own land. In the 60s, while they could hardly sell their paintings, avant garde wood and leather work, batik, ceramics and metal craft made by them, found a good market, this sustained them for the duration, while the local buyers were familiarized to modernism, which their art represented. Over the years, built their houses, studios, exhibition gallery, theatre, workshop and kitchen, which they jointly owned along with all the infrastructure of the village.

Apart from that it nurtured artists such as P. Nandan, Haridasan, S. Nanda Gopal, Vasudev, K. Jayapala Panicker, Gopinath, Senathipathy, M.

Devan and Richard Jesudas. In time the cooperative became self-sufficient and held exhibition of their work in major cities of India. Paniker died in , but by this time the village had become self-sufficient, without any government funding, and the module had proven sustainable. Ravi Shankar , A. The artists raised money from the private sector to found a museum within the village, which would house a permanent collection of artworks representative of the Madras Movement.

Devan, as project gathered momentum help came in from various artists and corporates alike. Finally after three and half years of construction the building was, and thus started a long search for works that exemplified the Madras Movement, which flourished between the early 50s and the 80s.

Eventually about 60 per cent of the works were donated by senior artists and the rest were given on extended loan by art collectors around the country.

Vasudev , K. Haridasan, Thotta Tharani, Sculptor S. Outside it is surrounded by tree-shaded sands which sport an international sculpture garden, displaying sculptures made by visiting artists from across India and the world through the decades.

Paniker Museum in its two wings - the D. Agarwal wing and the Rasika Kothari wing. An international sculpture garden surrounds the main Centre. Additionally, two commercial galleries, Labernum - H. Kejriwal wing and Indigo - the Tulsyan wing, an art book shop, a craft shop and an exotic cafeteria are some of the facilities that would be available. Facilities Today, the village houses a number of art galleries, museums, and an open-air theatre on the site also houses dance and theatre performances.

Nandagopal, is the Secretary of the Village. Out of the original forty artists, many are no more, and some have moved out, only twenty one remain today, and Cholamandalam does not accept new members, though it has at least a dozen artists living or working there at any time in the year, plus many artists-in-residence are also at work here.

The village is open daily from 10am to 5pm. It is 10 minute walking distance from the Golden Beach. Local transport is now easily available and the Chennai International Airport the nearest airport.


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Status Completed The Cholamandal Artists village named after the ancient Chola kings who were great patrons of Art is acclaimed as among the successful and surviving art communes in the world. In , the Madras Movement of Art crystallized around the legendary KCS Paniker who along with likeminded Artists set up their residences and studios in a rural setting on the sandy beaches of the Bay of Bengal. In the beginning there was an Artists Gallery in a modest structure of thatch. With international acclaim and growing stature the Artists wanted to exhibit their signature works in a permanent Museum.


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