Cholamandal , started in 1965 is an Artists' Village that is situated on an eight acres plot of land on the East Coast Road, Chennai . It is undertaken by a group of 30 artists who have formed themselves into an association to provide adequate opportunities and create the proper atmosphere for developing and utilising their artistic talents. About 30 artists live in this small colony. Many of them have constructed houses or cottages, in which they live and work.Today Cholamandal named after the ancient Chola dynasty is India's largest self supporting art colony and one of the most successful in Asia.Visitors are welcome to visit the village and its permanent gallery of paintings , the K.C.S. Paniker Museum of the Madras Movement, an open-air international sculpture park surrounding the complex as well as the display of craft work which are also for sale.
Cholamandal Centre for Contemporary Art -
Works of eminent artists are displayed here...
Camera is not allowed inside the museum - So all I could get was a few shots of the sculptures in the area . It is worth visiting the place so that you can feast your eyes on the incredible talent of the artists in our country ...!!
The yellow building that is seen at the background is Shiraz Art Cafe , a lovely place with great ambience run by two artists about which I had done a detailed post here..
If you are interested in meeting artists, seeing them at work or getting the art works from the direct source then this would be the right place to drop by !!