Chennai ; formerly known as Madras is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centres in South India. Despite the visible ‘westernization’, Chennai still remains deep-rooted in culture and tradition.
Chennai is a thriving hub of manufacturing, technology and healthcare industries. It also ranks high among the foremost centers of information technology and business process outsourcing. The city is home to the second-biggest film industry in the country after Mumbai. Besides Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu movies are also produced in Chennai. Tamil stars are venerated and have often gone on to rule the state of Tamil Nadu. From Carnatic music and Bharatnatyam to fusion, Chennai offers a lot when it comes to art and culture. World renowned musicians like AR Rahman and Sivamani hail from this city. Rahman is also known as the Mozart of Madras. The city is the Mecca for Carnatic music fans as thousands of concerts are held across the city during the Tamil month of Marghazi. Dance recitals too are a common feature during the season.