Chennai District

Landmarks of Chennai

 

Anna University

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University of Madras

Indian Institute of Technology

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TIDEL Park

Fort St. George (Secretariat)

Museum

Government Museum & Art Gallery

Connemara Public Library

High Court

Ripon Building (Chennai Corporation)

Ribbon Building

Marina Beach 

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Santhome Church

Santhome Church

Thousand Lights Mosque

Anna Memorial

MGR Memorial

Valluvar Kottam

Valluvar Kottam
 

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Vivekanandar House
Raj Bhavan
Central Railway Station
Egmore Railway Station

 

  Theosophical Society

 

  Kalakshetra


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Theosophical Society

The Theosophical Society is now headquartered here in a large property in the Adyar area of Chennai.  The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875, is a worldwide body whose primary object is Universal Brotherhood based on the belief that life, and all its diverse forms, human and non-human, is indivisibly One. The Society imposes no belief on its members except the belief that there is no one right belief. The members are united by a common search for Truth and desire to learn the meaning and purpose of existence by engaging themselves in study, reflection, purity of life and loving service.  Theosophy is seen as wisdom underlying all religions when they are stripped of accretions and superstitions. It offers a philosophy which, they say, renders life intelligible and demonstrates that justice and love guide the cosmos. Its teachings aid the unfoldment of the latent spiritual nature in the human being, without dependence or fear. In other words, you are God and you you need to come to that realization!  This Banyan tree, the 2nd largest in India, is grown from an offshoot of the Banyan tree under which Buddha was "enlightened."
The Old Testament may condemn Ashtarah poles, but here it is fine to worship Ashtarath.

On entering the headquarters one sees in the alcove behind a marble platform on the north side of the hall a figure in plaster of H. P. Blavatsky.  When Colonel Olcott passed away in 1907, a plaster statue of him was placed by the side of Madame Blavatsky and an inscription engraved on the pedestal: 'The Founders of the Theosophical Society: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky 1831-1891-Henry Steel Olcott 1832-1907'.Bust of Ann Besant, after whom the nearby area of Besant Nagar is named.  The Emblem of the Theosophical Society. It combines the symbols of the major religions of the world, except the basic cross of Christianity, and all are wrapped in a SERPENT! (Which they say represents wisdom)

 

Kalakshetra 

          Kalakshetra literally means ( Kala - Arts, Kshetra - Field or Holy place ) a Holy place of Arts.  This Centre was started in1936 in order that India may once again revive and develop its ancient culture and set a standard of true Art in its new life after its freedom. It seeks to build up the character of the young through the Art and create a true Centre of International Understanding through the one universal language - Art. In the words of Dr. Annie Besant - "Art is an attempt to bring down within the vision of ordinary mortals some of the Divine Beauty of which the artist catches glimpses, strives to translate these into colours, sounds, forms, words, by creating pictures, melodies, sculptures, poems and other literature." "Beauty diversified into the arts is the true refiner and uplifter of humanity. It is the instrument of culture, the broadener of the heart, the purifying fire which burns all prejudices, all pettiness, a coarseness. Without it, true democracy is impossible, equality of social intercourse an empty dream." "Art is the international language in which mind can speak to mind, heart to heart, where lips are dumb. The arts need no translations, they speak the universal mother-tongue. Centuries do not age them, Custom does not stale them. Boundaries do not exist for them. Their message is for every country, for every tongue. Art will permeate the whole atmosphere of the New Civilisation which is on the threshold." 

            At the College of Fine Arts, music, dancing, painting and crafts are taught to students of both sexes from India and from other parts of the world. A "gurukula" atmosphere prevails within the campus and students are encouraged to lead simple lives. Throughout the year, special cultural programmes are arranged for the benefit of the students, so that they may learn to appreciate true art and the ancient culture of india.  From its inception, the College's faculty has included teachers of repute. To name just a few, Tiger Varadacharya, Veena Krishnamacharya, Mysore Vasudevacharya, Karaikudi Sambasiva Ayyar, Budalur Krishnamurti Sastri, M.D. Ramanathan and Papanasam Sivan in music, in addition to Rukmini devi herself, Pandanallur Meenakshisundaram Pillai and Mylapore Gowri Ammal in Bharata Natyam and Chandu Pannikar in Kathakali. The curriculam of the dance students includes classes on dance theory which is based on the work Abhinaya Darpana, and selected portions of other ancient texts on art and literature. The traditional form of dance in all its purity and dignity is the trademark of Kalakshetra. Music is a subsidiary for all dance students. They are encouraged to learn vocal music. The art of Indian make-up, traditional costumes and theatre craft are learnt gradually by the advanced and post graduate students through participation in the various Kalakshetra productions and in their preparation.


PRODUCTION AND PERFORMANCES
Among Kalakshetra's major activities is the one relating to production and presentation of dance-dramas and the like. Apart from solo Bharata Natya recitals and such items as Kummi and Kolattam (folk dances), a considerable part of Rukmini Devi's work in Kalakshetra pertains to new productions.  This work is indeed its unique contribution to art.  These performances serve several purposes:
1. They are part of Kalakshetra's effort to make available to the public the best of Indian classical arts.
2. They are intended as an essential training for the students and teachers, who become thoroughly familiar with preparing for and participating in public performances which, though performed by amateurs, are kept as far as possible to professional standards.

 

TIDEL Park

"TIDEL Park" a one million square feet IT park , has been inaugurated on 4 July-2000. All 100% of the available space in TIDEL already stands marketed. It is estimated by real estate consultants that there is need for 2 million sq.ft. of additional space for IT Companies in Chennai in the next two years.  TIDEL-II is being planned for which a Detailed Project Report is being prepared.  Tidel has identified power supply and connectivity as two critical requirements of software companies. TNEB, VSNL, DOT, STPI have extensively been involved in providing power and communication / uplink facilities. VSNL is creating a structured communication backbone terminating OFC / PCM cables at each office by offering unlimited bandwidth.  TIDEL is also adopting a similar architecture for establishing parallel backbone for future private service providers and STPI.   SNL is offering media diversity by providing direct to Satellite connectivity, terrestrial through OFC and also Microwave facility for transmission of data.