Classical Music & Dance

There's bharatanatyam (Tamil classical dance) and/or a Carnatic music concert going on in Chennai almost every evening. Check listings in the Hindu or Times of India.

The Music Academy is the most popular venue. The Kalakshetra Foundation and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan also stage many events, often free.


Chennai has more than 100 cinemas, a reflection of the vibrant Tamil film industry ('Kollywood'). Most screen Tamil films, but the Phoenix Market City and Express Avenue mall cinemas, among others, have regular English-language screenings. Tickets cost around ₹185.