Music and melody are synonymous with Mozart, the world renowned 18th century music composer from Austria. His full name was Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He started composing music at an early age 5 and was appointed Konzertmeister or Concert Master at the age of 13. The Oscar winner music director, A.R.Rahman, hailing from Chennai, excelled in music from a very early age and is aptly called the Mozart of Madras.
Music is associated with sound, melodies and rhythms that produce interest and pleasure in the minds and hearts of the listeners. Similarly, movies arouse a feeling of ‘deliberate acceptance of fallacy’ and are thus the best mean of utilizing leisure time. Kollywood or MGR Film city in Chennai is the nerve centre of Malayalam and Telugu pictures and produces movies, second only to Mumbai. Moreover, Pongal, the ‘Harvest Festival’ is celebrated forfive days during January every year. During the Tamil month of Marghazi, the city is crowded with music fans for enjoying the charm of Carnatic music and get lost in the rhythm and ‘taal’ of Bharat Natyam. Chennai Sangamam is the longest and the biggest Open Cultural Festival in India.
Modernization has taken Chennai much ahead in time but the people there still religiously adhere to the culture and tradition. Tourists will be amazed to see ‘kolams’ or rangolis made of rice powder at very early hour of the morning. Chennai is the fusion point of Carnatic music and Bharatnatyam and attracts attention of tourists.
Chennai is at par with any other fast growing cities of India with regard to diversified industries, healthcare industries, information technology, technical education, business education, urban beautification, sanitation and environmental conservation. It has the proud recognition as the oldest Municipal Corporation in the world.
Visiting Chennai offers the opportunity of spending few hours of relaxation at the second longest beach of the world, the Marina Beach, where statues and samadhis of great Tamil leaders are housed. Viewing the sobering and reddening sunset is a never-to-be-lost opportunity at Marina Beach. Other beaches are Breezy, VGP Golden and Covelong that provide calm and quite ambience to the tourists.
Lord Shiva,with the alias of Ashutosh can be easily appeased with pouring of milk or water on his Shiva Lingam. Murundeeswar Temple in Chennai draws tourists for getting the miraculous mixture of milk, water and ash that has the power of curing any kind of disease. Other religious destinations in Chennai are Ashtalaksmi temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Kaalikaambal temple, Parthasarathy temple, Ayya Vaikundar Nizzal Thangal, Kalingabal temple and Varasidi Vinayakr temple.
Chennai offers facilities for various amusement and theme parks such as Guindy Snake Park and Arignar Anna Zoological Park.
Chennai has one of the four deposit libraries in the country, the Connemara Library. Exhibits of 11th century handicraft and collection of Deccan, Mughal and Rajasthani painints could be witnessed at the National Art Gallery. The Government Museum exhibits collection related to botany, zoology, gelogy and anthropology.
Other places of tourist interest in Chennai are Fort St George, St Mary Church, Birla Planetarium, Vivekananda House, Burma Bazaar, and the Weaver’s Centre.
Movie, music, museum, marina and Mozart of Madras are the main tourist attractions of Chennai that break the monotony and recharge the mind.