Sun, Sep 26, 2021

  • The star-studded studios of Kodambakkam: A flashback
    Ever wondered why there is an assortment of studios in the Kodambakkam area? The reason could be that, in those days, Kodambakkam had a powerhouse and it was a major distribution point. The...
    The star-studded studios of Kodambakkam: A flashback
    When AVM and Vahini studios acquired land in Kodambakkam, it gave other companies a cue and they too soon set up shop there. This transformed Kodambakkam into the film hub of the south. The studios actively shot and produced Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, Sinhala and Oriya films. Historian Randor Guy says after the war, there was a power surplus and the power utility found it wise to invite companies to buy land there. Mohan Raman said, “Vahini studio was to shoot scenes featuring police stations, courts and hospitals as production executives found it difficult to secure permission to shoot in live locations. The studio had a huge house with two long staircases.” Vasu studio had a lot of open space and the Brihadeeswarar temple of Thanjavur was made with plaster of Paris by Vasu Menon, the studio’s owner, for the movie Raja...
  • Madras Week in Mahabs: A commercial hub that carries rich history in its stones Madras Week in Mahabs: A commercial hub that carries rich history in its stones

    Updated On: Aug, 25, 202105:44 PM

    Mamallapuram became an important commercial centre in the 6th century CE, during the rule of Pallava king Simha Vishnu.

  • Looking at some of Chennai's landmarks from the sky Looking at some of Chennai's landmarks from the sky

    These photos taken by a drone offer a fresh perspective of some of Chennai's best known sites These photos taken by a drone offer a fresh perspective of some of Chennai's best known sites.

  • A bird's eye view of landmarks in Chennai A bird's eye view of landmarks in Chennai

    Updated On: Aug, 25, 202103:08 PM

    These photos taken by a drone offer a fresh perspective of some of Chennai's best known sites

  • Artist draws stamps to show the transformation of Madras to Chennai Artist draws stamps to show the transformation of Madras to Chennai

    Updated On: Aug, 21, 202110:17 PM

    From trams to metro rail, artist pays tribute to city ahead of Madras Day

  • Celebrating the spirit of a city Celebrating the spirit of a city

    Updated On: Aug, 21, 202112:46 PM

    Owing to the continuing restrictions imposed by the Tamil Nadu government on account of the pandemic, the celebrations in the city marking the run-up to Madras Day observed on August 22, have been...