What is Chennai Famous for?
Chennai city, the Capital of Tamilnadu is known for its Buzzing shopping centers, Beaches, Historical Monuments, Food, I.T, Industries, Politics, People, Education, Music, Movies, and its stunning heritage Temples. Chennai earlier known as Madras was born when East India Company decided to acquire 3 square kilometers of land from the Nayaka Rulers. Thus, one can see a huge Colonial influence in the form of Churches, Colleges and the more prominent Egmore Station.
Chennai also portrays a beautiful blend in its Traditional yet Modern view on Culture, Dance forms and its amazing food. People travel from all corners of India and the World for the Marghazhi Utsavam or the Music season. Chennai is also home to some good quality Education system.
Chennai also takes pride and credits itself with some World-renowned names like A.R Rahman, Sundar Pichai, TV Sundaram Iyengar from TVS Group, Vishwanath Anand, Ravichandran Ashwin etc.
Chennai is also the Land for some amazing Filter Coffee, Authentic Dosai, Idly, Idiyappam, and Puttu. Do not miss out on some authentic Vazha ellai sappadu or the Banana leaf thali food at Saravana Bhavan for Vegetarians. The Non-Vegetarians can gorge on some yummy Ambur Biryani or the Chettinad delicacies.
What to Buy in Chennai?
Chennai is famous for Silk Sarees. A traditional South Indian Wedding is incomplete without the Customary gift of a Silk saree for the Bride and Silk Veshti and Shirt for the Bridegroom.
Veshti/Dhoti and Shirt for Boys:
A traditional Tamil Style Shirt and Veshti sets for the Boys is a good to have Souvenirs to take back from Chennai. The Veshti comes with a Velcro band for comfortable wear, hence easy to wear.
Kanakadara Girl’s Silk Lehenga-choli/Pavadai:
Little Girls are dressed in ethnic wear on Important occasions and festivals. You can find Pavadai’s in different materials like Cotton, Silk, Semi silk and Polycotton varieties. One can buy stitched Pavadai online based on the age of your child. Chennai is famous for its silk and you cannot miss out on buying some traditional Silk clothes for your Children.
Silk Sarees for Women:
Kanchivaram is a place renowned for its Temples and Handwoven Silk Kanjivaram Sarees. The Opulence of the Kanchivaram sarees should be seen and felt. There are many stores in Chennai like the Pothy’s, Nalli’s and Chennai Silks who sell some of the best Silk Sarees. If you have time one can travel to Kanchivaram about 70 odd Kilometers from Chennai to buy from the Handloom Society.
Brass Artifacts from Chennai:
Chennai is also known for its Traditional Brass Artifacts. This Lamp is sourced from Tamilnadu Handicrafts Corporation called Poompuhar set up by the Government of Tamilnadu in the year 1973. The bronze icons, such as this Bronze lamp are, mostly replicas of the 10th – 12th centuries Chola bronze sculptured strictly on the lines prescribed in the Silpasastra texts, at the Corporation’s units at Swamimalai in Thanjavur district and also at Salem.
These Lamps are ideal Souvenirs to take back home. They are heirloom products which you can pass onto your next generation as well.
A pair of Brass Lamps again from the brand Poompuhar are must-haves in your Pooja space. They add a touch of tradition and spirituality when lit. Care needs to be taken while washing or brown spots form on them due to oxidation. I remember my mother would soak Tamarind in water and use it as a scrub to wash all her brass pooja utensils. She would take pride in her ever shining Pooja space. One can also use Pitambari, Sabeena dish wash soaps to clean your Brass utensils.
Brass Nataraja Idol:
This Idol is the depiction of Hindu God Lord Shiva. He is known as the Lord of Dance and his dance form is called the Tandavam. This idol shows Shiva dancing in one of his Natyashastra poses holding Agni in his left backhand, the front hand in gajahasta or dandahasta mudra, the front right hand with a wrapped snake that is in Abhaya (fear not) mudra while pointing to a Sutra text. (Source Wikipedia).
A beautiful gift for your Friends and Family members who love traditional Indian Dance forms.
Saregama Carvaan Mini MS Subbalakshmi Bluetooth Speakers:
The First Musician to be awarded Bharath Ratna-India’s Highest civilian award. M.S.Subbulakshmi amma’s rendition of some Classical and Semi-Classical Music is added to the Saregama Carvaan.
You can also use the speakers to stream music from your phone or music streaming apps or plug in your pen drive. With a battery life of 4 hours, this Bluetooth speaker allows you to carry your songs wherever you go.
A lovely gift for your Parents or Grand Parents.
Tanjore painting originated during the Chola Period and is one of the most popular classical paintings of Tamil Nadu. These paintings originated from a Temple town called Thanjavur. Most of the Tanjore paintings depict Indian God’s and Goddesses. These paintings are embellished with semi-precious stones, Ruby’s and glass which add to its beauty.
The Tanjore dancing dolls and Chettiar dolls are perfect gifts for family and friends from the state of Tamil Nadu.
Tanjore Paintings are beautiful souvenirs to take home for your friends and family. Please click here for some more Paintings.
Bharatanatyam Dance Jewellery:
South Indian Dance Forms like Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi require traditional Temple Jewellery set. They are must-have for kids who are learning this dance form. A one-time investment, this Jewellery set is made of Brass and embellished with semi-precious Ruby, White stones and Pearls.
A lovely souvenir for your Dancer friends and they are sure to appreciate your gift.
The Temple Jewellery also adds up as beautiful Bridal Jewellery. Deepika Padukone looks ravishing during her South Indian Wedding rituals.
Bharatnatyam or Kuchipudi Ready made costume from the brand Bharathnatyamworld. These costumes can be customized according to your choice of colors and are available in various sizes. They are reasonably priced and it is better than the rental costumes. If your child is learning any of these dance forms, it is ideal to buy them.
Kitchen must-haves from Chennai :
Every city has its unique cuisine and Chennai is famous for its Idiyappam.
The Idiyappam press is an important tool to make Idiyappam in Minutes. Made of Brass it has perforated sheets to make Noodle shaped idiyappam with eas.
Kuzhipanniyaram cast iron vessel :
A very Traditional Metal Vessel used exclusively to set Curd and to make Rasam. The EEyam vessel is made of an alloy of Tin and Aluminium. There is no lead in it and you do not have to worry about lead poisoning. Savor some Rasam in the Eeya chombu on a rainy day and you will be transferred to La la land.
Kalchatty for Holistic slow Cooking:
Kalchatty from the brand Gramium is a nice replacement to your Non-stick and Aluminium Cookware. Kalchatty is cooking vessels carved out from Soapstone. Kalchatty is usually used to prepare Gravy items and do not try to use it for dry items since there are chances of it breaking. They are thick walled and heavy and hence ensure slow cooking. They also Retain heat for a long time and reduce the need for re-heating of food thereby enabling high nutrition retention.
Brass Rice Measuring Cup:
A rice measuring cup from the brand SPS Marketing. A beautiful addition to your Kitchenware.
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