The “Chennai Nalla Chennai” (Beautiful Chennai) exhibition showcasing Chola temples and lives in Chennai was held at the Rayan Cultural Hall along Jalan Tun Perak recently.
It was a unique tourism exhibition featuring photographs and panels from Chola temples, which are part of UNESCO’s heritage sites in India.
These famous houses of worship are described as the “Great Living Chola Temples” of the Chola Empire, which covered southern India to the neighbouring islands. The exhibits included photos of Chennai city offering a colourful perspective on the people, customs, quirks and lifestyles.
Executive Councillor for Tourism and Culture, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi, Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia, T.S. Tirumurti and the Perak State Assembly Speaker Dato’ Seri S.K. Devamany were among the VIPs at the event which was attended by over 100 people.
According to Nolee Ashilin, the exhibition was part of the Festival of India 2015 held for the first time in Malaysia from March to June of this year. The objective was to show the richness of the Indian culture via events held in several towns and cities across the country, she told reporters after launching the exhibition.
“This is the best medium to encourage the younger generation to appreciate the tradition, culture and heritage of the Indian community which is fast becoming extinct and forgotten.”