Cholamadalam Artist Village has been one of the unique tourist spots of Tamil Nadu which attract a number of tourists who are engaged in buying these pieces of handicrafts including paintings which reflect the culture of India. The community was founded by K.C.S. Panikar, the principal of Madras school of Art. This school specialized in mixing art with handicraft which shall produce a unique feature of art and culture of India. Originally this community came into existence in 1966 and derived its name from the Chola dynasty of South India. While literary meaning of Cholamandalam is 'reign of Cholas' this name was adopted by this community to relate art with the ancient culture of India.
Cholamadalam Artist Village at present has become popular for highlighting modernism within the ancient art of South India. This developed a new feature of contemporary art in India. As such it developed Cholamandalam centre of Contemporary Art which was established February 1, 2009.This include two commercial galleries for exhibiting the work of various known artists and a museum of the Madras Movement and display the paintings of prominent artists during Madras movement.
Thus, as a unique site of fine arts this village is enlisted among the major tourist spots in Tamil Nadu. With a number of galleries, museums, and an open air theatre on the site this also includes house for dances and theatres.