Try your hand at simple art and craft activities as you tour around DakshinaChitra.
Play traditional games too! Enjoy playing an array of board games, spin tops, break pots and even shake a leg...
Also take a peek at the contextual exhibitions in the houses that  explain some of the rich traditions of South India.

Weekend activities include

  • Traditional leather puppet show
  • Glass blowing demo
  • Traditional soothsayers (fortune – tellers)


August 2017

Sitar Concert by Saptarshi Hazra

Sitar Concert by Saptarshi Hazra accompanied by Jain Painadathe on Tabla

Vastra Utsav 2017

Friends of DakshinaChitra present Vastra Utsav- the unique exhibition will bring designers who directly work with weavers and craftsmen across the country. Exhibition inauguration by Ms. Malavika Sarukkai,Bharatnatyam exponent

Madras Week Celebration

Heritage Quiz for School children: 18th August; Vintage Photographs of Old Madras : People,Culture from 1800s.: 19th - 27th August; Film Screening of Members of Madras Art Movement : 12th - 31st August 2017; Exhibition of Photographs and Writings by Sujat

Vinayaga Chaturthi Celebration

Folk performance by Marabu Kalai Kuzhu from Vizhupuram

Onam festival

Folk performance by Parichamuttukali by Panamanna Parija Muthukali Sangam

August 2017

Workshops for Adults

Palm Leaf Ganesha Making

Resource Person : Inhouse

Registration :

Ganesha making on Palm leaf for Adults

Kerala Mural workshop

Resource Person : Mr.Sujit

Registration :

Kerala Mural on Canvas, Marble and Terracotta for Adults

August 2017

Workshops for Children

Paper Bead Jewellery

Resource Person : Inhouse

Registration :

Paper Bead Jewellery Workshop for Children

Terracotta Ganesha Making

Resource Person : Inhouse

Registration :

Workshop on making Terracotta Ganesha Making for Children

August 2017


Exhibition of Photographs and Writings by Sujatha Shankar Kumar

Titled ' Lands Through My Lens: Journeys from Chicago to Chennai '

Exhibition of Paintings by Ramesh K Kannan

Exhibition of Paintings celebrating Lord Ganesha by Ramesh K Kannan titled ' Ganesholsavam'

DakshinaChitra’s New Media features curated program


DKC New Media will feature a curated program of film and video based work by leading and emerging artists. The broad focus of the works will center on Heritage, Culture, Politics and Socio-Economic conversations.  The program will introduce the museum visitor to contemporary video, film and new media produced by artists whose work is focused on South India, South Asia and/or the Global South. 

Films will be screened every weekend alongside our ArtDoco program.