The Chennai Kendra was the second kendra to be set up after the Delhi Kendra. The Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra was established in 1958, with the blessings of Paramacharya, His Holiness Shri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. The Kendra had its first Executive Committee meeting in the Syndicate Room of the Madras University under the chairmanship of the distinguished educationalist Dr. A. Lakshmana Swamy Mudaliar. The present premises of East Mada Street, Mylapore was inaugurated by the President of India Shri V.V. Giri on September 2, 1972.
Since then the Kendra has been marching ahead with glorious contribution towards cultural activities and rich Indian heritage
The Kendra celebrated Golden Jubilee in the year 2009. True to the ideals of the Bhavan, The Chennai Kendra is promoting and propagating the Performing Arts and rich Indian heritage. The Kendra serves as an excellent platform for celebrated artiste and talent promotion for aspiring artiste.
The Kendra has air conditioned library and conduct courses for a variety of cultural discipline like Vocal Music, Bharatanatyam, Yoga and Sanskrit Classes.
The activities of the Kendra are conducted in three different places in the City:
(i) Mylapore – Main Kendra Complex,
|| (ii) Kilpauk
||(iii) T.Nagar Sub Centre
These are a list of Units under the Chennai Kendra
1.Mylapore – Main Kendra Complex
Bhavans Sri Venkata Auditorium (Air Conditioned)
Bhavans Vishwanath Trivedi Sabagraha (Air Conditioned)
An airconditioned library is functioning in the kendra premises. And it has a huge and varied collection on Hindu Culture.
Bhavan conducts Fine Arts Classes for Bharatanatyam, Carnatic Music (Vocal), Instruments like Veena, Violin, Key Board, Sitar, Tabla, Mridangam, and Yogasanas / Meditation .
Bhavan also offers certificate courses on computer
The Kendra is coaching candidates for Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachara Sabha Examinations.
The week-end classes on Upanishads, Vivek Choodamani, Vishnu Sahasranamam, etc conducted by an eminent scholar is very popular.
Bhavans Rajaji Vidyashram.
The Kendra is running one of the prestigious schools in Chennai “Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram” at Kilpauk.
Having blossomed from humble beginings, Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram which began in 1977, is today a prestigious learning centre managed by the Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra. The institution boasts of a spacious campus in Kilpauk, which was donated by Shri.V.Pattabhiram a distinguished citizen of India.
The school situated in idyllic surroundings provides an environment ideal for scholastic acheivement with character building and exposure to indian values and tradition.
The Vidyashram is affiliated to CBSE, New Delhi and has a student strength of about 3200 students from LKG to Grade XII.
At the Vidyashram the endeavour is to make education alive, challenging and attractive to children, to make it purposeful, imaginative and devoid of drudgery.
3.T.Nagar Sub Centre
The centre conducts various classes on Fine Arts – Veena, Keyboard, Devotional Music, Carnatic Music. And also classes on Yoga and Computers. The centre also runs a Balavihar
Bhavan’s Gandhi Institute of Computer Education & Information Technology
The Institute offer free computer education and at present the following courses are conducted
(10 AM to 6 PM)
2.Accounts Assistant Course
3.Senior Citizen Course
(10 AM to 6 PM)
1.Accounts Assistant Course
2.Senior Citizen Course