To me, Chennai is home. It has been home for the last twenty one years. Whether I decide to settle in London or Paris, Bihar or Kerala, Chennai will be my home. But what’s there in Chennai? Why is it synonymous to home?

Well, what Chennai is to me, Delhi or Bombay is to you. My childhood memories, the sights and sounds of Chennai, the people, the history, the culture, the food – that gives it the feel of home.

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Street Art in Alwarpet, Chennai by Joyston Christopher Vas

Art in Chennai by Graffiti Artist Joyston Christopher Vaz

When you walk through the streets of Chennai, it is hard to miss the street art that colour the walls. From bold Tamil slogans to portraits of politicians, Chennai exhibits a different culture of street art. The concept of street art or graffiti has evolved over time in every aspect. Themes, motivations, mind sets and tools have changed with time. Interestingly, street art in Chennai is a perfect blend of the traditional with the modern and the local with the global.

While Chennai’s streets have a long way to go before they leave their mark on the canvas of street art across the world, it is fast developing and competing with cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Continue reading