Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu. This city is popularly called as the "Gateway to the south". It is known for its beautiful Hindu temples and cultural values. It is a metropolitan city. Chennai is the major cultural, commercial and educational centre in South India. Port of Chennai is the second largest port of India. Chennai is the major centre for music, art and culture in India. Every December, Chennai holds a five week long music season. Chennai dance "Bharatnatyam" is known as the oldest dance form of India. Bharatnatyam, the classical dance form originated in Tamil Nadu.
Chennai has deep rooted culture and tradition. Its tradition is distinctively different from any other city in India. Tamil Nadu is the cosmopolitan state and Chennai has a multi-cultural mindset of the people living there. One can view traditional food to fast food, ancient temple architecture to modern high rising buildings and from classical music and dance to growing night life of the city.
The majority of the population in Chennai are Tamils. Telugus form the majority among the non-Tamil communities. Some of the other minority communities are Gujaratis, Marwaris, Malayalis, Anglo-Indians, Kannadigas and Sri Lankan Tamils. People of different social groups living in Chennai are Brahmin, Iyer. Brahmin Iyengar, Chettiar, Nair, Naidu, Nadar, Mudaliar (Arcot, Saiva, Senguntha), Vanniyakullak Kshatriya and Adi Dravida.
Marriages in Chennai are popular for their religious functions and celebrations. As per the custom of Tamil, divorces are not welcomed by the natives here. Brides are called ardhangini of the groom. Marriages are believed to be life long bond and union between the husband and the wife. Brides wear sarees with heavy gold jewelry and grooms wear veshti (lungi) and shirt on the day of their marriage.