Chennai, has been a center for the arts, music and culture since ancient times .Three major dynasties, the Cheras, Cholas and Pandyas ruled present day Tamil Nadu State , of which Chennai is the capital. The Chola Kings were great temple builders . The magnificent Brigadeeswara Temple in Tanjore was built by the Chola King, Raja Raja Cholan . The Shore temple and other famous rock carvings in Mahabalipuram , near Chennai, were built by the Pallavas . Popular in Chennai Granite stone sculptures, bronze sculptures, Tanjore paintings , brass puja items ,woven palm leaf baskets and mats. Gold jewellery , Kanjivaram silk and silk cotton sarees , Classical dance jewellery and dance costumes .