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Being Kafka

Why does Franz Kafka’s spell remain unbroken a hundred years after his death? Is it his exquisite letters, our affection for dramatic tales, or the sense that our contemporary world has never been more Kafkaesque? The centenary of Franz Kafka's death presents a chance to delve into innovative approaches to understanding the author and his captivating oeuvre.

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Experienced teaching ensures your success

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Learn German from the market leader. The Goethe-Institut offers German language courses and exams in over 90 countries.

  • Highly qualified German teachers and first-class learning materials
  • German courses for all levels
  • Internationally recognised language certificates




Open to all

Our vibrant library now has a felicitous children’s corner, a capacious media center, a rich collection of German and a selected curation of English and Tamil media: Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Films, Music and Games. For kids and adults alike, we have a plethora of activities.

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About us

Cultural cooperation

We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation.

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Discover our Work


A residency program for lens-based artists and photographers from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka intending to work with local resources to research and develop cross cultural bodies of work on shared histories, cultures and environments.

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Science Film Festival 2023: Reimagine, Recreate, Restore

In 2023, the Science Film Festival is the official supporting partner of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The theme is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world. 

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TRAVELING PATTERNS is a project conceptualized by Goethe-Institut Chennai and concretized and executed in collaboration with DakshinaChitra and Tara Books, which brings together 4 designers from India and Germany into exploring and developing contemporary patterns drawing inspiration from traditional motifs, figures and decorative elements from wooden blocks, created by Indian artisans and block-makers that would find innovative applications also in other formats and fields

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No.4 5th Street, Rutland Gate
600 006 Chennai

Opening Time

Monday-Friday: 09:30am - 05:30pm
Tuesday-Saturday: 09:00 – 18:00
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Monday–Thursday: 10:00–13:00 & 13:30 - 15:30
Friday: 10:00–13:00
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