Classical dance festivals of India
Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Makar Sankranti in Rest of India.
Pongal is one of the most important festivals in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Apart from feasting, people sing and dance on this occasion to express their elation and a beginning of the phase of prosperity and riches. Some of the popular dances performed during Pongal are Kummi Dance, Karagaattam Dance, Kali Attam Dance, Mayil Attam Dance, Oyil Kummi Dance, and Puli Attam Dance, amongst others. Each of these is an entertaining and unique performance, as unique as its pronunciation!
December - March
Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu
At this event one can witness performances on the Indian classical dance forms such as the Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Odissi and Kathakali. This is a four-week long dance festival held against the magnificent backdrop of the Pallava Rock Sculptures providing an aesthetic touch to this cultural extravaganza.
The open-air stage that was created 13 centuries ago is an ideal platform for some of the best folk dancers in India, as dance lovers from across get to sit back and enjoy performances in an open-air theatre style ambience.
February - March
Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
The Natyanjali Dance Festival is a five-day festival dedicated to the universal dancer Lord Shiva who is known as Lord Nataraja. This festival is held against the backdrop of the Chidambaram temple, a magnificent temple built thousands of years ago as a dedication to the Lord Nataraja. The setting is truly divine with the gold-roofed temple and pillars adding to the glory and splendor of the ambience. This festival too provides unique opportunities to dancers from across the country to showcase their talents before an enormous crowd.
The annual Konark Dance Festival in Odisha is a “global exposure of Indian dance and culture” that attracts visitors from around the world. Many Eminent dance artists of international repute participate in this festival and perform Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri, Kuchipudi and other classical, tribal and folk dances and music of India. The stage is set at the astounding ‘Salamander’ or the dancing hall of the Sun Temple, an architectural wonder. Besides amazing dance performances, Sand Art exhibition and display of Odisha’s temple sculptures are other attractions for tourists here.
February - April
Kerala, Southern India
Treat your senses to the extravagance and ecstasy of Kerala’s temple festivals, beginning in the month of February and continuing till April. The key highlight of these festivals is an elaborate and majestic procession of elephants that marks the beginning of any ritual. Among the temple festivals of Kerala, Thrissur Pooram, popularly known as Elephant Festival, is one of the most popular and 200-years old festival of India. This festival which is held during April-May is one of the best ways to experience the flair of India’s rich cultural heritage. Witness scores of elephants, beautifully adorned, standing still in a procession as drummers and folk dancers create a blissful orchestra of sound and music amidst an astounding display of fireworks. Arattupuzha Pooram is another major festival and the most emphatic of all in India.
Enriched with natural beauty and spiritually uplifting temple festivals, Kerala is a visual treat for every tourist who visits India for a truly immersive experience. Is this why Kerala is called God’s Own Country?
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