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Mamallapuram Dance Festival

Mamallapuram Dance Festival

Mamallapuram Dance Festival Tamil Nadu


In addition to the temples that illustrate the architectural elegance of ancient India, Mahabalipuram, a small town in Tamil Nadu, is also renowned for its vivacious Mahabalipuram dance festival. This annual festival which takes place in the months of December and January features the popular Indian classical dances including Odissi, Mohiniattam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, and Bharatnatyam.


In addition to the classical dances, the festival also presents folk dances. This artistic ceremony is patronized by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department and invites dancers, troupes, artists and illustrious dance gurus.


During the four-week long festival, a minimum of 2 performances are presented every night and the entry is gratis for everyone. This amazing dance festival has emerged as one of the preeminent cultural interests of the southern state of the country of India.


Arjuna’s penitence, a bass-relief carved on the face of two humongous adjoining rocks, in Mamallapuram, has been designated as the venue for the Mahabalipuram dance festival. The marvellous scenery offered by the Pallava Rock Sculptures as the backdrop magnifies the overall charm of the festival and also embellishes it with an artistic touch, which is honourably indigenous to the ancient Indian culture.


There is an open-air stage where the artists are called upon to perform. The open house-style ambience offers the ideal disposition for the dancers to render a breathtaking performance. This open-air stage, which was brought into existence around thirteen centuries ago, is incredibly enthralling and features imposing rock sculptures that can be traced back to the Pallavas.


Mamallapuram Dance Festival


Art forms and Indian classical dances are the major features of the festival. If you happen to be an admirer of performing art, you would not want to miss this great event that is held only once every year. Owing to the exquisite beauty of South India, you are bound to have experience unforgettable evenings that never cease to amaze the tourists who visit the place. You will get a chance to witness the alluring classical dances with a tinge of contemporaneity.


Besides the dance festival, the old city of Mamallapuram is momentous on its own terms. The shore temple, which is located at a distance of 58 kilometers from Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, captivates tourists who visit the state from different parts of the country and the world to revel in the dance festival.


The temple is distinguished for its striking architectural charm, with colossal rock sculptures. The ancient town has been transformed into a delightful tourist destination with the fusion of the ancient 7th and 8th century Pallava temples, carvings and fabulous beaches.


While the Indian classical dance guild arrives at Mamallapuram during this time to watch the bewitching performances, the festival is also a chief tourist destination as it also includes visitors from across the globe who visit the city to get a taste of the ancient Hindu traditions and culture.


Like most Indian festivals, the Mahabalipuram dance festival is also lively. It exhibits classical music and dance forms, which have been upheld over the generations. Gear yourself up for the festival as you make a plan for your tour to India.


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