Mamallapuram also called as Mahabalipuram is a small town situated at a distance of 57Km from Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu. Mamallapuram dance festival is one of the remarkable festivals in India, completely dedicated to the traditional fine arts of the country. This festival is organized for about twenty days in the town of Mahabalipuram. This festival is nothing but the celebration of folk dances that are prevailing in various regions and unique arts that brings out the rich culture of India. The breathtaking dances are performed in ornamented stage with the historic stone sculptures range “ the Arjuna Penance” as the backdrop. The whole scene is mystical and seems to be happening amidst a dreamy ambiance.
The Mahabalipuram Dance Festival is one of the spectacular and top events in the state drawing a significant crowd in each and every year. Prepare yourself for the festival as you make a plan for Tamilnadu Tour. The Pallava carvings of the 7th and 8th centuries can be part of your tour here.
The Mamallapuram Dance Festival of 2020
Every year Mamallapuram dance festival is commemorated in an appreciated way by the Tourism Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Now the department has announced the commencement and conclusion of the festival for 2020. This year the event begins from 21st December to 19th January.
The specialty of the festival:
Tamilnadu never fails to surprise its visitors with its plethora of temples, monuments and rich culture. Coming to the moments, Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram holds a lion share in housing sculpture beyond imagination and imitation. Most of these peerless pieces of art date back to some 7th century. These living legacies have made the world look back at the architectural masterminds of Pallavas in awe. This rich town with great history and legacy hoist one of the finest festivals to encourage and satiate the thirst of fork art forms of India. In most cases, the Tourism department of Tamilnadu organizes the annual festival in the month of January.
Mamallapuram is such a scenic place with never-ending golden shores, the ceaseless roar of the waves, lovely horizon and what not. Imagine spending some sleepless nights among these beautiful structures, attending an extravaganza of dance and popular folk forms from across the country, won’t they be a magical night. To add more beauty to the festive is the decorations and props that veer every soul. Dancers from various parts of India perform enchanting dances and entangle us with their speechless moves. Tales from Mahabharat, Rade Krishna, Valli Muruga, Shiva Shakthi and numerous ancient lore are brought alive through delicate dance forms. The Mamallapuram Dance Festival presents numerous dance forms such as Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Bhangra, and much more.
What can we experience?
Call it as an exaggeration but from my heart I would say, Mamallapuram dance festival is a must to visit ceremony in one’s lifetime. Those who love art forms, those who are passionate folk lovers, and those who like to enjoy the rich heritage of India, Mamallapuram festival is where you need to be to satiate your hunger. This arena provides an excellent experience and keen peek through the culture of South India.
One of its kind extravaganza of folk dance forms, the Mamallapuram Dance Festival will surely worth your expectations and even better than you have imagined. This platform is a perfect one-stop destination to witness the cultural and heritage beauty of the state of Tamil Nadu in general and that of Mahabalipuram in particular. This festival brings out the glory of different dance forms and inculcates the seed of passion in every onlooker. Wait no more get mesmerized by the peerless dances of veteran artists at a romantic destination.
Mamallapuram shore temple becomes a major attraction during the festival, and the visitors who attend the dance extravaganza do not miss a chance to visit the temple. These incredible pieces of art were carved by the great artisan of the Pallavas. The shore temples at Mahabalipuram is been dedicated to Hindu Gods including Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Ganapathy.
The architecture of the interior and exterior walls are intricate and elaborate. The sanctum glows with the Swayambu Lingam. As we proceed we can spot find two shrines facing each other. Here, one shrine is dedicated to Ksatriyasimnesvara and others to Lord Vishnu. In the shrine, Lord Vishnu is imaged reclining on the ‘Seshanag’.
How to reach:
Mahabalipuram is 53 km from Chennai. The nearest railway station to Mahabalipuram is the Chengalpattu Junction, which is located at a distance of 30 km. The major railway junction is the Chennai Central Railway Station which is around 56 km. The nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport, which is approximately 60 km away from Mahabalipuram.
Thus Mahabalipuram dance festival casts a great fest to the onlookers and also takes great measures in keeping alive the various folk forms of India. It is the most splendid festival for both the dancers and dance passionate. It can also be a great weekend destination to take your kids and make them known about our rich culture. And also the best place to spend some memorable time with friends and family.
Witness this spectacular event on your visit to Tamil Nadu and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of India.
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