India is blessed with varied cultures and traditions. The people in the country come together to celebrate their customs. With such a diverse culture and so many festivals being celebrated, this one seems to be the unique one, the Mamallapuram Dance Festival. Know more about it here
Mamallapuram is a dance festival that takes place in the Mamallapuram city, earlier known as Mahabalipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu to celebrate the legacy of classical dance, music and art forms that India is abundantly blessed with. Various Indian classical dances and art formsare performed at this festival. It is a month long festival which is promoted by Tamil Nadu Tourism Department.
The artists and dancers from around the world come to participate in the dance festival. Over the years, the celebration has evolved into a grand event. The prominent exponents of this cultural show are Kathakali, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Mohini Attam and Kathak participants who perform against the magnificent Pallava rock culture.
The famous Mamallapuram festival is celebrated in Kancheepuram districtof Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu which was once the ancient port ofPallavasand famous for its shore temple. It is situated 58km south of Chennai. The event is held at the World Heritage Site Arjuna’s Penance, a bass-relief sculpted on the face two enormous adjacent rocks.
Mamallapuram festival starts in the last week of December every year and lasts for a month. The grand fest that receives a heterogeneous audience coming from different countries and states filling up the entire aura with merriness and celebration of ancient classical dance and music.
Apart from the graceful dances performed, enacting the romantic tales of Radha and Krishna, you will also find the magnificent imposing sculpture, depicting the descent of the Ganges at the request of King Bhagirath at the site. You can also learn the art of stone carving from one of the many stone carvers who sit on the main street leading to the sea.