Natyanjali Dance Festivals

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Country and Region IndiaTamil Nadu
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Festival Contact Information

Natyanjali Dance Festivals
c/o Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation
Tourism Complex
No.2,Wallajah Road
Chennai-600 002 India
Phone: (91) 25367850, Ext.221, or (91) 25383333
Fax: (91) 44-25361385

Phone: (91) 098424-55765

Festival Description

This festival honors Lord Nataraja, whom according to the Hindu mythology is a cosmic dancer. He is called the Lord of dances. This is an opportunity for all dancers, from all India, to perform and to pay their tribute to Lord Nataraja. The Natyanjali festival, which brings all the prominent dancers of India, together on the same platform, opens on the auspicious occasion of Mahasivaratri, in the month of February. It is performed at the 'Prakara' of the temple, and the dancers, full of intense bliss and devotion, with their evocative abhinaya, offer their dance to the great divinity, Lord Nataraja. The event takes place at Chidambaram is situated along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, 75 kms south of Pondicherry.

Festival Dates February 12 - 16, 2011

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How to get there:
  • By air
    The nearest airport is at Trichy, at a distance of 160 km.
  • By train
    The railway station is close to the Nataraja Temple. Express and passenger trains leave for Chennai four times daily, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur twice daily, Tiruchirappalli and Madurai.
  • By car
    Chidambaram is well connected by road with Chennai, Pondicherry, Madurai, Thanjavur, etc.


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