Mamallapuram Dance Festival
In the midst of every winter, Mahabalipuram, a coastal town in South India attracts numerous history, culture and dance lovers! They all come to be part of the legendary Mamallapuram Dance Festival. This vibrant event is a bouquet of colors, moves, gestures, moods, rhythm, devotion, joy, storytelling, acrobatics and musical ecstasy. The best dancers perform classical and hundreds of folk and tribal dances during the whole festival month.
Dance is a rejuvenation of mind, body and soul. And dance performance live in the backdrop of artistically carved and magnificently lit temples and monuments is a surreal experience.
The festival venue is a cultural heritage site with more than 2000 years of history. One witnesses the best of Indian dancers performing on an open-air platform, which is 1300 years old. This place is also the site of Arjuna’s penance; a bas-relief sculpted on two enormous adjacent rocks. It’s a magnificent backdrop with an artistic touch that adds to an exquisite atmosphere of the Mamallapuram Dance Festival.
Come join us and experience the festival vibrancy!
Tamil Nadu, India
Mamallapuram Dance Festival takes place in an ancient town of Mahabalipuram on the coast of South East India. This town has a long history and was once the capital of the Pallavas, Cholas and Rajas of Vijayanagar kingdoms. Now the town is popular among travelers who come visit its UNESCO World heritage site. Various monuments of Mahabalipuram were carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in 7th and 8th centuries. The monuments are especially valued for its Mandaps (cave sanctuaries) and Rathas (temples in the form of chariots). One should also not miss the Shore temple and giant open-air reliefs such as ‘Descent of the Ganges’.
Besides this antique place, the state of Tamil Nadu has a lot more to offer. One can choose to stroll on the world’s second largest beach in Chennai or visit amazing temples in Kanchipuram. And of course, one should immerse in the special atmosphere of the coastal town of Pondicherry, still preserving the French touch!