Mamallapuram Dance Festival


Mamallapuram Dance Festival

Year Dates
2023 To be announced
2024 To be announced

The Mamallapuram Dance Festival is one of the most popular and spectacular dance festivals celebrated on a grand scale in Mahabalipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu. Mahabalipuram Dance Festival is one of the top events in the state, enticing a lot of tourists from other parts of India. The annual festival has become grander and bigger in each and every year, attracting a significant crowd from international destinations too. The Mamallapuram Dance Festival is organized by the state government and the Tourism Department in the month of December/January to promote the tourism of the region and the state as a whole.
Mamallapuram is popularly referred as Mahabalipuram and it is one of the best-known tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. A small historical town and a port located at a distance of 57 Km from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram is known for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, and this place is indeed a traveller’s delight.

Almost a 20-days celebration depicting an amalgamation of dance, music, art, culture, heritage, food, fun and festivities, the Mamallapuram Dance Festival is not to be missed in one’s lifetime. If you are planning a tour to Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, then make your plans to visit the place during Mamallapuram Dance Festival time. The Mamallapuram Dance Festival is one of the best festival tours in India.

Celebrations of Mamallapuram Dance Festival

The dance festival is a tribute to the culture and heritage of the state and India as a whole. It is a celebration in the form of folk dances and unique arts popular in India.

Tamil Nadu’s Mahabalipuram is a place having in its ambit a plethora of temples, monuments and rich culture. This rich town with great history and legacy becomes all the more alluring and attractive during the Mamallapuram Dance Festival time.

The celebrations take place in one of the attractive tourist spots in Mahabalipuram, the Arjuna’s Penance. The Arjuna’s Penance is a historical landmark in Mahabalipuram, having over 100 sculptures of Gods, Birds and Beasts and Saints and intricate caves, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These sculptures represent the Pallava carvings of the 7th and 8th centuries
With the Arjuna’s Penace as a backdrop, make-shift ornamented stages are built for the Mahabalipuram Dance Festival. Folk dancers and artists from Tamil Nadu come here to perform various folk dances and display traditional art forms. With the popularity of this dance festival spreading far and wide, prominent artists from other parts of India too are invited to perform. Basically, it is a celebration of folk dances and arts of different parts of India. Tourists far and wide come to attend this festival.
The various dance performances with an artistic display of the sculptures at the background give a mystical appearance. The ambience is that of fun and frolic, yet the cultural integrity of the state remains intact.
The various dances bring to life the ancient tales of Mahabharat, Krishna Radha, Valli Muruga, Shiva Shakthi and other ancient folklores. Numerous dance forms such as Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Bhangra, and many more are presented by prominent and local artists.
Tourists have a wonderful time exploring this scenic place, and at the same time attending an extravaganza of dance, music and other popular folk forms of various states of India.

For passionate art lovers, for passionate folk lovers, and for passionate travellers, the Mamallapuram Dance Festival is something not to be missed at all. Prepare yourself for this beautiful dance festival as you make a plan for a Tour to Tamil Nadu. It is one-of-a-kind dance festival where you enjoy the rich heritage of India to the maximum. Book your Mamallapuram Dance Festival tour 2023 in December/January for a memorable experience with a sneak peek of the culture of South India. Witness the cultural and heritage beauty of Tamil Nadu, and closely that of Mahabalipuram.
If you are planning a tour to Mahabalipuram, the nearest railway station is the Chengalpattu Junction railway station, which is 30 kilometres from Mahabalipuram. However, most tourists opt for Chennai Central Railway Station which is around 56 kilometres away from Mahabalipuram. The nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport, which is around 60 kilometres away from Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram dance festival is indeed an extraordinary fest to the onlookers. The best part is that this dance festival takes great efforts in keeping alive the various folk forms of India. Witness this spectacular event on your visit to Tamil Nadu and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of India.

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Dec 06 2022