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Matheran is a Hill Station located near Mumbai, Karjat.   It is located 800 meters above sea level in the Jambol Forest of Maharashtra.  It was found by Hugh Poynts Malet in May 1850.  It spreads over an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadri Mountains.  It is one of the best places to spend a two-day holiday if you are in Mumbai or in the vicinity of Mumbai or its suburbs.  To reach Matheran,  [...]

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Mammallapuram Dance Festival January 2012

Posted on December 26, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

India is a land of festivals and a lot of traditions in India are based on festive occasions and on a kind of faith that is to be experienced to be believed. There are many events in South India that show a lot of reverence to such festive occasions and these events are a kind of awakening of our senses and all tourists who tour South India should surely make it a point to attend one of these festivals.

Innumerable festivals are celebrated in South India. These include the Tourist fair, the dance festivals, the Natyanjali Dance Festival, the Tyagaraja Festival, pongal, the Puthandu, the Summer Festival and many more. All these festivals are a way of expressing art, culture, architecture, music, dance and literature. They traverse a lot of diverse heritage value and are an amalgamation of ancient culture and tradition that existed here in this part of the world.

Natyanjali Dance FestivalMusic festivals are a way of life in South India. This enchanting region of heritage and culture and sun bathed beaches and crystal clear sea, is a hub of art and crafts since times immemorial. The richness of this heritage is depicted in the various dance forms, temples, sculptures and the beautiful unexplored areas of the state. So while the state basks in the glory of being in a land of art and artistic talents, the Indian dancers get together to showcase their talents at the Mammallapuram Dance Festival.  Held at Mahabalipuram this world famous heritage site hosts this festival annually. This 2000 year old historical place is witness to so many ancient moods, rhythm, legends and tales that today the festival here is against the background of these past vibrant moods here. With the Arjuna’s Penance forming a great form of structural framework here the colour and verve that is added to the festival makes the spectator want to attend it again and again.

Mamallapuram dance festivalThis region of Mahabalipuram was once a great port of the dynasties of the Pallavas. So while Mammallapuram plays host to this beautiful dance festival, all dancers exhibit their talents in the various forms of dance like the Kuchipidi, Bharat Natyam, Kathakali and Kathak all that are performed against the absolute life like sculptures of the Pallavas. Organized in the pleasant climate of the month of January and February the city suddenly comes to life during this time.  With the best forms of Indian dance being showcased, the festival has many dignitaries and famous personalities attending it and the department of tourism in Tamil Nadu makes sure that this cultural event is witnessed by all and known to the world. Held for a month, the festival has a certain aesthetic value to it which is unsurpassable in terms of artistic views. The stage is open air and the dancers who come here make up the mainstay of the festival. With the best Indian dancers onstage, the audience is left totally enthralled by the performances and the unbelievable monolithic rock sculpture only adds to the elegant charm.

Mamallapuram dance festival in Tamil NaduFestivals are a way of having the best of both worlds – of culture and of art. Talent is something that has to be shared and exhibited for people to appreciate. The Mammallapuram Dance Festival is only an attempt to encourage such talents and to share it with the rest of the world.

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