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Pattadakal Dance Festival

Posted on January 13, 2012 | FestivalsNo Comment


Dance festivals are a very common affair in the land of culture and art, India which is the hub of such talent and creativity that is so much a part of Indian tradition. Dance and music festivals are ways of endorsing the latent talent and of encouraging new talent to come to the fore.

Find such dance festivals in the district of Bagalkot in the Pattadakal town in  the Mallikarjuna and the Virupaksha temple which are full of activity and energy in the months of January and February every year. Situated around 22 kilometers from Badami, Pattadakal has around ten important temples and this is inclusive of a Jain temple. Four of these temples are in the Nagara style and the remaining are in Dravidian architecture. Today UNESCO has recognized Pattadakal as a World Heritage Site.

Pattadakal Dance Festival

Pattadakal was a very important place during the reign of the Chalukyas. They had present day Badami as their capital and this city was the centre of culture and art. There were many coronations and such ceremonies held here in those days.

With such a history behind it, it is no wonder that the Pattadakal Dance Festival is held here in the land of temples, ancient traditions and culture. So come to this hub of history and architecture that is located between Badami and Aihole and enjoy the festivals that are a way of life here in the months of January and February.

Pattadakal is easily accessible as it is reached by road from Aihole and Badami. The nearest railway station is Badami and the Belgaum is the nearest airport. The Pattadakal Dance Festival is a greatly popular annual festival that is held here in the month of January and is organized by the Government of Karnataka. This is a place that has many Shiva temples and the Dance Festival celebrates the importance and the cultural glory of these wonderful temples. So you can find all the famous dancers coming from across the country and taking part in this extravaganza held here in Pattadakal.

Pattadakal Dance Festival

A tourist who is touring India during this month, and who is interested to know more about the art and culture of Indian society would surely love to come  to this land and enjoy the beauty and art that exudes here during the Dance Festival.

All those who come here enjoy the cultural ambience here and also get enthralled by the beautiful craft mela which is also a part of the Pattadakal Dance Festival. This festival is also known as the Chalukya Utsav as this region has a lot of Chalukya influe4nce. Temples ofChalukyan architecture are very common here and the sights of the beautiful temples with total antique value and with a lot of ancient tales to tell, is simply enchanting.

With temples like the Sangamesvara temple having carvings which mainly depict dancing themes, the place is a hub of Lord Shiva and his dancing aspects. Hence the fact that the Pattadakal Dance Festival is held here every year is completely justified as this is a place which simply breathes and lives the dance forms and sculptures.

Sangamesvara temple

So this year too in 2012, go to Pattadakal and enjoy this dance festival here which is a three day extravaganza and which attracts all the art lovers and dance enthusiasts. With the background of the majestically constructed ancient temples the Pattadakal Dance Festival is a way of bringing the popular artists exhibit their magic here.

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