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Welcoming December – The Indian Art Festival Month

Posted on December 5, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

Every Indian who is an art lover gets ready to fix the dates for the various events that he or she wishes to attend in the month of December. Yes, this is the month of the art festival in India and the time when there is a beautiful mix of traditional festivals and modern art forms. Be it classical music or a fusion of modern day technology based rhythms, whether it is the local performers or the folk dancers, the atmosphere is just right every talent to be showcased.

This year too, there are festivals round the corner, in the month of December. Let us see what they are.

The Konark Festival

Organized by the tourism department of Orissa in India, this art festival offers a plethora of classical Odissi, Manipuri, Bharatnatyam, Chau and Kathak performances. With a beautiful blend of talent and tradition, this music festival focuses on highlighting the finer points of this art and also has an exhibition of the best sculptures from Orissa temples and the world famous sand art exhibition. Besides there are craft fairs, and other areas of interests for all those who come here to attend the festival. This Konark festival is being celebrated annually since the year 1989. This year too, it will be held from December 1 to December 5 and the venue is the open air auditorium at Natamandir near the Konark Temple.

Konark festival

Feast of St.Francis Xavier

This is an annual festival held in Goa. This is a festival where the people pray on the anniversary of the burial of the greatest Christian missionary Saint Francis Xavier. The mummified body of Saint Francis Xavier has been kept inside a casket in the Bom Jesus Basilica in Old Goa. This festival goes on for many days and has people coming and singing hymns. There is also a mass that is conducted. There is a huge fair here that attracts many others. The festival is held on December 3rd every year at the Bom Jesus Basilica near Panaji in Goa.

Feast of St.Francis Xavier

Hornbill Festival

Then you have the Hornbill festival. This has been named after the hornbill bird and it is an attempt to showcase the diverse fauna that the country has. This art festival is held in a remote corner of Nagaland in the northeastern part of India. It is a great celebration here and the warrior tribes of this area come together and put up a spectacular show. Music, dances, traditional arts, folk songs, music concerts and game shows are the main features of this festival. There are stalls selling the local handicrafts thus combining personal pleasures with travel. Unfortunately, the hitch in attending this festival is that you need a permit to get into this state of northeastern India, thus making it slightly hassling for tourists. It is better to go here in a group as it would make matters easier and the travel experience enjoyable. This is held annually from December 1 to December 7 every year. This year too it is the same. The venue is the Kisama Heritage Village near the city of Kohima in Nagaland.

Hornbill festival

So pack your bags and take the next flight to any of these places and enjoy the first week of December.

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