Natiyanjali Dance Festival

Natyanjali Dance Festival is held every year during the months of February and March in the Prakara of the Chidambram temples in the city of Chidambram in Tamil Nadu. It is a five day festival which begins on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri. This dance festival is dedicated to the Lord of Dances and the Cosmic Dancer, Lord Natraja. Performing at the Natyanjali Dance Festival at inner sanctum of the the holy Chidambaram Temple in honour of Lord Nataraja, is for any dancer is a moment of pride and elation. He Natyanjali festival is an opportunity for all dancers, from all India, to perform and to pay their tribute to Lord Nataraja.

The Natyanjali festival, which brings all the prominent dancers of India, together on the same platform, opens on the auspicious occasion of Mahasivaratri, in the month of February. It is performed at the 'Prakara' of the temple, and the dancers, full of intense bliss and devotion, with their evocative abhinaya, offer their dance to the great divinity, Lord Nataraja. The Natyanjali dance festival exhibits the rich dance culture of India and its amalgamation with the devotional feeling of religion. The Natyanjali dance festival at Chidambaram brings together all the prominent dancers of India. They offer their abhinaya and their dance to the Lord Nataraja. To many of them it is like a dream come true, to be able to perform in the vicinity of the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Nataraja's temple, whose padams and varnams they often use creating an imaginary figure of the Lord. In the Natyanjali Dance Festival, various dances from different part of India are performed Bharatnatyam which is the classical dance form of South India is dominant. Others like Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, Yakshagana, Chau, Mohiniattam are also performed. Renowned dancers come over from all over India to perform at the festival.

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