The Brihadeeshvara Temple at Thanjavur is the site of annual dance festival Brahan Natyanjali around February every year, around the Hindu festival of Mahashivaratri. Major classical Indian dance artists, as well as regional teams, perform their repertoire at this awe-inspiring dance festival Brahan Natyanjali over 10 days.
The Natyanjali Dance Festival is a grand celebration of culture and divinity which invokes the Almighty Lord Shiva, the greatest Cosmic Dancer of Hinduism. The dance festival brings together classical Indian dancers from all parts of the world.
One thousand years of enduring glory. Following the tradition nourished by Great Kings, Sages and Scholars of Thanjavur, classical dancers from around the world gather at this venue every year to pay dance obeisance to the Cosmic Dancer Lord Shiva at the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Monument, the great Brihadeeshwara Temple, during the Hindu festival of Mahashivaratri.
Nimble feet, delicate expressions and deft Karnas by a host of colourful performers leave a lasting impression on devotees and art connoisseurs who throng Brahan Natyanjali, the international dance festival, staged at the renowned Sri Brihadeeswarar temple (Big Temple) of Thanjavur every year.
It is verily a delectable dance propitiation of the Lord by the talented performers who make it a very memorable event for its duration of ten days from Mahashivaratri. The Brahan Natyanjali Foundation conducts the event with the active support of the South Zone Cultural Centre and the Palace Devasthanams, Thanjavur.