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Brahan Natyanjali : An annual Indian classical dance festival held in Brihadeeshwara temple of Tanjore

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The Brihadeeshvara Temple at Thanjavur is the site of annual dance festival Brahan Natyanjali around February every year, around the Hindu festival of Mahashivaratri.

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Major classical Indian dance artists, as well as regional teams, perform their repertoire at this awe-inspiring dance festival Brahan Natyanjali over 10 days.

Brahan Natyanjali at Tanjavur Brihdeeshwara temple
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Tanjavur Brihadeeshwara Temple : Venue of Brihan Natyanjali
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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.

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Brahan Natyanjali at Tanjavur Brihdeeshwara temple


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.

This is during the Hindu festival of Mahashivaratri.

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Brahan Natyanjali at Tanjavur Brihdeeshwara temple


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.

The dance festival is staged at the renowned Sri Brihadeeswarar temple (Big Temple) of Thanjavur every year.

Brahan Natyanjali at Tanjavur Brihdeeshwara temple

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.

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Brahan Natyanjali at Tanjavur Brihdeeshwara temple


Very senior as well as upcoming artists from various parts of India and abroad perform traditional dances at this festival that includes Bharathanatyam, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi, Kathak and Odissi.

A YouTube Video : Brihan Natyanjali during Annual Navaratri Festival in Brihadeeshwara Temple, Tanjore

Brahan Natyanjali at Tanjavur Brihdeeshwara temple

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