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The Masterminds & Organizers Behind India’s Renowned Dance and Music Festivals

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Who Organises Khajuraho Dance Festival

  • The festival is organised by the state Culture department, Madhya Pradesh Tourism and the Archaeological Survey of India.
  • Highlights 
    • This festival highlights the richness of the Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, and Kathakali with performances of some of the best exponents in the field.
    • Besides dance performances, tourists get acquainted with the local culture, art and food by participating in interesting activities like heritage run, village tour, water rafting, e-bike tour organised by the tourist department during the festival. 

About Khajuraho

  • The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu temples and Jain temples in Chhatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The temples are famous for their Nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures.
  • Historical records:
    • Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty. 
    • Historical records note that the Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by the 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometres.
      • Of these, only about 25 temples have survived, spread over six square kilometres. 
  • Features:
  • The temples are famous for their craftsmanship that consist of splendid demonstrations of fine sculptures and exceptional architectural skills.
  • They demonstrate in layout and physical form, the pinnacle of temple architectural development in northern India.
    • Built-in sandstone, each temple is elevated from its environs by a highly ornate terraced platform, or jagati, on which stands the body, or jangha, whose sanctum is topped by a tower, or shikhara, of a type unique to Nagara, where the verticality of the principal spire atop the sanctum is accentuated by a series of miniature spires flanking it, each symbolizing Mount Kailasa, the abode of the Gods.
  • The plan of the temples shows the spatial hierarchy of axially aligned interconnected spaces.
    • The temples are entered through an ornate entrance porch (ardhamandapa), which leads to the main hall (mandapa), through which one accesses the vestibule (antarala) before reaching the sanctum (garbhagriha). 
    • The main halls of the temples were often accompanied by lateral transepts with projecting windows as well as a circumambulatory path around the sanctum. 
    • Larger temples had an additional pair of transepts and were accompanied by subsidiary shrines on the four corners of its jagati.
  • Management: 
    • Khajuraho Group of Monuments is owned by the Government of India and managed by the Archaeological Survey of India through the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act (1958) and its Rules (1959), amendment (1992), and Amendment and Validation Act (2010).


Who organises Chidambaram Natyanjali Dance Festival?

Natyanjali is an annual dance festival commemorating Hindu deity Shiva. It originated around 1981 and started off as a relatively obscure event. It is currently organized by collaborative efforts of the Department of Tourism of Tamil Nadu and the Natyanjali Trust

Although celebrations are most prominent at its original venue – the 12th-century Chidambaram Nataraja temple – the festival is also organised in a wider spectrum across Tamil Nadu and Murugan temples. 

Who organises the Brihan Natyanjali Dance Festival in Brihadeeshwara Temple, Thanjavur?

The Brahan Natyanjali Foundation conducts the event with the active support of the South Zone Cultural Centre and the Palace Devasthanams, Thanjavur.


Who organises Modhera Dance Festival of Gujarat?

Modhera, the temple of the Sun narrating the history and grandeur of its patrons, the Solankis, is an architectural marvel. This peerless temple space acts as a grandiose backdrop for the vibrant expression of dancers and the aesthetical ethnicity of the country.

Dance troupes and performers from all regions of the nation bring along a panorama of varied dance forms and styles, interlaced with the essence of their origins. The performers blend in the ambiance and bring life to the sandstone figurines carved on the edifice of the temple, singing and narrating legends of times bygone.

The three-day festival of Uttarardh Mahotsavis (Modhera Dance Festival) is organized by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL), to venerate and celebrate the inherited treasure of performing arts of the country.

The Modhera festival is an ideal opportunity to experience the living heritage of Indian dance and music while traversing back in time sitting in the lap of golden history.


Who organises the Taj Mahotsav in Agra?

These 10 days long carnival is actually a vibrant platform that gives one information about India. Here you can find India’s rich arts, crafts, cultures, cuisine, dance and music.

Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful historical places of India. The monument talks about incredible India.

Taj Mahotsav is organized by Taj Mahotsav Committee presented by Commissioner, Agra Division Agra.


Who organises Hampi Utsav of Karnataka?

The Hampi Utsava is a colourful cultural extravaganza that simulates the ethos and grandeur of the glorious Vijayanagara Empire.

Organised annually by the Government of Karnataka, the festival is celebrated over 2 to 3 days with much pomp and gaiety.

The festival is reminiscent of the grand Vasantotsava that was celebrated during the time of the Vijayanagara Empire. The festival was then a 9-day affair and showcased dance, music, and literature.

Organised by

District Administration & HWAMA





Who organises Konark Dance Festival of Odisha?

Konark Dance Festival is a five-day dance festival held every year in the month of December mostly from 1 to 5 in the backdrop of the Sun temple  in Konark, Odisha in India. It is one of the biggest dance festivals of Odisha.

The exquisite dancing hall of this shrine is an architectural wonder. Every inch of its walls has been covered with fine artistic designs of ancient times. Musicians playing drums, cymbals, and other musical instruments adorn the sculptures in Odissi dance poses.

Many celebrated dancers from all over the country perform in the dance festival at this venue.

Since 1986, this festival has been organized in the state jointly by Odisha Tourism and Odissi Research Centre to promote the diverse Indian classical dance-forms as well as the popularity of Konark Temple and Odisha as a tourist destination.


Who organises Tansen Sangeet Samaroh in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh?

Tansen Samaroh or Tansen Sangeet Samaroh is celebrated every year in the month of December in Behat village of Gwalior district, Madhya Pradesh.

It is a 4-day musical extravaganza. Artists and music lovers from all over the world gather here to pay tribute to the Great Indian Musical Maestro Tansen.

The event is organized near the tomb of Tansen by Ustad Alauddin Khan Kala Evam Sangeet Academy, under the department of culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh. 

Artists from all over India are invited to deliver vocal and instrumental performances.


Who organises the Mamallapuram Dance Festival of Tamilnadu?

The Mamallapuram Dance Festival is organised by the Department of Tourism, Tamil Nadu, and is a 30-day festival held annually between December and January.

Professional classical dance artists from all around the nation come together for this grand event to showcase their mesmerising performances in traditional dance forms like Bharathanattiyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Mohini Attam, Assami Dance, Odissi, and Kathak.

Also, folk dancers add to the festival’s vibrant atmosphere with their spirited performances.

Every year, the picturesque shore town of Mamallapuram hosts the “Indian Dance Festival” – A Festival of Our Culture and Tradition. The venue for the Mamallapuram- Indian Dance Festival is the front lawn of the Shore Temple.

The artists perform on an open-air stage, which provides the finest ambience for the dancers to perform their best during the festival. Some of the most prominent classical dancers in the country perform at the event.

This event is a vivid reminder of the ancient connection between people and the arts.

Organised by

Department of Tourism,

 The Tourist Officer,

 No.28, Tourist Office, Kovalam Road, Mamallapuram-603 104.

 Phone: 04427442232


Who organises the Tyagaraja Aradhana in Tiruvaiyyaru, Tamilnadu?

Tyagaraja Aradhana is an annual Aradhana – meaning act of glorifying God or a person – of Telugu saint composer Tyagaraja. The music festival is observed in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, primarily in Tiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu, the place where Tyagaraja attained Samadhi.

The Aradhana is observed on Pushya Bahula Panchami day when the saint attained Samadhi, where the musicians render the saint’s Pancharatna Kritis.

This is on the fifth day of the waning moon in the Hindu lunar month of Pushya.

The Aradhana is conducted by Sri Thyagabrahma Mahotsava Sabha and is held in the precincts of the Samadhi (memorial) of the saint located at Thiruvaiyaru village, Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, India.

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