Konark Dance Festival - Introduce Your Child To Cultural Diaspora
Created by Urvashi Shah Updated on Feb 19, 2018
The enthralling Konark Dance Festival is held every year, organized by the Tourism Department and Odissi Research Centre. Held in the backdrop of the Sun Temple, this festival offers a platform to the classical dancers in India and as well as to act as showcase for India’s cultural depth where dance forms are concerned. This platform also provides a stage for the budding artists to show their talents on an international level.
The Konark Dance Festival showcases the best of the traditional and classical dance forms of India, besides offering interesting insights into the rich cultural and dance heritage of the country like no one else. Dance enthusiasts showcase their talents in the form of Indian classical dance such as Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Kathakali, Kathaka, Kuchipudi and Sattriya. Apart from the wonderful performances of the dancers, a crafts mela is also held, comprising of sculptures and souvenirs made by expert craftsmen.
This festival will be held in the month of February in an open Natya Mandir where dancers from all over country perform in the open air on the ‘Chandrabhaga Beach’ Konark, Odisha.Seize this opportunity and take your child to witness this amazing combo of dance and culture under one roof.
Must explore things at the Konark Dance Festival:
Mystical Dance Parade:Donning elegant attire and dancing to the melodious tunes with classical moves, the dancers will display a variety of dance forms such as Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Kathakali and Mohiniattam. These noteworthy performances will leave you bewildered and your child be encouraged to explore our Indian culture to the fullest
Fascinating Crafts Mela:The festival will also host a mela where arts and crafts of Odisha will be displayed in full glory. This mela will go on for a period of 5 days where you will find various sculptures, embroidered umbrellas, silver jewellery and much more to invest in. You can also pick out the best Odisha sarees and other handloom clothing to choose from. If you are a art lover, mesmerising paintings will be on display which you can pick up from
Sun Temple:The Sun Temple in Orissa has been attracting visitors from all over the national and international borders. Being a World Heritage Site, this temple is dedicated to the Sun God and is crafted out of black granite. The temple’s structure imitates Sun’s ornamental chariot with 12 pairs of wheels and 7 horses stunningly carved to enhance the exquisiteness of this masterpiece. The wheels actually resemble sundials from which accurate time can still be calculated. Some of the temple’s collapsed artefacts can be explored at the nearby Archaeological Museum
Go on an adventure:While you are enjoying the Konark Dance Festival, you can also take out some time and go on an adventure with your child. The nearby Ramachandi Beach, which is also home to the beautiful Ramachandi Temple, hosts scuba diving, where you and your child can explore the sea world. Apart from this, you can also enjoy other adventurous activities like snorkelling, paddle surfing, wind surfing, jet riding, water skiing motor boating and much more
Take time to attend the beautiful Konark Dance Festival, which will be an opportunity for your child to get introduced to India’s vast culture. Give your child a taste of Orissa through this festival. What are you waiting for? Book your tickets right away.
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