Dedicated to: Lord Shiva
Duration: 5 days
Time: Begins on the auspicious occasion of
Place: Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Organizer(s): Jointly organized by The Department of
Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, The Ministry of Tourism, Government
of India and The Natyanjali Trust, Chidambaram
Devotion and Dance are very much intermingled in the Indian Culture.
Unlike West, the Indian Culture relates the art of dance more to
religion and dedication than relaxation and fun. Several dance forms in
India have even emerged from the deep rooted religious practices of any
particular sect or region. In fact, one of the three most respected Gods
of the Hindu Religion, Lord Shiva is also worshipped as Lord Natraja¸
the universal dancer by all the artists in the country. Several dance
festivals are held in the country in order to exhibit this rich dance
heritage of India, the Natyanjali Dance Festival is one of them.
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. The
Natyanjali dance festival exhibits the rich dance culture of India and
its amalgamation with the devotional feeling of religion.
The Natyanjali Dance Festival or Natyanjali Nritya Utsav is jointly
organized by The Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, The
Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and The Natyanjali Trust,
Chidambaram. Organized in the famous 1000-year old temple of Chidambram,
this dance festival has an aura of artistic and religious amalgamation,
which makes this festival special in every regard.
Attended by all the renowned artists and connoisseurs throughout the
country, the Natyanjali Dance Festival becomes a spectacular event
taking place under the golden roof of the Chidambaram temple, in the
hall adorned with the pillars exhibiting the classic 108 poses of Lord
Nataraja. The festival becomes much more than dance art exhibition as
all the artists performing at this pious venue regard this festival as
their homage to Lord Natraja. Performing at the dance festival is
considered a great honor to the classical dancers as they dance to
create the 'Padams' and 'Varnams' in the course of creating an imaginary
figure of the Lord Nataraja, whom they regard as their divine deity.
As an audience at this dance festival you can almost feel the ecstasy
of the performers who go into a trance while performing at their dream
stage. Their evocative acting and the subtle movements of each of their
body parts are worth praise. The entertainment and ecstasy at this
platform becomes vocal and universal. Natyanjali Dance Festival is not
only meant for the experts, even the new performers who want to get
attention and recognition performs at this stage. This dance stage
remains a mesmerizing experience for the performer as well as their
audience throughout their life.