Dedicated to: Indian heritage
Duration: 1 week
Time: October- November & March- April
Place: Nishagandhi Theatre, Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Organizer(s): Kerala Tourism Development Corporation
Nishagandhi Dance Festival popularly known as Nishagandhi Nritya Utsav
is celebrated twice a year, once in the month of October-November and
then in the month of March-April in the Nishagandhi Theatre, in
Kanakunnu palace compound, in the city of Trivandrum or
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. This festival is about a week long and
witnesses participation from artisans all over the country. The artists
who are keen on promoting the diverse Indian heritage are an integral
part of the Nishagandhi Dance Festival as this festival provides them
platform to reach to a wider section of audience.
Renowned artists of Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Odissi, modern
ballet and other folk form from all over the country perform at the
open-air theatre of Nishagandhi during this dance festival. Famous names
like Madhumita Paul, Madhavi Mudgal, N. Srikanth, Aswathy, T.V.
Sankaranarayanan, Vyjanthi Kashi, Priti Patel, C.V. Chandrasekhar,
Mattannur Sankarankutty and Balabhaskar are attached with this festival.
Admission to this event is absolutely free and the festival usually is
accompanied by classical, instrumental or fusion music.
The Nishagandhi Dance Festival is organized by the Kerala Tourism
Development Corporation. It is also at times co-hosted by other states.
West Bengal and Rajasthan have recently co-hosted this celebration. Year
after Year this festival has gained lots of appreciation and recognition
all over the country. The basic reason behind the popularity of this
dance festival is the collection of diverse form of dances from all over
the country. Moreover, participation of the artists and connoisseurs
from all over the country make this festival cherished and glorious.
Apart from being a retreat to the dance lovers, this festival also
exhibits the traditional arts and handicrafts of Kerala and the cuisines
of India. A fair is held in the Sooryakanthi Fair Ground, adjacent to
the dance festival venue. This fair showcases crafts from Kerala made of
bamboo, cane, clay and coconut products. A food festival is also held at
the same venue, which witnesses participation of grand hotels and famous
personalities. You can get wide variety of dishes right from Keralas
traditional recipes such as avial, koottukari, payasam and pulisery to
the exotic Mughlai and scrumptious Bengali dishes at this food festival.
Other than the dance, this fair is also a major crowd puller to the
Nishagandhi Dance Festival.
The Nishagandhi Dance Festival witnesses participation from people all
over the country. This dance festival with its varied dance forms and
artists from all over the nation seems to a fascinating glimpse of
India's rich dance heritage. This is why, it becomes an extremely
enriching and interesting event for those who are looking to explore
deep into the culture of India. This festival also comes as a welcome
shower for the city dwellers and tourists twice a year who are provided
with a beautiful opportunity to re-interact with their rich and varied
culture again and again.