konark dance festival
DatesStart Date: 01-02-2020 End Date: 03-02-2020
The state of Odisha is very famous for itsworld-renownedSun temple which is in Konark.Every year, since 1986, in the month of December, the famous Konark Dance Festival is organized jointly by Odisha tourism and OdissiResearch Center. This joint venture was brought in to promote the traditional Indian heritage of dance and also in some way promote Odisha tourism and invite more and more people to visit the Sun temple in Konark forits exquisite beauty.
Konark Dance Festival is a five-day celebration starting from 1stDecember till 5th December. During these five days, renowned dancers from all over the country come to showcase their talent at the KonarkNatyaMandap. This festival was started by the founder-director of KonarkNatyaMandap, PadmashreeGuru Gangadhar Pradhan, in order to unite a diverse nation with plenty of art forms to present. His vision was to glorify the Sun Temple and make the artof dancing famous among the culture and art loving people. Every, celebrated artists from around the world come and participate in it. The dance forms that are presented here are Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam, Manipuri, Odissi, Kathak and many other folk and tribal dance forms.
The main aim of organizing this dance festival is to introduce the world with traditional Indian dance forms and its diverse culture. The tourists and participants visiting this place can enjoy the natural beauty of this place as the venue is under the huge palm trees. The KonarkNatyaMandap itself has very beautiful artistic carvings on its wall which itself is an authentic art form showcased only bythe Indian artists.Mesmerizing performances are made by the experts of Indian classical dances. This festival truly gives an insight to the rich and cultural heritage of India.
Tourists can enter this festival by Odisha tourism, all the facilities from picking up from Bhubaneshwar till reaching to Konark and entering the festival premises, all the things are done by the tourism. The Odisha tourism takes care of everything including the basic amenities. The tourism takes care of all the things a tourist might require so that no problem is faced by them. The package is reasonable enough and also includes the sightseeing of nearby areas as well. By 6 p.m. the tourists are dropped at the festival location and are then picked up at 8:30 p.m. from the premises for an amazing dinner.
After the festival ends, the tourism department takes full responsibility of dropping them off to Bhubaneshwar. The package also includes visiting the sand art festival in which all the celebrated artists participate to showcase mesmerizing arts done just by using sand as their main prop. This festival also takes place in Konark.
The basic aim of this festival is to introduce its art form to the rest of the world and also increase its Fame and brotherhood in the international market. It brings together a lot of different cultures and the uniqueness which makes it all even more exciting and interesting. For straight up five days, this world-famous heritage site beats to the rhythm of classical music to which all the classical and folk dances are danced upon. The most interesting and beautiful part is that all the performances are done under the beautiful moonlight and stars. It’s no less than a Hollywood Broadway show. The dance festival had not only brought up potential dance performers and artists but has also increased the tourism of Odisha.
Along with the dance festival and sand art show, exhibitions are also organized which includes all the traditional delicacies and other artistic materials such as palm leaf paintings. Travelers with artistic bones in them will love this exhibition and will definitely have a great time visiting this beautiful place in Odisha. Beautiful handicrafts are left on display for tourists to buy, which is a cherry on top of the cake as all this makes it a perfect place for a family to go together.The fair itself is a charm to this auspicious dance festival.What makes this fair even more interesting is that the people can also interact with the Craftsman before buying any of the crafts that are on display. This gala event is sure to make you speechless.
The traditional dance form of Odisha, called Odissi, is a fine mixture of classical and folk dance. It’s also has a great sense of eroticnessto it which is derived from the sculptures in Konark's Sun temple. The dance form has this great fluidity to it that anyone watching it would be lost in the story that it’s trying to say.
The Konark Dance Festival had marked its status in the calendar of performing arts an there is always an increased number of visitors visiting the place specifically for this festival. The motive is to make its place in the international calendars of performing arts as well. The performances are always well choreographed and always leave the audiences in awe, making them visit this place again and again.Dancers from prestigious schools of performing arts from different regions of the nation come to perform on this extravagant stage. The sound of ghungroo bells which are tied on their feet give a different sense of calmness. Imagining a stage full of beautiful dancers in their traditional bright costumes and makeup, this won’t just stay in your imagination, it could come to reality as well, just by visiting this beautiful place of Konark. Overall the performances are very hypnotic in nature and will definitely sweep you right off of your feet.
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