Konark Festival, Orissa - Fairs and Festivals in
Konark Festival of
classical dances, also known as Konark Dance Festival, is co-organized
by Orissa Tourism and Odissi Research Center to provide a platform for
the classical dancers in India as well as to act as a showcase for
India's cultural depth where dance forms are concerned.
Konark Festival is held over a period of five days, usually from the
first to the fifth of February, in the still standing Natya Mandir
(dance hall) within the Sun Temple complex. You too can witness the
spectacular sight of the floodlit Konark temple as the backdrop to the
Konark festival on your tour of festivals in Orissa, with Tourism of
Orissa tour packages.
The Konark (Sun) Temple stands in majestic solitude on the
Chandrabhaga beach in Orissa. Built in the 13th century, the temple's
origin is disputed and numerous folklores revolve around its creation.
This world heritage site in Konark, however, is apt for hosting a
classical dance festival in Orissa for its ambience left intact by its
isolated location, and for its contribution to the revival of Odissi
Dance from extinction. As you attend the classical dance performances
within the open-air dance hall, under the aegis of the stars, amidst
the images of dancers in elaborate poses that constitute Odissi dance,
as we know today, it is not uncommon for the audience to be
overwhelmed by the rhythm of manjiras, pakhauj, flute and ghungaroos.
The graceful gestures, sensuous body language, expressive faces and
astounding configurations are for all to see on tours to Konark
Festival, with Tourism of Orissa tour packages.
A crafts mela is also put up during the Konark Dance festival. Serving
a wide array of delectable cuisines and a variety of handicrafts, this
mela adds more fun to the festival thus making it a perfect venue for
a family get together on a holiday or a joyous experience to the
The festival is a potential platform for the performing artiste and
the dance connoisseurs both. It also comes as a right opportunity for
the budding artists who are yet to make their presence felt on the
Attended by leading classical dancers, connoisseurs, locals and
tourists, the Konark Festival is a celebration of India's diverse
dance forms such as Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri, Kathak and Chau.
A craft mela, efficient catering service and the serene beach are at
your disposal on your tour of Festivals in Orissa, with Tourism of
Orissa tour packages.