Konark Dance Festival

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Venue : Open Air Auditorium, Konark

An idyllic choice for not merely the monuments, beaches and scenic exquisiteness but Konark is furthermore well known for its colorful festivals. Distinguished classical dancers of India from all parts of the country assemble from December 1st to December 5th to pay homage to a master piece at Sun temple, Konark. This classical show and one of the important Dance Festivals in India is a purely thrilling.

The Konark dance festival is prearranged by Orissa Dance Academy of renowned Odissi guru Gangadhar Pradhan in alliance with the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata at Konark Natya Mandap in Konark. With the setting of the sun, the open air auditorium put on life in the variety of musical beats and rhythmic actions under the star lit sky. In the midst of the poem in stone at the background, the festival proves to be a proper cultural feast. A carnival of Odissi, Bharathnatyam, Manipuri, Kathak and Chau Dances.The festival truthfully comes as a sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears. The sound of bells of Ghungroo, flute and Pakhauj append to the festive atmosphere.
A crafts mela is also accommodated for the duration of the Konark Dance festival. Helping a extensive assortment of mouth-watering cuisines and a multiplicity of handicrafts of India, this mela affix more excitement to the festival thus making it an ideal venue for a family gathering on a holiday in India or a blissful experience to the tourists.The festival is a prospective platform for the performing artiste and the dance connoisseur both. It in addition comes as a right occasion for the potential artists of India who are yet to make their occurrence felt on the international level.

Konark Dance Festival festival is held in the month of february 19th to 23rd
2011 / 2012
How to reach Konark famous for its Sun Temple, which is now a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.
by Air: The adjoining airport is Bhubhaneswar, which is 64 km away. It is linked with Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Nagpur by direct flights in India.
by Rail / train : Puri is the adjacent railhead, nearly 31 km from Konark and 64 km from Bhubaneswar.
by Road / local transport : The National and State Highway link Konark with Puri, Bhubaneshwar and other major places in Orissa.One can as well hire taxis and private buses to reach Konark from Puri.

Where / whom to contact for Konarak Dance Festival:
Konark Natya Mandap , Arka Vihar, Konark- 752111, Orissa , Phone : 06758- 236835, Mobile : 9437231646, 9937008022
Orissa Tourist Office, Department of Tourism, Govt. of Orissa, Paryatan Bhawan, Near State Museum, Bhubaneswar - 751 014 Phone: +91 674 2432177, Fax: (0674) 2430887

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