Mamallapuram Dance Festival

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Date: From 25th December 2009 to 25th January 2010 , Schedule 2010-2011
Mamallapuram, a long time ago the ancient port of Pallavas and world famed for its shore temple is located 58km south of Chennai. It is renowned for its monolithic rock sculptures, cave along with stone temples. The blend of old 7th and 8th century Pallava carvings, temples and magnificent beaches make the position a stunning tourist destination.

A vivacious festival of dance in India is held at the place of Arjuna's penance, a bass relief sculpt on the facade two huge adjoining rocks, in Mamallapuram from early January for four weeks. Exemplars of classical dances of India like Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Kathakali are performed in an open air stage adjacent to the splendid backdrop of the Pallava rock sculptures. Along with classical, folk dances too are performed. Dancers from diverse parts of India perform for the duration of this festival. The famous festival is organized by the Department of Tourism , Government of Tamil Nadu .

How to reach Mamallapuram , Tamil Nadu
by Air: Chennai (58km) is the adjacent airport with both domestic and international terminus. Chennai is linked with all the main places in India through the several domestic flights in India. International flights operate from different parts of the world to Chennai.
by Rail / train : The adjoining railway stations are Chengalpattu (29km) and Chennai (58km). From these stations one can journey by road to reach Mamallapuram.
by Road : Buses are obtainable from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Chennai to Mamallapuram daily. Tourists can as well hire a taxi from Chennai.

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