Konark Dance festival is a carnival of Indian classical dances which is held every year in the historical place of Natyamandap in Konark. The place is among the world’s heritage sites and famous for its significant sculptural designs. The Konark Dance Festival showcases the best of the traditional and classical dance forms of India, besides offering interesting insights into the rich cultural and dance heritage of the country. The objective of the festival is to promote Konark as the prime tourist destination.
Time to Celebrate:
Konark Dance Festival is mostly held twice, one in December month and another in the month of February.
Konark is a historical place in Puri, Orissa which is famous for its ancient sculptureal designs of around 700 years old. The place is located on the beach of Chandrabhaga which is among world’s heritage sites. The Natyamandap or the dancing hall is well adorned with sculptures in Odissi dance poses. An open air auditorium with the temple as the backdrop, is the venue of the Konark Festival, a major dance festival held annually in early December which showcases a magical parade of the classical and traditional dance forms of India. The Natya Mandap holds a similar festival of classical dance and music in February also. Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri, Kathak and Chau dance are some of the major dance forms of the festival.
The festival is organized and promoted by the Tourism department of Government of Orissa state.