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Konark Festival
30 Nov

Konark Festival: Cultural Splendor

The Konark Festival happens yearly from December 1st to 5th at Konark’s Open Air Auditorium, near the Sun Temple. Started in 1989 by the Tourism Department and Odissi Research Centre, it’s a platform for Indian classical dancers. The festival promotes Konark and Odisha as tourist destinations, showcasing India’s diverse dance forms. It’s a chance for new artists to shine globally.

The festival features classical dance forms like Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Kathakali, Kathaka, Kuchipudi, and Sattriya. The event’s ambiance fills with the sounds of bells, flute, and drums. Dancers captivate visitors with graceful moves and expressive faces, especially appealing to dance enthusiasts and tourists. The festival has garnered pride for Odisha and put Konark on the global cultural map.

Konark Festival: Cultural Splendor

Alongside the dance festival, a Crafts Mela at Urban Haat, Konark displays and sells sculptures and souvenirs made by skilled local craftsmen. Visitors enjoy diverse cuisines, making it a perfect family outing or tourist experience.

The Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a masterpiece built in the 13th century. Its ‘Natyamandir’ showcases stunning sculptures depicting Odissi dance poses. The temple’s intricate walls and sculptures of gods and celestial beings create a poetic ambiance, adding to the festival’s allure.

The Sun Temple’s presence adds an ancient charm to the festival, connecting it to the roots of classical dance nurtured by ancient kings.

During the same time, the International Sand Art Festival at Chandrabhaga Beach attracts numerous tourists, creating a vibrant atmosphere in Konark.

Overall, the Dance Festival celebrates India’s classical dance forms, enhances tourism, and pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of Odisha against the backdrop of the majestic Sun Temple.