Looming from Odisha’s rich culture, heritage and beaches, the Konark Dance Festival is a matchless extravaganza which lets one experience the beauty of classical dance forms of India, surrounded only by the windswept coastal plains dotted with coconut, cashurina, and mango trees. The fiesta takes place in the backdrop of the famous Sun Temple- UNESCO World Heritage Site which is also called the Black Pagoda. The five-day dance festival held every year aims to create international cultural brotherhood by offering a platform to many artists from across the globe. the festival is being held from the 1st till 5th December 2019.
Here is all you need to know about Konark Dance Festival 2019.
Konark Dance & Music Festival started in the year 1986 at Konark Natya Mandap by its Founder-Director Padmashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. In a sense it can be called the harbinger of the contemporary festivals of Orissa. The sole aim behind this festival is to bring in many artistes into its cultural family and creating of international cultural amity and brotherhood. This festival has established its own unique identity in the sense that eminent artistes of national and international repute participate and perform Odissi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and other classical, folk & tribal dances/music of our country on the enchanting stage of the Natyashala in the monumental Sun Temple, Konark. The stage and the atmosphere is magnified by the spiritual and aesthetic flavor, in the natural ambience of casuarinas and cashew trees.
The festival has seen the presence of legendary figures from the world of Indian classical dance like Kelucharan Mahapatra, late Sanjukta Panigrahi, Sonal Mansingh, Padma Subramaniam, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Swapna Sundari, Kum Kum Mohanty and Basanti Shreedar. The sound of the flutes, Veena, drums and other instruments lends a unique melody to the ear.
The Festival is held as a non-profit event for charity, with proceeds going to schools and hospitals. One day pass: INR 1000 per head, VIP Gold Class ticket: INR 10000 per head, Couples package which includes accommodation, breakfast and VIP access: INR 25,000.
What to Expect
- Award-winning international dancers and artists, setting the stage on fire with their performances.
- dance performances by numerous folk troupes from Orissa, Goa, Gujarat, Bihar, Assam and Rajasthan, who enthrall the audience with their traditional steps, instruments and beats.
- Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam, Kathakali and other Indian classical dance forms.
- The crafts bazaar and that is set up outside the arena see artisans and craftsmen from all over the country sell stunning souvenirs including handicrafts, jewellery, embroidered cloth, carved seashells, woodwork, incense, Patta paintings on palm leaves and Pipli appliqué work.
- Folk and tribal dance forms from Gujarat, Goa, Rajasthan, Bihar and Odisha are played out as well, along with eclectic instruments.
- Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Sun temple, the amphitheatre is decked up in an array of colours, lights, flowers and layers to give way to a magical setup.
- Boasting of famed artists including Brajeswar Mukherjee, Deb Sankar, Jyoti Shankar Roy, Rupashree Mohapatra, Guru Lingaraj, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Padma Subrahmanyam and Nandini Singh.
- Hindustani music performances and violin recitals are also scheduled.
- The culinary stalls will extend an opportunity for you to taste a variety of delicious Indian cuisine, adding to the charm of the festival against the beauty of the backdrop and the variety of the arts, crafts and cuisine.