Natyanjali Festival

Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu

The Natyanjali Dance Festival of Chidambaram is an extremely anticipated event for dance aficionados across the country. This Tamilian temple sees a congregation of classical dancers descend upon it to give spectacular performances in a dance form that has mesmerised generations. Bharatnatyam, the immortal Indian dance form retells stories and folk legends that educate and enamour the crowd.


The Natyanjali Dance Festival of Chidambaram is an extremely anticipated event for dance aficionados across the country. This Tamilian temple sees a congregation of classical dancers descend upon it to give spectacular performances in a dance form that has mesmerised generations. Bharatnatyam, the immortal Indian dance form retells stories and folk legends that educate and enamour the crowd.

As this event coincides with Mahashivratri, the town is abuzz with double the fervour. Carnatic music fills the air and a special tribute is paid to Lord Shiva for over five days. A Muslim teacher of dance initiated this festival and it still lives on, integrating itself with Chidambaram’s identity.

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