Even if you have been to Puri and Konark before, the first week of December (1st – 5th December) gives a few more reasons to visit this place; the most prominent being Konark Dance Festival, which is held each year in the backdrop of the Sun Temple in the mesmerising town of Konark. During this 5 day long Konark Dance festival, you’ll find musicians playing drums and other musical instruments while popular dancers from across the country perform on the stage in the backdrop of this 700 year old shrine. So, just imagine how grand this festival is.
Located on the beach of Chandrabagha, Konark’s Sun Temple is worth your every effort to travel to this place. The sound of flute, ghumgroo bells as well as ‘pakhauj’ work as the icing on a cake, adding more to the platter.
The dance performances are hosted at the dancing hall of this shrine. This lavish dance festival is organised in order to celebrate the much appreciated dance forms such as Chau, Manipuri, Kathak, Bharathnatyam, Odissi and more.
Apart from this, visitors can also spend time checking out the crafts mela held at the open-air auditorium, for a variety of handicrafts along with indulging in scrumptious cuisines from across the nation.
This much awaited festival offers an unparallel platform to not just performing artists but also dance connoisseurs offering a glimpse of various classical dance forms of the nation. For all those artists who are yet to make their mark on an international platform, this stage proves to be a stepping stone offering the audience with a refined taste for classical dance.
This incredible world heritage site dates back to the 13th century and every inch of the walls of this 700 year old shrine has been covered with carvings of musicians playing drums and many other musical instruments; making it an exquisite masterpiece of artistry.
Popularly known as ‘Black Pagoda’, this Kalinga-style temple was constructed in the form of a giant chariot dedicated to God Surya and has twelve pairs of elaborately carved stone wheels along with seven horses.
This small town of Konark is well connected to Puri (35 kms) and Bhubaneswar (65 kms) through both roads and trains. Flying to Biju Pattanaik Airport, Bhubaneswar (the nearest airport) and then taking a tourist cab can also be a great idea to travel upto this scenic and culturally rich place. To promote tourism in Odisha and popularity of Sun Temple, this dance festival has been organised since the year 1989 by the Odissi Research Centre and Odisha Tourism.
To sum it up one could say that during these 5 days, the ambience is filled with the soothing sound of classical music and this classical extravaganza is a journey of life through eternal ecstasy.