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Konark temple is a beautiful and very famous historical tourist site that has an architecture larger than life. It is a world heritage site and thus is accumulated by numerous visitors every year. Konark dance festival is another major highlight of this temple that is dedicated to the Sun God. If you are up for a trip that includes both entertainment and panoramic views then this temple on the banks of the Bay of Bengal is your go-to place in Orissa.

The celebration of this magnum fiesta is a pride for the state and its tourism. Along with cultural programs, the festival is known to celebrate the different dance forms from every corner of India and showcase the talent to the tourists who wish to see the cultural side of the country. The dance festival takes place in the amphitheatre of Konark temple and thus being a part of it is really gratifying. In 2020, the Konark Dance Festival is scheduled to be held from February 1 to 3.  

Significance of Konark Dance Festival

Konark Dance & Music Festival was founded by Padamashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. The aim was to identify and flourish the Indian classical dance which is one of the integral heritage of India, as these dance forms are majorly linked to temples, Konark Temple is one of the reasons to keep organising such events & festivals. The Konark Temple was constructed by Raja Narasingha Deva I who hailed from the Ganga Dynasty. The first Konark Dance Festival was organised in the year of 1989 by Odissi Guru and founder of Konark Dance Festival, Padamashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan.

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Major Attractions of Konark Dance Festival

Cultural Activities

Classical Dance and Music Performances. Internationally famous artists show their talents in Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Manipuri, Kathak, and Kuchipudi on teh beats of classical music of India. 

Folk & Tribal Dance and Music Performances. You will get to see several folks and tribal dance forms hailing from Bihar, Odisha, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. One can enjoy melodious music of the flute, drums, tabla, and veena played by talented folk artists. 

Artists Line-Up

Violin Brothers. Deb Sankar and Jyoti Shankar Roy are the founders of Violin Brothers. Deb Shankar has performed at several international events. He attended MERIDIAN ARTS CENTRE as a guest conductor. He also composed music on several songs of Rabindra Nath Tagore. Now, he will grace the stage of the Konark Dance Festival with his soulful music. Jyoti Shankar Roy is also known for his tremendous contribution to Indian Classical Music and together Violin Brothers have expanded their zones with violin playing composing soulful music.

Brajeswar Mukherjee. He has been a disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty from 1997. He is known for his talent in playing Indian musical instruments including Tabla, Veena, and Harmonium. In several musical events, he accompanied his guru on harmonium. 

Meenakshi Sheshadri. A famous Bollywood actress which is also known for her south Indian classical dancing talent. She is a trained dancer of Kathak, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, and Odissi. 

Other major artists are Guru Lingara, Padma Subrahmanyam, Nandini Singh and Rupashree Mohapatra. 

The Lit-up Amphitheatre

The amphitheatre where the dance festival will be organised is all lit up with fairy lights. It is situated against the magnificent Konark Temple. Decorated with colours, lights, beautiful flowers ensure a great ambience for the audience and artists to get involved and enjoy. Also, the Konark Temple is situated amidst the charming coconut, casuarina and mango trees that holds a positive environment. One can surely have a good time exploring the temple while enjoying the cultural dance festival of Konark. 

The Craft Bazaar

Apart from exploring cultural extravaganza, one can enjoy roaming in the crafts bazaar. It is set outside the amphitheatre showcasing the works from talented artisans and craftsmen across the country. The articles include jewelry, handicrafts, embroidered clothes, woodwork, and paintings on Palm leaves, etc. 

The Food Fiesta

There are several food stalls aligned that will let you explore the Indian cuisine hailing from across the country. Get a tour of India through its different regional cuisines.

How to Reach

By Air. The nearest airport is the Biju Patnaik International Airport. The airport is situated in Bhubaneswar city in Odisha. It is just 62 kilometres away from Konark Town via State Highway 13 which will take around 1 hour and 40 minutes. The airport is well-connected to India’s major cities such as Kolkata(496.3 km), Delhi(1736.8 km), Mumbai(1,810 km), and Chennai (1270.3 km). The airport is well-equipped with hotels and restaurants. It has got great roadway connectivity within Odisha and with other neighbouring states.

By Rail. Puri Railway Station is the nearest railway station which is just 31 kilometres away from Konark City. Malatipatpur Railway Station is another nearest railway station to Konark. It is approximately 36 kilometres away from Konark which will take around 40 minutes via Puri-Konark Marine Dr. The railway station serves the Malatipatpur village and other nearby regions. 

By Road. Konark is well linked to other cities through the Orissa State Public Transport buses. Private Volvo bus facilities are also available from Bhubaneshwar (66 km), Puri to Konark (36 km), Cuttack (80.5 km) and Gorakhnath (72 km). Public buses, as well as the state buses both, cost a very minimum amount to reach the place. If you are thinking about the question of how to reach Konark then roadways is a budget-friendly and comfortable option. 

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    1 February 2020 -3 February 2020

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    Konark Sun Temple

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