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Pattadakal Dance Festival is an effort to revive and keep alive the culture of Pattadakal which is ages old heritage of India. The festival is organised by the government of Karnataka. It is celebrated in the month of January. The Pattadakal Dance Festival is organized by the Government of Karnataka in the month of January. The venue of the festival is the village of Pattadakal, situated at a distance of approximately 20 km from Badami city in Karnataka. Located on the left bank of the Malaprabha River, the village has quite a history attached to it. It was once the second capital of the Chalukyan kings. And even today, this village has the distinction of being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Distinguished dancers from all over Karnataka, in fact, the whole country, come to participate in this festival. Apart from these dances, another major attraction of the Pattadakal Dance Festival is the craft mela that is organized here. Pattadakal Dance Festival 2020 is all set to influence local and tourists with its rich culture and heritage.

Significance of Pattadakal 

Pattadakal is a small village in Karnataka. It is famous for Pattadakal Complex which consists of a huge number of Hindu and Jain temples which was built during the 7th and 8th century during the Chalukya Dynasty. The temples are the amalgamation of north and south architecture styles. The temples were built in both Nagara Architecture style of south and Dravidian architecture style of the south region. The carvings and other works show the true Indian culture and heritage.

Significance of Pattadakal Dance Festival

Pattadakal was a coronation place where kings were crowned. The coronation ceremony was a matter of great cultural extravaganza that is accompanied by classical music and dance to allure the king. The Pattadakal Dance Festival is also known as Chalukya Dance Festival as it was the ruling region for Chalukya Dynasty.  

Major Attractions of Pattadakal Festival

Classical Dance Performances

Kathakali. Kathak is a classical Indian dance form that originated in the Northern region of India. It is one of Karnataka's famous dance forms. It's somewhere similar to other classical and regional dance forms of India such as Bharatnatyam of South India, Odissi of East India. At the Pattadakal Complex, several renowned Kathak artists can be seen performing.

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Kuchipudi. The Kuchipudi dance form originated in the Kuchipudi village of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the eleven classical dance forms of India. It is an interesting dance form which is also considered as a storytelling dance form where dancers show several gestures that depict a particular story. 

Bharatnatyam. It is one of the important classical dance of Karnataka. The dance form was originated in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It majorly expresses south Indian culture and heritage which is mainly driven to Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Shaktism. 

Classical Music Performances

Carnatic Music. One can explore Carnatic Music which is practised in southern states of India such as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka. Carnatic music includes melodious compositions such as Varnam and Kriti. 

Craft Mela

Crafts Mela is one of the significant events that is organised during the Pattadakal Dance Festival. The crafts mela includes the exhibition of dying art such as Rogan Painting, Mithil Painting which have got world recognition.

How to Reach 

By Air. Popularly known as Hubli Airport, Hubballi Airport is the nearest airport which is located at Sambra in Karnataka. It is approximately 130 kilometres away from Pattadakal via NH15 and SH52. It connects major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru via renowned airline services namely Air India, Alliance Air, IndiGo. If you are an international tourist, first you need to land on Kempegowda International Airport which popularly known as Bengaluru Airport. It is just approximately 474 kilometres away from Pattadakal. The airport is well-connected with some of the international cities via several international airline services such as British Airways, Cathay Dragon, Emirates, Air Arabia, Etihad Airways and many more.

By Rail. Badami Railway Station is the nearest railhead, located about 22 km from Pattadakal. Apart from this, Belgaum Railway Station is another nearest railway station which is located about 180 km from Pattadakal. 

By Road. Pattadakal is well-connected by road. One may consider travelling via state-run buses that travel regularly from Bengaluru, Bijapur, Hubli, and Belgaum. Also, if you want to road trip, then these neighbour cities can easily be explored via bike or car. One will love to enjoy the beautiful view while exploring the rich south Indian history.

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  • 1 Day

  • Dance & Music

  • Karnataka
  • Event date

    1 January 2020

  • Venue

    Pattadakkal Temple

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