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‘Visit Konark Festival in Odisha’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

KF Hoarding (10x20)2Thirty five km. to the north-east of Puri lies the World Heritage Monument, the Sun Temple of Konark. Twelve hundred craftsmen had toiled hard for 12 long years to erect this monumental wonder where 12 year’s revenue was spent. Modelled after the floating chariot of the mythical Sun God, the temple is a quintessence of imaginative craftsmanship of ancient Odisha. The temple architecture was designed as drawn by twelve exquisitely carved stone wheels and seven galloping horses. And the kings, queens, generals, foot soldiers, sages, priests, elephants, horses, courtiers and courtesans depicted on the walls and the panels with finesse open a window to the nostalgic times of medieval Odisha.

The Annual Konark Festival, which is held in an Open Air Auditorium with the temple as the backdrop, showcase a magical parade of India’s classical and traditional dance forms. Eminent dancers and their troupe delight visitors in the wintry evening of early December with dramatic choreographies.
Besides, the dance performances the visitors are treated in an Artist Camp to an exhibition of Odishan temple sculptures which are often described as poetry transcribed on stone. Sand Art exhibition is also another attraction for tourists.
 It is a festival of classical dances of India performed at the backdrop of the Sun Temple, Konark.
Konark Festival was organised for the first time in 1989 in the Open Air Auditorium at Konark constructed with the financial assistance of Government of India. The festival is being organised for a period of 5 days i.e. from December 1-5 every year.
Conceived as a festival of Classical Dances of India, the objective of Konark Festival is to promote Konark as well as Odisha as place of tourist destination.

Approach:

Konark is connected by excellent all-weather roads with Puri (35 kms) and Bhubaneswar (65 kms) which are also nearest Railheads. Nearest Airport is Biju Pattanaik Airport, Bhubaneswar.

Local Transport:

All types of tourist cabs are available from Bhubaneswar and Puri. Further tourist luxury coaches are being operated by Odisha Tourism Development Corporation.
Besides, OTDC is also offering Special Tour Packages from 1st to 5th December 2014 to witness the Konark Festival. Click here for more details..

1.12.15 Odissi Srjan, Bhubaneswar
Manipuri Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy
2.12.15 Satriya Jatin Goswami & Group
Odissi Suprava Mishra, Ahmedabad & Group
3.12.15 Odissi GKCM Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar
Kuchupudi Vyjayanthi Kashi
4.12.15 Bharatnatyam Kalakshetra (Priyadarshini Govinda)
Odissi Ashis Das & Group
5.12.15 Odissi Orissa Dance Academy
Kathak Rajashree Shirke

(Source of photo & text: http://www.odishatourism.gov.in/Festivals/SpecialFestivals/KonarkFestival.aspx)

Delhi Food Walks is organizing an event at Nomadic Haat on Nov 22, 2015

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Here is an email that I have received. foodies will love it…..Regards….KJS Chatrath

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