Chennai music and dance festival or 'December Season' / 'Margazhi Season' is a celebration of classical music and dance of South India held during mid December to mid January in the capital city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu state. The festival is held at a number of venues around the city by various 'sabhas' or organizations. Besides the auditoriums, well-known temple premises and heritage bungalows are being used as venues. The month long dance and music extravaganza will have performances of eminent artistes from various parts of India.
The 'Margazhi festival of Dance and Music' started early back in 1927, to commemorate the anniversary of Madras Music Academy every December, was later adopted by various organizations which held art festivals in different parts of the city. Madras Music Academy Margazhi Mela 2021 Schedule.
Moreover, the Tamil month of 'Margazhi' (December) is a sacred month of the Hindus. South Indian classical music (Carnatic Music) which has its roots in devotion to the gods, has been a traditional form of worship from time immemorial.
The city comes alive with the festival which has now developed into a cultural extravaganza with more than 2000 artists participating in over 300 concerts. The festival also known as 'December Season' / 'Margazhi Season' attracts expatriate Indians and scholars from around the world as well. Performances include Vocal and Instrumental music, Dance - solo and group, both by junior and senior artistes. Even upcoming artists get a chance to perform along with well-established artists.
The music include classical vocal renditions in various South Indian languages like Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and instruments like Flute, Veena (a large string instrument), Goottuvadyam (similar to Veena but without frets), 'Nagaswaram' (pipe), 'Thavil' (percussion instrument), 'Mridangam' (drum), and even 'Ghatam' (a mud pot). The season goes on till mid January, after which the scene shifts to Tiruvaiyaru, near Tanjore / Thanjavur, where 'Thyagaraja Aradhana' a week long music festival is held to celebrate the birth of one of the greatest Carnatic composers, and one among the famed trinity of music - Thyagaraja.Watch Video About Chennai's Unique Margazhi Season
Some of the Sabhas include Madras Music Academy - Margazhi Mela 2021 Schedule; Sri Krishna Gana Sabha -Schedule (From Dec 15th 2021 to Jan 1st 2022); Indian Fine Arts Society -Schedule (From Dec 20th to 31st Jan 2021); Mylapore fine Arts Club, Narada Gana Sabha, Naada Imbam, Kalakshetra, Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Brahma Gana Sabha, The Federation of City Gana Sabhas, Tamil Cultural Academy, Sridevi Nrithyalaya, Madhuradwani, etc.
Information about the tickets and the venues can be had from the official sites of the Sabhas & the tourist office, Chennai. The weather is cool and pleasant at this time of the year in Chennai. November- December is the best season to visit the city.
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Air: Meenampakkam Airport (7 km) in Chennai has both domestic and international terminals. Regular flights connect Chennai with the major cities within the country and also with countries abroad.
Rail: Chennai is well connected by rail with the important towns and cities within and beyond the state.
Road: State transport buses and private buses connect Chennai with the major towns and cities within the country. For local transportation local trains, city buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are available.
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