Place : Thiruvananthapuram,
Venue : Nishagandhi Theatre, Kanakakunnu palace compound
Date : January 20th to 26th
Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala state, located in the southern most region of India is an excellent base to explore the interiors of Kerala. The Kanakakunnu Palace located in the heart of the city stages many cultural meets and programmes. The Nishagandhi open-air theatre in the palace compound holds the Nishagandhi dance festival every year in January. Renowned dancers will perform Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, modern ballet and other folk forms. Artist and connoisseurs of dance from all over India come to enjoy this cultural treat.
The festival organised by
the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation is free and is usually accompanied
with vocal, instrumental or fusion music. The Festival also showcases the
traditional handicrafts of Kerala and the cuisines of India in the adjacent
Sooryakanthi Fair Ground, also within the palace grounds. The crafts show
exhibits souvenirs from Kerala made of bamboo, cane, clay, coconut products
etc and the food festival presents cookery shows by famous personalities.
The dance and music festival gives a fascinating glimpse of India's rich cultural
Contact Address :
Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala
Park View, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India - 695 033
Tourist Information toll free No:1-800-425-4747
Contact now: E-mail1, E-mail2
How to get there
airport 6kms from down town area is an important entry point into India
with connecting flights to Maldives, Sri Lanka and many countries to the West of
Arabian Sea and many other important ports.
Rail: Thiruvananthapuram is an important railway terminus on the south-western coast with train services from all parts of the country. With in the region too Thiruvananthapuram is connected with express train services to all major centres.
Road: At the junction of four National Highways Nos.7, 17, 45 and 47 Thiruvananthapuram is covered by very good network of roads that links the city to all parts of the southern India.
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