Saturday, April 13, 2024

Nishagandhi Festival

Place : Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
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 heritage. 

Contact Address :
Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala
Park View, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India - 695 033
Phone: 0471-2321132 
Fax: 0471-2322279
Tourist Information toll free No:1-800-425-4747

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How to get there

Air:  The 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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