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Festivals of Tamil Nadu

Name of Festival/ Event

Brief Info

Month

Thyagaraja Music Festival

Five Day Music festival of Carnatic music in the memory of Saint Thyagaraja

January

Teppam Float Festival

Idols of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Soundareshwar are decorated and worshipped on full moon night.

January/February

Mamallapuram Nritya Utsav

Four week dance program of Indian classical dances against the magnificent back drop of the Pallava Rock Sculptures.

January

Natyanjali Dance Festival

Five Day Festival of Indian classical dances in honour of Lord Nataraja

February/March

Pongal Festival

Being Biggest Festival of South India, decoration of houses, drawing of Kolam design and preparation of Pongal dishes. On four day festival, Bhogi pongal, Surya pongal, Mattu Pongal and Kannum Pongal are dedicated to different Gods and thanks giving to nature.

February

Chithirai Festival

Two week ceremonies of weeding of Lord Sundareswarar (Shiva) to Goddess Meenakshi

April/May

Ooty Summer Festival

Different festivities such fairs, shows, carnivals and cultural programs.

May


Karthigai Deepam Festival

Celebration of festival of lights by lamps, fireworks and joy for nine days.

November/December

Chennai Music & Dance Festival

Largest festival of classical music and dances of South India

December/January

Dances of Tamil Nadu

Sr. No.

Dance Name

Particulars

More Info

1.

Bharatnatyam

Most popular Indian Classical dance combing expression, dance and drama. (bhava, nritta and natya)

2.

Kummi

Folk Dance by women in circular steps.

3.

Kolattam

Traditional dance with small sticks with rhythm and dancers.

4.

Puliyattam

Folk Dance by men with colored body look like tiger.

5.

Poikkal Kudirai Aattam

Folk dance with the dummy figure of a horse's body.

6.

Kavadi Aattam

Male Dance with balancing pole accompanied by pot of water.

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