Konark Dance & Music Festival

Konark Dance and Music Festival is a five-day grand event organized every year in the heart of the city. It is one of the biggest cultural festivals in Odisha. Eminent artists from all across India perform at this festival held at Konark Sun Temple. This cultural gala illuminates the mystical temple as well as the state of Odisha. The soothing music and the entrancing dance performances will definitely render you speechless. Explore Odisha and its rich culture at Konark Dance Festival.

The Konark Temple was built in the 13th century. Known for its arresting beauty and enchanting architecture, it is dedicated to Lord Surya. The stone-carved wheels and the complex iconography set it apart from the rest. Although a good portion of the temple is in ruins now, it is still considered a prominent UNESCO World Heritage site. An ideal representation of Oriyan culture and ancient Indian archaeology, it is a must-visit.

History


Konark Temple is the epitome of Indian heritage and culture. Established by Raja Narasingha Deva I in the 15th century, it features exquisite halls ornated with fine designs of the bygone days. Every wall of the temple has eloquent sculptures of Odissi dancers and musicians. In the year 1986, Padmashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, along with the Odissi Research Centre and Odisha Tourism founded this Konark festival. The main aim of the festival is to promote the magnificent culture of Odisha and boost the popularity of Konark Temple. Tourists from all over the world accumulate here to witness these graceful performances.

intricately carved stone wheel
three girls performing traditional Indian dance

Konark Festival - A Major Attraction in Odisha


The prestigious festival is held every year from 1st, December to 5th December. It is a nexus of classical dances like Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, and Mohiniyattam. Move along with the melodious sounds of dancing bells as it reverberates in the elaborate amphitheatre of the Konark temple. The Konark Music Festival is attended by well-known singers and musicians. Be prepared to be enthralled by classical music and folk songs. If you are a budding artist and looking for exposure in the world of arts, this international platform is perfect for you.

How to Reach Konark Temple


Konark is connected by well-maintained roads and railways. The beautiful city lies in close proximity to major cities like Bhubaneshwar and Puri. If you are travelling by train, Puri railway station would be your stop. However, if you are travelling by air, Biju Patnaik airport is the nearest airport in Bhubaneshwar. Travel in luxury with our lavish coaches aided by the Odisha Tourism Corporation.

a brown concrete shrine surrounded by azure blue sky

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