Indian Dance Festival 2010
The Indian Dance Festival was inaugurated on 25th December 2009 by Thiru.M.K.Stalin, Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by beating Murasu (Drums) and declared the event open. Thiru.N.Suresh Rajan, Hon'ble Minister of Tourism & Registration, presided over the festival in the presence of Thiru.T.M.Anbarasan, Hon'ble
Minister for Labour & Employment. Dr.V.lrai Anbu, I.A.S., Secretary, Tourism & Culture Department and Chairman of T.T.D.C welcomed the gatherings and vote of thanks by
Dr.A.C.Mohandoss, I.A.S., Director of Tourism & Managing Director of T.T.D.C. While inaugurating the Indian Dance Festival, Thiru.M.K.Stalin, Deputy
Chief Minister also opened the "Semmozhi Sirpa Poonga (Sculptures Park)" housed in the Beach Resort Complex of T.T.D.C at a cost of Rs.87 Lakhs and "Maragatha Poonga"
laid in five Radhas Road, Mamallapuram which was developed at a cost of Rs.60 Lakhs.
The Arjunas Penance, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on the shores of Bay of Bengal, is the backdrop of the Indian Dance Festival and it is perhaps the most photographed monument in India.The temples and rock cut sculptures create a unique blend of history and natural beauty. The monuments of Mamallapuram are the excellent specimen of
Dravidian Temple architecture and Pallava art.
The sculpted panels, caves monolith rathas and temples lay emphasis on robust earthly beauties, imbibed with life. The sculptures are breathtakingly real and artistic.
UNESCO has declared Mamallapuram as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Indian Dance Festival - History and the splendour
The Government of Tamil Nadu has been organizing this Dance Festival, in the beautiful sea shore ambience, to celebrate the spirit of Tamilian arts and their eminent
place among the best in the world.
Every year, commencing on 25th December till the second week of January, this Festival was organized during holidays and weekends. Year after year, the number of
tourists (both domestic and foreign tourists), who are enthralled by the fitness of Tamilian arts, is increasing.
Bearing this in mind and the popularity of this festival among the tourists, it is celebrated for about a month this year from 25.12.2009 to 25.01.2010. It is an event
which attracts tourists from all over the world. To offer and showcase the best of Indian art forms to the discerning tourists,the Government brings the best
performers from various States of the Country.
Thus the Mamallapuram Dance Festival has now evolved since last year into "INDIAN DANCE FESTIVAL", which aptly denotes the variety and the versatility of the Indian
fine arts and dance forms. This is perceived by the Tourism Departments of other States and the South Zone Cultural Centre, as an important milestone in the promotion
and marketing of Indian heritage and culture in the world stage.
The Master Performers from various parts of India - Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Nagaland, Manipur, Orissa, Gujarath,
Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, etc.- are congregating in the silver sands of the Mamallapuram to showcase the nuances of folk arts (Karagam, Kavadi,
Pokkal Kudirai, Kokkali Attam, Silambattam, Kaniyan Koothu, Paavai Koothu,Thappattam, apart from other states dance forms).
This year the Mega Indian Dance Festival commenced on 25-12-09 with Mega Cultural show depicting the theme of "Journey into our Heritage"
performed by Cine Music Director Bharathwaj. The concept of the mega show depicting the glory of our Tamil Arts and Culture has been scripted by Dr. V.lrai Anbu,
Secretary to Government, Tourism and Culture Department.
The Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister Thiru M.K.Stalin, inaugurated the Indian Dance Festival on 25-12-2009 at 6 PM at the venue of Arjuna's Penance. Hon'ble Minister for
Tourism and Registration Thiru N.Suresh Rajan presided over the function in the presence of Hon'ble Minister for Labour Welfare and Employment Thiru T.M.Anbarasan.
Dr.V.lrai Anbu, I.A.S., Secretary to Government, Tourism & Culture Department, welcomed the gatherings, and vote of thanks by Dr.A.C.Mohandoss, I.A.S., Commissioner of
Tourism & Managing Director. MPs, MLAs, Representatives of Local bodies, officials , participated in the Festival.
In the year 2005, 5,31,765 Domestic tourists, 42,855 foreign tourists and in total 5,74,620, in the year 2006, 6,78,148 domestic tourists, 54,168 foreign
tourists and in total 7,28,316, in the year 2007, 8,57,197 domestic tourists, 88,060 foreign tourists and in total 9,45,257, in the year 2008, 9,14,179
domestic tourists, 1,05,552 foreign tourists and in total 10,19,731, in the year 2009 (till Nov.09) 9,46,112 domestic tourists, 1,47,525 foreign tourists and in total 10,93,637 visited Mamallapuram.
SEMMOZHI SCULPTURE PARK OPENED! First of its kind in Tamil Nadu!!
Semmozhi Sculpture Park was opened to tourists on 25-12-2009 by the Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister Thiru.M.K.Staiin,
in the presence of Thiru.N.Suresh Rajan, Hon'ble Minister for Tourism & Registration, and Thiru.T.M.Anbarasan,
and the Hon'ble Minister for Labour and Employment Dr.V.lrai Anbu, I.A.S., Secretary to Government,
Tourism & Culture Department and Chairman of T.T.D.C, Dr.A.C.Mohandoss, I.A.S., Director of Tourism &
Managing Director, T.T.D.C, the member of Parliament, M.L.A's and officials were present.
In Mamallapuram, T.T.D.C Beach Resort Complex is a lovely accommodation spot for nature lovers for its serene atmosphere and its location on the shore of Bay of
Bengal. The rhythemic waves of Bengal refreshes the stayers. The dense casuarina flora amidst various botonic species in sylvan surroundings really amuse the hearts of
the stayers there.
In the serene atmosphere of the premises, Tamil Nadu Tourism housed one 'Semmozhi Sculpture Park'. The sculptures were carved with excellent workmenship at a cost
ofRs87 lakhs through the Department of Art and Culture.
In the sculpture park, each sculpture depicts a significant theme. The thematic sculpture installed in the park are:
1. Drum, 2. Chanku, 3. Veerapandiya Kattabomman, 4. Soodikkuotutha Sudarkodi, 5. Heroic Tamil Women, 6. Great Saint Thiruvalluvar, 7. Ancient Coin of Raja Raja Chola,
8. St. Thomas, 9. Yuvanswang, 10. Kudavolai System, 11. Plouging, 12. Ancient musical Instruments, 13. King Rajasimhan and Saint Poosalar, 14. Appar and
Thirugananasambanthar, 15. Karaikkal Ammayar, 16.Awaiyar, 17. Madhavi's eleven catagory of dances.
Mamallapuram "Maragatha Poonga" Leisure Park opened to Tourist!!
The UNESCO declared world Heritage Monuments are located in all corners of Mamallapuram in different directions. From the light house one can enjoy the panoramic view
over lovely locations of all monuments. Between shore temple and Arjuna's Penance, five Ratha Road leads to Five Rathas complex. In the five ratha road, Maragadha
Park has been laid with beautiful landscaping comprising the leisure facilities like open air theatre, interaction leisure circle, benches etc as an added facilitation
to the visiting tourists at a cost of Rs.60 Lakhs.
This "Maragatha Park" was opened to tourists on 25-12-2009 by the Hob'ble Deputy Chief Minister Thiru.M.K.Stalin, in the presence of Thiru.N.Suresh Rajan,
Hon'ble Minister for Tourism & Registration , and Thiru.T.M.Anbarasan, and the Hobn'ble Minister for Labour and Employment. Dr.V.lraiAnbu, I.A.S.,
Secretary to Government, Tourism & Culture Department and Chairman of T.T.D.C, Dr.A.C.Mohandoss, I.A.S., Director of Tourism & Managing Director, T.T.D.C, the member
of Parliament, M.L.A's and officials were present.