The 41st edition of the annual Natyanjali festival where dancers from across the country will participate will be held in Tamil Nadu’s Chidambaram from March 1, a statement said.
The festival will be held on the premises of Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Trust in Chidambaram, the Secretary of Natyanjali trust said in a statement, adding that dancers from across the country would participate and present classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, and Kathak.
The event will commence with devotional music, followed by a dance performance by Anusha Raj of Mysuru. On Maha Shivratri day, the programme will begin at 6.15 p.m. and go on till 11 p.m.
About 500 artistes including solo dancers and dance troupes will participate in the festival, the statement said.
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Mohiniattam or Mohiniyattam is an Indian classical dance form that evolved in the state of Kerala, India, and is counted among the two popular dance arts of the state, the other being Kathakali. Although its roots date back to the age-old Sanskrit Hindu text on performing arts called ‘Natya Shastra’, similar to other Indian classical dance forms, Mohiniattam adheres to the Lasya type that showcases a more graceful, gentle and feminine form of dancing.
Melattur style of Bharatnatyam dance was innovated, developed and improvised greatly out of devadasi traditions and Melattur Bhagavata Mela by Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer, a sanyasi following Srividya Upasana. Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer was born in the year 1900 and died in 1980.