The Natyanjali dance festival at Chidambaram brings together all the prominent dancers of India present there with an enchantment and elation, which shone in their eyes and evocative abhinaya as they offered their dance to the great divinity, Lord Nataraja. To many of them it is like a dream come true, to be able to perform in the vicinity of the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Nataraja himself, whose padams and varnams they often dance upon creating an imaginary figure of the Lord. Natyanjali opens on the auspicious occasion of the Maha Shivaratri day and of course in the right kind of venue - the 'Prakara' of the Chidambaram temple.
Natyanjali festival is jointly organised every February by
THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM, GOVT. OF TAMILNADU
THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM, GOVT. OF INDIA AND
NATYANJALI TRUST, CHIDAMBARAM.