Konark Dance Festival, Orissa
01-05 December’10

Located between Bhubaneswar and Puri, Konark is a famed world Heritage Site known for its Sun Temple which serves as a great platform for one of the most popular classical dance festival of India-Konark Dance and Music Festival. The exquisitely decorated "Natyamandap"(dancing hall) of this 700 year old shrine, with some outstanding stone sculptures, is a true piece of architectural grandeur. An open air auditorium with these beautiful sculptures of the temple as backdrop provides an ample of scope to dancers to perform various Indian dances. The festival is a celebration of the much appreciated Odissi, Bharathnatyam, Manipuri, Kathak and Chau Dance - a lavish feast for the eyes and ears. The sound of Ghungroo bells, flute and Pakhauj gives it a festive mood. The festival provides a platform for both to the performing artiste and the dance connoisseurs in appreciating the essence of various classical dance forms of the country and also to the new artists who are yet to make their mark on the international scale. Apart from the classical dances of our country, another charming facet of this festival is craft mela, which is organized by the State Industry Department.

Christmas, All over India
25 December’10

Christmas, the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ, is celebrated in India with great fervor all over India by the Christians. Christmas celebrations vary in different parts of India. In some parts, small clay oil-burning lamps, mango leaves etc are used as Christmas decorations and mango and banana trees are decorated. All the major Indian cities wear a festive look. Shops and bazaars are decorated for the occasion and offer attractive bargains.

Mamallapuram Festival- Mahabalipuram
25 December’10-25 January’11

Once the ancient port of the Pallavas, Mamallapuram plays host to a vibrant festival of Dance. This four week Mamallapuram Dance Festival is held at the venue of Arjuna's penance, a bas-relief sculpted on the face of two enormous adjacent rocks, in Mamallapuram. Exponents of Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak and Kathakali are performed against the magnificent backdrop of the Pallava Rock Sculpture on an open stage constructed 13 centuries ago.