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WELCOME TO NATYANJALI
CHIDAMBARAM NATYANJALI TRUST
Presents
36th NATYANJALI
24th to 28th February – 2017
Venue: Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Trust Premises,
South Car Street, Chidambaram.
NATYANJALI TO LORD NATARAJA
CHIDAMBARAM (INCEPTION - 1981)

Natyanjali" - Festival of Dance at CHIDABARAM is known for its serenity and uniqueness of the devotion of the dancers dedicating their "Natya" (Dance) as "Anjali" (Offering) and worship to the Lord of Dance - Lord Nataraja. Natyanjali Festival commences this year on 24th February 2017 and will be held for five days. Dancers from all over the world and from all parts of India representing all classical forms like Bharatha Natyam, Kuchupudi, Mohini Attam, Kathak, Odissi, Chhau, etc., congregate at Chidambaram and offer their Dance Recitals to Lord Nataraja. The uniqueness of the festival lies in its devotional aspect and thus differs from other dance festivals.

All are invited!
Organised by
CHIDAMBARAM NATYANJALI TRUST
Organized with the
Assistance From
Ministry of Culture - Govt of India
Sangeet Natak Akademi - New Delhi
Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd.
City Union Bank Ltd.
and other Patrons & Philanthropists
Patrons
Dr. KAPILA VATSAYAYANA, New Delhi
Dr. A.C. MUTHIAH, SPIC, Chennai.
Smt. C.K. GARYALI, l.A.S.
Sri G. RAJENDRAN (GRT Thanga Maligai), Chennai

Chidambaram Natyanjali Trust Board of Trustees
President : V. BALADHANDAYUTHAM
Vice-Presidents : K. SWAMINATHAN
Dr. R. MUTHUKUMARAN
Secretaries : Dr. R. NAGASWAMY
A. SAMBANDAM
Joint Secretary : R. NATARAJAN
Treasurer : R. RAMANATHAN
Member Trustees
A.K. NATARAJAN, R.K. GANAPATHI, R. SABANAYAGAM, B. PALANI
Website : www.natyanjalichidambaram.com
Email : natyanjalichidambaram@gmail.com
HISTORY OF NATYANJALI

Chidambaram is among the most hallowed and ancient sacred spots associated with the worship of Lord Shiva. In the concept based Saivite philosophy and religious traditions, the local legend relates to the role of shiva as the Lord of the consciousness of true knowledge, Further the holy shrine of Natraja at this place is full of esoteric and spiritual significance. The Ananda Tnadava of the Lord protection, Transformation, containment and grace. The icon representing this manifestation of shiva has been universally praised for its exquisite beauty and aesthetic nuances. It is this figure that has been a perennial inspiration for the art of dance.

it is thus most appropriate that the medium of dance has been adopted as an important expression of devotion and worship at this place. For the practitioners of ‘Natya’ such an offering is the most eloquent ‘Anjali’. This tradition has been in vogue since long.

With a view to revive and Consolidate this tradition a concerted effort was started in 1981 in the form of annual event, Natyanjali with the active co—operation of Podhu Deehshithars – the hereditary custodians of the temple. Over the years Natyanjalii has grown in status developing into National Festival presenting many styles of Indian classical Dnace. Participation and response have acquired International dimension. The Five Days event now features about 300 to 400 dancers and also involving 300  other accompanying artistes. The festival is organized by the Trust known as ‘Natyanjali Trust’.

 
 
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Upcoming Event & Program
MAHASIVARATRI DAY (24/02/17)
Date 24-02-2017 Time 5.45 PM
Venue Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Trust Premises, South Car Street, CHIDAMBARAM
SATURDAY (25/02/17)
Date 25-02-2017 Time 6.00 PM
Venue Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Trust Premises, South Car Street, CHIDAMBARAM
SUNDAY (26/02/17)
Date 26-02-2017 Time 6.00 PM
Venue Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Trust Premises, South Car Street, CHIDAMBARAM
MONDAY (27/02/17)
Date 27-02-2017 Time 6.00 PM
Venue Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Trust Premises, South Car Street, CHIDAMBARAM
TUESDAY (28/02/17)
Date 28-02-2017 Time 5.45 PM
Venue Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Trust Premises, South Car Street, CHIDAMBARAM
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