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Rajasrhan Dance Festival

The evenings at Mamallapuram will reverberate with music, dance and various art forms unique to the different States of the country, courtesy a month-long cultural extravaganza- Indian Dance Festival-2009 which began with all pomp and glory here on Thursday.
 

Contrary to the tradition of lighting a lamp and declaring an event open, sticking to the true spirit of the festival, Tourism Minister N Suresh Rajan, along with officials and a group of foreign tourists took to the stage and struck a big drum, announcing the start of the mega fest. No boring speeches were made and the guests and hosts stood before the raised platform to get a glimpse of the rich tradition that the country has on offer.

With the ancient rock engravings as the backdrop, the first day saw artists from the State taking the audience to a state of trance with their performances. The Tamil Panpattu Sangamam began with a Bharatanatyam performance, which was followed by Thiruvasagam and Thirupavai an art form rendering devotional songs. Then it was time for Poikal Kuthirai or dummy horse dance. The audience could be seen cheering the artists at every step. The Silambattam a form of martial dance also went down well with the audience. The foreign tourists as well as local people were seen encouraging the many child artists, who gave a spellbinding performance. The folk dance and Thapattai were also well received by the audience.

There is more to come, as the following days will unfold the talents of artists from Rajasthan, Assam, Gujarat and the like. The fest will conclude on January 25. Last year 1.26 lakh people came down to see the dance festival, while this year, the inflow included 2.08 lakh foreign tourists and 14.54 lakh domestic tourists.

The Tourism department also informed that during 2008, 17.68 foreign tourists and 562.99 lakh domestic tourists visited the State

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