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Natyanjali is an annual dance festival commemorating Hindu deity Shiva. It originated around 1981, and started off as a relatively obscure event. It is currently organized by collaborative efforts of the Department of Tourism of Tamil Nadu and the Natyanjali Trust.[1] Although celebrations are most prominent at its original venue, the 12th century Chidambaram temple, they also occur in a wider spectrum across Tamil Nadu and Murugan temples. Mumbai also organize their own versions of the festival under the same banner.[2] The current version lasts around 13 days, and various classical dance forms of all styles offer their art up to the god Nataraja. Senior gurus have been performing on Sivaratri night year after year.

Natyanjali festival in Chidambaram

In 1968, V. P. Dhananjayan created Natyanjali, a bharatanatyam composition. It is from the Raga Mallika, Tala Mallika, and praises Ganesha, Saraswati, Vishnu, Shiva, and the gurus in Sanskrit Slokas, each with different talas and ragas. Natyanjali is connected to the dance festival held at Chidambaram Sri Sabanayagar Temple (Sri Natarajar temple). For some 40 years Carnatic music concerts were conducted daily in the 1000 pillar mantap.[clarification needed] Chidambaram S. Jayaraman, Sirkazhi Govindarajan, and Sheik Chinnamoulana would perform every day until Thaipoosam.


  1. ^ "Natyanjali – A Spiritual and Artistic Experience". Fortune Hotels. 11 October 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2019. the festival is organized by the Department of Tourism of Tamil Nadu and the Natyanjali Trust. It is held in the temple premises to pay respects to the presiding deity of the temple – Lord Shiva
  2. ^ Kumar, Bhanu (22 March 2018). "Mumbai's Natyanjali". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 January 2018.