Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Venue: Tagore Theatre, Thiruvananthapuram,
Date: 1st to 10th October
Highlights: Performance by exponents of the various dance forms such as Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kathak etc.
The festival is organized by Soorya Stage and Film Society, one of the largest cultural societies in Asia. Founded by Soorya Krishnamoorthy, the society organises many programs including Dance and Music festivals, film festivals, theatre, painting, photography, lectures and talks, sound and light shows etc. The Dance and Music festival presents different forms of dance like Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kathakali, Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattam as well as classical music renditions, instrumental music & jugal bandhi by popular artistes. Accomplished dancers such as Padma Subramaniam, Alarmel Valli, Chitra Viswesvaran, Lakshmi Gopalaswami, Rajendra-Nirupama and musicians such as Ustad Alla Rakha, Amjad Ali Khan, Bismillah Khan, Zakir Husain, Balamuralikrishna, Bhimsen Joshi are a few among the famous artistes who have performed here. Another dance and music festival Parampara’ is also held by Soorya in November every year to spot young talents. This festival is also held in Thiruvananthapuram, where artists pay tribute to their Gurus.