The Chennai Dance and Music Festival is held in December in the Southernmost Indian state of Tamil Nadu
. The dates of the festival coincide with the traditional Tamil month of 'Margazhi
' (December). Marghazi
is considered a sacred month for Hindus in Tamil Nadu
and is considered a time for worship and spiritual devotion.
South Indian classical music, popularly known as Carnatic Music as a genre, has its roots in religious worship. For many centuries, music and dance have been used as a vehicle to depict zealous devotion to the Gods and has been encouraged in its traditional forms in temples and religious institutions of learning across India.
The Chennai Dance and Music Festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the region. The festival is held at multiple venues in the city by a number of organizations and averages performances by over 2,000 participants. It is an amazing experience to visit Chennai during the course of the festival as the city transforms itself into a hub of cultural activities as opposed to its traditional role as a bustling commercial metropolis.