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Chennai Dance and Musical Festival is also called ‘Margazhi festival of Dance and Music’ and ‘December Season’.
The famous Chennai Dance and Music Festival is celebrated all over Chennai, the capital of Tamil Naidu from mid December to mid Januaray. The festival is a celebration of classical music and dance of South India. The vibrant festival of classical dance and music is held at a number of venues in and around Chennai by various organizations (sabhas). The significance of festival can be highlighted by the venues which comprise not only of auditoriums but also consist of well-known temple premises and heritage bungalows. Eminent dancers and musicians from all over India are selected to perform in this month long festival of dance and music in Chennai.
History of the Margazhi Festival of Dance and Music dates back to 1927 to celebrate the anniversary of Madras Music Academy. The popularity of the Margazhi Dance and Music Festival led to its celebration all over the city – Chennai by various organizations. Another significance of this festival is that the Tamil month Margazhi (December) is a sacred month for Hindus. Carnatic Music has its roots in devotion to the Gods. Carrnatic Music has been a traditional form of music from ages.
The city comes alive with more than 2000 artists in around 300 concerts with audiences from India and abroad. Performances include Vocal and Instrumental music, Dance - solo and group, both by junior and senior artists. The Chennai Dance and Music Festival also serves as a platform for talented upcoming artists.