Konark Natyashala and Gurukul at Arka Vihar, Konark, Puri District in Orissa.
The Konark Dance & Music Festival held from February, 19th to 23rd, 2010 was organized by Konark Natya Mandap.
The objectives of the Konark Natya Mandap are to preserve, promote, and project the rich cultural heritage of Orissa and to infuse cultural awareness in the minds of all. Started with painstaking efforts of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, an internationally renowned Odissi dance teacher. 2010 was the silver jubilee year of the festival. For more details see http://www.konarknatyamandap.org/
The festival takes place in an open-air auditorium and enlivens the spirit of the sculptures of Konark temple which is just a short distance away. The festival brings in the spirit of merry to all the onlookers. The music reverberates and combined with the sounds of the ankle bells of the dancers enthralls the audiences. The elegant steps and expressions of the dancers makes the event so captivating that no one can ever forget it.