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Chennai Music and Dance Festival is organized every year during mid December to mid January. The capital city of Chennai serves as the venue of the festival, which lasts for a period of approximately one month. Throughout the month, renowned artists render dance and music performances all over the city. Organized by various 'sabhas' (organizations) in the city, the Dance and Music Festival of Chennai is intended to promote the classical music as well as the classical dances of the state.

There is no fixed venue of the festival in Chennai. Infact, it is held at a number of auditoriums, temples and heritage bungalows. It is also known as the 'Margazhi Festival of Dance and Music' and came into existence in the year 1927. The initial aim behind the celebration of this festival was to memorialize the anniversary of Madras Music Academy every December. Gradually, various organizations adopted this festival in place of the art festivals they used to hold in the different parts of the city.

Chennai music and dance festival is a celebration of classical music and dance of South India (Carnatic Music) held during mid December to mid January in the capital city of Chennai. The festival is held at a number of venues around the city by various sabhas or organizations.The 'Margazhi festival of dance and music' started early back in 1927, to commemorate the anniversary of Madras Music Academy every December was later adopted by various organizations which held art festivals in different parts of the city. The city comes alive with the festival which has now developed into a cultural extravaganza with more than 2000 participants.

Performances include Vocal and Instrumental music, Dance - solo and group, both by junior and senior artistes. Even upcoming artists get a chance to perform along with well-established artists. The music includes songs in various South Indian languages like Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and instruments like Flute, 'Veena' (a large string instrument) 'Goottuvadyam' (similar to Veena but without frets), 'Nagaswaram' (pipe), 'Thavil' (percussion instrument), 'Mridangam' (dsrum), and even 'Ghatam' (a mud pot). Information about the tickets and the venues can be had from the tourist office, Chennai.

South Indian classical music is believed to be a traditional form of worship and the Tamil month of 'Margazhi' is considered a sacred month. Thus, the festival came to be celebrated in the month of Margazhi and was given the name of 'Margazhi Festival of Dance and Music' also. It is estimated that more than 2000 artists take part in the, over 300, concerts of the Chennai Music and Dance Festival.

Even those Indian artists and scholars who have migrated to foreign countries come back to Chennai every year to attend this festival.

The performances at the Dance and Music Festival of Chennai include both vocal and instrumental music, along with solo and group dance. One can see artists of all levels performing at the festival, right from the world-renowned ones to the upcoming ones. Songs in various South Indian languages like Tamil, Telugu and Kannada can be heard echoing in the city. Then, you have the melodious sound of instruments like Flute, Veena, Goottuvadyam, Mridangam, Thavil, etc. If you want to have a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of India, Chennai Dance and Music Festival is the place to be.

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