Cultural Festival To Mark Big Temple’s Millennium Celebrations

THANJAVUR, INDIA, September 2010: The Government will organize a five-day cultural festival from September 22 to 26 involving thousands of artists to mark the millennium celebrations of the Big Temple in Thanjavur.

A confluence of a thousand folk artists from 75 troupes in Thanjavur will participate in cultural events to be held in the evenings from September 22 to 24 in venues on the Big Temple premises, Rajarajan Manimandapam, Tholkappiar Sathukkam, Old TNHB quarters and Karandhai.

Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin will inaugurate a special exhibition in Thanjavur palace showcasing Chola paintings, inscriptions, sculptures, musical instruments, archaeological evidences and 100 paintings by students of Government Arts College, Kumbakonam. The same day, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi will preside over a symposium on ‘Thanjavur’s contribution to Indian pride,’ and release a book titled ‘Chola paintings’ at Thanjavur Tamil University.

Subsequently, the Department of Tourism and Culture will organise a cultural event titled ‘Poongavil Poongatru’ on Saturdays for 30 weeks at Sivagangai Park. A month long Indian dance festival will be held on the Big Temple premises beginning December 26.


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