‘Chennai December’ festival & golden triangle
A cultural trip for Indian music lovers and heritage aficionados
This 7-day trip combines a visit of Chennai’s main centres of interest interspersed with classical Indian music concerts in the ‘sabhas’(venues) of the city as well as the visit of Kanchipuram, the golden city of the Pallavas kings, and Mahabalipuram, a World Heritage Site known for its splendid frescoes and temples carved into the rock.
Located on the coast of Coromandel, in southeastern India, Chennai (formerly Madras) is the state capital of Tamil Nadu. It is a major economic hub in India, but also an important artistic centre which is expressed in particular at the December Season Festival, or ‘Maargazhi Music and Dance Festival’ which takes place every year from December to early January and which is described as one of the biggest cultural events in the world.
This festival, created in 1927, showcases Carnatic music (classical music from South India) and Indian classical dance. More than a thousand concerts are held there and almost as many artists perform there, eminent or rising stars.