Every year, in August-September, Natyarangam organizes a thematic dance festival, which has evolved as a major event in Chennai’s cultural calendar. Through an interdisciplinary approach, Natyarangam brings together dancers, scholars, composers, artists, musicians, poets, writers, and Harikatha experts. 

Young dancers are also chosen to feature in the prestigious festival, which offers a platform for experimentation and exploration of new horizons in Bharathanatyam. This has encouraged them to come into their own by honing their creative skills. 

Every year on the inaugural day of the festival, Natyarangam honours an eminent Guru/Dancer with a medal and a purse. Endowment awards are given to accompanying musicians for Bharathanatyam and to dancers of merit.

YearTitle of the FestivalTheme
1997Vande MataramIndia’s Freedom Struggle by Poets and current India in Pudu Kavithai
1998Gita BharathamClassical music and Bharathanatyam
1999Bharatham SamanvayamHarmony of Religions
2000Bharatham TrikaalamMan, Woman, Child, Nature and Dharma – Past, Present and Future
2001Katha BharathamHarikatha and Bharatham
2002Rasa BharathamNavarasas and modern poetry
2003Kavya BharathamClassic Poetry and Drama  in Bharatham
2004Laya BharathamRhythm and percussion instruments in Bharatham
2005Ramayana BharathamSix Kaandams in five languages
2006Daasa BharathamSaint Poets of India
2007Kshetra BharathamHoly Places of India
2008Teertha BharathamSacred Rivers of India
2009Bharatham Maha BhaarathamCharacters in Mahabharata in Folk tradition and Bharatham
2010VaggeyabharathamCompositions of Vaggeyakaras
2011Bharatham Kathai KathaiyaamTamil Short Stories and parallels from Puranas, legends and history
2012Baandhava BharathamRelationships
2013Bhoopaala BharathamKings as Protectors of the Land and People
2014Upanishad BharathamInterpreting the Upanishads using the dance metaphor
2015Twentieth Year of Natyarangam -A retrospective selection
2016Krishna BharathamKrishna sung by the Bhakthas
2017Thyaga Bharatham70th Independence Day - A celebration through Dance
2018Chithra BharathamSynergistic Presentation of Artists through Dance
2019Devi BharathamThe Devi through Music and Dance

The Conceptualisation of a Festival and some videos

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