Dance Season 2023 - Kalakshetra's December Festival

Kalakshetra’s 70th Annual Art Festival began on 20 December, 2023 with an impressive inauguration ceremony featuring mridangam maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman as the chief guest. He was honoured by Chairman S. Ramadorai and Director-in-charge Aneish Rajan.

In his inaugural address, Sivaraman paid great tributes to Rukmini Devi Arundale and recalled his association with the institution from a very tender age. Director Rajan spoke briefly of the important role of the Kalakshetra Art Festival in Chennai’s music season.

This year’s fare was a judicious mix of music, classical and contemporary dance, folk theatre, and a jugalbandi of flute and vocal music. Three productions of Rukmini Devi were also showcased, which always draws rasikas to fill the grand auditorium no matter how many times they have been staged.