Nishagandhi Dance Festival is the convention of several artistes and connoisseurs from all over India. The festival is organised by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation in the city of Thiruvananthapuram in South India. It is organised in the Nishagandhi open-air theatre, in Kanakunnu palace compound every year. The festival, thus, showcases the accomplishment of various performers and provides a fascinating glimpse of the flamboyant dance heritage of the country.
This dance festival is graced by various leading exponents of the Indian Classical dance, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Odissi and Manipuri. The celebrated artistes, thus, make the Nishagandhi Dance Festival a cultural treat. The festival also showcases different traditional handicrafts of Kerala alongwith the cuisines of India. The exhibitions are organised in the adjacent Sooryakanthi Fair Ground within the Kanakunnu palace grounds. This open air event invites the audience to a vocal, instrumental or fusion music.
Nishagandhi Dance Festival has become the integral part of the people of Thiruvananthapuram. The festival underlines the performance of the noted exponents such as Rajendra Gangani from the Jaipur School of Kathak dance, Geetha Chandran, a leading Bharatnatyam dancer and Guru Singhajit Singh, Manipuri dancer. Ghazal singer Talat Aziz, Mohiniyattom dancer Vinitha Nedungadi and Chhau dancer Shashadhar Acharya have staged their matchless performances. Karaikudi Mani (Mridangam), V. Suresh (Ghatam), B.V. Balasai (flute), B.V. Raghavendra Rao (electric violin), U.P. Raju (mandolin) and V.B. Madhusudhanan (tabla) are the maestros of fusion music and have enthralled the audience in the dance festival.