Indian states boast of culturally rich dance and music festivals, held in different times of the year. The most celebrated music and dance festivals of India are held at seaside temples and historical sites of architecture ruins.
Some of the popular music festivals in the states of Central India are briefed here:
Tansen Music Festival - Tansen Music Festival is the largest and oldest musical festival of the Academy in the field of classical music. This festival is held annually during the month of November- December in the city of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. This great musical festival is celebrated at the Tansen Tomb in the memory of his artistic achievements. The festival is spread over a period of 5 nights. This festival draws India's best vocalists and musicians whether from the classical, folk or fusion genre.
Dhrupad Samaroh - Dhrupad Samaroh, Bhopal is the ideal venue to relish vocal performances by some of the notable names of the music fraternity. Dhrupad is the most famous style of Indian classical and is the order of the day at this Bhopal Dhrupad Samaroh. Music aficionados from across the world come to the city lured by this Dhrupad Samaroh of Bhopal.
Ameer Khan Festival - Ameer Khan Festival is another music festival to savour Indian classical music performances by many stalwarts. This venue also offers an ideal stage for the debut of many musicians. Music enthusiasts from across the globe come to this festival.
Chakradhar Samaroh - This music festival is organised by the Ustad Allaudin Khan Sangeet Academy and the Chakradhar Lalit Kala Kendra, to commemorate the memory of Maharaja Chakradhar Singh. This former ruler was a great tabla player and a dancer who wrote many books on music and dance. He developed a new form of Kathak and established the Raigarh Gharana. The Chakradhar Festival in Raigarh is celebrated every year during Ganesh Chaturthi.
Sirpur Music Festival - Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival is a cultural event dedicated to creating international cultural amity and brotherhood by the Chhattisgarh government. It is a three-day mega event that witnesses the celebrated artistes of national and international fame performing at the festival venue. The platform also gives an opportunity to tribal artistes to showcase their talent.