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Enjoy the Colourful and Heartwarming Festival of Odisha in 2020

Enjoy the Colourful and Heartwarming Festival of Odisha in 2020
Last Updated: November 27, 2019

If I say pen down your thoughts on ‘Odisha,’ you might classify it to be just an offbeat eastern state where people go only to perform pilgrimage at Jagannath Temple, and that’s exactly where most of you go wrong. Why? Because there’s so much more to this land that you would end up applauding for this strategic creation of God. From harbouring tourist attractions like the taintless beaches to opulent national parks, and from sacred temples to heritage sites, it is the place where you might see the importance of traditional dance and music, cultures and festivals. And for some reason there’s something special about festivals in Odisha, not only do they make us come close to this eastern state in India but they also alter our perspective about this humble yet exuberant travel destination. Apart from the traditional festivals of Odisha, there are so many tribal festivals and other carnivals that take place, which give wings to the hidden desires of artists aspiring to showcase their talent and display another flavour of the rich culture of India. Hence, making Odisha one of the best travel destinations for 2020.

Here’s a blog becomes the best fairs & festivals guide and discloses a box full of surprises that are lined up for you in 2020 in Odisha:

Konark Festival

Konark Festival

A festival of dance and dance only, Konark Festival celebrated in the beautiful town of this eastern state is one of those place if classical dance attracts and pulls you like a magnet. The festival which is organised by the Tourism Department and Odissi Research Centre in the month of December was merely a way to encourage tourism in Odisha as a whole. With the scintillating Sun Temple, a World Heritage Site in the backdrop, the festival witnesses artists performing dance forms like Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Kathakali, Kathak, Kuchipudi, and Sattriya. Moreover, a crafts mela is also organised along with the Konark Festival where a number of souvenirs and sculptures are exhibited and sold by the local craftsmen. You can also try delicious Odisha cuisine to add an even perfect experience to your holidays in Odisha.

When: February 1 – 3
Timings: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Open Air Auditorium, Konark

International Sand Art Festival

Sand Art Festival It would be so obvious if I say that this festival is celebrated on a beach. But what you ought to know about this carnival is that it gives a chance to so many talented people to showcase their art. Whether it be people who are their for sightseeing or photography tours or to build sculptures. And it’s actually an art to create sand sculptures which are not a cakewalk at all. This important festival of Odisha celebrated around 3 km away from Konark is just a way exhibit masterpieces that are created on different themes on the Chandrabhaga beach. Which in a way attracts not just a number of tourists but national and international artists.

When: December 1 – 5
Timings: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Venue: Chandrabhaga Beach, Konark

Toshali National Crafts Mela

Toshali National Crafts Mela If you are an art fanatic and have an artistic world of your own then visiting Odisha is one of the best things to do at the end of 2017. The festival cherishes the art these artistic minds like painters, sculptors, weavers possess in the form of exhibitions of their handloom and handicraft products. The main motive behind the mela is to provide a platform and a market to those artists who although extremely talented are economically backward. Last year the festival witnessed weavers and artisans who had exceptional skills and an even larger audience to appreciate.

When: December 15 – 27
Timings: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Janta Maidan, Bhubaneshwar

Odissi Music Festival

Odissi Music Festival From the time it was first celebrated till now, Odissi Music Festival is one of the famous festivals of Odisha. The festival which is organised in the month of January takes place in the religious city of Bhubaneswar and is the perfect place for festival holidays. The temples in the background serve as true inspiration for artists who then subsume the chants in their music, making it one masterpiece. Apart from this the festival witnesses many artists who innovate with the ancient form of Odissi music and bring a new and amazing side for the audience to cherish.

The details of the event are not disclosed yet, but looking close into the last year’s celebration, the festival was an amalgamation of different artists who performed the Odissi classical music in not one but many different forms. Where on the day of inauguration, the audience was left enchanted by the performance like Odissi music played on saxophone, incorporation of religious tunes of Kirtan and many duet performances were the star of the night.

When: January 8 – 10
Timings: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneshwar

Mukteswar Dance Festival

Mukteswar Dance Festival What can be better than having the sight of a cultural beauty and one of the best dance forms at the same place? This is absolutely true and can be witnessed only when you visit Odisha and be a part of the Mukteswar Dance Festival. The temple adorned with such grace and grandeur is the perfect personification of Odishan architecture as well as the stage for artists performing in Mukteswar Dance Festival. Celebrated in the month of January, the festival applauds the artists who perform on the soothing beats of Mardal, a musical instrument and showcase their exceptional talent.

When: January 14 – 16
Timings: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Mukteswar Temple Complex, Bhubaneshwar

Rajarani Music Festival

Rajarani Music Festival Popularly known as the ‘temple city of India,’ Bhubaneswar is the land your spiritual-self been looking for a perfect pilgrimage tour. The city which is swarmed with tourists all round the year for being one of the famous tourism places, houses many pristine temples out of which one is the Rajarani Temple which is the venue for the famous festival of Odisha, Rajarani Music Festival. By now it would be very clear that the festival is all about the beautiful art of music. The Festival organised by The Department of Tourism commemorates the classical form of music over the period of 3 days, which for sure would leave you mesmerised with performances of Carnatic, Hindustani and Odissi style of music.

When: January 18 – 20
Timings: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Rajarani Temple Complex, Bhubaneshwar

Bharatiyam – A Festival of Patriotic Songs

Bharatiyam a Festival of Patriotic Songs How often do we listen to patriotic songs and bring that nationalist enigma out? Rarely, I guess! But if you are taking a cultural tour through the eastern part of India or the state of Odisha itself then you gotta take some time out and witness Bharatiyam. The festival organised in the honour of Republic Day is merely a way to connect us to our own country. By the means of patriotic music, this Odisha festival aims to stir the hearts of loyal Indians as well as the foreign tourists by showcasing the diverse forms that are embedded in the motherland.

When: January 26
Timings: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Venue: Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneshwar

Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav

Dhauli Kalinga Mahotsav Festivals are a way to relight the lost fire in us and there can’t be any other better way than vibrant carnivals to make us realize our cultural values. With a helping hand from the Orissa Dance Academy, the festival of Dhauli Kalinga is being celebrated from the year 2003 in Konark. Snuggling up in the heart of locals and tourists from all over the world, Dhauli Kalinga Festival is one such event which brings close various artists, cultures, and nations together, and hence you can’t ditch it on your festival tour to Odisha. Celebrated in the month of February on the tranquil grounds of Dhauli, which is a Buddhist Heritage Site, the festival wishes to preserve the cultures and traditions that have been endowed from ages. And also promote the importance of heritage on the national and international level. Therefore this is the perfect carnival 2020 to be part of if you are planning a visit Odisha in coming February.

When: February 6 – 8
Timings: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Chandrabhaga Beach, Konark

Choreography Festival Of Dance (Samrachana)

Samrachana Festival The choreography is the chore of any dance form where a performance can hit in a minute if it’s appealing to the audience who will in turn always remember it. Such is the charm of dance forms like Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri , Kathak, Kuchipudi which are performed in the Choreography Festival of Dance. The Festival is the platform for both artists and viewers who love dance from their heart and soul. Starting from 2 March, Odisha calls out to solo travelers, family vacationers to be a part of its chivalry for once in a lifetime experience.

When: March 2 – 4
Timings: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneshwar

Gotipua Dance Festival

Gotipua Dance Festival For the solo traveler in you who wants to experience the different side of Odisha, there is Gotipua Dance Festival for you. The festival celebrates the traditional and sacred dance form of Gotipua which is the precedent of Odissi form of dancing in the eastern state. Rituals that are followed to perform the dance are unique and enjoyable in its own way where young boys adorn the attire of women to praise the divine deities Krishna and Jagannath. A group of boys performs the dance form which includes acrobatic postures symbolizing the life of Radha and Krishna. The dance begins with a prayer paying respect to earth, Jagannath and the audience present in the Rabindra Mandap. After the prayer, the group performs a three-step salutation followed by Sarigama and Abhinaya.

When: November 15 – 17
Timings: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneshwar

In all its natural aura, Odisha breaks the stereotypes and comes out as that one state which till date has culture and tradition beating in its heart. No matter where you go, you will find religious importance nurtured in the form of fairs and festivals. From touring the must visit places like Bhubaneswar and Konark to witnessing heart warming music and dance forms, you would actually say that travelling Odisha was one of your best decisions. And hence, I don’t think you need more reasons to plan your trip to Odisha. Contact us on +91-9212777223/24 and for the best affordable travel packages tailored as per you for a perfect travelling experience.

Published: 29 Nov, 2017
Tanisha Sharma


Tanisha Sharma, born and brought up in Delhi is a travel writer who longs to travel the entire world someday, exploring all the heritage sites. She also tirelessly volunteers at various animal NGOs and is quite keen about working for wildlife conservation. She loves reading romantic and fictional novels and also devotes her time listening to music. Also she likes to visit places where she can savour her favourite junk foods like momos and pizza.

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