By T3 News Network , Jan 05, 2016

The Chhattisgarh government is set to organise the fourth edition of ‘Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival’, a cultural event dedicated to creating international cultural amity and brotherhood, during January 29-31, 2016. The upcoming festival will be organised on an international scale. The festival offers a first-hand experience of a rare union of art and culture in music and dance forms.

This event is organised every year in January by Chhattisgarh Tourism Board in order to promote Buddhist sites in Sirpur. The Buddhist cultural heritage has a long and special history that dates back to more than 2,500 years and unites most of South, South-East and East Asia. The influence of Buddhism can be seen across all Asian countries in terms of history and culture.

The extravaganza attracts renowned Indian and foreign artistes. A galaxy of national stars have added dazzle to the festival… Padmabhushan Pt. Chhannulal Mishra, Padmashri Madhavi Mudgal, Padmashri Prahlad Singh Tipaniya, Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Padma Vibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj, Shri Rahul Sharma, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Padmabhushan Smt. Teejanbai, Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram and Padmashri Wadali Brothers.

International artistes have equally enthralled audiences. Pete Lockett, George Brooks and Leonard Eto are some of the names that have featured here. The festival has also come as a big boon to local artistes who have literally been able to showcase their craft on an international stage.

The Festival is greatly appreciated by international ambassadors and higher officials from the Republic of Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Vietnam and Sri Lanka, who gushingly acknowledge it as a centre of international culture and celebration.

In just three years, the Sirpur Festival has gained global acclaim. Sirpur boasts of a glorious past; the festival is ensuring a celebrated present and future as well. Sirpur is an extraordinarily beautiful travel experience that takes one back in time. A historical site with a rich, ancient legacy, is a vortex of spirituality, especially Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. The highlight of this holy town is its astonishing monuments – temples and Buddhist viharas, which attract tourists from all over the world.

The heritage town’s culturally rich ambiance provides the perfect canvas to the Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival. The centre stage itself is set into the backdrop of the famous Laxman Temple – an architectural masterpiece dating back to the 7th century.



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