When & Where The Chennai Festival India takes place from mid December to mid January every year the Chennai Music festival is in India, located on the Coromandel coast of the Bay of Bengal.
Chennai Festival History
Chennai Festival History First held in 1927, commemorating the anniversary of Madras Music Academy. The Tamil month of 'Margazhi' (December) is a sacred month for Hindus and Carnatic Music (South Indian classical music) has its roots in devotion to the gods.
Getting there You can fly into Chennai international airport here, or take a train from any city in India here.
Where to stay Chennai (once known as Madras) is India's fourth largest city, there's lots of cheap hotels and quality accommodation available here.
Festivals in India
In what is referred to as "December Season" there are over 300 concerts involving over 2000 expatriate Indians and scholars from around the world. The season goes on till mid January when the scene shifts to Tiruvaiyaru, near Tanjore, where 'Thyagaraja Aradhana' another Indian music festival celebrating the birth of one of the greatest Carnatic composers and one among the trinity of music - Thyagaraja.
South Indian languages like Tamil, Telugu and Kannada are used during the performance and instruments such as the Flute, Veena (a large string instrument), Goottuvadyam (similar to Veena but without frets), 'Nagaswaram' (pipe), 'Thavil' (percussion instrument), 'Mridangam' (drum), and even 'Ghatam' (a mud pot).