Source: deccanchronicle.com; Author: J.V. Siva Prasanna Kumar; Photo Courtesy: deccanchronicle.com

The cool breeze, the frolicking waves and the silhouette of the ancient Shore Temple – the quintessence of the historical Mamallapuram is the perfect background for spending winter evening hours blissfully watching the graceful movements of Indian classical dancers and racy folk dancers.

The motley crowd of audience who also comprise a large number of foreigners forget the nippy weather and their worries, perhaps, and intently watch Bha­rat­anatyam, Kuchi­pudi, Kathak, Odissi and the folk dances of Tamil Nadu.

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Padma Lakshmi Suresh performs for thousands of local and foreign rasikas near shore temple at the month long Mahabalipuram dance festival.