Konark Dance & Music Festival, that will take place between the 19-23 February 2012, started in the year 1986 at Konark Natya Mandap by its Founder-Director Padmashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. In a sense it can be called the harbinger of the contemporary festivals of Orissa. The sole aim behind this festival is to bring in many artistes into its cultural family and creating of international cultural amity and brotherhood. The festival has a wonderful website, which has all the details, including the history and past performances.