The Modhera Dance Festival is an annual event organized by
the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited. The festival is a 3-day event held
in the third week of January. It coincides with the end of the Uttarayan
festival. Uttarayan marks the end of winter, and Gujaratis celebrate it with a
kite flying fest.
The festival is held in Modhera village. The imposing Sun
temple forms the backdrop for the festival. The 11th century temple was built
by the kings of the Solanki empire on the knoll of a hill in Modhera village.
The temple is positioned on the hill in such a manner that the first rays of
the morning sun light up the deity in the innermost sanctum of the temple. The
Modhera temple is noted for its sculptures, especially those of the Sun God.
Happens at the Modhera Dance Festival?
The festival sees classical and folk dancers from across the
country coming to this little village in Gujarat for the pleasure of dancing in
an atmosphere that is similar to the days when these dance forms were evolving.
The Sun temple and its environs add a special charm and appeal to the dance
performances. The performances are appreciated by connoisseurs of dance who
come from across the country for the festival.
The people from Modhera and its
neighboring villages are a vital and vibrant part of the festival.
The aim of the festival was not only to showcase India’s
different dance and art forms, but also to present them in a setting that would
evoke the glories of the past. Every year, efforts are made to ensure that
dance troupes and performers from all over the country are invited and that
there is a variety of dance forms on display.
Modhera and How to Reach It
Modhera is located in
the Mehsana district of Gujarat, and it is 25 km from Mehsana town. The village
is 100 km from Ahmadabad. The village has good rail and road connections.
opting to fly would have to go to Ahmadabad and then drive down. The closest
railways station is Mehsana. Taxis and local transport will take you from
Mehsana to Modhera.