DakshinaChitra celebrates the Marghazhi and Village Heritage Festival from 30th Dec to 31st Jan 2016.The festival coincides with the New Year Celebration and has been tailor-made to suit the festive mood and there will be dancing all day in village style. This is a unique opportunity to witness the rich and varied folk art forms of South India. 30th Dec 2015 – 3rd Jan 2016: Tamil Nadu Folk dance performance by Mohanam Cultural Centre, Pondicherry Mohanam troupe will be performing Silambatam, Karagaatam, Kolaattam, Kutchiattam, Thappattam, Thala Mela which are ancient Tamil folk dances of Tamil Nadu.

6th – 10th Jan 2016: Suggi kunitha folk dance performance by Siddi Sanskratik Kala Tanda, Karnataka Suggi Kunitha is a dance form which is executed during harvest festival in many parts of Karnataka. This dance contains no religious connotations. It’s a dance movement performed rigorously with drums. 13th – 17th Jan 2016: Pongal Festival -Myillattam, Poikal kudhirai and Karagam by Raju and Troupe This Harvest Festival is very popular in Tamilnadu and is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur at DakshinaChitra, creating the mood and colours of rural Tamil Nadu- Folk dances like Myillattam, Poikal kudhirai and Karagam by Thanjai .G.Raju and Troupe will be performed on all the days. 20th Jan 2016 – 24rd Jan 2016: Panchavadhyam performance by P. Mukuntha Prasad of Panchavadya Sangam, Kerala: Panchavadhyam, an orchestra of five instruments, is basically a temple art form that has evolved in Kerala. Of the five instruments, four – timila, maddalam, ilathalam and idakka – belong to the percussion category, while the fifth, kombu, is a wind instrument. 27th – 31st Jan 2016: Tappeta Gullu performance by Satthiraju and troupe, Andhra Pradesh. Tappeta Gullu is a devotional dance of Andhra Pradesh popular in the districts of Srikakulam, and Vishakhapatnam. During the ancient times it was performed by cowherds and shepherds to amuse the Rain Goddess, Gangamma. At present the dance is performed in all village festivals celebrated in honour of the deity. The vigour, rhythm and tempo of Tappeta Gullu are exceptional. The songs that are sung during the Tappeta Gullu dance are mostly in praise of Lord Vishnu. The performance timings are 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm.

The Margazhi season, an annual winter festival in Chennai of classical music concerts and dance performances named after the Tamil month, is likely to go ahead despite floods that have devastated the city following torrential rain in the first week of December.