When: 2 - 3 March 2013 Where: Elephanta Caves, Mumbai
The Elephanta Festival is organised by Maharashtra Tourism at the Elephanta Caves across Mumbai harbour. The festival is dedicated to classical music and dance forms of India and is a preferred destination for culture lovers.
Traditionally, visitors are welcomed and a folk dance performance by the local fishermen tribes starts off the festivities. The magnificent sculptures on the caves are truly a sight that cannot be overlooked. The ‘Maheshmurti’, deity of Lord Shiva, is the central sculpture and the core point of celebration, which is lit up at night and provides a perfect backdrop for the stage. The evening is filled with live music and folk dances and the festival serves as a platform for well-known dancers and musicians to showcase their talent. Apart from these fun-filled performances, there are a plenty of ethnic local delicacies that are served at the venue. The Elephanta Festival is worthy of keeping alive the heritage of Indian music, dance, and art!
How to reach the festival venue
The venue for the Elephanta Festival is the Elephanta Caves on the Gharapuri Island which is at a distance of 10kms from the Mumbai harbour.
Regular motor launch services operate from the dock, next to the Gateway of India, between 8am-3pm.