Ellora Ajanta Festival – Dance and Music Festival


Ellora Ajanta Aurangabad Festival

Place: Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Month : January
Premises : Soneri Mahal, Dr. Bababsaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus
& Kalagram, near Garware Stadium, Chikalthana, Aurangabad
Kind: Dance and music festival

Ellora Ajanta is a dance and music festival held in January in the beautiful Soneri Mahal in Aurangabad. Dating back to the 17th century, this architectural wonder was built by Pahadsing, an Orchha chief.

The festival previously known as the Ellora Festival took place in the splendid setting of the world heritage listed rock temple of Ellora, about 30 km from Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Ellora includes around 34 caves carved into the sloping slope of the Chamadri hills. Excavated between 600 and 1000 AD, the caves belong to the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu religions. Ellora represents some 300 years of experiences carried out by different faiths with their very different iconography and structural compulsions. Another 28 caves were later discovered by the Archeological Survey of India. Ellora’s masterpiece is the Kailash Temple. It is the largest monolithic sculpture in the world, carved from a rock by 7,000 workers over a period of 150 years.

This festival, organized at the Soneri Mahal since 2002, presents a mixture of classical and folk dances, instrumental, vocal, milajula mushira, etc. of the best talents in Indian music and dance. The Festival aims to highlight the historical and pictorial sites of Aurangabad and its surroundings. It is a unique and charming way to experience some of them such as Daulatabad, Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Panchakki (a water mill), Lonar, Shirdi and the beautiful caves of Ellora and Ajanta, s’ steeped in centuries of history and culture. Along with the Ellora Ajanta festival, Kalagram – Haat Handicrafts from Aurangabad will host Lokotsav which showcases the region’s antiques, crafts, folk arts and cuisine.

Ellora Ajanta Aurangabad Festival is organized by Aurangabad Festival Committee under the chairmanship of Division Commissioner Aurangabad in association with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), where renowned Indian artists showcase their talents in music and dance.

Contact address

  • Chair of the Ellora Ajanta Festival Committee and District Magistrate
    Collector’s Office, Aurangabad.
    Phone: 0240 – 2331200

  • Secretary and Senior Regional Director
    MTDC, Holiday Resort, Station Road, Aurangabad
    Phone: 0240 – 2331198
    E-mail: Contact now

  • Ellora Ajanta Aurangabad Festival
    Chief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary (Housing Department)
    Mantralaya, Bombay.
    Phone. : 022 – 22024678, 22871515

  • Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC)
    Tours Express, 9th floor,
    Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400021
    Phone. : 022 – 22024482/4522/4584
    Fax: 022 – 22024521
    E-mail: Contact now
    Website: www.maharashtratourism.gov.in

How to get there

Air: The nearest airport is Aurangabad.
Rail: Aurangabad is the closest station on the South Central Railway Line. Bombay – Aurangabad via Manmad (388 km) and via Pune
(400 km).
Road: Aurangabad, is well served by road. Tourists can take a taxi from Aurangabad to access
Ajanta and the Ellora Caves.


Gerald R. Schneider

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