The Notes and Rhythms of the South

On this splendid journey you will explore the rich musical heritage of the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Carnatic classical music, one of the two established forms of Indian classical music is the musical soul of southern India. Its style, instruments and beauty reflect the rusticity and the richness of the geography in which it bloomed. On this journey you will essentially soak in the nectar of music of south India and perhaps get inspired by the graceful movements of its dances.

Tamil Nadu and Kerala boast of great contributions to southern style of classical music and dances. This pathway takes you into the heart of southern musical landscape beginning with its cultural capital, Chennai. It winds its way through the plains of Tamil Nadu via the ancient sculptural extravagance in Mahabalipuram; the erstwhile French colony of Pondicherry; the birthplace of the Trinity of Carnatic music, Thanjavur; the heartland of Tamil culture, Madurai; Kerala’s performance art capital, Cheruthuruthy and ending in Kerala’s glorious cultural hub, Kochi.

Highlights:

  • Take a walk along the dancer’s trail in Chennai
  • Visit Kalakshetra, a flourishing performance arts school in Chennai
  • Listen to a live classical performance in Chennai
  • Visit a manufacturing center of the Veena, the ancient lyre of the south. Witness and interact with the artisans pouring life into it
  • Witness students learning and performing Kathakali, an ancient expressive storytelling dance form and relive mythology

Best Time to Travel

December and January would be ideal to attend the Madras Music Season. The weather is beautiful between November and March, but can be done any time of the year.

Places Covered

Tamil Nadu, Kerala: Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Madurai, Cheruthuruthy, Kochi

Price Range

USD 2,500 and above (per person)

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