78th Year Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav scheduled to be held on and from the 17 May, 2018.

Melattur Bhagavata Mela Natakam Prahlada Charitam
performed on 19th May 2018




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The centuries old Utsav is held annually with religious fervour in the sannidhi of Lord Sri Varadaraja--the deity of Melattur--as part of celebration of Sri Nrusimha Jayanti.

The ritualistic Bhagavata Mela tradition, a Telugu Heritage nurtured in Tamil country, richly deserves a vast support from the art-world. Came into being as a result of Bhakti movement about 400 years ago, it is not far different from the Kuchipudi Bhagavata Mela.

The Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav – 2018 features not only Bhagavata Mela natakams but many fitting events akin to Bhagavata Mela also. Celebrities in the field of classical dance, music, Sanskrit theatre, research scholars and tourists throng the village during the Bhagavata Mela.  Visit to Melattur to witness the natakams is considered a “pilgrimage”.

The splendour, exuberance and purity of purpose of this tradition are to be witnessed at Melattur to believe. Preserved in pristine purity as a true temple-art with no commercial interests, this great theatre-art, considered as the only surviving link in Tamil Nadu today that connects us to the ancient Sanskrit theatre, struggles for survival not to mention the pernicious odds and hardship that are in our way, and the lack of the deserving support and encouragement to it from the art-world, public and mass media.

As you have always been eulogizing the greatness and events of music, dance and drama, we very humbly request you to accentuate the glory and image of Bhagavata Mela through your powerful writing and, thus help the tradition rise above its accursed state. We do hope that you will be kind enough to accept this invitation, visit Melattur and be part of the Mahotsav.

Let us please have your travel plan for us to book your travel tickets, logistics, boarding & lodging, etc.

Looking forward to the pleasure of paying host to you at Melattur soon.

With Warm regards,
(S Natarajan)
President & Chairman
Choreographer, Artistic Director, Dancer & Chief Organizer

Jai Sri Nrusimha:
Loka Samastha: Sukhino Bhavanthu:


Backgound music: Veena by B Kannan


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