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
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
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,
President & Chairman
Choreographer, Artistic Director, Dancer & Chief Organizer
Jai Sri Nrusimha:
Loka Samastha: Sukhino Bhavanthu: