Chidambaram is also known for its beautiful woven silk textiles, especially sarees. People from all over the country and abroad come to Chidambaram to buy special silk Bhuvanagiri silk sarees.
It was started in 1981 as an annual event, to revive and consolidate the art of Bharatha Natyam. It takes place in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum of the temple. The five-day event now features about 300-400 dancers performing Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi, Mohini Attam, Kathak, Odissi. Many accompanying artistes also converge in Chidambaram. The festival organized by the Trust known as the Natyanjali Trust attracts International attention.
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