Khajuraho Dance Festival

The Khajuraho Dance Festival is where culture and traditions come together to offer a compelling experience. Khajuraho is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khajuraho Temples. These temples are perfect epitomes of ancient architectural brilliance of Chandela Rulers. Other than the temples, Khajuraho Dance Festival is something that every art lover craves for. This weeklong festival takes place every year amid the magnificent ambiance of Khajuraho Temples in Madhya Pradesh.

The event enjoys the presence of the best classical dancers from all across India. Celebrating the charisma of human emotions and religious philosophy, the festival attracts thousands of tourists. Artists from all parts of the country showcase different dance forms during this festival making it a true delight for both domestic and international tourists.
 
About the Dance Festival
The Khajuraho Dance Festival is a seven day long festival. The festival is an attempt to revive and preserve the Indian cultural heritage. The festival was started in the year 1975 to celebrate the richness of Indian classical dance forms. The different types of Indian classical dance forms include Kathak, Kathakali, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Mohiniyattam among the others. The dance festival takes place in front of the Chitragupta temple, which is dedicated to Lord Surya, and the Vishwanath temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Time of the Festival
This famous dance festival of Khajuraho is celebrated annually in the month of February in the open spaces of Khajuraho group of temples.

Indian Dance Forms
The event exhibits various famous dance forms of India. These include Kathak, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Manipuri, Mohiniyattam, Sattriya and Chhau. Coming from different parts of the country, all these dance forms differ in expressions. All these dances have one thing in common, i.e. the grace with which they are performed.

Traditionally religious in nature, all these dance forms include traditional music or the recitation of verses in the local language or Sanskrit. The dancers enact scenes from classic Sanskrit plays, and are extremely expressive in nature. Organised by the Tourism board of Madhya Pradesh, the event promotes the Indian heritage.

Participants
The festival provides platform to the young dancers to prove their calibre by performing in front of visitors. It is a cultural event that attracts enthusiasts of traditional Asian performing art. Dancers from far and wide visit Khajuraho to take part in the festival.

Highlights
The dance festival begins at seven in the evening and goes on till late at night. Western dance forms have only been added to it recently.

Internationally famed, the Khajuraho Dance Festival is acclaimed by international dancers as well as academies. The dance festival offers a rare opportunity to see the performance of maestros and grand dames of Indian.

As you bid adieu to dusk making way for the night, the lamps in the temple in a golden radiance create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the event. The euphonic strains of the flute set the mood. The “Mrindangam” (an Indian musical instrument) and the tabla create rhythms resounded by the “Ghungroo” of the dancers.

Activities
Apart from the dance performances, there are also various art & craft work exhibited by the locals. The local villagers indulge in trading off their innate arts and crafts to the visitors. The Dance Festival is the perfect opportunity for the locals to showcase their talent and work to the international tourists.

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