Khajuraho Dance Festival: Making Sculptured Art Alive Through Expressions & Movements
Timings: 20th February to 26th February
Venue: Western Group of Temples Area Khajuraho, Chhatarpur (M.P.)
Believe it or not, there is enduring poetry in every Indian monument, ancient or medieval. The poetry has been described through stone carvings and sculptured art that speak volumes about the daily norms and societal culture of that era. Khajuraho temples, located in Madhya Pradesh, will play host to this dance festival from 20th February to 26th February, 2018. It is organized by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad.
During this time, musicians and dancers from all around the world gather at Khajuraho temple and perform in the backdrop of Chitragupta temple and Vishwanatha temple, dedicated to sun god and lord Shiva respectively. Both the temples are located in the Western Group of Temples, which is one of the best places to visit in the month of February.
Visitors can purchase or book online tickets that range from Rs. 20 to Rs. 600. While Rs. 20 is for the day visitor, Rs.600 is for those who plan to attend this festival on a seasonal basis. If you wish to capture the classical dance form with the camera, you’ll have to pay an additional amount of Rs. 100.
The main purpose behind organizing this dance festival is to keep the ancient Indian dance forms and music alive as well as to promote classical dance and art forms. In Hinduism, there are several gods that have been portrayed as great dancers such including Shiva-the Cosmic Dancer, Lord Krishna’s Raas Leela, Kaamdeva and Rati and the beautiful Apsaras in the court of Indra- Menaka, Rambha and Urvashi.
This festival has been a great crowd puller since its inception. Plan a holiday in Khajuraho and attend the Khajuraho Dance Festival which has attained international status under the aegis of the Government of India program especially for Indian cultural program categories. The excitement surrounding the festival and the incredible festival itself makes February the best time to go to Khajuraho. The seven day extravaganza is a treat for the Indian and overseas attendees.
Among the major dance forms portrayed in this festival, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi and Manipuri are the ones that have received huge appreciation and response from different communities. In the past, several eminent classical dancers have performed in the festival such as Sujata Mahapatra, Chitra Veshwesharan, Sri Kalakrishna, Swati Sinha, Madhavi Mudgal, Kaveri Behera, Priya Venkataraman, Nadini Ghoshal, Sauvik Chakravarty and Aditi Mangaldas.
All in all, it is a musical extravaganza where the colors and classical dance forms of India will be showcased by various renowned artists to entertain and aware you about the rich Indian art and culture.
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