The Khajuraho Dance Festival is the celebration of the traditional dance forms against the backdrop of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cultural presentation is an intriguing spectacle of art and traditions of India presented in the form of dance. The site being testimony to India culture and traditions is ideal to present the classical forms of dance. As the winters pass to make for spring, the Dance Festival is organized. Spectators from all over the world attend the demonstration of art in the dance form.
History of Khajuraho Dance
Khajuraho is an ancient site of India. The temples of the area were built during the rule of Rajput Chandela Dynasty dating back to the 10th century. For around 200 years there were numerous beautiful monument erected by the rulers. The temples had exquisite treasure of carvings. The carved art ranges from day to day lifestyle to karmic sexual activities. The site was lost in the changing wheels of time. After being rediscovered, Khajuraho and its rich heritage appealed to tourists.
Dance is a celebrated art in Hindu Mythology. Hindu myths have various narrations of great dancers. Shiva's cosmic dance, Tandava, Lord Krishna’s Raas Leela with the gopis (female partners) and the legendary apsaras such as Menaka, Urvashu and Rambha are the most narrated tales of powerful and mesmerizing dances. The practice to organize the festival started from 2002. The dances fascinated crowds and became a tradition. The festival became a popular tradition paying tribute to classical dance, music and art of India.
Celebrations of Khajurao Dance
Khajuraho Festival is organized by the Kala Parishad under the Madhya Pradesh government whereby many popular classical dancers from all over India perform. Discover the glamour of Indian traditions, dance and music. The best known dance forms in India are presented in the festival. Performances of the intricate footwork of Kathak, highly stylized and sophisticated Bharathnatyam, soft lyrical temple dance of Odissi, the dance dramas of Kuchipudi and Manipuri, the ancient civilization and Kathakali stage fights with elaborate masks keeps the audiences spellbound.
The festival is held to showcase the beauty of human emotions with dance. The event is held at open air auditoriums in two of the most popular temples of Khajuraho, the Chitragupta & Vishwanatha Temple.
Although the event is a display of dance forms, homage is given to the numerous unnamed artisans who brought to life the exquisite carvings of Khajuraho. It is a remembrance to the heritage that withstood the ravages of time and whose glory still shines through and draws visitors from all over the globe.
Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018
Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018 will be celebrated for 7 days. The festival starts on 20th February and shall continue till 26th February.
KHAJURAHO DANCE FESTIVAL
20-26 February, 2018 (Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh)
|20 February 2018|
|Aarushi Nishank, Uttarakhand||Kathak|
|Radha — Raja Reddy, New Delhi (Awarded)||Kuchipudi|
|Lakshmi Viswanathan, Chennai (Awarded)||Bharatnatyam|
|21 February 2018|
|Padmini Durairajan, Maya Shyam Sundar & Group Hema Tharoora — Kalaanjali, Chennai||Bharatnatyam|
|Gauri sharma, Nandani Sharma, Kanchan Kandpaal, New Delhi||Kathak `Teehar|
|Darshna Jhaveri, Mumbai (Awarded)||Manipuri|
|Guru Jitendra Maharaj, New Delhi (Awarded)||Kathak|
|22 February 2018|
|Mohini Moghe & Group, Jabalpur||Kathak Group|
|G. Kalewani Rajmohan, New Delhi||Bharat Natyam|
|Neelam Choudhary and Group — Ninaad, Patna||Kathak Group|
|23 February 2018|
|Anuradha Vikranth, Bengaluru||Bharatanatyam (Duet)|
|Shayoni Chavda & Group, Kolkata||Kathak (Group)|
|Ragni Chandrashekhar & Group Kalaangan, New Delhi||Bharatanatyam Group|
|Akhilesh Chaturvedi, Mumbai||Kathak|
|24 February 2018|
|Richa Jain, Delhi||Kathak|
|Kadambari Shivaya, Mumbai||Odissi|
|Veena Vijaya Murthy and group (Sri Raja Rajeshwari kala Niketan, Bangalore)||Kuchipudi Group|
|Ayushi Dixit, Indore||Kathak|
|25 February 2018|
|Palak Tiwari, Raipur||Kathak|
|Sneha Chakradhar, New Delhi||Bharatnatyam|
|Vijaya Sharma & Group, Bhopal||Kathak|
|Kavita Thakur & Group, New Delhi||Kathak|
|26 February 2018|
|Sri Kamakhya Kalapeeth, (Centre for Indian Classical Dances) Director Dr. Sonal Mansingh||Sankalp se Siddhi, Swachh Bharat Ko Samarpit|
|Khushboo Panchal, Ujjain||Kathak|
|Kavita Mohanty and Group — Nratya Abinaye New Delhi||Odissi group|
|Maryada (Maya) K Nigam, New Delhi||Kathak|
How to Reach Khajuraho
By Air: Khajuraho city has its own city airport. The domestic air terminal is connected with cities of India. The monuments lies 12 kilometers from the airport. Buses, taxis and cabs frequent the world heritage site.
By Rail : Khajuraho city has its own railway station. The monuments are just 5 km from the railhead. Major cities of India are well connected by rail.
By Road: Khajuraho enjoys smooth connectivity by roads to cities in Madhya Pradesh and all over India. State owned buses, taxis and private vehicles commute to the city.
If you are planning to attend the Khajuraho Dance Festival make plans for stay in the city choosing from our selection of comfy and luxury hotels in Khajuraho. Indulge in the cultural presentation of dance, music and art. Also check out Madhya Pradesh Tour Packages to explore the intriguing UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho, Bhimbetka and Sanchi. The cities of Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Ujjain, Omkareshwar and Orchha are also intriguing to explore. Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha Tiger Reserve are popular natural locales for adventures.