April 05, 2022
CM Content Team
As the spring slowly replaces the winter mist, the sleepy temple town of Khajuraho wakes up to the Khajuraho Dance Festival. Bringing this titillating town to the top of a wanderer’s wish list, the month of February marks the beginning of this one-of-a-kind cultural festival, that leaves the onlookers open-mouthed.
Offering an otherworldly experience Khajuraho Festival of Dances is a living specimen of India’s rich historic and culturally diverse tapestry. If you still haven’t been a part of this eclectic experience, it is time to head straight to this theatrical settlement all set to stage the 48th edition of the Khajuraho Festival.
An eponymous cluster of temples featuring architectural brilliance makes Khajuraho one among the top UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Famed the world over for the finest temple art, the layout of the temples showcases a combination of masculine and feminine deities and cyphers that highlight interdependence. The profound artwork that swathes the three groups of temples is symbolic of the cycle of life being dharma, kama, artha, and moksha.
Built between 250 and 1050 AD, by the Chandela Dynasty, as per the historical records, only 25 have survived out of 85 temples. Little is known about this temple's complex through mythical folklores. The nagar-style architecture characterizing jaw-dropping erotic stone sculptures depicting human sensuality makes this mammoth group of temples one of the most riveting heritage sites in the world.
Mesmeric and spellbinding are performances at the Khajuraho Dance Festival that set the eyes of the audience reeling while they stand beeline gazing at this mega event. Each year, the month of February witnesses this grandiose episode that unveils at Khajuraho’s majestic temple premises.
The existence of numerous gods and goddesses mastering music and dance forms has special mention in the Hindu mythology. Like Shiva’s cosmic dance the “tandava” and “raas leela”, Krishna’s dance with the Gopis. Khajuraho Dance Festival is one such celebration that revels in this divine connection and also rejoices the age-old Indian classical dance traditions.
Witness the spectacular architectural wonder rise right in front of your eyes as the glowing floodlights bring the cluster of Khajuraho temples to life at dusk. This week-long festival begins every evening attracting herds of art lovers, archaeologists, and history buffs.
Finest classical dancers and performing artists from across the country come to take part in the Khajuraho Dance Festival. Iconic dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, and Kathakali are staged against the magnificent backdrop of the primordial edifices.
Characterizing a vibe so hypnotic the Khajuraho dance festival comes into play when intriguing artists/ performers (characters in a story) puffed with flashy make-up, dawning gaudy clothes, and rare adornments, thump their feet on rhythmic tunes. Being one with the crowd and feeling the supreme vibrations, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Nothing can match this cultural extravaganza characterizing a striking blend of history, art, and culture that is set to kick off on February 20, 2022, at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. An enduring initiative of Ustad Alauddin Khan Sangeet evam Kala Academy & Madhya Pradesh Government, the Khajuraho Dance Festival is being organized by Madhya Pradesh Sanskriti Parishad.
A boon to Madhya Pradesh Tourism, this spirited Nationally internationally acclaimed festival will stage the purest embodiment of emotions, grace, and nuance of Indian classical dance forms. Apart from the lineup of dance and musical performances, the current edition of the Khajuraho Dance Festival promises to host
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Entry is free for all, yet will be allowed on a first-come-first basis and the programs are subject to change. Social distancing, wearing masks, and following the COVID 19 guidelines is mandatory for all visitors.
As the festival starts in the evening on all days, travellers have ample time to indulge themselves in some sightseeing. There are plenty of places to visit in Madhya Pradesh while your stay, don’t miss to visit.
Apart from sightseeing, you can also tick off your checklist of top things to do in Madhya Pradesh.
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Don’t miss being a part of the enigma that applauds the sumptuous mix of heritage, art, and culture. Discover the multidimensional face of India with the Khajuraho Dance Festival.
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