Festival Time- February to March
Duration- February to March
Celebrated in- Khajuraho, Bundelkhand, and Madhya Pradesh
Highlights of the Festival- Colorful dance performances that showcases the cultural heritage of Khajuraho temples
Venue of celebration- Western group of temples (Khajuraho)
Khajuraho is located in northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh and popular all across world for its heart-stirring and erotic temples. Dance festival at Khajuraho is commemorated with high spirits at the time when the king of all the seasons, spring, takes place and the frostiness of winter starts to melt down. The most vibrant, exhilarating, and colorful styles of Indian classical dance are performed by dancers and offer a feast to spectators.
The magnificent extravaganza is celebrated for a week and draws the attention of people from far and near. The charm of these dance forms has not faded over many years, nor have the living rituals and traditions of these heart-stirring styles lost their aura and fluidity over the passage of time.
Khajuraho Dance Festival is one of the most prominent festivals of India. The 7 day long dance gala showcases the sumptuousness of the Indian dance styles. This festivity witnesses the awe-inspiring performances by some of the wonderful dancers of India that perform against the eye-catching milieu of the well-beautified and illuminated shrines. Kathakali, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, and Kathak are some dance styles that are performed here.
The dance festival is organized in an open air auditorium and generally at the front of the Vishwanat temple, which is devoted to Lord Shiva and Chitragupta temple that is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya). On this grand occasion, artists from all across nation participate in this festival and present their art in front of dance lovers. It is also said that all the dance styles of India are originated from Hindu worship places. This stirring cultural festival is held every year to support the Indian music, art, and dance driven from one generation to the other.
Along with these attention-grabbing dance shows, a number of art and craft items are sold in an open market.
Khajuraho dance festival is organized as a commemoration of the enriching heritage of Khajuraho temples and preserving it for the next generation. The prime idea behind this dance festival is to showcase the rich, colorful, and sumptuous heritage of India to the present society.