Khajuraho Dance Festival is a delightful extravaganza that celebrates the rich culture and heritage of India. It is a nice blend of classical music, dance and other art forms. The primary aim of this event is to keep the essence of Indian culture alive. It is organised in collaboration by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad at the Khajuraho Temples.
Khajuraho Dance Festival is acknowledged for a period of 7 days in February. In 2020, it will be held from 20th-26th February March. With the onset of this cultural event, artists from all parts of the country come to perform and showcase different dance forms. Due to all this and many other factors, this dance event comes across as an exquisite event for both domestic and international tourists.
The Khajuraho Dance Festival was started in 1975. The roots of these kinds of events can be traced back to ancient Hindu Mythology, where dance has always carried a great significance.
Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, are some of the dance forms that play an important role in the Hindu scriptures and texts. It is said that many Gods themselves used to have expertise in some dance form or the other. Lord Shiva's Nataraja form is a great example to look upon. He was the one who used to do Tandava expressing his anger.
Lord Krishna’s Rasleela along with the gopis is also a kind of dance expressed in a playful manner. Like this, one can find many other examples imbibed in our legends, history and folklore.
The history of Khajuraho as a historic site is very unclear. There are not many written references as well as records that can trace the origin of this place. The incredible artworks found in these temples have gained the attention of tourists from all over the world. Visiting this historical site you can feel various questions welling-up in your mind about the whereabouts of the kingdom, the reason behind construction of this place. The graphic representation of sexual and erotic postures in a religious place is bewildering too.
The architecture of these temples is mostly in Nagara Style. It includes mostly Hindu and Jain Temples. The sculptures on the walls of temples mostly depict the day-to-day life events along with the erotic scenes. However, the legends suggest that these temples were built in 950AD and 1050AD by the Chandela Dynasty.
Bharatnatyam. It is an Indian classical dance form that originated in the state of Tamil Nadu. It showcases the South Indian culture while majorly interpreting themes from Shaivism and Vaishnavism.
Kathak. It is one of the eight forms of Indian Classical Dance. The literal meaning of the word 'Kathak' is storytelling that is interpreted in the form of this particular Dance. During the performance, the dancers make use of various gestures and postures which define the story in a very expressive manner.
Kuchipudi. It is believed that this dance form was established in a village named Kuchipudi, situated in Andhra Pradesh. It is like a dance-drama performance with its roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra.
Manipuri. This form of dance is also known as Jagoi. It is interesting to know that Manipuri was named after the region of its origin – Manipur which is a northeastern state of India popular for its rich heritage and culture.
Musical Extravaganza. The festival also witnesses the soulful musical performance of great Indian classical music artists of India. One can enjoy the melodious sound of artists playing 'Mridangam' and 'Tabla' in coordination with the dancers.
Artists Lined Up. The festival is organised in front of Chitragupta Temple and Vishwanath Temple. This year the stage will be mesmerised with artists like ArushiNishank, Radha-Raja Reddy, Lakshmi Vishwanathan and Darshna Jhaveri.
Anyone who wants to explore the Indian culture in its essence must visit the Khajuraho group of monuments. It is located at a distance of 666km, 1,151 km, 1,074 km, and 1,623 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru respectively. Let’s see how we can travel here via the following routes.
By Air. Khajuraho has its own airport of the same name (HJR). This airport is situated in the Khajuraho, Chhatarpur district and covers an area of up to 590 acres. This airport has one asphalt runway with one terminal.
Many airlines like Vistara, Air India operate to and fro this airport from various places. After deboarding from your flight, you can easily take a means of public transportation like a cab to reach your destination.
By Train. Khajuraho has its own railway station of the same name. According to data, this train station handles about 3,000 people on a daily basis. However, it is not very well connected with all the cities. Here is the route, you can take to reach here via the following places. After you deboard at the train station, you will need to cover the remaining distance by a cab.
By Road. You can also travel to Khajuraho by road. Depending upon your location, you can easily take a cab, drive via your own vehicle or perhaps take a bus to reach here.
From Jabalpur, the bus fares are starting from Rs.286. From Indore, the fares are starting from Rs.580. From Jaipur, the bus fares are starting from Rs.400
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20 February 2020 - 26 February 2020
Khajuraho Group of Monuments
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