The Khajuraho Dance Festival 2017 will be held from 20th February to 26th February at Khajuraho. The Khajuraho Dance Festival is one of the most important cultural events in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Khajuraho Dance Festival, organised by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, is a one-week-long festival of classical dances held annually against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificently lit Khajuraho Temples in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. The festival is celebrated at a time when the hardness of winter begins to fade and the king of all seasons, spring, takes over.
The main aim of this festival is to promote the cultural magnificence of the country and its classical dance forms. This cultural event rightly showcases the opulence of the different classical dance forms of the country like Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathakali and Manipuri. The event comes with presentations of the most famous dancers in their area. Of late, the contemporary dance of India has been included in the events. The festival features dance performances by artists of world fame.
The dance festival is marked by the several performances by renowned artists of India who have made a mark for themselves in the art of dancing. However this festival also presents itself with a platform for young and talented new artists as well. Other than Indian performers, dancers from other countries also gather here to show their talent. The dances are performed in an open-air auditorium, usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (the Sun God) and the Vishvanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, belonging to the western group.
The dance festival is also an opportunity for the display of local art and craft of the people. Khajuraho Dance Festival attracts travellers not only from India but also from international travelers who want to explore the rich Indian culture and its history.
Khajuraho is an ancient city located in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh and is well known all over the world for its beautiful temples. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the seven wonders of India and also one of the top places to visit in India. Khajuraho temples are famous for their nagara-style architecture, grand structures and their erotic sculptures. The stone carvings of human and animal form in erotic poses are very aesthetically portrayed and stand testimony to the rich cultural heritage of India.
Temples in Khajuraho are divided into various groups such as the Western group and Southern group. It consists of total 85 Temples spread across an area of 20 sq. km. Most of these monuments were built between 950 to 1050 CE under the reign of the Chandella dynasty. The most famous temples are Kandriya Mahadevi, Chausth Yogini, Brahma, Lalgun Mahadev, Matangeshwar, Varaha, Lakshman, Parshwanath, Chaturbhuja, Ghantai, Vishwanath, Devi Jagdambi, Chitragupta, Vaman, Adinath and Duladev.