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Khajuraho Dance Festival

Khajuraho Dance FestivalQuick Facts
Celebrated in : Khajuraho, Bundalkhand, Madhya Pradesh
Festival Time : Feb/March
Duration : 25th February to 3rd March
Highlights : Different forms of Indian Classical Dance, Celebration of the cultural heritage of Khajuraho temples and upholding it for the coming generation.
Venue : Western Group of temples, Khajuraho

Khajuraho Dance Festival - Celebrating the Cultural Heritage
Khajuraho Dance Festival is one of those festivals of India that all dance lovers eagerly wait for. The 7-day Khajuraho Dance Festival, which is supposed to take place from 25th February to 2nd March every year from 2002 to 2009, highlights the richness of the Indian classical dance. This festival sees performance by some of the best classical dancers in India every year, which perform against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificently lit temples. The various dances performed here are Kathak, Odissi, Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali. Modern Indian dance is a recent addition.
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Khajuraho is situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh and lies 395 Km southeast of Agra. Khajuraho is known for its enchanting temples. But now this legendary dance festival has added to its popularity. The reason why this dance festival was born was to make the cultural heritage of Khajuraho relevant to the present society and also for preserving it for the coming generation. Besides the dance performances, visitors and tourists can also buy local handmade garments and articles in an open market space.

The week- long festival of classical dances is held every year in February/March against the befitting backdrop of the magnificently lit temples. The dances that are presented here are that of Kathak, Odissi, Kathakali, Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Manipuri. The best in these dances are specially invited for performing their art here. The artists are rewarded for their performances and it is a truly cultural bliss for the lovers and supporters of these ancient dance forms.

The dances are performed in an open-air auditorium, usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (the Sun God) and the Vishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, belonging to the western group. Along with the popular performers, a number of craftsmen display their crafts to the visitors. There is an open market where local articles are there for sale. Khajuraho Dance Festival is conducted as a celebration of the cultural heritage of Khajuraho temples and upholding it for the coming generation.

So, main idea behind Khajuraho Dance Festival is to make the cultural heritage of Khajuraho pertinent to the present society and keeping it for the coming generation. On this occasion a number of artists and craftsmen participates in the workshop and seminar and present their art to the various visitors and tourist. This festival is known not only in our country but also to the outside world in mass.
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