Khajuraho Dance Festival|
Khajuraho, is a small village situated in the Chatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. This tiny village is one of the major tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh, due to the presence of the world famous temples. Tourists from far and near visit this place to view these temples which are known for supremely artistic representation of human sexuality in those days, and magnificent temple architecture. The different cultural festivities associated with Khajuraho also promote tourism in Madhya Pradesh. The Khajuraho dance festival is one such event which attracts a huge crowd every year.
Khajuraho dance festival takes place every year from 25th February to 2nd March in the open air auditorium, close to the Chitragupta Temple and the Vishwanatha Temple. While the Chitragupta temple is dedicated to the Sun God, the Vishwanatha temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the famous Hindu deity. Both are situated in the Western group of the temples and are well maintained besides being easily accessible from the different parts of Khajuraho.
This dance festival became a yearly phenomenon from the year 2002 and lasts for a week. The temple also bears a different appearance during this period. Clasical dance performers usually participate in large numbers in the Khajuraho dance festival. The temple itself depicts various forms of court performances and dance performance in this atmosphere is even more befitting. Different performers from all over the country, who have made a mark in their respective fields, come to perform here at Khajuraho. Bharatnatyam, the intricate footwork of kathak, the temple dance of Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi and even Kathakali, with its colorful masks, are all part of this festival. It appears as though the different colors of India have come under one roof through this festival.
During the recent times, modern Indian dances have also made their way into the Khajuraho dance festival.
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