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Khajuraho Dance Festival
20th Feb – 26th Feb' 2015

A time warp can transport us to any era in the universe. Alas! The scientists have yet to invent a device for transporting beings to a different place or time. Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock don't exist in real life. Star Trek however gave us the feel of getting energized and transported through a machine to any geographical destination on earth and elsewhere in the galaxy. Given a chance I would love to be a witness to the sound of a hammer and chisel on stone by medieval sculptors carving the world famous Khajuraho temples with the mesmerizing statues displaying the erotica of yore.

Khajuraho, nestled in the state of Madhya Pradesh is a place globally acclaimed for some of the most beautiful temples on the planet belonging to the medieval periods made by the Chandela rulers. This destination is of great tourist and archaeological relevance. The Khajuraho temples truly depict the epitome of Indian architecture design. The sculptures represented at Khajuraho include the cult images, Parivara devatas (Family deities), Apsaras or Sura-Sundaris. Secular and animal sculptures can be seen at Kandariya Madadeva temple which displays tall & slender figures with distinctive physiognomy. The erotic figures here have given us the finest sculptural compositions offered in abundance with rare sensitivity and warmth of fluidic emotions. The most important temples at Khajuraho include Lakshman Vishwanatha, Kandariya Mahadeva, Jagadambi, Chitragupta, Dulhadeo, Parshavanatha, Adinatha, Vaman, Javari and Chaturbhuja.

For someone who is intrigued by and besotted with Indian classical dance, Khajuraho Festival will unarguably provide all the desired feel and flavor. One of the famous cultural events of India, Khajuraho Festival grabs attention of every traveler in the month of February. This is a seven day festival and during this tenure one can collect memorabilia to last a lifetime.

Khajuraho Festival is a week-long panorama of Indian classical dance forms showcased by exponents. This festival is organized by the Kala Parishad under the Madhya Pradesh government, and invites all popular dancers within the country. The sole aim to organize this festival is to preserve and promote the Indian culture and heritage, which is widely acclaimed globally by art connoisseurs. The numerous dance forms showcased in Khajuraho festival include - Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri and Mohiniattam to name a few. The festival is held to showcase the beauty of human emotions are been held at two of the most popular temples of Khajuraho - Chitragupta & Vishwanatha Temple.

The talented dancers showcase their dancing skills amidst the enchanting sounds and scintillating lights complimented by an excellent backdrop. The performers are some of the best artistes from different parts of the country. The year 2002 saw the Khajuraho Dance Festival take a step forward towards a fusion of varied Indian attire, dance steps and tunes. Other than stalwarts, this festival also provides a platform for young upcoming dancers who wish to prove their caliber in front of a large audience. The array of dance performances takes place in the open spaces of Khajuraho group of temples. The whole set up is simply divine and beyond words. Overall, the dance festival offers a lifetime opportunity to its visitors to witness some breathtaking performances by maestros and grand danseuses of India.

Internationally famed, the Khajuraho Dance Festival is acclaimed by International dancers as well as academies world over. In 2015 Khajuraho Dance Festival is scheduled from 20th Feb to 26th Feb. One can directly reach Khajuraho by Air from major Indian cities like Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi in addition to Kathmandu in Nepal. Furthermore, Khajuraho has good rail connectivity with nearest railway stations being at Mahoba and Harpalpur.

As dusk paves its path for the approaching night, the lamps in the temples around emit a golden radiance which creates a perfect ambience to enjoy this annual dance festival. The wavy strains of the flute notes coupled with the fantasy of "Mrindangam" (an Indian percussion instrument) along with the euphoric "Tabla" create multiplicity of rhythms, further reverberated by the "Ghungroos" tied to the soft murmuring feet of these dancers.

Besides enjoying the dance performances, art & craft work is also exhibited by the locals. The local villagers indulge in trading off their innate arts and crafts to the visitors. The event provides the local populace an opportunity to showcase and display their indigenous art work to the International tourists. This proves to be a major platform for displaying talent and generating revenue for these local families. Come…behold the dazzling Indian classical dance odyssey at the Khajuraho Dance Festival this coming Feb!