Khajuraho Festival of Dances – The small village of Khajuraho situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh, lies 395 Km southeast of Agra. The temples were built during the Chandela Dynasty between 250 and 1050 AD. Khajuraho strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. Khajuraho Temples are very famous among tourist coming to India on cultural Tours. In the month of February – March, Khajuraho Dance Festival is organized by the Kala Parishad under the Madhya Pradesh government. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. The aim of organizing this event is to promote cultural heritage and traditional dances of India.
Dancers from abroad also perform during this week long festival in Madhya Pardesh. Live performances of classical dances like Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri and Mohniattam are the major attractions of these dance festival.The major idea behind Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh Dance Festival is to make the cultural heritage of Khajuraho related to the present society and preserving it for the coming generation.
The dances are performed in an open-air auditorium, usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya and the Vishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, belonging to the western group.
Khajuraho Dance Festival 2011 Schedule & Performance By:
25th Feb 2009: Gajendra Panda – Odissi Group, Malvika Mitra – Kathak Solo
26th Feb 2009: Geeta Chandran – Bharatnatyam Solo, Darshana Jhaveri – Manipuri Group
27th Feb 2009: Vijaylaxmi Shivaji – Mohiniattam Solo, Vasanti Vaishnav – Kathak Solo
28th Feb 2009: Group Dance Performance
01st March 2009: Maneesha Sathe – Kathak Solo, C.V. Chandrashekhar – Bharatnatyam Solo
2nd March 2009: Kalamandalam N.R. Gramprakash – Kathkali Group, Kiran Sehgal – Odissi Group,Ishira & Moulik Shah-Kathak Duet
3rd March 2009: Vaijayanti Kashi – Kuchipudi Solo, Rajendra Gangani – Kathak Group
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