In my series of Festivals/ Celebrations on my blog across the country, I bring forth for you – Khajuraho Dance Festival which is one of the most celebrated dance festivals, where most profound artists from all over India across all dance forms perform. For the uninitiated, Khajuraho is in Madhya Pradesh, which has an airport of its own where flights from Mumbai and Delhi are regular. If you are a train freak like me – you can alight at either Jhansi (UP) or Gwalior (MP) and Khajuaro is approx. 175 Kms from there. Or if you want to take meter gauge train, then Mohoba station is the closest. The dates for Khajuraho Dance festival are: February 20 – 26, 2016. Still time, you can book your tickets now – for Khajuraho, for hotel and for festival. But none of us would deny knowing that Khajuraho is world famous for its temples which have erotica scriptures and attracts lakhs of visitors every year. The ‘Khajuraho 2016’ would present a bouquet of the very best of Indian dances to its visitors. It is must visit destination for art, culture, scriptures, architecture and history connoisseurs.
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India, about 175 kilometres (109 mi) southeast of Jhansi. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their Nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty Historical records note that the Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometers. Of these, only about 20 temples have survived, spread over 6 square kilometers. Of the various surviving temples, the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism and expressiveness of ancient Indian art.
Why Khajuraho Dance Festival?
Khajuraho Festival of Dances is celebrated at a time when the hardness of winter begins to fade and the king of all seasons, spring, takes over. The most colorful and brilliant classical dance forms of India with their roots in the rich cultural traditions across the country, offer a feast for the eyes during a weeklong extravaganza here. This is year it is being held from February 20-26. Since times immemorial, myriad forms of dance have been absorbed into the classical dance styles. Watching these performances reveal the age-old trends, traits and nuances that are firmly established in dance in various regions of India.
The aura of these masterpieces has not dimmed over many centuries; nor have the living traditions of these styles lost their fluidity and charm over the long passage of time. Indian traditions of dance have been considered to be divine in origin. In Indian mythology, the gods and goddesses are great lovers of music that comprises vocal singing, instrumental music and dance.
For ages these ethos have continued in the realm of art and culture of India and embedded into the diverse dance styles prevalent in various parts of the country. These dances materialize against the backdrop of the glorious temples of Khajuraho, which stand a testimony to the glorious past of India’s cultural richness. This temple complex glows with the warmth of sandstone which is ornamented with the sinous curves of sculpture unparalleled in their beauty.
The past of Khajuraho is shrouded with mystery and conjecture. In the midst of the wilderness full of ferocious animals, there is the small town of Khajuraho standing alone in its solitude with its ancient temples. With hardly any written records and rare references to its origin, the history of Khajuraho has become trapped in the mythical folklore of the region. The beautiful artworks of these temples have gained the attention of the art lovers all over the world but the real purpose behind their construction is a mere guess work of the intellectuals. The These temples fire the imagination of the visitors with innumerable questions such as their significance and their position in the society, the reason behind using these temples as an art gallery, the whereabouts of the said kingdom and why only the temples have been found and there are no ruins of the mansions and palaces in the nearby area. The graphic representation of sexual and erotic postures in a religious place is bewildering too.
For details, visit: http://www.Khajurahodancefestival.com