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48th Khajuraho Dance Festival begins in Madhya Pradesh

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    21st Feb, 2022
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The 48th Khajuraho Dance Festival begins at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh.

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About Khajuraho Dance Festival:

  • The festival is one of the most celebrated ones in the country, which showcases various dance forms of the country.
  • The festival is organised by the Department of Culture of the government of Madhya Pradesh.
  • It takes place every year against the spectacular backdrop of these ancient temples.
  • Background: The dance festival was started being organised at this site some 46 years ago in 1974 with the objective of promoting the heritage and tourism. 
  • It is a one-week festival of classical dances.  
  • It is organised in the premise of the Khajuraho temples in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh.
  • The dance festival showcases the richness of Indian classical dance styles including the Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, and Kathakali.

About Khajuraho:

  • Khajuraho is an ancient city known for magnificent temples and its intricate sculptures located in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh.
  • It was built in the medieval century by the Chandela Dynasty.
  • The UNESCO site of 'Khajuraho Group of Monuments' is famous for its Nagara-Style architecture and graceful sculptures of nayikas and deities.
  • The splendour of the intricate statues is one of the reasons that make it a popular site to visit among tourists.
  • Built between 950-1050 AD by the Chandela Dynasty, these temples represent various forms like meditation, spiritual teachings, relationship, through stimulating art. 

  • Some of the prominent temples that have stood the test of time here are Kandariya Mahadeva, Chaunsath Yogini, Lakshmana, Devi Jagadamba, Chitragupta and Parsvanath.
  • The Kandariya Mahadeva temple is the largest of them all and consists of 872 statues.
  • The Chaunsath Yogini temple is the oldest one in Khajuraho and as the name suggests, it once had 64 cells dedicated to yoginis or female attendants.
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