Khajuraho Dance Festival from February 20
About Khajuraho Festival of Dances
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
ling and rich cultural traditions across the country, offer a feast for the eyes
during a weeklong extravaganza here. Since times immemorials, myriad forms of
dance have been adsorbed into the classical dance styles. Watching these
performances reveal the age-old trends, trits and nuances that are firmly
estabilished in dance in various regions of india.
The aura of these masterpieces has not dimmed over many centiries; 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 mythodilogy, the gods and goddesses are great lovers
of music that comproses vocal singing, instrumental music and dance.
Some of the gods are great dancers themselves. Shiva's cosmic dance, the
Tandava, Lord Krishna's Rass Leela with the Gopis (female partners), and the
legendry beautiful and most skilled dancers known as apsaras, such as Menaka,
Urvashi and Rambha, in the celestical court of Lord Indra, the King of Gods, are
well versed in the heavenly art of music and dance. These dances of the mind and
soul pervade all aspects of life and bring color, joy and gaiety to the
festivals and ceremonies of this country.
For ages this etoss has continued in the realm of art and culture of india
nad 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.
Paying rich tributes to those unnamed and forgotten sculptors, who built
these monuments masterpieces, a Hindi poet has reghtly said,
In 'Khajuraho 2012' we present a bouquet of the very best of indian dances
The 39th annual Khajuraho dance festival would begin on February 20.
The weeklong festival would begin with year with Kathak performance by
Sharmishtha Mukherjee and party. Later on the opening day Dona Ganguly and
Raughnath Das Odissi and Uma Namboodripad will present Bharat Natyam.
The event takes place in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. All dance
performances will be presented at the festival after 7 pm, according to a press
The second day will be marked by Kathak performance by Tina Tambe,
contemporary mix dance by Bridgette Shettiwar and Mom Chatterjee Ganguly and
Odissi dance by Sharmila Biswas and party.
On the third day February 22, Anvesha Das will present Bharat Natyam,
Poornashri Raut and Lucky Mohanty Odissi group dance and Venkat Vempati and
party will present Kuchipudi.
On the fourth day, Bharat Natyam performance by Amrita Bevoor Sen, Kathak
group dance by Hemant and Vaishali Panwar, Kuchipudi and Bharat Natyam by Ananda
Shankar Jayant, Sneha Magpu, Kritika Varsha and Jinakraj and Kathak group dance
by Shama Bhate and party.
On the fifth day of the festival February 24, Gopika Verma will present
Bharat Natyam, Sarla Kumar and Perini Shriniwasan Rao Kuchipudi-Perini group
dance and A Laxmanaswami and party will present Bharat Natyam.
Courtesy : The Times of India