Foreign artistes perform at Khajuraho Dance Festival
The week-long Khanjuraho Dance Festival, organized
annually by the Kala Parishad in Madhya Pradesh, concluded with enchanting
classical dance performances by international dancers on Sunday.
The dance festival was staged in the backdrop of the famous temples of
archaeological excellence, the Vishwanatha temple and Chitragupta temple.
The event, which is aimed to promote cultural heritage and traditional dances
of India, saw artistes from India and abroad perform traditional Indian dances
like Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri and Mohniattam.
“I hope to be able to spread this Odissi dance, which is a wonderful art
form. I want to spread it as far as possible. This dance is something, which has
to be understood and explained to the people. People need to relate to it. But
it is so powerful and graceful. I am sure Odissi dance will have a big future, a
great future,” said Ileana Seta Risti, an Italian artiste.
The spectacular background of the exquisite sculptures of Khajuraho engraved
on the temple walls enhances the magnificence to the festival.
“I like the surroundings in front of the temple. And I like people, the
audience who are familiar with this art and have respect for this art form. I am
really happy to perform in front of them,” said Asha, a Bharatnatyam dancer from
The festival was started by the Madhya Pradesh Government in 1975 and now
entices the whole world.
A cluster of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain Temples dating back to 950-1050 AD,
known for its erotic sculptures, has endowed Khajuraho with international fame
and recognition. (ANI)