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Through the dancing stars – Khajuraho Dance Festival

Through the dancing stars – Khajuraho Dance Festival

“Dance like there’s no tomorrow”- well which other activity gives you such freedom, and those wings to fly, that direct divine connection? Since my childhood, I have been fascinated with Indian classical dances. Watching them on TV, I used to feel enchanted by the grace and panache with which both female and male dancers performed. I always wanted to attend a live performance, for I wanted to feel how different is it, when some world famous dancer is performing right in front your eyes.
Khajuraho Dance Festival just gave me what I was looking for eminent performers with immense talent showcasing their skills leaving youwith the taste the of rich cultural heritage of India.
This festival that was incepted in 2002, over the time has become legendary with its outlandish classical dance line-up.
Once I stepped into the city, I was transported into a vintage ambience wrapped up in a modern attire. There was the fragrance of something holy in the air, and the massive walls and strings of Indian history make this town distinct from any other place in the country.
This festival takes place among the walled monuments of Khajuraho, the intrinsic art and erotic sculptures exhibited on them. These temples are one of the top tourist destinations in the country because of the ace architecture; but during the festival, these temples become much more exquisite and beam with energy that directly touches your soul.
This weeklong extravaganza is a feast for the eyes. What I saw mesmerized me: I witnessed renowned Indian conventional dancing designs such as the classical dance form of the North- Kathak, that of the South– Bharathanatyam, and the rest that included Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali. The performances happened in front of the huge audience in an open-air audience, at the side of the renowned Chitragupta Forehead devoted to Bhagvan Surya (the popular Sun God) and the renowned Vishwanatha Forehead devoted to Master Shiva, from the western team.
And yes, it did not end with performances only. A number of craftsmen displayed their goods in an open market and offered a variety of handmade products and I was lucky to pick up some amazing artefacts.
What makes this festival special is the fact these art forms are an integral part of our cultural heritage- to be treasured. Khajuraho gives an opportunity to dancers, both renowned and amateurs to present their performances to a huge national and international crowd. Being there, instilled me with a sense of pride that my country is so culturally copious.
Taking my share of the glorious Indian dance and music, religious structures and stone arts and Indian culture in totality, back with me in form of memories, I was clear on one thing; this festival is one of India’s biggest platforms to exhibit the cultural heritage, we have been blessed with, as a legacy from one generation to another.

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