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 long and rich cultural traditions across the country offer a feast for the eyes during a weeklong extravaganza here.
One of the famous cultural events of India, Khajuraho Festival grabs attention of every traveller in the month of February. This is a seven day fest and during this tenure you can collect everlasting memorabilia.
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 ethos has 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 sinuous curves of sculpture unparalleled in their beauty.
Khajuraho Festival is organized by the Kala Parishad under the Madhya Pradesh government whereby many popular classical dancers from all over India perform. The aim to hold this fest is to promote the cultural and heritage of India. Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri and Mohniattam are few of the major dance forms being performed here. The festival is held to showcase the beauty of human emotions are been held at two of the most popular temples of Khajuraho - Chitragupta & Vishwanatha Temple.