The annual Khajuraho Dance Festival gets underway in Khajuraho today. The week-long festival will see the performances of some of the well known classical dancers of the country.
Khajuraho Dance Festival offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the Indian classical dances in the backdrop of the magnificent Khajuraho temples. Travellers to Khajuraho can enjoy classical Indian dances like Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri and other contemporary dances by the budding artistes.
Besides the dances, MP Tourism also organizes the arts and crafts mela, where artisans from different parts of the state display their art work.
On the opening day, visitors can enjoy the Odissi dance by Sujata Mohapatra, the disciple and daughter- in-law of the Late Guru Padmabibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, the legendary exponent of Odissi.
The dance festival is being organised in the backdrop of Chitragupt and Vishwanath temples, located in the western group of temple complex.
The entry to Khajuraho Dance Festival is free for visitors this year.
Khajuraho, well known for its temple architecture is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh in Central India.
Dances and dancers performing at the Khajuraho Dance Festival 2012
01 February 2012
Sujata Mahopatra – Odissi
Mandakini Trivedi, Kalamandalam Piyal and Aakash Malik Mohini Attam – Kathakali-Duet
Music Compositions-Kovalam Narayan Panikkar
Chitra Veshwesharan and group Bharatnatyam
02 February 2012
Ragini Makkhar – Kathak
Sandhya V.Purecha and Jhlum Paranjape Bharatnatyam – Odissi-Duet
Shobha Naidu and Group – Kuchpudi
03 February 2012
Sanjukta Sinha – Kathak
Jayprabha Menon, Kavita Dwivedi, Malti Shyam – Mohini Attam, Odissi and Kathak
Guru Govind Saikiya and group – Satriya
04 February 2012
Kalakrishna – Traditional Andhra Natya Devidas Dance
Swati Sinha and Kaveri Behra – Kathak and Odissi Duet
Madhavi Mudgal and group – Odissi
05 February 2012
Priya Venkataraman – Bharatnatyam
Nadini Ghoshal and Sauvik Chakravarty – Odissi and Kathak Duet
Aditi Mangaldas and Group – Kathak
06 February 2012
Tanvi Jain – Odissi
Ritushri Chaudhary and Leya Cartes – Kathak and American Ballet Duet
Bhumika Dance Troup – Contemporary Indian Dance
07 February 2012
Shambhavi Shukla – Kathak
Navtej Singh Johar, Anil Panchal Bharatnatyam – Chhau
Music Composition-Madangopal Singh
Liyanda Folk and Classical Academy Group –Manipuri