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Khajuraho dance festival, organised by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, is a one-week-long festival of classical dances held annually against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificently lit Khajuraho temples in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. The Khajuraho Festival of Dance is conducted every year of February from the 20th to the 26th.This cultural festival highlights the richness of the various Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali with performances of some of the best exponents in the field. Modern Indian dance has also been added recently. The dances are performed in an open-air auditorium, usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (the Sun God) and the Vishvanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, belonging to the western group.The festival features dance performances by artists of world fame.

Khajuraho is an ancient site of India. The temples of the area were built during the rule of Rajput Chandela Dynasty dating back to the 10th century. For around 200 years there were numerous beautiful monument erected by the rulers. The temples had exquisite treasure of carvings. The carved art ranges from day to day lifestyle to karmic sexual activities. The site was lost in the changing wheels of time. After being rediscovered, Khajuraho and its rich heritage appealed to tourists.Dance is a celebrated art in Hindu Mythology. Hindu myths have various narrations of great dancers. Shiva’s cosmic dance, Tandava, Lord Krishna’s Raas Leela with the gopis (female partners) and the legendary apsaras such as Menaka, Urvashu and Rambha are the most narrated tales of powerful and mesmerizing dances. The practice to organize the festival started from 2002. The dances fascinated crowds and became a tradition. The festival became a popular tradition paying tribute to classical dance, music and art of India.