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It’s a weeklong festival featuring most of the prominent Indian classical dances like Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Odissi, Kathakaliand even some International dances from around the......

It’s a weeklong festival featuring most of the prominent Indian classical dances like Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Odissi, Kathakaliand even some International dances from around the world. With the number of foreign tourists present, it was evident to me that the festival is quite popular internationally, and not only amongst the regular tourists but also among the academies. I was surprised to find so many professors of arts from international universities who had come especially for the festival. And, as expected all the leading performers of Indian classical dances were present too. It truly turned out to be a one stop destination for all the arts aficionados.

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  • 1. Celebrate India – Khajuraho Dance Festival with Yatra.comIn all my travel experiences I have learnt one thing about India that the millions of tourists whovisit India from around the world do not just come in search of India; they come looking for thetrue exotic India. And, with the metropolitans and cities becoming increasingly crammed withshopping malls and highways, the spirit of that mysteriously exotic India has receded deep intothe untouched interiors of the country. One such place is Khajuraho inMadhya Pradesh, right inthe heart of this magnificent country. And, the word ‘exotic’ takes on a whole new dimension inthis place. To top it all, if you happen to be an art lover, you are in one hell of a treat especially,if you happen to visit the place during the Khajuraho Dance Festival.Khajuraho is undoubtedly one of the most excitingtourist destinations in the entire country and it is sobecause of its world famous temples which are alsorecognized amongst the UNESCO World Heritagesites. The Hindu and Jain temples of Khajuraho arethe epitome of ancient Indian architecture andsculpture. The thing that makes the sculpture sospecial and unique is that the carvings all around thetemple are erotic depictions of the Kamasutra. It isthis depiction of the forbidden art through anotherart form that makes the Khajuraho temples sounique throughout the world. And, it is under thegaze of these extraordinary sculptures and stars thatthe Dance festival takes place in the open courtyardsof the temples.It’s a weeklong festival featuring most of the prominent Indian classical dances like Kathak,Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Odissi, Kathakaliand even some International dancesfrom around the world. With the number of foreign tourists present, it was evident to me thatthe festival is quite popular internationally, and not only amongst the regular tourists but alsoamong the academies. I was surprised to find so many professors of arts from internationaluniversities who had come especially for the festival. And, as expected all the leadingperformers of Indian classical dances were present too. It truly turned out to be a one stopdestination for all the arts aficionados.I salute the ingenuity of the one who thought of the entire concept because I was absolutelyspell bound by the entire experience. I mean they couldn’t have chosen a better place to hold
  • 2. the festival. The ancient temple with its intricate carvings, illuminated by the colorful lightings,under the stars in the night sky, occupied by the hypnotized audience and captivated by themagical performers is an experience like no other. I can say with absolute certainty that nocultural festival that I have ever been to (and I HAVE been to quite a few) holds a candle to thisone.I was glad that there is not much else to see and do in Khajuraho because I was so caught upwith the performances and the people that had there been more to Khajuraho, I would havesurely missed it out and then cursed myself over it. There are numerous temples within thecomplex that I did manage to see during the course of the festival. And, believe me once I reallygot around to seeing them all, I mean REALLY seeing them in all their detail, one week seemedway too short. If I have to sum up my whole experience in one line for all of you; I can only saythat not even a thousand lines will be enough, let alone one.This is Joy signing off,Wishing you a Happy travel,Until next time,Ciao.