6-day Khajuraho Dance Festival was started on 21st February to 26th February 2021. The dance festival is being organised at the Khajuraho Temple in Madhya Pradesh and known for its ancient Hindu temples as well as Jain temples.

  • Khajuraho Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Khajuraho Dance Festival is being held in the temple premises after 44 years.
  • The permission was granted by the Archaeological Survey of India to organise the festival at the site.
  • In 2021, the fee has also been waived off to organise the festival.
  • It is organised by the Department of Culture of the state Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Backdrop

The Khajuraho Dance Festival was started being organised at this site some 46 years ago (1974) with the objective of promoting the heritage and tourism. Archaeological Survey of India cancelled the permission after two years in the year 1976 following the reports of destruction of monuments and defacement of idols present in the premise. So, the festival was organised in an open garden for the past 44 years.

About Khajuraho Dance Festival

The Khajuraho Dance Festival is organised by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad annually from 20th to 26th February. It is a one-week festival of classical dances.  Khajuraho Dance Festival is organised in the premise of the Khajuraho temples in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh. This festival showcases the richness of Indian classical dance styles including the Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, and Kathakali. Recently, the Modern Indian dance was also added to the festival.

About Khajuraho temple

It is the group of monuments comprising of Hindu and Jain temples. Khajuraho temple is located in the Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur district. The temple is located at around 175 km southeast from the Jhansi. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The Khajuraho temples are famous for nagara-style architectural symbolism. Most of the temples were built between 885 AD and 1050 AD by Chandela dynasty.

Khajuraho Dance Festival 2021