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Khajuraho dance festival,

Khajuraho dance festival,

Context:

Khajuraho dance festival, organised by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, is a one-week 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 festival is conducted in February from the 20th to the 26th.

Significance:

This cultural festival highlights the richness of the Indian classical dance styles such as KathakBharathanatyamOdissiKuchipudiManipuri and Kathakali with performances of some of the best exponents in the field.

Modern Indian dance has 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.

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