Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Khujraho Dance Festival 2011

Indian Classical Dance
Indian Classical Dance
The music of the flutes, the rhythm of the khungroos , the synchronized dance steps displaying various art forms, the divine fragrance of the aggarbatis from the temple, the color of the natyas…..the flavors of dance at Khujraho begins…
Arunima kumar at Khujraho festival
Arunima kumar at Khujraho festival
The city of Khujraho is home to the magnificent display of temple architecture and culture. The temples are monuments from the 250 AD. A visit to the place would tell you hundreds of stories about Indian civilization and cultural heritage. The group of temples in Khujraho has been designated by the UNESCO as world heritage site thus endowing it with more importance. The temples of Khujraho host a week long dance festival known as the Khujraho Dance Festival where dancers from across the country as well as foreigners perform various dance forms. The event is organized by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad. Kuchipadi, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri and Mohiniyattam are the prominent dance forms performed in the stages.
Kuchipudi Dance
Kuchipudi Dance
Dance or ‘natyam’ as it is called is an art form performed by the dancer’s body and mind. The synchronization of expressions along with the bodily movements in accordance with the rhythm marks the presentation of the form.
Actress Hema malini performing with her daughters at festivalsUsually a unique theme or a situation from the Puranas is depicted conveying the whole story in a precise form.
The Navarasas or the nine different emotions are to be brought about by the participant during the show. Each of the form, whether it is Odissi or Mohiniyattam, has its own flavor and charm.

Mohiniattyam Dance
Mohiniattyam Dance
The costumes and the method of dancing are different in each dance form. Mohiniyattam is more of a mellow dance form while Bharatnatyam involves more aggressiveness in terms of dance momentum. They all hail from different states of India and depict their very own culture. During the festival Khujraho takes up a new form by itself. Famous dancers specialized in their own niches dancing to the khungroos, musical instruments playing melodious music and the rich essence of culture sending its vibes across the divinity of the temples will enchant you. The evenings colored with devotional music and the slow chanting of mantras from the temples gives you a completely new spiritual feel at Khujraho.
Promoting cultural heritage and traditional dances of India, the Khujraho dance festival is in fact the union and celebration of all the classical dancers across the country. This festival is conducted in February or March every year. Eminent dancers participate in this occasion making it very special. The schedule for the festival is given below (February 25 – March 02, 2011):
February 25, 2011Gajendra PandaOdissi Group
Malvika MitraKathak Solo
February 26, 2011Geeta ChandranBharatnatyam Solo
Darshana JhaveriManipuri Group
February 27, 2011Vijaylaxmi ShivajiMohiniattam Solo
Vasanti VaishnavKathak Solo
February 28,2011Group Dance PerformanceManipuri Pungcholam-Joy Singh-Group Satriya-K.D. Goswami-Group Purulia Chhau-Chinidas Mohato-Group
March 01, 2011Maneesha SatheKathak Solo
C.V. ChandrashekharBharatnatyam Solo
March 02, 2011Kalamandalam N.R.GramprakashKathkali Group
Kiran SehgalOdissi Group
Ishira & Moulik ShahKathak Duet
March 03, 2011Vaijayanti KashiKuchipudi Solo
Rajendra GanganiKathak Group
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