Khajuraho Dance Festival is one of those festivals of India that all dance lovers eagerly wait for. The 7-day Khajuraho Dance Festival, which is supposed to take place from 25th February to 2nd March every year from 2002 to 2009 highlights the richness of the Indian classical dance. This festival sees performance by some of the best classical dancers in India every year, who perform against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificently lit temples. The various dances performed here are Kathak, Odissi, Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali. Modern Indian dance is a recent addition.
Khajuraho is situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh and lies 395 Km southeast of Agra. Once the religious capital of Chandela dynasty, one of the powerful Rajput dynasties of Central India, Khajuraho is known for its enchanting temples. But now this legendary dance festival has added to its popularity.
The reason why this dance festival was born was to make the cultural heritage of Khajuraho relevant to the present society and also for preserving it for the coming generation. Besides the dance performances, visitors and tourists can also buy local handmade garments and articles in an open market space.