Khajuraho Festival of Dances is celebrated at a time when the hardness of winter begins to fade and the king of all seasons, spring, takes over. The most colorful and brilliant classical dance forms of India with their roots in the ling and rich cultural traditions across the country, offer a feast for the eyes during a weeklong extravaganza here. Since times immemorial, myriad forms of dance have been adsorbed into the classical dance styles. Watching these performances reveal the age-old trends, traits and nuances that are firmly established in dance in various regions of India.
The aura of these masterpieces has not dimmed over many centuries; nor have the living traditions of these styles lost their fluidity and charm over the long passage of time. Indian traditions of dance have been considered to be divine in origin. In Indian mythology, the gods and goddesses are great lovers of music that comprises vocal singing, instrumental music and dance.
Some of the gods are great dancers themselves. Shiva’s cosmic dance, the Tandava, Lord Krishna’s Rass Leela with the Gopis (female partners), and the legendry beautiful and most skilled dancers known as apsaras, such as Menaka, Urvashi and Rambha, in the celestial court of Lord Indra, the King of Gods, are well versed in the heavenly art of music and dance. These dances of the mind and soul pervade all aspects of life and bring color, joy and gaiety to the festivals and ceremonies of this country.
For ages this ethos has continued in the realm of art and culture of India and embedded into the diverse dance styles prevalent in various parts of the country. These dances materialize against the backdrop of the glorious temples of Khajuraho, which stand a testimony to the glorious past of India’s cultural richness. This temple complex glows with the warmth of sandstone which is ornamented with the sinuous curves of sculpture unparalleled in their beauty.
Paying rich tributes to those unnamed and forgotten sculptors, who built these monuments masterpieces, a Hindi poet has rightly said.