Local traditions and culture in State of Madhya Pradesh

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    Dancers in Khajuraho
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    Khajuraho Festival of Dance 25 Feb to3 March

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    The Khajuraho Festival of Dances draws the best classical dancers in the country who perform against the spectacular backdrop of the floodlit temples every year in February/March.
    The finest exponents of different classical Indian styles are represented - Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, and many more.

    25th February
    Nandita Puri
    The Nritya Kaustubha Cultural Society Kathak
    26th February
    Joyti Shrivastava
    K. Umarama Rao Odissi
    27th February
    Vijayni Satpathi / Swarupa Duet
    Madhunatraj Heri Group Odissi
    28th February
    G.Narendra Troupe
    Kerla Kalamandlam Stat Academy of Art Bharatanatyam
    1st March
    Anuradha Thakur
    Vedantam Venkatya Chalapathi
    Mamta Shankar Ballet Kathak
    2nd March
    Malavika Sarukkai
    Huyen Lallong Manipuri Thang-Ta Cultural
    Society Bharatanatyam
    3rd March
    Uma Dogra
    Isha-Ayana Deol Duet Kathak

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    Bhagoria Haat ( Jhabua ) March

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Feb 1, 2005

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    This colourful festival of the Bhils and Bhilalas, particularly in the district of West Nimar and Jhabua, is actually in the nature of a mass svayamvara, a marriage market, usually held on the various market days falling before the Holi festival in March. As the name of the festival indicates, (bhag, to run), after choosing their partners, the young people elope and are subsequently accepted as husband and wife by society through predetermined customs. It is not always that boys and girls intending to marry each other meet in the festival for the first time. In a large number of cases the alliance is already made between the two, the festival providing the institutionalised framework for announcing the alliance publically. The tradition is that the boy applies gulal, red powder, on the face of the girl whom he selects as his wife. The girl, if willing, also applies gulal on the boy's face. This may not happen immediately but the boy may pursue her and succeed eventually.

    Earlier, the Bhagoria haat was also the place for settling old disputes; open invitations were sent to enemies for a fight in the haat. Bloody battles used to be quite common in the past but today police and administration do not allow people to go to the haat armed.

    The Bhagoria haat also coincides with the completion of harvesting, adding to it the dimension of being an agricultural festival as well. If the crops have been good, the festival assumes an additional air of gaiety.

    In the life of the Bhils and Bhilalas, Bhagoria is not merely one festival but in fact a series of fairs held one by one at various villages on their specific market days, commencing eight days before Holi.

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    Tansen Music Festival Gwalior Nov-Dec

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Feb 1, 2005

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    Madhya Pradesh occupies a special position in the history of Indian music. The Gwalior gharana is among the most prominent arbiters of the classical style. Raja Mansingh's patronage of Dhrupad singers is well known.

    A pillar of Hindustani classical music, the great Tansen, one of the 'nine jewels' of Akbar's court, lies buried in Gwalior. The memorial to this great musician has a pristine simplicity, and is built in the early Mughal architectural style. More than a monument, the Tansen Tomb is a part of Gwalior's living cultural heritage. It is the venue of the annual Indian classical festival held here in ( November-December ). Renowned classical singers of the land regale audiences through five mesmerizing night-long sessions of the much-loved classical ragas.

    Music Festival
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State of Madhya Pradesh Hotels

  • Hotel Harmony

    Jain Temple Rd, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Sheesh Mahal

    The Sheesh Mahal within the fort complex has been converted to a hotel and is run by the State...

  • Usha Kiran Palace

    Jayendraganj,Lashkar, Gwalior, IN

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

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