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Khajuraho: The 42nd Khajuraho Dance Festival began in the temple town of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh on Feb 21.

Madhumita Roy and Madhuri Majumdar gave a presentation of Kathak-Kuchipudi and Purvadhanashree presented Bharatnatyam. State Fine Arts Awards were given away to ten artists on the occasion. Programs based on a conversation with artists, screening of documentaries and short films on topics like fine arts and performing arts and an art exhibition are other highlights of the dance festival.

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 long and rich cultural traditions across the country offer a feast for the eyes during a weeklong extravaganza here.

Since time immemorial, myriad forms of dance have been absorbed 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 festival is a seven-day long celebrated event with various kinds cultural performances and events.

Days: 20 to 26 feb, Entry: Free

Here is a video of the festival

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Madhya Pradesh: Next Favourite Shooting Spot for Filmmakers

Bollywood and TV show makers believe that Madhya Pradesh would be the next favourite shooting spot

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As Bollywood and TV show makers are taking keen interest in narrating stories with a backdrop of Madhya Pradesh, the state is expected to emerge as a major film shoot destination in 2020. Pixabay

As Bollywood and TV show makers are taking keen interest in narrating stories with a backdrop of Madhya Pradesh, the state is expected to emerge as a major film shoot destination in 2020.

More than 200 projects including international projects like “The Bear” by Paramount Pictures and “A Suitable Boy” by BBC Production, and Indian feature films, TV shows, commercials and reality shows have been shot in Madhya Pradesh till now.

Some of the recent releases “Panga”, “Stree”, “Sui Dhagaa”, “Kalank”, “Manikarnika”, “Luka Chuppi”, “Padman” and “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” were shot in Madhya Pradesh.

More films will be shot in 2020 including “Sherni”, “Durgawati”, “Bhuj: The Pride of India” and “Ponniyin Selvan”. The telly viewers will get to see the state’s beauty in TV serials “Dadi Amma Dadi Amma Maan Jao” and “Ek Duje ke Vaaste 2”.

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Madhya Pradesh is a perfect combination of natural settings, ancient heritage, huge water bodies, helpful administration and others to a film maker’s delight. Wikimedia Commons

“Madhya Pradesh is a perfect combination of natural settings, ancient heritage, huge water bodies, helpful administration and others to a film maker’s delight which makes it a preferred destination for several years,” said Faiz Ahmed Kidwai (IAS), Secretary-Tourism, Govt of Madhya Pradesh and Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board.

“It is something really prestigious for the state that the film fraternity is visiting our state over and over again. This is a really good opportunity for the state to increase tourism. Bollywood producers and directors find this state more desirable as compared to other places not only because of its scenic beauty but also people here are very hospitable,” he added.

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Madhya Pradesh offers an assortment of attractions to everyone who loves to travel. It is the state with the forest area cover of 77,700 sq.kms filled with sal trees and bamboos. It has numerous wildlife hot spots with 11 national parks and 24 wildlife sanctuaries such as Satpura National Park, Chambal Ghariyal Sanctuary and has re-gained the tag of being “Tiger State of the Country” by having maximum tiger count (526) in the state.

The UNESCO world heritage sites of Khajuraho, Bhimbetka and Sanchi are the iconic sites in Madhya Pradesh. (IANS)