People of Madhya Pradesh thoroughly love celebrating festivals and they know how to do it right! While festivals like Diwali, Holi and Dussehra takes place all over the country, every year there are certain festivals that are exclusive to Madhya Pradesh.
Their cultural festivals are filled with Indian classical dance and music performances that are bound to leave any person in awe. To relish Indian classical art forms in their truest sense, festivals of Madhya Pradesh are the events that you must witness. Here are the top 5 important festivals of Madhya Pradesh that you mustn't miss on a visit to this glorious state.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
Madhya Pradesh has oodles of talent that is revealed during the Khajuraho Dance Festival. This 7 day long boisterous festival is celebrated right in front of the Vishwanatha and Chitragupta Temple, where classical dance performances that finds their roots in India, will be performed.
All forms of classical dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, etc. will be performed by prestigious artists and dancers from all over the country. Open markets selling artifacts and sculptures made by local artisans are another thing to look for in the Khajuraho Dance Festival.
The festival takes place in the month of February in Khajuraho for a period of 7 days.
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Tansen Music Festival
To experience the best Indian musical extravaganza, Tansen Music Festival is definitely the one event that you must attend. Tansen was one of the nine artists in the courtyard of King Akbar. Legend says that his singing was so phenomenal that it had the power to shower rains.
Also known as Tansen Utsav and Tansen Sangeet Samaroh, the festival is dedicated to Tansen and acts as a platform for numerous new and brilliant classical singers to perform.
It is a 4-day music festival that takes place in the month of December, in Gwalior.
Bhagoria Haat Festival
Celebrated amongst the tribal communities of Madhya Pradesh, the Bhagoria Haat festival is celebrated during the end of harvest season. In this festival, young boys and girls are allowed to choose their life partners and elope, while their parents have no say in their choice.
They apply red powder on the face of the person they like, and if a girl rejects a boy, he goes around trying to convince the girl to be his life partner. Their relationship cannot be questioned or rejected by their parents.
This festival takes place during March, right before Holi and is called as the Festival of Love in the local language.
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The purpose of having the Lokrang Festival is to erase all the boundaries between different states and unify India. It is a cultural festival wherein dance performances of various Indian classical styles are performed.
Beautiful handicrafts and different artifacts made by the tribal community are sold in this festival. The festival is a 4 to 5 day celebration that happens in the month of January in Bhopal.
Ujjain Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela is a glorious festival that takes place once in every 12 years in only four places in India, namely, Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain or Nashik. It is a major festival that celebrates the success of good over evil.
River Shipra in Ujjain is believed to be a holy place wherein a dip in this river will wash away all the sins made by man. Kumbh Mela celebrations go on for a month between April to May. The last time Kumbh Mela took place was in 2016 in Ujjain.