21 Feb 2024

Madhya Pradesh Khajuraho Dance Festival: Country’s first Gurukul for training in tribal and folk arts will come up in Khajuraho; Guinness World Record made on Raga Basant at World Heritage Site

Bhopal: As many as 1484 Kathak exponents dancing on the rhythm of Raga Basant in Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, created a Guinness World Record. Indian culture and tradition merged in eternity when the Ghunghru sadhaks danced rhythmically with diyas (earthen lamps) in their hands. 

The beat of ancient musical instrument Nagara and the chimes of Ghungurus of the dancers made the historic 50th Khajuraho Dance Festival phenomenal.

Dr. Yadav extended his best wishes and congratulated the dance gurus and dancers from different cities of the state for creating the record.

Under the choreography of renowned dance guru Rajendra Gangani, dancers from different cities of the state presented a 20-minute performance composed in Raga Basant.

CM performs bhumi pujan of Gurukul

Making the Guinness’s Record special, CM Dr. Yadav announced to establish the country’s first Gurukul for training of tribal and folk arts in Khajuraho. He performed the bhumi pujan of the Gurukul.

He said that arrangements will be made for training in traditional arts of tribal and rural communities including crafts, dance, singing, playing, painting and their oral literature through senior gurus in the Gurukul. 

CM said this Gurukul will be envisioned in such a way that traditional skills and indigenous knowledge systems will be protected along with their holistic development in rural life. Along with this, the legacy of ancestors will also get expanded.

It may be noted that the performance of 1,282 tabla players playing simultaneously in the Tal Darbar programme under the Tansen Samaroh in the world music city Gwalior, a month and a half ago, had set a record for Madhya Pradesh in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’.

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