Khajuraho, March 6: For Mohiniyattam exponent Methil Devika, performing at Khajuraho “which has so much divine energy” was like a dream come true and she was overwhelmed by the experience.
Devika, who performed at the 42nd edition of the Khajuraho dance festival, says that it was a divine experience.
“While performing, I experienced potent divine energy here,” says the danseuse, who is a recipient of Devadasi tiol Award, Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar and Kerala Sangeeta taka Akademi award.
Organised by Madhya Pradesh’s culture department, the Khajuraho festival, held February 20-26, brought together some of the renowned artistes from different classical dance forms like Kuchipudi, Bharatatyam, Kathak and Odissi. The artiste, who enticed the audience by her unconventiol take on Mohiniyattam, feels that one is blessed to perform in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya, the Hindu sun god, and the Vishwatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
“If earlier, Khajuraho was all about splendour, dance, and publicity, now I see it in a different light. One has to be blessed to perform here. The energy is tremendous,” said Devika, who is also trained in Bharatatyam and Kuchipudi.
She feels that Khajuraho has a prominent place in promoting classical dances. (IANS)