is Dandiya Dancing?
dances are traditionally performed during festive occasions like Navratri or
Dussehra. It celebrates the defeat of the demon Mahishasura by the hands of the
Goddess Durga. Dandiya is mainly associated with western India and there are
many dance forms and variations within this major dance variety.
Dandiya dances are the Dandiya Raas, Raas Lila and Raas Garbha. All these
dances are accompanied by the rhythmic beats of percussion instruments like the
Dhol and Tabla. The term
Dandiya denotes a pair of colorfully decorated sticks that are held by the
dancers and are clapped together either against one another or against a
partner’s, in beautifully choreographed movements across a group. Dandiya can
be performed in slow graceful swings or fast dazzling acrobatic movements. Men
and women usually form circles and dance gracefully to the music that’s played
during the festivities.
the Dandiya is accompanied by the rhythmic beat of drums and special songs.
These dances, when performed during Navratri, are especially carried out to
honor the Mother Goddess but they can also be in honor of other Gods,
especially Lord Krishna.
The Raas has
ancient associations with Krishna, as he’s said to have performed this
beautiful dance with the Gopis or cow herds of Vrindavan. In recent years,
Dandiya performances during Dussehra or Navratri have become extremely social events,
rather than traditional ones, and they attract tourists to places like
Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Bangalore where such events are prevalent. Tourists are
sure to enjoy a trip to these parts of India during this time, as the festivities will
be colorful and the dances graceful.
Dandiya Nights in Ahmedabad
traditionally considered as the land of Lord Krishna and Raas dances have
specific significance here. Dandiya nights in Ahmedabad attracts young people
from everywhere, who come here to party and dance away the nights. In that
sense, the event has moved away from the traditional religious aspect and has
become more of an entertaining and tourist friendly one.
This has also
encouraged the art form and many special Dandiya groups give performances in
Ahmedabad not just during Navaratri, but also on other special
occasions. Watching men
and women perform this dance, adorned in colorful and graceful traditional
dresses and clapping their Dandiya sticks together, performing intricate and
incredibly graceful dance movements, can be an experience that you won’t soon
The city of Ahmedabad was abuzz this Navaratri, with major Garba events in GU Ground and Rajpath Club attracting hordes of people. Dhollywood 2011, an event organized collectively by Ahmedabad Mirror and Adani Shantigram, put up a successful show with dancing couples and live bands with pure energy in the air.
The Vishwano Sauthi Laambo Nrutya Mahotsav in GU Ground was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of the state, Mr. Narendra Modi. The turnout to this event was higher than expected, thanks to the state level garba competition that brought together the best dancers from across the region.
Dandiya Nights in Mumbai
The Rangeelo Raas Dandiya 2011 was a major event organized in the city of Mumbai during Navaratri, and this event was planned out by Green Chili Events. Held in Grovels 101 in Kandivli, it featured a performance by Piyush Rajani (a star from India's Got Talent) and is the best time to book Maharashtra tour packages.
The event was a major success as the turnout was high, thanks to the elaborate arrangements and the location's accessibility. Dandiya 2011, yet another event held in Goregaon Sports Club, featured performances by Falguni Pathak, Tushar Trivedi, Sanjay Sawant and Hemangini and this event was a clear winner in terms of scale as Falguni Pathak is one of the most in-demand artists during the festive season in Northern and Western India.
When you take
a trip to India during the time of Navratri, make sure that you witness at
least one Dandiya event and participate in it, as you can dance away the night
without a care in the world, swaying to the addictive beats of the festive