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Ethnic beats: At the dance festival
Ethnic beats: At the dance festival

SHWETHA GANDHI

It was a celebration of this colourful folk dance.

Like every year the dandiya event inevitably proved to be a culmination of perfect planning backed by hard work put in by the enthusiastic team.

Advance bookings, advertising, setting-up and decorating the event venue, and this time also making available a special place for kids, everything came together during these nine evenings, when many gathered to celebrate the dandiya.

Sway with sticks

The dandiya fest is anticipated eagerly by all kids, as they can enjoy the festivities of Navratri which is equally alluring to their parents.

The event of dandiya and garba has made a remarkable progress since the inception. There has been a tremendous increase in number of people attending and enjoying the dandiya fervour

Children love receiving presents at any gala. So there were ghungroos for all the girls and saffron cotton scarves for the boys, to be tied around their waist or forehead.

The special performance was the dandiya done by children, thus bringing the culture of Gujarat.

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This year too one saw colourful sticks click to popular dandiya songs and Navaratri music where people of all ages, men, women, children danced together, mostly in circles or in pairs. The children brought in their own dandiya sticks along with tiny jingle bells tied to each stick. The speciality of this dance is that it comprises a few simple steps. If one gets to understand the basic technique, which is really not that tricky.

“Once I start moving according to the beats, I get thoroughly involved and sway to the rhythm of dandiya music,” says Shubham Maheshwari.

Most of the children made sure they wore their lovely traditional costumes decorated with sequins andvmirror work.

“I love to dress up in the traditional attire particularly for dandiya as I get to wear my favourite pretty sharara and I can dance gracefully,” says Dhwani Agarwal.

Gift time

But, this was just the beginning! Soon, impromptu explanation of dance steps by volunteers to the uninitiated people followed.

Some enthusiasts were ready with dandiya sticks in their hands while the kids watched the elders. Soon, they were also able to join them and started dancing and hitting the dandiya sticks like pros!

The already festive and vibrant atmosphere got further enhanced by the announcement of the winners of the competitions held for different age groups and also the lucky draw winners at regular intervals.

Well, good times do not last forever. Everyone present had a great time all through the nine magnificent nights!


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