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Dandiya Dance – A to Z Challenge April 2018 #DanceKaPunchnama

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My letter for the Day is ‘D

Dandiya is a traditional folk Dance of Rajasthan and Gujrat.It is performed especially in Navratri. In western countries, this dance form is very popular among Gujarati-speaking communities. It is called ‘Sword Dance’ also because people think it is a mock fight between Durga and demon king Mahishasura. The Dandiyas are representing here the sword of Goddess Durga.

How to perform this dance?

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Men and Women wear colorful costumes and dance in a circle with multicolored Dandiyas. They strike the sticks alternately to right and left. The dancers form two imaginary circles and move their feet and arm in a choreographed manner. One circle moves clockwise while the other circle moves anti-clockwise.


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A percussion instrument ‘meddale’ drummer, stands at the center of the circle and leads the dance with the rhythmic beats. The other musical instruments include dholak, tabla etc.


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In this dance form, both men and women wear colorful costumes. Men wear turban/patti and kedia dress. For Women, the attire is lehenga choli with heavy mirror work with Bandhani dupatta.

Difference between the ‘Garba’ and ‘Dandiya’ Dance

  • Dandiya is performed after Aarti while Garba is performed before it
  • Garba is performed by women only and in Dandiya both men and women dancers perform
  • In Dandiya, the dancers use Stick to perform but in Garba women use their hands and feet only.

Sharing here some videos of Dandiya Dance performance:

See what dance form I have shared for the letter ‘C’

What will be my next dance form for the letter ‘E’?

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