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October 21, 2007 12:59 AM   Subscribe

Do you know how to Dandiya?

There are some photographs linked to as you scroll down the blog as well, and some music too. Enjoy!
posted by hadjiboy (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Annoying autoplay music on second link.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:24 AM on October 21, 2007

Looks like this is all the rage in India!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:31 AM on October 21, 2007

flapjax: It has been for centuries. The Gujarati community has two primary dances, both group dances - Garba & Dandiya. Dandiya involves two small wooden sticks, also called Dandiya. Garba dancing moves are quite similar to Dandiya but instead of wooden sticks, you clap your hands.

Originally I sucked at both but after moving to US from India and seeing how bad the Indian-Americans were at these, I figured I can't be THAT bad and started dancing again. Most Indian marriages have Garba/Dandiya nights a few days before the main wedding day. It's been a few years since I went to any marriages so my skills are a bit rusty.

Stage performances of course are a whole different thing. Never done that myself. But the top-level Dandiya competitions in India are definitely on the same skill-level as the break-dancing stuff you see on random YouTube clips.
posted by chime at 11:37 AM on October 21, 2007

Yeah, I do. What do I win?

Being a Gujarati Bombayite helps aplenty.
posted by riffola at 12:39 PM on October 21, 2007

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