Navratri, the much-awaited festival of the year has arrived and people from every corner of the country are busy preparing for the divine 9 days that are dedicated to Goddess Durga. And, while others are busy gearing up for the festival, people in Gujarat are occupied with something that’s unique to their land and defines their culture and that is ‘Dandiya Raas’ and ‘Garbha Raas’! These two are traditional dance forms of Gujarat that people perform on special occasions, especially during Navratri. The markets in Gujarat are set to sell the best ‘Chanya (bottom) Choli (top)’ a traditional attire to perform the folk dance ‘Garbha’ and ‘Dandiya’ and events are scheduled to welcome the people from across the country for these divine nine days.
Clothes check, enthusiasm check and venue? If you haven’t decided the venue for the Dandiya Raas then scroll till the end to find out the trending and most-talked-about dandiya celebration venues in Gujarat in 2019.
Traditionally Dandiya Raas is a folk dance that belongs to Gujarat and is a creative mock interpretation of the war between Goddess Durga and the Demon King Mahishasura. An interesting fact about this dance form is that it was performed with real swords long back in time, but today it is performed with sticks that are a symbolic representation of swords.
Most people often use the terms Grabha and Dandiya interchangeably but the two are different dance forms of Gujarat. Garbha does not involve the use of props such as sticks or swords while dandiya is performed with dandiya (wooden sticks) or swords. Garbha is performed before the aarti, while dandiya raas is performed after it.
Navratri 2019 will begin from 29th September to 7th October 2019, so mark the dates and the events shared below.