Dance holds a very important part in the Navratri festival. For the nine days, Hindus across the globe enjoy being a part of the splendid Garba and the Dandiya Dance Ceremony.
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But there are few historical stories and differences attached to these dance forms. How much do you know about them. Check it out from us!
Ready to sway to the Garba and Dandiya Raas
A simple Garba step to start with
Often people get confused between Garba and the Dandiya dance. Garba is played before the Puja or Aarti is done, while Dandiya Raas is performed afer that.
Clap to the GarbaThese women are clad in traditional Garba wear and dance in groups with no props. That is what distinguishes Garba from Dandiya. Only hands and feet are used to sway, clap and turn around in a defined pattern.
Dandiya Sticks: A must for Dandiya RaasWhile Garba stays free of sticks and other props, Dandiya is one energetic dance that involves sticks that are played with their partners.
Boys in the Raas spiritThe dance that men do in Garba are mostly influenced by the Dandiya Raas. So, it does involve sticks, enregy driven dance steps, and in this pic- the men have used traditional Rajasthani wear.
Blissful Community DanceModern Garba is played in big halls. Both men and women arrange themselves in concentric circles. For Garba, any number of people can join whereas, in Dandiya, each person should have a partner and that means the total number of dancers should be even.
Thats some piece of art Tanisha!Wow, Tanisha (South Indian Actress) seems to be prepping herself for the grand Dandiya dance. Women use various forms of attire, jewellery, and paintings to adorn themselves for the entire 10 day festival of Navaratri
Garba vs Dandiya Raas Rules.In Garba, women dance in circles with the idol in the center, and pray to her. They should not break the circle. On the contrary, Dandiya Raas was believed to be a dance form played by Krishna and his gopikas. So it is a more fun loving type of dance form.
Heard about the Sword Dance?
In North India, this form of dance began with a story. It displays a mock fight between the Mighty Goddess Durga and Evil Demon Mahishasura. The dandiya sticks represent the swords and people sway back and forth in a circular motion hitting sticks at regular intervals.
Dance All Night Long!
Dandiya is all about dancing the whole night. So ensure that your tresses are in place, dress should look splendid all day long, pin up your dupattas, and perfectly light makeup. After all the hard work, you put into dressing- you surely would not like to look like an exhausted girl with cakes of makeup smudged at various parts of your face. So, focus on minimal makeup and well tucked attires for this Navaratri.
Illeana looks like a princess!
Take cues from this beautiful attire for this Dandiya. Choose dresses that have a lot of embroidery works, lovely dupattas, and plus wear matching bangles, bracelets, nose rings, and shining jewellery.