Chicago IL: The whirling dancers, clapping hands, distinct sound of wooden sticks struck together, toe tapping music and people wearing colorful clothes marked the Navratrey celebration at the Garba & Dandiya Raas
dances held all over Chicago land.
Prior to the Ratha Yatra procession, on Saturday June 2, Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Samaj Nairobis Youth League and Ladies Wing have teamed up to present Dhol Ni Taal, an evening of traditional Gujarati Garba and Dandiya Raas
dances.The venue is in the Main Hall of the Samajs Nairobi West complex.
Celebrations in the preceding nine-days of Navratri include recital of the Ramayana as a Ramlila and dandiya raas
In Western India, folk traditions marked by colourful dances called Dandiya Raas
and Garba mark the occasion, while in many parts of southern India, navratri is marked with a festival of dolls in many homes.
'Dandiya Dhamaka' will feature live music from Mumbai Beats and a traditional folk dance of Gujarat 'Dandiya Raas
Bollywood hero Hrithik Roshan made an appearance at MLA Krishna Hedge's Dandiya Raas
celebrations in Vile Parle, Mumbai on Sunday.
The quintessentially Gujarati dance of dandiya raas
is an example of another form of embodied text used to express identity.
28 -- With Sharad Pornima ,Dussehra and Navratri celebrations beginning all over India, Country Club, India's biggest chain of family clubs, invited Ms Tanushree Dutta to grace Sharad Pornima Dandiya Raas
the Grand Finale' to The Great Indian Navratri Utsav 2012 this year.
In Gujarat, Navratri is a community event, where people perform devotional songs and dances that are popular by the names of 'Dandiya Raas
' and 'Garba Raas', and observe Jaagran (waking through the night), to please the Goddess.
Thousands thronged to the brightly decorated area of the park, bamboo sticks in hand, ready to perform the widely popular dandiya raas
dance to remixed traditional music.
The Dandiya Raas
will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Convention Centre.
This tradition of late has metamorphosed into kitschy dance recitals -- a far cry from the traditional Dandiya Raas
and Garba that one generally associates with the Navratri fiesta.