Make the most of the festive season by enjoying some peppy dance and music at a number of dandiya nights in the city. Here are five such events you can visit.
Here, enjoy a fusion of DJs and live folk singers as five Gujarati couples lead the way with the dandiya dance and others can follow them to get the right moves. Couples who reach before 6pm can get a free entry if they call or send a text to register with the organisers. Going with the theme of the night — Bhole ke sang, Bekhero Dandiya ke rang, more than 500 guests can be accommodated for the dandiya at the open air terrace.
When: October 20, 21
Entry: Rs 1,000 per couple
Where: 24, Khazana Terrace, Moments Mall, Kirti Nagar
Dandiya Raas - Sharad utsav
A nine day dandiya festival is going to be held at Gujarati Samaj (Civil lines), Gujarat Vihar (IP Extension), Gujarat Apartments (Pitampura) Patel Samaj (Janakpuri) till October 23 from 9pm to 12pm. There is also the Sharad Utsav on October 27 at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, where the school grounds will turn into a mini Gujarat, with stalls selling traditional ghagra choli, dhoti, mirror work jackets and turbans. Also, troupes from Gujarat will be sing folk songs. Though open to all communities, it is preferable if guests come with reference of a Gujarati friend or family. No stag entry allowed.
When: October 27, 7pm to midnight; Entry: Free (By reference);
Where: Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Lodhi Estate
Called Dandiya Raas, this event promises to be a dhamaka for dandiya lovers in Gurgaon. The DJ will play dandiya numbers from Bollywood mixed with dhol beats as a professional dance troupe helps beginners tap their feet to the rhythm of the sticks. Dress up in ethnic wear or buy your dandiya sticks, ethnic jewellery and dresses from the flea market. There is also a rangoli competition and an exhibition of hand-painted diyas. The dancing divas can also win prizes during the festival.
When: October 23; 6pm to 10pm; Entry: R1,100 per person; R550 per kid (including food); Where: Lawns, Hotel Bristol, DLF Phase I, Gurgaon
The seven acre camp area in Adventure Island, Rohini, has been turned into a dandiya floor for the festival. When here, dance to popular Gujarati and Indian Bollywood chartbusters as professional dancers from Gujarat pep up the tempo. Visitors can buy a pair of sticks for Rs 20 and join the dance. There are 50 prizes everyday for the best dancers and traditionally dressed participants. Those buying the ride tickets to the park (Rs 500) get a free entry to the festival.
When: October 16 to 21, 7pm onwards; Entry: Rs 150 per person; Where: Camp-e-adventure, Adventure Island, Rohini
Garba Dandiya Mahotsav
Eagerly awaited every year by dandiya lovers in the city, this festival is the culmination of a month long workshop on the dandiya dance by a professional group, Rang Milan, from Ahmedabad. The festival is open to trained dancers as well as beginners if they are dressed traditionally for the day. Live musicians sing folk songs as guests dance to the dhol beats. There are separate circles for workshop students and guests here. Visitors can gorge on delicious regional food after the dance.
When: October 19, 20; 7pm onwards
Entry: Free - by passes;
Passes available at the venue from 7am to 9pm on October 18
Where: Pandara Park Ground, Near Bikaner House, Pandara Road
What is Dandiya Raas?
Dandiya Raas is a traditional folk dance from Vrindavan. It originated as a devotional Garba dance performed in Goddess Durga’s honour. The sticks (dandiyas) of the dance represent the swords of Durga. Hence, it is also nicknamed — ‘The Sword Dance’. The dance is a mock-fight between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura, the mighty demon-king. It is performed to beats of dhol and complementary percussion instruments such as the dholak and tabla.