Definition of dandiya raas in English:
A type of traditional Gujarati dance in which pairs of dancers hold a short stick in each hand and strike one another’s sticks in time to the music.
- Mostly played on the ‘sharad pooram’ day, which falls after the Navaratri celebrations, the ‘dandiya raas’ is played to the lilting tunes of Gujarati folk music, which usually hails the glory of ‘Ambe Ma’.
- In India there are big garba and dandiya raas parties in towns and cities, often with major dandiya performers joining in.
- The Gujarati community of the city celebrated Navratras by organising a dandiya raas under the leadership of its president, Mr Raj Thakur of Shree Gujarati Samaj.
Gujarati, from dandiya 'sticks' (from daṇḍi 'stick') and raas 'dance'.
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