Its Dandiya time!!! Oh how I miss Dandiya from college days.. It used to be 10 nights of dancing away – whether or not you knew how to 🙂 After college, each year I pine away during Dandiya time longing for those bygone years. I havent seen anything like that in Bangalore or in Pune.
And maybe, half the fun is the group that you go with.
After college, the only dandiya I’ve enjoyed is believe it or not – in Seattle, 2006. I was visiting a friend there and we went to this dandiya organised in a gym. The place was full of Gujratis, the music was great, the people were fun and we danced the night away.
I’m in Indore this year. Dandiya is BIG here. People prepare a month in advance. Finding the right clothes, accessorising them, coordinating steps with their friends, inventing new steps, competing with each other. Its also spawned a flourishing subsidary industry – renting out garba costumes, jewellry and sticks, dance classes which teach the latest moves, groups that come and perform dandiya/garba and so on. All the local TV channels show ‘live’ garba from the hippest places in town.
The craze is so much that this year our colony has 2 competing garbas. The roads leading to these places are all lit up with flood lights and decorations. There’s a huge pandal, chairs for the spectators. And unfortunately, the more ‘enthu’ setup is in a park behind our house and every night from 8pm to 1 am the speakers blare out deafening ‘music’. It would’ve been better had they used recorded music, but they’ve got some enthu people who think everyone and everyone’s friend should get a chance singing, so we get to hear some pretty wacked out versions of the garba songs at a deafening decibel level 🙂