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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Garba and Dandiya for Dummies

What to wear Rules
1. Preferably traditional outfits.
2. Its a great place and occasion to flaunt your jewellery so wear tons of it. You will never look out of place.
3. Everything goes. The sexier you can look the better. Everybody is checking everybody else out.
4. Its a good idea to make sure your ghagra/chania is not sweeping the floor. Its not comfortable while dancing at all,it will keep getting in your way.
5. If you are wearing a sari, tie it so tight its hurts . It WILL LOOSEN up when you dance. Also make sure its above the ankle. Some fool with two left feet WILL WANT to step on it and trip over and fall and take you with him and your sari WILL be in great peril.

Basic etiquette
1. Always smile at the person in front of you. You are there to enjoy. Your next paycheque does not depend on how well you dance.
2. Its a social event. If someone smiles and says Hi please reciprocate.Even if you dont know the person.
3. If someone does not know how to dance, dont give them snooty "get out of the way" looks.
4. If someone wants to join the group, make room for them. Dont close yourself in tight little goups. You can do that at home.
5. When you are joining in a dandiya group, ALWAYS join with a partner. Else the circle breaks and its very frustrating for the people who are dancing.

Dandiya Tips
1. Its DANCE not WAR.
2. Jumping out of beat puts you and your partner/neighbour at the risk of getting hurt.
3. You don't NEED to jump high to look good. Graceful moves work just as well.
4. You don't HAVE to HIT the dandiya stick. Its okay to miss. But watch where you are going with the stick please. There are unwitting innocent souls around you. When you do hit the stick, you DONT HAVE to hit HARD. Touching it and making the clicking sound is good enough.
5. Always play with the person in front of you. Finish, move to your left two places. Which means you play with every ALTERNATE person.

Tips for Garba
1. If you are new, its a good idea to join the slower inner circle first and get a hang of the beat.
2. Hand movements look lovely. WATCH where you swing your arms.
3. Again, jumping and dancing are not the same thing. Either ways, watch your step. You may trip over someone or worse still trip someone over if you are not watching where you are going.
4. ABCDs (no offence meant) often come prepared to show off. Dont be intimidated. Decide what you want to do and stick to it. Its all about adding your personal flavour to the staid beats.
5. Garba is a desi version of Mambo-cha-cha-cha. Try it.

Garba is without sticks and dandiya is with sticks :-) !
And oh, no shoes/high heels inside the dancing area please. Apart from the religious aspect that you are dancing around the deity (which is not as much my concern, your piety or lack of it is your problem), your high heels/ bulky sneakers are not fun when someone accidentally gets kicked or stepped on.(now this is every bit my concern)


  • "Garba is a desi version of Mambo-cha-cha-cha"

    Please. No!!!

    Originally @ Oct 19, 2005 10:11 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:07 AM  

  • Parth : Its is the same beat dude :D Maybe I should have said it the otehr way around. :) Its the easiest way for people to learn garba !

    Originally @ Oct 19, 2005 11:08 PST

    By Blogger RagzZmatazZ, at 12:08 AM  

  • Akshaya : Men have far fewer issues with clothing :) So no real need to spell things out now is there ?

    Originally @ Oct 19, 2005 11:10 PST

    By Blogger RagzZmatazZ, at 12:10 AM  

  • hi ragini, I came in thru Akshay's blog. I liked what you have here. somewhere below you ahve mentioned that you are shifting to blogger, is that done or is this the current site? do visit my blog. i have given the link below. btw I am aslo migrated mumbaikar. and yes, the garba guide is cool.

    Originally @ Oct 19, 2005 22:43 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:13 AM  

  • Priyangini: :) This is my current blog. Thanks for stopping by !

    Originally @ Oct 19, 2005 23:52 PST

    By Blogger RagzZmatazZ, at 12:13 AM  

  • hie Ragini... loved your post... especially since it talked about one of my favorites... I luv Garba! Its such a great feeling to dance... epecially for people like me who are a little conscious...
    Nicely written guide... totally agree with the last 'concern' bit! :))

    Originally @ Oct 20, 2005 09:58 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:14 AM  

  • The day is not far Lady Murugan, when these ladies, who at least used to read my blog, will comment on your blog regularly and won't even peep at mine. That day, when I'll be sulking in some corner, I'd like you to say thanks to me :D

    -- Akshaya

    Originally @ Oct 20, 2005 11:24 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:15 AM  

  • Ayilya : The joyof dancing is truly in losing oneself and all inhibitions. Thanks for stopping by

    Originally @ Oct 20, 2005 12:13 PST

    By Blogger RagzZmatazZ, at 12:15 AM  

  • Akshaya: That day wont come.. dont worry :-) .. and let me thank you in anycase for the temporary rise in visitors on my blog.

    Originally @ Oct 20, 2005 12:14 PST

    By Blogger RagzZmatazZ, at 12:16 AM  

  • You have been tagged

    Originally @ Oct 20, 2005 20:09 PST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:17 AM  

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