Folk Dance


award Dandiya Raas is the most admired and eye-catching folk dance from Gujarat. Dand Raas and TAAL Raas are said to be the most prominent from the crucial type of Raas. Dandiya Raas is the type of Dand Raas (dance with the strokes of baton). Men and women from various communities like Padharo, Kathiyawad’s Koli, Kanabi Rajput amass together to present forming a circle and take unconventional movements, sitting and jumping, it blooms shine of luster. Raas is being played on the rhythm of Hinch and swift movements. Due to commercial and natural diversity of different communities, so many variations have been abridged in the Raas. Youngsters carry the colorful wooden or bronze batons and perform the folk Raas as merriment. It demonstrates the vigorous dance which is performed in a big circle. One imagines that Lord shri Krishna plays the magically harmonious flute in the manner so as to gratify the Gopis who are his followers rather admirers, the synchronization of the entire spectacle is evidently magnificent and full of life due to its vivacious and incessant movements in a globular motion.

The women wear traditional dresses such as colorful embroidered choli, ghagra and bandhani dupattas, which is the traditional attire, dazzling with mirror work and heavy jewellery. The men wear special turbans and kedias, but can range from area to area. The dancers whirl and move their feet and arms in a choreographed manner to the tune of the music with a lot of drum beats. The dhol is used as well as complementary percussion instruments such as the dholak, tabla, et cetera. the true dance gets extremely complicated and energetic. Both of these dances are associated with the time of harvest.

It is common to think that Raas has to be fast, but that is not the case. Grace and slow movements are just as important. There are other unique forms of Raas such as one in the town of Mahuva where men would tie one hand to a rope extending from above and hold a stick in the other hand. This was strictly in praise of Goddess Durga. If you use broader definition, even "Manjira" can be used to do Raas.

Garba is performed before Aarti (worshipping ritual) as devotional performances in the honor of the Goddess, while Dandiya is performed after it, as a part of merriment. Men and women join in for Dandiya Raas, and also for the Garba. The circular movements of Dandiya Raas are much more complex than those of Garba. The origin of these dance performances or Raas is Krishna. Today, Raas is not only an important part of Navratri in Gujarat, but extends itself to other festivals related to harvest and crops as well. The Mers of Saurastra are noted to perform Raas with extreme energy and vigor.