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Dandari : A Significant & Important Art-Form On Auspicious Occasions

Dandari : The Gonds, an indigenous community, consider dances as a significant part of their festivals, auspicious occasions, and other celebrations. During Diwali, which is a major festival for them, they perform various types of dances including Gussadi, Dandari, Dimsa, and other traditional dances. Among these, the Dandari dance holds a prominent position.

The Dandari dance is performed about a week before the Diwali festival, symbolizing the end of the rainy season and the arrival of vibrant greenery. Age is not a limiting factor for those who participate in the dance. It is a romantic dance where dancers rhythmically step to the songs, placing their hands on each other’s feet. Even though the songs are sung in the Gondi language, the beauty of the music can be appreciated by anyone, regardless of their understanding of the language.

Dandari Followed By Stories

The dance narrates stories, such as Gamela, which depicts a young man playfully teasing a tribal girl who is alone in the forest. Dancers adorn themselves with peacock feathers, cattle horns, and natural colors found in the forest, adding to the visual appeal of the performance.

The festival is not limited to the dancers’ own village; they also visit neighboring villages as guests to showcase their dances. Before the performances, prayers are offered to the gods, seeking blessings for their villages, agricultural lands, and family members, hoping for prosperity and well-being.

Dandari dance holds immense cultural significance for the Gonds, allowing them to express their joy, celebrate their traditions, and foster connections with neighboring communities.

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