‘Main toh aarti utaaru rey, Santoshi Maata ki’- It’s that time of the year when everyone is in sync with the beats. The claps, dancing in circles, the sound of the sticks – 9 nights of celebration! Yes, Navratri is here.
One of the most widely celebrated Hindu festivals, Navratri, is synonymous with two things – Dandiyaa and Garba. While these two are the most popular dance forms, many of you might not be aware of the techniques. So, instead of feeling like a mannequin with 2 sticks; check out these videos. These tutorials that will guide you step by step and teach you Garba and Dandiya within minutes.
The first tutorial video is by Dynamic Dance Zone that brilliantly teaches the steps involved for Dandiya with a partner.
The next video is again for Dandiya where the dancer teaches the five basic and mandatory steps of Dandiya and also how to switch positions and how to swirl with your partner while you are dancing in a group.
And for the people wanting to learn Garba, here we are with two easy tutorials.
The above video is a tutorial for six-step Garba and given below the second video is for eight step Garba.
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Lastly, we have provided a video which is a bit longer, but it is the tutorial for both Garba and Dandiya. So there you are!
Also, very interestingly another unique dance form is Dhunuchi. Durga Puja festival is celebrated in Bengal as it is the only major festival there. The excitement, thrill, positivity during this festival is indeed a sight to watch. The dance form ‘Dhunuchi’ is specifically performed during the evening Aarti of Goddess Durga and is very unique in its own sense.
As hard it is as it looks, the dancers balance burning coconut shells on their hands or maybe pieces of burned coal and dance in front of their favourite deity. The dance is performed to the loud drum beats and is indeed a must see performance. Usually on the roads when Dhunuchi is performed crowds gather to witness this spectacular performance.
Celebrating Navratri with age old beliefs, traditions and rituals along-with the different forms of dance somehow adds the fun factor to it. People look forward to Navratri in order to express their loyalty and dedication to the Goddess and also groove to the different dances and enjoy to the fullest. So, tune into the tutorial videos and groove to the dandiya and garba beats this Navratri. Happy Dancing!