Dandiya Raas by ICCS

Last Saturday, 15th October 2016, was a spectacle of colors at the Allaktivitetshuset, Sundbyberg. The Indian Culture Center of Scandinavia had organised a Dandiya Night on the special occasion of Navratri. Prima Singh, Assistant Director at ICCS, graciously invited me to cover the evening! I was absolutely delighted when I heard from her!

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Ever since fall set in, everywhere one turns all you can see is people in black jackets. So when we entered the venue, the colors of the outfits the guests were wearing was a treat to the eyes!

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The evening commenced with the lighting of the Diya!

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The music then filled the air and the feet were set into rhythmic motion!

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Being born and raised in the south of India, I had no idea how a Dandiya night would be. That night, I got a glimpse. I was in total awe of the joy, the energy, the momentum and the graceful manner in which everyone danced in sync!

“Dancers are the athletes of God” – Albert Einstein

I believe dance is powerful – it stirs joy, it eases sadness and it brings people and cultures together and builds relationships! On our way back home, I really regretted dance not being an integral part in the South Indian Culture!

Kudos to the organizing team that made the evening possible!

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