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Dandiya

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Saturday, August 8, 2009
9:00pm
Stage in the Round
235 Queens Quay West

In Dandiya Raas, men and women dance in two circles with sticks in their hands. In the old times, Raas did not involve much singing; just the beat of Dhol was enough. "Dandiya" (which are decorated sticks), are about 18 inches long. Each dancer holds two, although sometimes when they are short on Dandiya, they will use just one in right hand. Generally, in a four beat rhythm, opposite sides hit the sticks at the same time, creating a nice sound. One circle goes clockwise and another counter clockwise.

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