Dandiya

  • Muslims make dandiya sticks but barred from garba venues in Godhra amidst love jihad row 5 days ago

    Godhra: Unease prevails in the town of Godhra in Gujarat as a pro-Hindutva outfit has convinced garba organisers not to allow Muslims into garba venues in the wake of the love jihad controversy. Muslims, too, have decided to stay away from garba venues to avoid confrontation. "Those who don't endorse our...
  • Folk songs have larger appeal: Falguni Pathak October 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Falguni Pathak, who brought a new flavour to pop music in the late 1990s with her romantic songs, has also made several people groove to her folk numbers replete with dandiya beats. She says folk music has a larger appeal in the country. For a long time, Pathak, 42,...
  • Dandiya Raas at Kingdom of Dreams evokes mixed response from people October 13, 2013

    Gurgaon: Gurgaon's Kingdom of Dreams, known for offering themebased entertainment experiences to its audience and promoting Indian culture, celebrated Navratri with Dandiya Raas on 10, 11 and 12 October, 2013. Well known Bollywood choreographer, Saroj Khan graced the occasion on the second day of the event the day when people...
  • Watch: Shilpa Shetty, Bappi Lahiri celebrate Navratri October 17, 2012

    Actor Shilpa Shetty was seen offering prayers to mark the Navratri celebrations. Musician Bappi Lahiri was spotted doing what he does best singing at a pandal in Thane, Mumbai. ...
  • Singer finds innovative way to promote eye donation October 2, 2011

    Viraag, a Mumbai based singer, has found an innovative way to get people to pledge their eyes for donation. ...
  • T20 to dandiya, cheer girls keep the spirits high October 5, 2008

    Surat: You have seen them at Twenty20 cricket matches, but now you can see them in a totally different setting. This Navratri, some enterprising organisers in Gujarat have brought in cheerleaders from Mumbai to keep the participiants energy level high throughout the dandiya night. Cheerleading during Navratri is more challenging and definitely...
  • Pay Rs 500 and drive in to see the dandiya October 4, 2008

    Ahmedabad: The strict checking at dandiya venues this year may be a dampener, but one Garba organiser has found a way around it. He has created a drivein dandiya where visitors who come to watch the Garba don't have to go through the strict checking that occur enroute to a...
  • Cops go undercover at garba events to catch terrorists October 3, 2008

    Surat: Head constables in Surat are taking off their uniform to preparing for duty. Instead, they are putting on the traditional kediyu and dhoti and making their way to the popular garba venues in the city. And while these constables play the dandiya there, they don't forget their brief keep...
  • Festivity and fear, the flavour of Navratri this season October 1, 2008

    Ahmedabad: For Purvi Soni, Navratri festival has always been nine nights of nonstop dandiya. But the blast at Modasa just a day before the festival has left her family worried, however Purvi says she will still go out and dance. I am scared but I will still not miss it for...
  • Maharashtra Gujarat gear up to dance to Dandiya beats September 30, 2008

    Mumbai: Navaratri is a pan Indian festival season though it has its origins in Gujarat. The music these days is from across the globe though. The dandiya raas is very famous in Gujarat and neighbouring Maharashtra. The festive spirit of Navratri is already in the air. If you're getting set for...
  • Security concerns wheel in drivein Garba in Gujarat September 30, 2008

    Ahmedabad: Just a day before the beginning of Navratri, police recovered 17 crude bombs from a garbage bin in Ahmedabad's Kalupur area, reigniting concern about the security arrangements in Gujarat during dandiya season. "It is indeed a matter of concern. People visit plots in lakhs and no one knows who is...
  • Madonna up for a jig on hit Ash number January 6, 2008

    Jodhpur: Pop diva Madonna has been so charmed by Rajasthani folk music and dance during her stay here that she is planning to incorporate bits of it in her future album. Madonna, who was in Rajasthan on a leisure trip with her husband, son and other family members, fell in love...
  • Dancing shoes on but Zayed, Raima can't do dandiya October 18, 2007

    Mumbai: Actors Zayed Khan and Raima Sen turned up quite late to be star guests at a dandiya contest but they hadnt practised and it showed. The contest winners were to interact with Zayed and Raima in a moving bus that hit dandiya hotspots. To kickstart the bus ride, the actors...
  • Age no bar for dandiya enthusiasts September 30, 2006

    They may well be past their prime, but it seems that nothing in the world can stop senior citizens from celebrating the Dandiya. Not even knee replacement surgery. CNNIBNs Vineeta Rao joined in the celebrations with a difference. ...
  • She matches Garba steps, without music September 29, 2006

    Surat: Self belief can make impossible things possible. An astonishing exemplar is 23yearold Bhumika Pujari who matches steps; dances to Garba tunes much better than many trained dancers despite being deaf and dumb by birth. Every year, Bhumika gears up like many other youngsters of her age to join the Garba...
  • Floods dampen Surat's festival spirits September 29, 2006

    Surat: Navratra celebrations are on in most parts of the country. But the mood is somber in the diamond city of Surat where people are still recouping losses suffered in the recent floods. Barely a month ago, river Tapi rose 30 feet above the danger mark, submerging 95 per cent of...
  • London keeps garba pure September 29, 2006

    Vadodara: Navratri is the favourite festival when Vadodara starts dressing up for dandiya, and for nine days, the musical city reverberates with the beats of garba. But over the years, as everywhere else, the beats of garba have changed from carefully cultivated classical sounds to remixed film music, the hottest selling...