India Trip, Day 7: dandiya

October 20 (Sat) - Day 7:  dandiya

Devar and nanand took me to play dandiya for the first time in life at Imperial Gardens, a hugeeeeee ground.  I was recommended not to carry my DSLR because the place was going to be packed with people and it would be difficult to take care of the camera while dancing.  And thank goodness I did not.  After clicking a few pictures of us at home, we left for Imperial Gardens along with my soon-to-be devrani and her sister.

Amid the live band's loud music that must have been some thousand decibels and a crowd of more than 4,000 people there, I was most excited to see some girls dressed up in colorful and ethnic costumes and beautiful jewelry, all decked up to play dandiya in the true spirit.

a pic from nanand's phone

And the way some guys swirled the dandiya sticks between fingers, the way some girls danced with amazing coordination, and the way some groups of friends played dandiya without accidentally hitting each other with the dandiya sticks?  Awe-effin-some.

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Lingo:
devrani: Alok's younger brother's wife
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