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Who’s ready for a round of Dandiya Raas…?

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Navratri is round the corner and this year, AAICT in conjunction with Aga Khan Foundation of USA is proud to present two exciting nights of ‘Dandiya On The Dance Floor!’ 

When –  Friday, Oct 11th 2013 and Saturday, Oct 12th 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Where – Bert Ferguson Community Center, Cordova, TN

This is a great opportunity to dress in colorful traditional Indian outfits, catch up with friends, eat some Indian food and have some dancing fun!

It is okay if you don’t know how to do Dandiya Raas, as many of us don’t know it either! We have therefore arranged for free dance lessons for you from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.  🙂

To those new to this, Dandiya Raas is an Indian folk dance to rhythmic beats and clattering sticks.  The bamboo sticks used for this dance are called Dandiya. This dance usually follows Garba Raas, a dance that involves use of rhythmic clapping and foot movements.  Both the dances are performed during the festival of Navratri and is kind of a social participation dance as they have very simple steps that one can learn on the spot. Following the lead of an experienced dancer, anyone can join the group. It is a performance that asks nothing in return. So if you get an opportunity and if you have time, pick up the sticks and sport a smile on your face!  You may enjoy the  experience and realize that there’s more to dandiya than this blog tells you.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Kids under 12 are free. Buy them today before they are sold out. Please contact the following for tickets –

  • Amarjit Keshav – 901-827-9445
  • Gautam Malhotra – 901-395-6440
  • Jigna Sampat – 901-692-1198
  • Perdeep Mehta – 901-268-2494
  • Akshay Shah – 901-756-7722
  • Shahid Lakhani – 901-240-7860
  • Murad – 901-604-5301

Come join us to show case the culture in a fun-filled way that will leave you entertained.

Garba Oct 11th