Indian Dandya Raas and Garba
by Vallari Shah
his folk dance style originated in the 9th century in the region of
Saurashtra, in Gujarat, India. Two circles formed by men and women
move in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions with two sticks called
dandiyas held in their hands. The songs sung on the occasions are essentially
love ballads. Raas is a very energetic, colourful and playful dance
providing opportunity for acting and exchanging messages through eye
Please come and join Yesha Naik for this high energy pulsating dancing.
NATyA is a young Bay Area dance company. Founded
by Smitha Radhakrishnan and Vallari Shah, it primarily focuses on bringing
indian classical dance styles to mainstream audiences. NATyA has performed
all over the bay area in theatres, schools, festivals and multicultural
events. It also brings folk styles from India to audiences here and
conducts workshops in some of the styles.