Dandia competition for women to be held in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of Durga puja and Navarathri, a colourful Dandia competition is going to be held in the capital city. And ahead of the competition a workshop will be held to equip the competitors with adequate dance skills. The two-day long event will be held as per the following schedule.

“FEEL THE STICK 2019” to be held on Sept 29
Dandia Workshop:

Sept 28, 2019, Time 5.30 PM onwards (in the evening) & Sept 29, 2019 Time 8 AM to 11 AM (in the morning).

Number of participants

The total number of participants to be admitted to this workshop is 50. And the participants of this workshop will be allowed to compete in the Dandia competition scheduled to be held on 29 September in the evening.

Who can join?

The workshop and following competition is meant only for girls and women. However, there is no age bar. Girls and women of any age can participate.


Solo, Duet and Group

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Besides the Dandia workshop and competition a western dance competition is going to be held as per the following schedule. This dance is only for the kids in the age group of 5 to 15.

Title of the western dance competition



Western Dance competition

Who can join?

Kids in the age group of 5 to 15 years old


29th September afternoon

Number of participants



Only Solo


Renowned dancer cum choreographer Ritesh RJ will judge the competitions. Asked about the competition Ritesh said, “Dandia, also called Garba, although has originated from Gujarat, anybody can dance. It is a dance form that is related to God. The dance is performed as a ritual during Durga puja. Keeping this in mind the competition has been organized.”


The best costume for this dance forms constitute Odhani, Chaniya choli, Ghaghra, Bandhani for women and turban for men.

Venue of the competition

Geneva Fitness Club, Anand Praza, 2nd floor, Tankapani road, Bhubaneswar


For any query and for registration  call Deepika in this number: 8917214725

About Garba & Dandia

Garba is performed in solo, pairs and groups by clapping hands and moving feet to the tune of music. Dancers need to stand in a circle and swing from one side to the other. The dance step has been choreographed in such a way that a dancer gets a chance to exchange her partner one by one.

The same rule applies to Dandia. However, while in Garba the dancers use their hand to clap, in Dandia they use a Dandia stick. These are colorful wooden sticks. Some people claim that the Dandia sticks are considered sword of Goddess Durga. Both the dance forms are also taken as a symbol of victory of good over evil.

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