The Dandia Gair dance is performed only by men on the occasion of the Holi festival held on the full moon day of the lunar month of Phalguna (February/March). The two main aspects that make the dance fascinating are the costume worn by the dancers and the swirling pirouettes executed by them. The dancers wear white Chudidar Pyjamas and red Angarakhas, a gown-like garment highly flared from the waist with numerous pleats. For making one such Angarakha, twenty five to thirty meters of cloth is needed. When the dancers make fast swirling motion, the flared skirt opens up like an umbrella. The dancers move in a spiral-like formation with swirling motion. It is feast for the eyes when the dancers swirl fast. The red and white combination and the moving umbrella like skirt present a grand spectacle. A long strand of jinglbells (ghungroo) spirals from the ankle up to the knee.The sound of these myriad jinglebells mingles beautifully with the percussion music provided by Dhol, Nagara (bowl shaped drum with one face), Thali (gong-like idiophone) and Khartal, the castanets.
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