Getting Set for Navratri: Steps & Makeup Tips for Dandiya & Garba Raas

Navratri spells nine magical nights and is synonymous with dressing up in finery, dancing, celebrating and looking gorgeous! Keeping in tandem with the swish and swirl of Navratri nights, we bring you a carousel of how to look your best at Navratri dandiya nights and put your best foot forward!







Get Gorgeous for Dandiya Raas…

Looking your best is important, but you could also consider experimenting with different looks for each one of the nine Navratri dandiya and garba days!


Highlighting your eyes is a given for all nine days! Coordinate your eye shadow with the colour of your ensemble. Go experimental with glitter, silver, bronze and gold.




dandiya eye make up



Define your lips, but avoid the same look or colour every garba night! Go with bright red, wine, nude gloss, metallic shades or even lip glitter to perk up the pout! Pick a clue or two from your colorful garba dress.


dandiya make up tips





Keep your hair away from your face during the Dandiya season! Try a variety of hair styles from fish braid, French braid and side swept pony tail to the traditional bun adorned with a string of flowers. You want to dance freely, don’t you?




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Dress to Dazzle this Dandiya…

This is your chance to go all out and dazzle with your dressing for Navratri dandiya and garba!

Chaniya cholis are de rigeur: go ethnic, wear bright colours and add a sparkle with mirror work, zardosi or embroidery.




dandiya chaniya cholis


Go with the half-saree look in coordinated colours. The lehnga is highlighted with a contrasting odhni.



dandiya lehenga choli



Go with the seedha palla saree, where the pallu is taken over the right shoulder and neatly tucked into the waist.




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Accessorize with jewellery! Take your pick from chunky silver jewellery, ethnic gold or resplendent kundan and polki: earrings, waist belts, arm bands, bangles, necklace and maang tikas…go out and just experiment.




dandiya jewelery



Make the First Dandiya & Garba Move…

Get set for Navratri with the perfectly flawless Dandiya, Garba and raas moves: you need lots of energy, nimble footwork and practice…


dandiya steps


Dandiya is basically a Gujarati folk dance. A group of people form two circles and dance anti clockwise, using two colourful sticks, one in each hand.





Dancers face their partners, make eye contact and start dancing to the same but to different rhythm! Partners hit the sticks to form an X. Do you know Dandiya Queen Falguni Pathak is all set to perform in Bangalore for the very first this Navratri?



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Dandiya Dance Tip: Practice the basic 5 step dandiya moves before a mirror.





Once you’ve perfected the basic dandiya moves you could move on to learning the six step garba.



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Both dandiya and garba dance forms are very simple to learn and fun to do. Just pick two sticks and start practicing; you still have time.


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When are Navratri 2014? : Navratri begins on 25th September 2014 Thursday and ends on 3rd October Friday. Goddess Durga Ashtami or Kanya Pujan is on 2nd October 2014.


Are planning to fast this Navratri?


You can find lot many dandiya  and garba dance events happening in Bangalore here.




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