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The Deaf Desi Dandiya (DDD2) is back! The first Dandiya festival took place in New Jersey, on September 20, 2014, was a huge success. About 150 people all over the nation attended the Dandiya and enjoyed the dances and social hours.

Come all!! Join us and dance with us at the most rocking Bollywood/Dandiya Dance extravaganza in town called Carteret, New Jersey.

Dandiya Raas is the most popular dance not only in Gujarat but also in other states throughout India. It is popular in Indian community in the United States. It is a special feature of the Navratri festival. Dandiya is a dance form usually performed in a group, by both men and women. The special feature of the dandiya dance is the colorful attire worn by the dancers and the colorful and beautifully decorated wooden sticks carried by them.

Dandiya is a very energetic and playful dance providing messages through eye contact. The uniqueness of dandiya from the other Indian dance forms is the use of colorful, musical sticks, its dress code, the scope it offers for improvisation, invocation and creativity, and the massive number of dancer in any single programme.

Deaf Desi Dandiya committee - Arti Shali (NJ), Jigar Patel (OH), Sarita Phadke (IL), Veena Advani (TX)

The Deaf Desi Dandiya committee is composed of, Arti Shah, Jigar Patel, Sarita Phadke, and Veena Nandwani-Advani, The team has worked hard to incorporate the unique choreography to make the DDD2 program exciting for you all.

A bit about the team, Arti Shah is from New Jersey, owns a family restaurant called Chowpatty.

Jigar Patel is from Ohio, has a professional career in a Supply Chain Management.

Sarita Phadke is from Illinois, works as a Deaf Services Coordinator at Schaumburg Township.

And Veena Nandwani-Advani is from Texas and is a well-known dancer.

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