Dandiya Raas

Dandiya Raas dance by children during Navratri in Bangalore

Raas or Dandiya Raas is the socio-religious folk dance originating from Indian state of Gujarat and popularly performed in the festival of Navaratri.[1][2] The dance is performed in the Marwar region of the Rajasthan too.[3]



The word "Raas" comes from the Sanskrit word "Rasa", an aesthetic Indian concept related to emotions and feelings. Kapila Vatsyayan argued that aesthetic theory of the Rasa gives the underlying unity to the Indian arts.[4]