Dancing for Joy in Rajasthan

The Joy of Dancing

The Joy of Dancing

In the towns of Rajasthan, everyone takes to the streets to celebrate a marriage. What a brilliant way to eliminate the cost of hiring a hall. The crowd gathers and gradually the musicians take their places and begin to play. At first there is some restraint but after the women encourage the children to join in the fun, the dancing takes a more serious turn.

Kids Get Into the Act

Kids Get Into the Act

It doesn’t take very long for the attention of the children to wane and they wander back to their families. More women step forward and fall under the trance of the music.

Dance of Many Colors

Dance of Many Colors

With all the bright-colored saris sparkling, the women are like a flower garden in summer with red and magenta the dominant hue.

Getting Down

Getting Down

Women of all ages join in the fun, their veils never slipping.

The Men Watch

The Men Watch

The men are more reserved, sitting stoically on the periphery observing. Occasionally one of the young men jumps up and joins in but mostly it is the women who dance.

In the Groove

In the Groove

As the music picks up, the dancers lose themselves. For a moment the women can forget their troubles as well as all the rules that society has imposed on them and allow the power of music and dance to transport them as they celebrate another couple’s union.

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About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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2 Responses to Dancing for Joy in Rajasthan

  1. Karan Bagai says:

    Colorful Rajasthan

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