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Dandi is a traditional dance form of the Minicoy Island in Lakshadweep. It is very similar to the Kolkali dance performed all over Kerala. The dance is performed to the music by a band of singers who stand a little distance away from the performing group. The song used in Dandi, farihi, is a love story, a legend or an Islamic tale.

In the past, Dandi was connected with the Maulood festival and was performed before the village house. Each participant wore a white costume with red lining, a red or black scarf folded in a triangle, a white ribbon across the shoulders and a towel cap of red with white checks. The dancers held short painted wands wearing small anklets called gunguni. This dance is now almost extinct in Minicoy.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Lakshadweep


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