Etymology of Dindi Dance
The name of the dance is derived from one of the instruments used in the dance called 'Dindi'. Dindi means a small drum, like a 'Tamate'.
Performance of Dindi Dance
This dance is generally performed by a group of male dancers. The female dancers too form a part of the group on some occasions. Versus and poems are an integral part of this religious dance form which convey important religious epics. The idea behind sharing these versus and poems is to provide a message as well as entertainment to viewers.
By swaying to specific movements, the dancers create a unique ambiance. The steps of the dance are very energetic which generates a positive feeling among the participants and audience. When the participants of the dance speed up the rhythm, they form two rows side by side, stamp their right feet, bow, and proceed with their left feet, making geometric formations. A chorus leader usually sings at the centre of the circle and the drummer also stands in the middle of the circle to provide the required musical background.
While performing the dance, the men also carry a flag bearing the image of Sun God or Surya and Lord Hanuman or Monkey God. They carry these flags while visiting the temples. This is done to show their gratitude to the Sun God and Lord Hanuman.
Musical Instruments of Dindi Dance
In addition to Dindi, musical instruments like Mridanga (Drum) and Veena (a kind of string instrument) accompany the dance.
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