Dandiya is one of the most cheerful socio-religious folk dances of Gujarat, mainly performed on the festival of Navratri as an aesthetic expression of people’s happy and joyful emotions and feelings, with the people all dressed-up in shiny and multicolored attires, called chaniya choli (a three piece lehenga set containing blouse, skirt and dupatta). This Madhubani painting depicts the same in its vibrant and colorful palette, painted with natural dyes and pigmentations with the help of brushes, twigs, fingertips, nib-pens and matchsticks. The red geometric border and bright orange background highlights the artist’s creativity with colors.
The two damsels are garbed in striking green and pink lehengas each, having designer motifs and eye-catchy weavings and borders; ornamented graciously in enormous jewels of jhumka, maangtika, colorful bangles and anklets, they express their feelings by carrying a slight smile on their face, large shiny eyes and that gesture of playing with the decorated dandiya sticks in hand. As the sticks strike and produce a sound, their inner happiness and strength boosts up to dance more.
The floral background at the top, seems to abut with the positive vibes of the dance by spreading its green branches altogether in various directions, as if dancing with the flow and red flowers outgrown with amusement with the two peacocks on the tree looking down to enjoy the ongoing festivities. A single glance at this painting instils vibes of creativity, gleefulness and festivity.