There are several variations to this picturesque dance form that is performed by both men and women. The men wear long, pleated tunics that open out into full-length skirts as they move first in clockwise then in anti-clockwise direction, beating their sticks to create the rhythm when they turn.
Originally a Bhil dance, and performed at the time of Holi, its variations are the Dandia Gair in the Marwar region and Geendad in the Shekhawati region.
Basically Gair dance is a traditional dance form that originates from Rajasthan, India. It is performed by men, who dance in a group while holding swords and singing Rajasthani folk songs. The dance is performed during festivals, weddings, and other joyous occasions, and is known for its energetic and playful nature. The dance is accompanied by traditional musical instruments, such as the dhol, nagara, and shehnai, which add to the rhythm and excitement of the performance. Gair dance is an important part of Rajasthani culture and is performed with great enthusiasm and pride by the local people.
On the other hand women, who accompany the male dancers, balance pots on their heads and dance to the rhythm of the music. The pots symbolize prosperity and good luck, and the skill and balance required to dance while holding them is considered a test of the women’s grace and poise. The use of pots in Gair dance adds a unique visual element to the performance and makes it a popular and memorable cultural event.
In some areas the use of soundbars or speakers has taken this event to the next level as the sound becomes easier to manage, more portable and very much effective.