What started as a fun request from his followers, has now turned into a sponsored competition from the Mahindra Group. The Chairman of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra took to Twitter on Friday as he declared an open competition for all the dads in the country and called it ‘Dandiya Dad’. His tweet from Friday referred to an older tweet where he had asked his followers to help him with Dandiya dance moves. In his latter tweet, he said that he did not like the suggestions and the person who sends him the best video of their dad's playing Dandiya will be sponsored for a four-day trip by Club Mahindra.
Not many good suggestions. So let me do a best ‘Dandiya Dad’ https://t.co/zuUYOxAqfg your dad doing dandiya, tweet & tag me.I will personally sponsor the most entertaining dad for 2 nights for a family of 4 at a Club Mahindra of your choice in India. Final entries by Tuesday 8th! https://t.co/aZwrzBcYtv— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) October 4, 2019
Anand Mahindra, one day before Navratri, on September 28 put out a tweet asking his followers to send him the YouTube links of good dandiya moves. He added that he wanted to flash some of moves in front of his Gujju friends. He also wished a very happy Navratri to all his followers in Hindi. The first part of his tweet translated to, “Happy Navratri to all of you”.
आप सब को नवरात्रि की शुभकामनाएँ Happy Navratri! Nine days of spirited dancing so it’s time for me to refresh my dandiya steps. Help! Send me what you think are the best YouTube clips that showcase basic dandiya and garba moves. Have to match my gujju buddies https://t.co/7oDqkTzVI0— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 29, 2019
It is not only Anand Mahindra who is excited about the festival but recently, the Gujarati community in Madagascar had also organised Garba and Dandiya nights to celebrate the festival. This comes as a significant number of Gujaratis who are a part of the Indian diaspora in Madagascar as they reside in cities like Antananarivo, Antsiranana, and Mahajunga, since more than a century. A Hindu temple is also under construction in Madagascar’s Antananarivo. The construction of this temple, on a 6000 square metres of land, is likely to be completed by the end of this year.