Tara Prasad Bahinipati, a Congress leader and MLA from Jeypore, made an appearance at a cultural event in Jeypore last Friday.
Known for his active involvement in social causes and his friendly disposition, Bahinipati wholeheartedly participated in the dandiya night event to celebrate Navratri, entertaining the audience with his dance moves.
The dandiya night was organized by the Rangamati Organization in Jeypore, Koraput, to mark the sixth day of the nine-day Navratri festival.
During his speech at the event, Bahinipati expressed his joy, saying, “I am delighted to see women and girls from all political affiliations coming together to enjoy the dandiya night. On behalf of the entire Jeypore town, I extend my gratitude to them.”
He continued, “It’s heartwarming to see that the women of Jeypore are just as talented in singing and dancing as those from any other part of India.”
It’s important to note that while dandiya is traditionally a North Indian, particularly Gujarati, dance form, it has found acceptance and enthusiasm in Odisha as well. This is due to its melodious music, captivating yet simple dance movements, and its association with Durga Puja. While in Gujarat, dandiya is performed throughout the year on various occasions, in Odisha, it is primarily associated with the celebrations of Durga Puja.