Ghusadi Festival in Adilabad district / Andhra Pradesh

#1 Jan 29th, 2015, 15:34
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Dear travellers,

As I fall in love with the Gondi tribes in Bastar two years ago during the amazing and wonderful Dussehra festival, it seems that I've found the perfect next destination and timing : Gussadi festival in Andhra Pradesh...

This festival starts a few days after Dassera and finish with Diwali. The Gonds from the tribal villages of west Adilabad district form a group to perform dances and songs in the other villages. Their clothes are very particular and they also wear a peacock feathers hat.
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http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...icle163969.ece

My problem is that this is the only informations I can find on this festival !
And I have a lot of questions :
- Is there some restrictions for foreigners in Adilabad district ?
- Is it possible to find public transportations or public tuk tuk to go to the tribal villages easily as I did in Bastar for the weekly markets ?
- Is it possible to find a schedule of this event ?

I found none english ressources. Maybe some of you have some ? Or maybe you'll be interested in this festival enough to look for these informations ? This is the perfect Off the Beaten Trail destination

Another question is : what is the best place to enjoy Diwali ? Maybe the best is to stay around Adilabad cause the festival ends with Diwali, but maybe there's another good spot to enjoy ?

This festival is only in november but I'm preparing it now, especially because I have to book my flight soon. I think that I'll spend the whole time festival around Adilabad cause festivals are the best time to enjoy a place according to me !

I hope you'll get some informations

See you,
Fanny

Édit : the other name of this festival is Dandari, that comes from the name of the dancers.
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#2 Feb 1st, 2015, 16:22
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Sorry, I'm a bit confused with this new state. Adilabad is in Telangana, extreme North and closer to Nagpur than Hyderabad.
Nobody knows this tribal festival ?
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The location is as you have identified fanny. However, I've not heard of this festival. It should happen in Chandrapur, Maharashtra as well but doesnt seem publicized.
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Thanks Vaibhav !
This is one of the reasons why I'm fascinated : there's almost no informations on this festival. According to my readings, it seems it's still very traditional and not touristical .
It's a kind of Raj Gond Diwali that starts a few days after Dassera. People dance and sing for a good harvest, for the wealth of the tribe, and they welcome Diwali.
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I reply my own comment to give fresh informations about this festival I enjoyed last november :

1. The real name is Dandari festival. But sometimes it's called Gussadi festival (Gussadis are the dancers and the name of the dance).
2. there's no restriction to visit this area.
3. If you don't have a contact in Adilabad district, don't expect to get the informations. I stayed with the family of a local reporter and could enjoy the festival as he covers it each year.
4. This is really an offbeat festival ! I was the only foreigner - and maybe the first one - to enjoy the festival. Apart my indian reporter friend, there was only the tribes in Utnoor village, and the tribes + officials in the second village.
5. There's no public transportation as the villages are in the middle of the mountains.
6. There's no guesthouse / hotel for the same reason.
7. It's a short distance from Adilabad.
8. It's an INCREDIBLE festival !!!
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Hi Haidaloup, I saw this post just today. I am cinematographer based in Hyderabad. We did a documentary on this festival 2 years back, we stayed at the same place ( utnoor ) and covered the festival. Its inspirational to see someone like to traversing all around the world. Cheers.

This is a quick link of the documentary, if you are interested
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Hi Aditya.
Sorry, I only saw your message today! That's great you made a documentary on Dandari festival. Even if Bastar Dussehra always fascinates me, being in Utnoor during Dandari is one of my most beautiful souvenirs. The people of this village are so kind. I'm happy to be able to watch your video. Since my second trip in Bastar and the discovery of Telangana and Gussadi, I've decided to do more for the Adivasis. I have a few projects there as I became quite popular for my love and respect of this fascinating culture. My trip was covered by the Indian medias and I use this popularity to spread some messages of respect for the Tribal culture. I'll come back for 5 months soon.
Cheers,
Stephanie.

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