Oct 14-22, 2004


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 Lagna-Geet LagnaGeet

 Garba-Raas Garba-Raas

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 Gazal Gazals

Baal-Geet Baal-Geet

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Navratri!! The word `Navratri' conjures up images of festivities. The most of which are the traditional dances, `Garba' and the `Dandia-Raas'.

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 Madi Taru Kanku Kharyu (Prayer Garbo)

Ma Pava Te Gadh Thi Utarya (Old-time Garbo)

Nagar Nandji Na Lal (Worship Garbo)

Oonchi Talavadi Ni Kor (Geet Garbo)

Mari Mahisagar Ne Aare Dhol (Garbi)

Hun Tau GaiTi Mele (Folk Garbo)

He Ranglo Jamyo (Ppular Raas)

Maniyaro Re Halu Halu (Non-Stop Raas)

Disco Garba (Garba Remix)

More Garbas from `Shamanu'


The Festival: This festival called `Navratri', meaning 'Nine Nights', is an ancient and colorful festival. It is celebrated in honour of the Divine Mother (The Power or The Force), representing The Nature. This also is a festival which combines religion, devotion, culture, and recreation. People worship, offer prayers, visit temples, and celebrate for Nine Nights.

Folk Dances: The most interesting feature of the festival is `Garba', a circular dance performed by women. As the dancers whirl around an earthenware pot, a singer and a drummer provide the musical accompaniment. The participants clap in a steady rhythm. The dance usually starts slowly. It gets faster and faster as the music gets more rapid, until the dance abruptly comes to a halt. There is a pause for a while and the dance commences once again, the singer leading with a new song.

Dandia-ras: Another dance, which is also very popular, is the `Dandia-ras' or 'stick' dance, in which pairs of men and women join the dance circle, holding small sticks, facing each other. As they whirl to the rhythm of the dance, the pair strikes their sticks together, adding to the joyous atmosphere, then the partner changes and the new pair continues, moving in the circle.

All Night Dancing: These Dances are performed in public or arranged privately, for nine continuous nights! They usually commence late in the evening and continue till wee hours of morning. They are very popular in the state, people enjoy a lot. There are a lot of variations in the dance steps and the music and the rhythm. There are contests and the best dancer gets the prize too!

Costumes: The costumes worn for the dances are very traditional and alive with colour. The women wear long hand-embroidered skirt with a matching blouse, and a short chiffon scarf-like sari. They also wear heavy chunky silver jewellery. Men wear colorful silk kurta (long shirt) and pyjama, and sometimes add hand-embroidered jackets and caps.

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