Garba, dandiya classes a rage ahead of Navratri in Jamshedpur

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 Women take up short-term courses to learn dandiya moves  

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Jamshedpur, Sept. 18: As the festival of Navratri is approaching, garba and dandiya classes are a big draw in the city, attracting people from various communities and all age groups.

Choreographers say that it is the busiest time of the year for them. “We look forward to the festive season and roll out special packages as women here want short-term courses to learn dandiya moves,” says 45-year-old Nimisha Sony, a choreographer.

Bistupur resident, Karishma Shah, who has been teaching dance for the past 10 years, said that the traditional garba and dandiya are popular but people want to incorporate something new in their movements. With prizes to be won, one wants to be different,” she said.

On Monday trainer, Alpa Parikh hosted Garba and Dandiya evening at a city hotel in which several women irrespective of community actively participated. “People from all communities are eager to learn. We conducted classes for girls and women to teach them nuances of the traditional Gujarati dance,” informed Parikh.

“While many people want to shed weight to look good during the festive season, some want to learn dance so as to gain confidence,” says another personal choreographer.

Surat Gujarati Samaj, an organsation of the community in the city has hired trainers from Kolkata to conduct training classes at its Bistupur premises.  From past one week children and women of the community are busy preparing for the ras garba competitions, which are the highlights of the whole nine-day event.

Officials of Samaj said that die-hard Navratri revellers, would take part in various competitions that are slated during the festival. These range from best male and female dancers, best costumes, best steps, etc for which prizes are given.

They informed that went on to add many also attend special pre-Navratri dance classes to hone up their dancing skills, practice yoga and some even appoint a beautician for make-up to ensure they have an edge over others at the competitions.

Sejal Shah, senior member of the community said that Garba of Gujarat is the most popular women’s folk dance of Gujarat. Since large chunk of Gujarati speaking people reside in city its popularity has crossed all the barriers and even people from Marwari and Bengali community actively participate in it.

She said that dressed in typical Gujarati sarees or chaniya choli the members of the community would put their best foot forward to show their skills in raas, garba and dandiya.

It may be mentioned that the festival of Navaratri is celebrated by Gujarati community which is a part of Hindu Community, and very famous for Dandiya ras and garba ras.

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