Dandiya and Garba dances influenced by BollywoodNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:20 am ICT by admin
In Mumbai, Navaratri celebrations take a refreshing meaning for mind and soul when playback singer Falguni Pathak joins thousands of enthusiasts in their Dandia-raas dance programmes during the nine-day festivities.
Every day, 20,000 to 35,000 people come to listen to Falguni Pathak’s songs and love to dance to her tunes during the nine-day Navratri festivities.
“Every year, we perform five Garba dances and songs dedicated to the Goddess Durga. Later, we sing other songs as well. There are some songs in different languages like Rajasthani besides Marathi Lavani but maximum are Gujarati folk songs,” said Falguni Pathak.
alguni, who sings at more than one Navaratri programme in a day, added that the main content of the events remains Gujarati since the two dances of Garba and Dandia Raas are more closely associated with the State. But she also sings in various other languages to enthrall audience of all regions and languages.
However, individuals like don-turned-State legislator Arun Gawali, has their distinctive way of celebrating the Navratri festival.
Gawli professed deep faith in the Goddess Durga and said that he has been hosting Navaratri Utsav at his Dagadi Chawl for quarter of a century with enthusiasm and devotion.
“I have a lot of devotion towards Goddess and I celebrate this festival every year. I have been celebrating it since the last 25 years,” said Arun Gawali.
Today, the two traditional dance forms-Garba and Dandiya-raas– have been influenced by the music of Bollywood and Indipop cacophony as evident from the pulsating beats echoed out of the 10,000 watt speakers at the community Navaratri celebrations in Mumbai.
With millions of Gujaratis having made Mumbai their home, these dances have become the main attraction at the hundreds of neighbourhood and community celebrations.
The traditional dances Garba and Dandia Raas of Gujarat, staged during the Navaratri (Dussera) festival are no more confined to that particular State.
Raas and Garba dances are said to have originated in Gujarat and Sindh (now in Pakistan). These traditional dances are performed during Navratri, which is the longest Hindu festival celebrated all over India for nine consecutive nights in praise of Lord Rama and Goddess Durga.
Garba is performed before Aarti (worshipping ritual) as devotional performances in the honour of the Goddess while Dandiya is performed after it, as a part of merriment. While Garba is performed exclusively by women, men and women join in for Raas Dandiya.
The dancers whirl and move their feet and arms in a choreographed manner to the tune of the music with lots of drum beats. The drum is used as well as complementary percussion instruments such as the Dholak, tabla and others.
Originated as devotional Garba dances, which were performed in Durga’s honor, this dance form is actually the staging of a mock-fight between the Goddess and Mahishasura, the mighty demon-king, and is nicknamed “The Sword Dance”.
The sticks of the dance represent the sword of Durga.
The women wear traditional dresses such as colorful embroidered choli, ghagra and bandhani dupattas (traditional attire) dazzling with mirror work and heavy jewellery. Whereas men wear special turbans and Kedias (the short frock), but can range from area to area. (ANI)
- Garba fever rocks Ahmedabad on eighth day of Navartri - Sep 27, 2009
- An all women musical groups enthrals people during Navratris in Rajkot - Sep 23, 2009
- Gujarat set to come alive, with dandia and garba - Sep 28, 2008
- 'Dandiya on skates' latest rampage in Surat - Sep 22, 2009
- Dandiya fever catches up at Kingdom of Dreams - Oct 11, 2010
- Devotees take holy dip in rivers across Uttar Pradesh on first day of Navratri - Oct 08, 2010
- Devotees throng Delhi temple as Navratri festival begins - Oct 08, 2010
- Fervour and gaiety mark first day of Navratri - Apr 04, 2011
- Nine days of fasting ends with Ram Navami festival - Apr 12, 2011
- Godhra Muslims make Dandias for Hindu brethrens during Navrartras - Nov 14, 2007
- Mahalaya invokes Goddess Durga, puja countdown begins - Sep 27, 2011
- Elephant processions, percussion orchestras mark Kerala festivals (Letter from Kerala) - May 12, 2012
- Will John Be Able To Convince Daya Ben To Play Garba - Oct 11, 2010
- Garba sans women at Bhadrakali Temple in Gujarat - Nov 14, 2007
- Dasara ends in Karnataka with famed 'Jumboo Savari' - Oct 06, 2011
Tags: bollywood, cacophony, celebrations, dance forms, dances, dandia raas, dandiya raas, devotion, enthrall, falguni pathak, festivities, garba, goddess durga, gujarati, languages, mumbai, navaratri, navratri