Garba

Garba is a folk dance from the western state of Gujarat. It is a dance performed in a circular fashion during the festival of Navratri.

Garba is regarded as one of the world's most pious and joyful dancing traditions. It is believed to have originated in Gujarat, India, where it is performed with energy and faith during the nine-day/nine-night Navratri festival to honor Goddess Amba.

 

The word Garba is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Garbha,’ which means womb. In this festival, people dance around a lit lamp (Garbha Deep) or picture or statue of Goddess Amba in a full circle. This is also known as the Hindu portrayal of the concept that in this ever-changing universe, only Goddess Amba remains constant.

 

Because of their respective roles, Goddess Amba and Lord Shree Krishna have both influenced this dancing genre. For Garba, people dress in traditional Gujarati attire such as Chania Choli and Kediyu. And they do so with great zeal and amazing clapping, snapping, and twirling coordination.

 

This dance form is fast-paced, energetic, and very much eye-pleasing. Garba has many types, and one of the most famous ones is Ras Garba, a partner-based style that involves dancing with pairs of sticks. Globally, Garba has become very popular, and thanks to its modernization, everyone can enjoy it in various simple to complex styles.

 

With fast and upbeat Gujarati music, dancers manage to give an alluring performance with their brilliant footwork and outstanding coordination of claps and twirls. This traditional dance form is deeply associated with culture and religion, and because of its divine elated energy, people in Gujarat perform it on every happy occasion.

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