Indians love to dance! I am sure you have seen those huge dance scenes in the middle of Bollywood films where the whole casts stops doing whatever they were doing to dance. It must be in their blood and the more joyful the better. This the attitude brought to this autumn festival which is dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Druga, the mother goddess.
The word Navratri means nine nights during which the celebration happens, and the date is determined by the lunar calendar. This is a major festival in the Western states of India as well as in the north.
This is the celebration in Baroda, a city near Ahmedabad. Wow, what a crowd!
The Garba dance is performed for the mother goddess. This year the festival dates are October 5-13th, so wish your Indian friends, a happy Navratri!
How elegant. . . . .
Traditional costumes and colors. . . . .
Dancing, which is very fast and energetic, is open to all, costumed or not. . . . .
This celebration of music, singing, and dancing is a request for wisdom, spiritual blessings, and wealth. My friend Chandresh, the filmmaker of whom I have written in several posts, told me this morning that the film he was producing was over and the next one was not scheduled to be shot until after this 10 day, 9 night festival. These celebrations are enjoyed with energy and joy. Most Indian people have innumerable challenges in their daily lives, but they bring so much joy to simple things like flying kites, throwing colors for Holi, singing, and dancing. I think …no I know, westerners could learn from the Indian people about “being joyful in all circumstances!”
Namaste. . . . . .This Is Incredible India.. . . . . .Happy Navratri!