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Ras Garba Dance

Garba is an Indian form of dance that originated in Gujarat, India. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term Garbha ("womb") and Deep ("a small earthenware lamp"). This dance is primarily done during the festival of Navratri. Navratri, literally meaning nine nights, is a celebration of the Hindu goddess of divine feminine creative power, Shakti, over nine nights to celebrate her nine forms.Traditional garba are performed around a central lit lamp or statue of different avatars of Hindu Goddess Shakti.Raas and Garba are typical Gujarati folk dances that everyone can participate in. Raas is done in pairs while holding sticks called dandia. The dance involves hitting your partner's dandia with your own while following the beat of the music. To dance Women wear chaniya cholis, colorful skirts and blouses often with hand embroidery and embedded mirrors and shells. The music starts off slow, but speeds up as time goes on so things get fun and crazy at the end.

Raas/Garba is also part of many Gujarati weddings, where both the groom and bride’s families come together to dance. Julia has been part of Raas/Garba events scene in NYC and could be a part of the celebrations as glamourous iconic Garba Dancer for your Wedding events.


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