During 2008 to 2010, I bloged about Navratri [2008, 09, 10] but during 2011 & 2012, I did n’t blog about it. But that does not mean that I was n’t playing :).
During last couple of year more number of places garba are started showing up or organization matured more.
This year, Navratri is coming from 5th Oct till 13th Oct. In Bangalore, I’m hoping to visit,
Compare to previous two navratri (2009 & 2008), this year I played more Garba & Dandiya. I played for 7 out of all 9 nights. This year also I went to Jayanagar Syunkt mandal organized function along with my friends. Once we went to Palace Ground too and played garba at venue orgainzed by Gujarti Vasihanav Samaj.
Similar to Last year, This year also I went to Jayanagar Syunkt mandal organized function, my friends and me did all above stuff :). Everyyear, it is held at BES college in Jayanagar.
This time, I did better garba, rass than last year and obviously enjoyed more. To add more, as always, last night, we had unlimited Fafda Jalebi 🙂 All and all, to enjoy garba in Bangalore, Jayanagar and Palace ground are best palace. Obviously, during navrati, I did meet more new gujarati people in Bangalore and had nice time with them.
This year Navratri dated during September 30 to October 8, 2008. We also had couple of leaves owing to Eid (October 1) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2). Thus, we end-up having lot of garba and dandiya.
I had gone with my room-mate and few friends. We went to Jayanagar Sayunkt Mandal’s Garba for 3 nights. The venue was BES Law College ground. Typical, it starts at 10 pm with first aarti followed by slow garba. Garba picks speed over a half an hour. Besides Garba, we had Raas and Sanedo. Raas is traditions dandiya-raas, mostly as shown in plenty of hindi films. Sanedo is centuries old traditional Gujarati folk song type. During sanedo, basically we sing couples of song, covering topics like general critics, current social issues and players follow his tune.
On the last night of Navratri and next morning (on Dasara day), Gujaratis eat Fafda, Gathiya and Jalbi. We were lucky, as organizers at Jayanagar Sayunkt Mandal had decided to provide free and unlimited fafda and jalbi. We had four rounds of it. Last night, we played and enjoyed till 5 am in morning. You can see few snaps here: