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You can take a Gujarati out of Gujarat,but you cannot take the Garba out of a Gujarati
Growing up in Bombay, a hardcore urban environment, my idea of Navratri celebrations revolved around the giant pandals, and fields turned into Garba and Dandiya ground. Singers Falguni Pathak, Preeti & Pinky, Bhumi Trivedi, Roop Kumar Rathod along with their teams would be hosting Garba-Dandiya nights where you get hold of your favourite dancing partner and sway to the tunes of good Gujarati folk music.
When we landed in Gurgaon way back in 2008, Navratri was limited to Bhajans, Maata ki Aarti, Kanjak, Prashad and that’s it. Really? Aur Kuch Nahi!!!
Today, being a part of the Governing Body of Shree Gujarati Samaj Gurgaon, I feel so proud and happy. One to keep the Gujarati culture alive for people who have to migrate for work and family, and also being able to teach my daughters and many other kids the fun of Garba and Dandiya.
I just love dressing up for Garba & Dandiya Nights .I am sharing some of my favorite looks
This is a full gherao Kutchi work Cotton lehenga, accessoried with light weight oxidized pom pom jewellery.Dupatta keeps flying off while you dance, so it is held in place with a kamar bandh.
This was a winners dress up when I participated in danida competition, I had to add a bit more than normal lehenga choli. So added a prop Topi, it helps to hold your hair in place and also looks elegant. The layered lehenga, adds to all twirling steps.
My performance look at GurgaonMoms’ De Taali Event a few years ago. I am wearing a multicolour vibrant cotton chaniya choli. I added a matha patti, a long and a short necklace and not to miss out my long danglers.
Here are my three different pics wearing 3 different sarees – A Kanjeevarm, a Mysore silk , & a Kerala cotton with a gold zari border
Traditional South Indian look for any occasion / puja /festival is all about draping traditional silk sarees like Kanjeevarams & Mysore silks or Silk cotton sarees ! A simple hairdo to go with these sarees is a neatly tied behind ponytail or bun or plated one and wrapped with thick Jasmine flower strings . Jewelry is traditional studs and jhumkas and a thick chain or small necklaces in gold color or temple jewelry .Bangles in gold color /temple jewelry are compulsorily worn! . The look is complete with a big maroon color bindi and eyes lined with kajal or liners with subtle color lipsticks during puja and a bit bright during functions or festivities .
Simple and comfortable is the new trend